Facial ageing is an inevitable process that occurs gradually over time. From our mid 20’s we begin to notice subtle changes to our skin texture and the deepening of facial contours. What factors determine how we age include our genetics, general health and environmental exposure including the amount of accumulative sun exposure.
Deterioration: Faces are constantly exposed to UV, environmental pollutants and combined with repeated facial expressions cause the face to age more rapidly. Skin texture becomes noticeably coarser and fine wrinkles begin to appear. Expression lines eventually become static, in particular frown lines, forehead lines, upper lip lines and crow’s feet. Accumulated sun exposure begins to show as uneven skin colour; brown pigmentation and redness.
Descent & Deflation: With time, our facial skin thins as collagen declines and the skin loses its elasticity. Laxity of the underlying muscular layer and bone loss adds to the saggy tired appearance. As gravity pulls the skin down and causes under eye bags, naso-labial folds and marionette lines to appear. Facial fullness is lost as the fat pads in the cheeks, under the eyes or around the mouth gradually become thinner, causing drooping. The lips also begin to lose volume causing them to appear thinner and dehydrated with increased vertical lines and the corners of the mouth may start to point downward, despite smiling.
For this reason, although you may feel young and radiant on the inside, your face may tell another story…
A youthful appearance relies on a clear refined complexion, with minimal lines and plump smooth contours. Facial rejuvenation is achieved by targeting the areas of facial ageing that become evident as you age.
Three target areas facial rejuvenation:
Skin quality: Laser technologies are the most effective treatment to improve skin quality: texture, tightness and colour. Ranging from non-invasive Q Switch laser toning to ablative fractional laser technologies, several are used in combination to rejuvenate the skin.
Wrinkles: Anti-wrinkle injections such as Botox and Dysport are often used to relax the muscles that cause the deepening of facial lines. They reduce the level of contraction of the muscles that cause expression lines, softening the expression, and offering a more youthful appearance.
Volume: To replace volume loss, Dermal filler injections with Hyaluronic acid gel are often used to plump up or add structure to the facial contours. There are several types of dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. Each brand has several types specifically designed to replace volume in the different areas of the face.
Thread lifting: Mono threads / PDO threads are single smooth threads that are placed strategically under the skin. The threads dissolve over time stimulating collagen and elastin to support and tighten the lower part of the face, neck, jawline and jowls.
Facial rejuvenation with dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections relies on a comprehensive facial assessment of symmetry, contours, expression lines and skin quality. A qualified Registered Nurse Cosmetic Injector provides facial mapping and offers a tailored treatment plan for facial rejuvenation and early intervention. Early treatment assists in preventing and delaying the signs of facial ageing.