Young, fresh looks – the identity of people in their twenties and twenties. Charming faces, accentuated by plump skin, brimming with health and vitality. That period between our late teens to late twenties is evidently the most enjoyable period for us; during this time, ageing skin was not even a blip on the radar of your carefree, confident, happy lifestyle.
Pause, and fast forward to the present.
You are in your early thirties, and the magic seems to be fading with every passing. Until one morning, you look into the mirror and stare in disbelief. The tell-tale signs of ageing have begun making their presence felt. When you smile or frown, the crinkles no longer vanish. They remain in sight as fine lines, going on to form wrinkles. Welcome to the reality of jaded looks, saggy skin, fine lines, sunken eyes, laugh lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. Yes, you guessed it right. AGE is catching up with you. Predictably, your first reaction is that of despair. But actually, you don’t need to because there’s good news in the form of facial rejuvenation. The past few years have witnessed rapid advancements in the field of non-surgical facial rejuvenation technologies. So much so that even a few sessions with an experienced medical aesthetic physician can literally wipe away the years and worries off your face!
So, how does facial rejuvenation treatment work its magic?
In a nutshell, facial rejuvenation attempts to undo the damaging effects of ageing using an array of injectables, dermal fillers, laser treatments, and other energy-based devices. The process involves addressing the four basic factors that influence the impact and severity of ageing on our face and its skin.
Behind the scenes with your skin
As we age, our facial skin also tends to age with the rest of the body. Since the facial skin is relatively more delicate and the face is the most exposed part of our body, it’s evident that the signs of ageing will be most pronounced in this area.
In physiological terms, ageing impacts our facial region in four ways. According to Dr Chiam Chiak Teng, resident aesthetic physician at Ensoul Medical Clinic, the area suffers from a combination of volume loss, deterioration of the skin quality & texture, reduced skin elasticity, and increased pigmentation. Unfortunately, these changes can begin to manifest as early as our late twenties.
#1 Volume loss: Attributed to the onset of ageing, this basically occurs due to loss of bone mass and depletion of fat cells. As a result, the skin begins to look jaded and lifeless – imparting the face with a dull and patchy appearance. Due to the laws of gravity and facial design dynamics, the onset of bone mass loss usually happens in the cheekbone, brow, and around the eyes. As a result, the accompanying fat loss is also pronounced in the related areas – beside and under the eyes, the cheeks, and near the nostrils. Saggy skin, drooping cheeks, nasolabial wrinkles, crows’ feet, and fine lines beside the eyes, are all indicators of volume loss in the face and skin.
#2 Skin elasticity: Also known as elastosis, skin elastosis is a major casualty of the ageing process. In simple terms, as the skin stretches, it loses its inherent ability to regain its original shape fully. The result is saggy, crinkly skin with a leathery touch and feel. This condition arises because the elastin reserves begin depleting within the skin. The areas that face regular exposure to sunlight tend to suffer more from loss of elasticity, also known as actinic elastosis. That’s why the facial skin suffers most from loss of skin elasticity.
#3 Skin quality and texture: Pores, fine lines, wrinkles and dryness are indicators of poor skin quality and texture. Now, the quality and texture of our skin depend upon three components – collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Our skin derives its body and volume from collagen. Similarly, elastin contributes to the skin’s springy quality, and hyaluronic acid is responsible for its smooth feel. As we age, certain fundamental changes in our skin’s composition negatively impact the skin’s quality and texture. The inner layer or dermis gradually thins down due to collagen and elastin loss. Simultaneously, the outer layer or epidermis gradually thickens.
#4 Pigmentation: A natural fallout of the ageing process, this component of skin deterioration is caused by the deposition of pigments in the various layers of the skin. Apart from age, the causative factors include excessive exposure to sunlight, genetics, and allergies. This condition leads to the formation of age spots, liver spots, and melasma.
Skin Rejuvenating Treatment for ageing skin in Singapore
At one level, facial rejuvenation treatments address the problems caused by the loss or depletion of the components of youthful skin – collagen, elastin, fat, and hydration. The second aspect of treatment involves eliminating skin pigmentation issues.
Lasers: A combination of lasers and injectables. Q Switched ND: YAG laser, Pico Lasers, Yellow Laser, Erbium laser, and Long-pulsed laser are used to reduce pore size, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, apart from improving the overall texture of the facial skin.
Injectables: To improve skin volume, Aesthetic Physicians select and use a range of injectables like fillers, profhilo and Botox. For many years, Botox is being successfully used to erase wrinkles on the face by improving dynamic lines and thus preventing future static lines. Finally, the skin’s depleted hydration reserves are replenished by injecting the dermis with hyaluronic acid or any similar hydrating agent.
Dermal fillers can effectively replace the depleted fat reserves in the face. Dr Chiam asserts that fillers are absolutely safe and effective in replacing the volume loss caused due to ageing. Hyaluronic acid is considered among the best fillers and is used extensively in facial rejuvenation routines.
Ready for Facial Rejuvenation?
Now, that we have answers to the question of what is facial rejuvenation? You’re probably wondering if you’ll make a good candidate for the procedure.
For starters, the first step begins with a detailed consultation at a reputed medical aesthetic clinic. An experienced doctor can certainly make a difference in skin rejuvenation. Here are some tips on helping you to choose your trusted aesthetic clinic.
The Ensoul Medical Clinic is a good place to embark on your quest for youthful skin. Following a thorough evaluation of skin quality and texture, volume, elasticity, and pigmentation, Dr Kenneth Thean or Dr Chiam Chiak Teng, with decades of hands-on experience in skin rejuvenation procedures, diagnoses and recommends the appropriate treatment. The ideal facial rejuvenation regimen is finalized only after considering age, genetic makeup, and severity of the condition.
Thanks to facial rejuvenation techniques, healthy, youthful-looking skin is no longer a pipedream of the past generation. The best part is that you, too, can benefit from scientific advances to FACE the world AFRESH!