All You Want and Need to Know about Skin Rejuvenation Treatment
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. A time, when 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 skin rejuvenation treatment. 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 experienced medical aesthetic physician, can literally wipe away the years and worries, off your face!
What Happens When Your Skin Age?
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, along with the rest of the body, our facial skin also tends to age. Since the facial skin is relatively more delicate and also because the face is the most exposed part of our body, it’s obvious 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, naso-labial 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, on stretching, the skin loses its inherent ability to fully regain its original shape. The end 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 depends upon three components – collagen, elastin, and the 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.
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 excess 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. At Ensoul Medical Clinic, the doctors use a Multi Therapy approach like lasers, energy-based devices and injectables to treat the different aspects of the skin concern.
Lasers are a great tool to treat a wide variety of skin concerns and every laser has its exceptional inherent benefits. "By combining the suitable lasers and settings, we would be able to harness the greatest effect from each of these devices to achieve optimal results for our patients", shared by Dr Chiam. A combination of lasers includes; Q Switched ND:YAG laser, Pico Lasers, Yellow Laser, Erbium laser, and Long-pulsed laser, to name a few. These lasers can help to encourage collagen and elastin production, stimulate your body's natural healing process to reveal healthier-looking skin. In addition, it can also lighten pigments, even skin tone, reduce pore size, fine lines, wrinkles, and improve the overall texture of the facial skin.
Injectables are used to improve volume of the skin. Aesthetic Physicians select and use from a range of injectables like dermal fillers, and Botox. For many years, Botox is being successfully used to erase wrinkles on the face, by improving dynamic lines and thus prevent future static lines. Finally, the skin’s depleted hydration reserves are replenished by injecting the dermis with hyaluronic acid or any similar hydrating agent.
The depleted fat reserves in the face, can be effectively replaced by dermal fillers. 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. Experience certainly makes the difference in skin rejuvenation, with the final results depending a lot on the doctors, and their domain expertise. 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 factors such as age, genetic make-up, severity of the condition.
Thanks to facial rejuvenation treatments, healthy, youthful looking skin is no longer a pipedream of the past generation. The best part is you too can benefit from the advances of science, to FACE the world AFRESH!