Facial Rejuvenation

Facial rejuvenation

“Nature gives you your face at twenty. Life shapes your face at thirty. But the face you have at fifty is the face you have earned.” Coco Chanel.

The problem of facial ageing has never been more in the forefront of consumer consciousness as Baby Boomers enter their 60’s, with Generation X not too far behind as they hit their 50’s in 2015.

Keep in mind that both groups spent their formative years outdoors playing in the sun with the hope of obtaining a “healthy tan” without the benefit of today’s sunscreens.

Facial Rejuvenation Steps Towards Youth

So let’s make a few things clear before you attempt to address any rejuvenation program or allow anyone to take a scalpel to your face.

Firstly, facial ageing isn’t just about wrinkle formation and discoloured loose skin–it is a multi factor, three-dimensional process that involves volume loss, volume descent, and skin changes—every structure is affected: your fat content, collagen and elastin fibres, bone density, muscle and skin texture.

So there is no point in only treating one affected area—the face must be treated as a whole. Don’t forget to include the neck, but that’s for another blog.

The first area that shows ageing is the mid-facial region: Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons consider the face in terms of a triangle. In youth the base of the triangle is at the cheeks and the point is at the chin. As we get older the triangle reverses.

 Secondly, facial rejuvenation treatments can be classified in three categories:

  1. Revitalisation: i.e., resurfacing options—Resurfacing techniques are used to modify the surface of the skin. They correct the effects of photo-ageing, including fine lines, irregular pigmentation and blemishes.

Common resurfacing techniques include:

  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Laser resurfacing

That being done, be sensible and protect your skin from harsh environmental factors and solar radiation and don’t forget to nourish it with a good diet, plenty of water and a proper skin routine from your medical spa.

  1. Volume Replacement: i.e., Injectables—injectables include a broad range of substances which are administered by injection. Their main usage is for the treatment of lines, wrinkles and folds, as well as hollowing and volume loss. Three of the most common types include:
  • Neurotoxins—Botox; Dysport; Xeomin.
  • Traditional fillers
  • Collagen—the trend is to move towards collagen stimulators, to replace naturally the volume that ‘Mother Nature and Father Time’ have taken away; i.e., Radiesse, Sculptra, Artefill, Voluma-XC

All fillers must be administered by highly-trained medical personal in a medical spa environment because things can go wrong–not only in poor aesthetic outcome, but in the skin and nerve damage.

  1. Surgery—Surgery includes a wide range of procedures from lifts to liposuction to fat transfer. The treatments address a range of desired outcomes. Three of the most popular surgeries are:
  • Liposuction
  • Facelift
  • Fat transfer

The transition between the anatomical regions of the face should be subtle and harmonious.

While non- and minimally-invasive treatments have not been fully mentioned, these treatments fall into ‘prevention and slowing down the ageing process’ but have a minimal effect if the damage is too far gone.

Options For Those Into Research

For example, Non-ablative Lasers and Intense Light; Radiofrequency and Combinations.

These are as follows:

Non-ablative Lasers and Intense Light:

Overview of nonablative laser/light treatments

Nd:YAG variable-pulse-width laser 532 nm

Copper bromide 511 and 578 nm laser

Pulsed dye 585/595 nm lasers (N-Lite, Cynosure, Candela)

Variable-pulsed alexandrite 755 nm and diode 810 nm lasers

Long-pulsed YAG 1064nm laser and combinations

Infrared lasers and systems

Intense pulsed light

Q-switched lasers

Fractional photothermolysis (Fraxel)

Photodynamic therapy

Radiofrequency and Combinations:

Overview of radiofrequency and combination treatments

Monopolar radiofrequency (Thermage/Thermacool)

Bipolar radiofrequency plus laser/light (Refirme, Polaris via ELOS Technology)

Fractional bipolar radiofrequency (eMatrix)

Monopolar plus bipolar radiofrequency (Tripollar, Accent RF Monopolar/Bipolar)

Clarify Clinic can assess you and connects you with the right plastic surgeons for facial ageing.

By Kate Moreland

 

By Kate Moreland