March 4, 2020

Everything you need to know about anti-ageing aesthetic trends and treatments

While there isn’t a universally accepted notion of what makes a beautiful face, there are certain qualities of a face that might make it more attractive than others. This includes having clear, supple skin and a firm, lifted visage, both of which deteriorate as we age, shared Dr Low Chai Ling, medical director and founder of SW1 Clinic.

Skin ageing can also be accelerated if you smoke, experience excessive sun damage or have an unhealthy diet.

With more than 15 years of experience under her belt as an aesthetic doctor, Dr Low said her job is to address signs of ageing using the right therapies. Here, she shares more about skin ageing, and the latest aesthetic treatment trends that aim to tackle the effects of time and gravity.

Ageing not only affects skin, it also changes your face shape.

Skin starts to lose collagen in your twenties. By the time you hit the thirties, ageing signs like dark eye circles and nasolabial lines may emerge, said Dr Low. In your forties, visible signs like sagging skin, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet may set in. As skin descends downward, the face starts to lose its V-shape appearance. The jawline is less defined and looks squarer with age, said Dr Low.

But skin changes are not the only reason why you look tired and old.

“Bone structure alters with age, with bony resorption accounting for a shrinking chin and jaw. This results in an accumulation of soft tissue known as jowls,” explained Dr Low.

This is why it is not always possible to mask one’s age, even with heavy makeup.

“Without addressing the structural changes to the face, an older woman will not look as youthful as someone 20 years younger no matter how much makeup she puts on,” said Dr Low. “Conversely, someone who has gotten the right therapy to address ageing signs can go without makeup and still look significantly younger.”

Hyaluronic acid injectables may stimulate skin’s collagen production.

Another popular treatment at the clinic is Youth Preserve, a skin remodelling therapy that uses the ingredient Profhilo, which has one of the purest and highest concentrations of hyaluronic acid in the market.

Profhilo is delivered via five key injections to the face to stimulate the skin’s collagen production. The skin looks younger in the months following the treatment, said Dr Low.

Suitable for women and men from their 30s to 60s, the treatment is done in a course of three sessions for optimal results and can be repeated every six months, said Dr Low.