At CHIC Med-Aesthetic Clinics we can make you look your best and feel your best, while you age gracefully. We all want to look good for our age and we can help you reach such objective. Ageing is a natural process everyone must pass through, and with us you will definitely not regret getting older. CHIC offers a vast range of anti-ageing solutions, from lasers to injectables coupled with effective long term personal skin care advice.
Book your consultation with our experienced doctors, and depending on your concerns and expectations, we will be able to personalise a treatment plan for you.
What are the effects of ageing on the skin?
Skin changes are among the most visible signs of ageing. Evidence of increasing age includes wrinkles and sagging skin. Research shows that there are, in fact, two distinct types of ageing. Ageing caused by the genes we inherit is called intrinsic (internal) ageing. Extrinsic (external) ageing is caused by environmental factors, such as exposure to the sun’s rays.
Intrinsic ageing, also known as the natural ageing process, is a continuous process that normally begins in our mid-20s, where collagen production slows, and elastin, the substance that enables skin to snap back into place, has a bit less spring. Dead skin cells do not shed as quickly and turnover of new skin cells may decrease slightly. The signs of intrinsic ageing are:
The signs of intrinsic ageing are:
- Fine wrinkles
- Thin and transparent skin
- Loss of underlying fat, leading to hollowed cheeks and eye sockets as well as noticeable loss of firmness on the hands and neck
- Bones shrink away from the skin due to bone loss, which causes sagging skin
- Dry skin that may itch
- Inability to sweat sufficiently to cool the skin
- Graying hair that eventually turns white
- Hair loss
- Unwanted hair
Chronic UV exposure is the most common cause of premature skin wrinkling. This happens by thinning the epidermis (the top layer of skin) as well as causing breakdown of collagen.
These are wrinkles that are caused by contraction of the muscles of facial expression. This leads to the compression of skin that results in wrinkle formation. Initially, these wrinkles can only be seen when the muscles contract e.g when you smile/frown, however, as the skin becomes progressively creased, the lines may often appear at rest.
The inescapable pull of gravity draws the skin downwards on the face. This leads to drooping of the cheeks and formation of nasolabial lines (the lines from the corners of the mouth to the nose) and jowls, drooping of the eye skin and formation of upper and lower lid laxity and wrinkles.
This is caused by the compression of the skin from contact of the pillow to the face when sleeping. Sleep lines include those on the forehead, around the eyes, cheeks and upper lip
Cigarette smoking causes biochemical changes in our bodies that accelerate ageing. Besides, smokers frequently pout their lips whilst inhaling, which causes expression lines around the lips.
Firstly, visible effects of ageing can be prevented by using a good sunscreen. By protecting against UV radiation, it is possible to reduce further premature damage to the skin. Effective long term personal skin care would also help in prevention.
Expression lines are generally treated with anti-wrinkle injections that relax the muscles causing the compression of the skin. By stopping the movement/expressions that cause wrinkles, anti-wrinkle injections can also prevent static lines from becoming deeper by stopping the compression of skin.
Another cause of wrinkles is facial volume loss. Dermal fillers add volume to the area that has lost volume due to expression formation, gravity, sleep or just aging.
Wrinkles that are etched into the skin, skin textural irregularities and pigmentation can be treated with skin resurfacing. Lasers can be used to remove pigmentation, veins and other vascular abnormalities, and for skin tightening. Chemical peels and skin needling are other anti-ageing solutions we also offer.
The Neck and Décolletage area
The neck and décolletage are an aesthetically important area of the body, and may be as important as the face in revealing one’s age. The neck is subject to many degenerative changes such as loss of collagen and elastin, accumulation of fat, and the effect of external factors such as ultraviolet radiation. The neck and the décolletage areas are particularly prone to premature ageing because these are areas of increased sun exposure.
Various treatments are available to rejuvenate the neck non-surgically depending on the concerns presented. All treatments have minimal to no downtime and most give immediate results.