Ageing is inevitable. We may be able to stall and reduce its appearance to some extent but there is no way of preventing it entirely. This is often most apparent on our skin, typically in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. Unfortunately, there are also other external factors that can accelerate this process. As such, more people are now turning towards facelifts in hopes of reversing these changes. Sounds like you? Read on to find out what your options are when it comes to face-lift treatments in Singapore.
4 Factors Leading to an Increase in the Need for a Facelift
Some people are genetically blessed with a more youthful-looking visage. However, genetics is not the only contributing factor involved. The following is a list of external factors that can cause premature ageing and increase the need for a face-lift:
1. High Levels of Stress
Stress can compromise our well-being, including our skin health, and most Singaporeans do feel the pressure. In a study published by Bentham Science in Inflammation & Allergy Drug Targets, stress can lead to a higher loss of moisture from the transepidermal layer, resulting in the formation of wrinkles. Considering the fact that approximately 92% of Singaporean employees are stressed from work, well above the global average of 84%, according to the 2019 Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey, it is no wonder why this is a major issue here.
2. Poor Diet
Diet plays a major role in your skin condition as the latter requires proper nutrition in order to thrive. However, dermatologists believe that diets with excessive sugar intake can lead to premature ageing due to a process known as glycation. When this occurs far too often, it leads to an accumulation of compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which can make us look older. Since Singaporeans consume high amounts of sugar, with a yearly intake of 60 grams on average per day as noted in the National Nutrition Survey 2018, we are more likely to experience this.
3. Unhealthy Sleeping Habits
Poor sleeping habits greatly influence the odds of premature ageing. According to a paper published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, this can lead to signs of ageing on the face and reduce self-confidence. This is a major cause for concern for the majority of Singaporeans since, according to a survey conducted by YouGov in 2018, only 48% of us are getting enough sleep on a regular basis. Moreover, approximately 59% of respondents in the same survey also reported that they have a tendency not to sleep well either.
Smokers usually age much faster than their peers as a result of the chemicals contained in each cigarette. Based on a paper published by The International Society of Dermatology, nicotine can accelerate the rate at which skin cells age, causing the dermal layer to alter structurally. This results in a ‘smoker’s face,’ typically characterised by wrinkles as well as a gaunt and dull-skinned appearance. Fortunately, according to The National Health Population Survey 2017, statistics indicate that only 12% of Singaporeans are smokers. However, it should be noted that this figure does not take passive smoking into account, which could be just as harmful.
Can a Face-Lift Treatment Help You?
Most face-lifts can aid in restoring youthfulness in your face by combating tell-tale signs of ageing but they may not always be the ultimate panacea. In some cases, another separate procedure should be undertaken to complement it. Read on to find out if this applies to you:
1. Sagging Skin
Sagging skin such as jowls around the jawline are caused by reduced skin elasticity, known as elastosis, due to lower production of collagen. As you age, your body becomes less efficient when it comes to synthesising sufficient collagen that is necessary for the structural maintenance of our skin, causing it to sag. Some face-lift or face-shaping treatments are able to resolve this effectively.
2. Formation of Wrinkles & Fine Lines
Similar to sagging skin, wrinkles and fine lines are often the results of insufficient production of collagen. Besides an overall decrease in skin elasticity, a lower rate of collagen synthesis can cause the skin to thin in its outer layer, the epidermis. This causes it to become more fragile and prone to folding into itself, forming visible lines and wrinkles. If these lines are present on your face, a face-lift is most ideal for diminishing their appearance.
While youthfulness is associated with smooth, well-moisturised skin, the opposite occurs in old age. Sebaceous glands found within the skin typically become less efficient as you get older, which reduces the production of sweat and an oily secretion known as sebum. Without enough of either of these, our skin becomes less effective at locking in moisture. While a face-lift is not the best solution, you can mitigate this using a suitable moisturiser and opting for a facial.
4. Age Spots
Age spots or liver spots appear as brown flat spots that are generally larger than freckles. These spots often occur in old age since our age directly correlates to the amount of sunlight that we have been exposed to in our lifetime. This is mostly due to hyperpigmentation from an increase in the production of melanin. Most facelift treatments do not specifically lighten age spots but alternative treatments do exist. Popular methods for reducing their appearance include microneedling and intense pulsed light (IPL) laser resurfacing.
7 Facelift Treatment Methods in Singapore
A qualified dermatologist or aesthetician will be able to properly assess your skin condition and advise the right course of treatment for you. While some methods may work for one person, it may not necessarily work as well for another since it depends on the client’s individual health conditions. Certain clients may also be unwilling to go under the knife since surgery usually comes with extended downtime and higher risks. Fortunately, there are now a wide array of options available in the market to cater to your needs accordingly:
1. Anti-Ageing Creams
Anti-ageing creams that are readily available over the counter contain active ingredients that aim to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. These tend to differ between products but retinoids, vitamin C, hydroxy acids, and coenzyme Q-10 are among the most common ones. When choosing an anti-ageing cream, it is important to ensure that the product suits your skin type so that it does not cause your skin to react adversely to the product’s ingredients. This method typically requires no downtime, provided you choose a product that you are not allergic to. However, they may not be as effective and usually require an extended period of time for visible results.
2. (MP)2 Technology
One of the most prominent non-invasive facelift methods available involves the use of (MP)2 Technology. This is a patented combination of Multi-Polar Radio Frequency (RF) and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields (PEMF), which promotes collagen synthesis. During the procedure, you will feel a warm, pulsing yet painless sensation as homogenous energy is sent to the dermis layer. This heated energy stimulates fibroblasts—the cells that are responsible for collagen synthesis. Simultaneously, PEMF encourages the release the growth factor FGF-2, increasing the production of fibroblasts. PEMF also enhances blood circulation by stimulating the production of new blood vessels. This increases the rate of the transportation of nutrients that are necessary for collagen synthesis. Combined, Multi-Polar RF and PEMF help your body rebuild sufficient collagen and restore its natural firmness without any downtime.
3. High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a non-invasive procedure that lifts, tightens, and contours the skin by using focused ultrasonic waves. This ultrasound energy is similar to the one used in machines that are found in hospitals for diagnostic imaging.The only difference lies in its intensity — HIFU utilises energy that is set at a much higher intensity. This energy is sent deep within the layers of the skin, which gets heated up at a rapid rate. As a result, this triggers minor cellular damage that ultimately encourages collagen synthesis and tightens up adjacent tissues. Since this only occurs below the surface, you are unlikely to see any unsightly damage. Instead, all that is visible by the end of the treatment is a firmer-looking skin.
4. Botulinum Toxin (Botox)
Perhaps one of the most well-known anti-ageing methods yet, Botulinum Toxin (Botox), is a mildly invasive anti-wrinkling procedure. During the treatment, the dermatologist will inject the toxin, diluted in saline, into the neuromuscular tissue in your face. This will paralyse the tissue, preventing prominent wrinkles from forming whenever you move your facial muscles. If you opt for this method, you should be able to see visible results very quickly within two to five days. Do note that side effects may occur with this treatment, ranging from oedema to headaches. Women who are pregnant or lactating are also advised to avoid this procedure.
5. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are yet another mildly invasive means of restoring a youthful-looking visage. The procedure involves injecting soft substances beneath the skin’s surface to even out wrinkles and fine lines. Some of the most common fillers that are available in the market include hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, and calcium hydroxylapatite. Two major advantages of dermal fillers include its immediate effectiveness and low risks in spite of its mild invasiveness. However, neither pregnant nor lactating women should proceed with this treatment.
6. Surgical Facelift
Also known as rhytidectomy, a surgical facelift is a highly invasive procedure that involves making incisions in the client’s skin. During the procedure, the surgeon will cut away excess skin around the jawline, neck and chin in order to reshape and tighten the treated area. However, since this method is invasive, the amount of downtime can take approximately two weeks and your medical history needs to be taken into consideration. Clients are also usually advised to steer away from strenuous activity for up to four weeks.
7. Thread Lift
Typically minimally invasive, thread lifts counter sagging skin by lifting them up using special threads that are inserted using one or more needles and tucking it behind the hairline or the ears. Thread lifts can be done under local anaesthesia without any sedation but some dermatologists opt to do so. However, there are a few risks involved with thread lifts. For instance, some people find that the thread may be pushed out of position if the procedure is done improperly or if they have a highly expressive visage.
How to Prepare for a Facelift Treatment
The preparation process generally depends on the invasiveness of each individual procedure. For instance, most non-surgical facelifts such as Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and HIFU typically require minimal preparation. Clients are generally advised to strip all makeup and skincare products from their skin prior to the start of any treatment.
However, if you opt for more invasive procedures such as rhytidectomy, your doctor will keep you informed of any preparation required beforehand. In most cases, a full medical examination may be necessary to ensure that your health will not be compromised. Inform your doctor of your medical history to ensure that it does not conflict with the treatment.
Facelift Treatment Aftercare Tips
A facelift’s lasting power generally varies since everyone is different and may depend on how well you care for your skin. Hence, proper maintenance is typically required to extend the lasting power of any facelift. You can do so by implementing the following aftercare tips:
- Heed your doctor’s aftercare instructions
- Maintain a healthy diet that includes healthy fats
- Cultivate a regular sleep schedule
- Avoid overexposure to the sun
- Quit smoking and limit your intake of alcohol
Most treatments may also require additional sessions for maintenance. This will ensure that you retain your youthful appearance, rather than swiftly return to the way you looked prior to the treatment. However, the sessions should not be scheduled too close to each other. Always inform your dermatologist if you recently underwent any other procedures beforehand.
Which Face-Lift Treatment is the Right One for You?
Having gone through every available facelift method, you may feel quite spoilt for choice now. The decision ultimately rests in your hands but if you are looking for a painless and completely non-invasive treatment without any downtime, (MP)2 Technology might be the right one for you. If you are intrigued by its possibilities, contact a Geo Aesthetics specialist for an appointment today!