What do Song Hye-kyo, Son Ye-jin, Kim Tae-hee, and Lee Hyori have in common? Yes, they’re all talented, rich and famous, but they’re also neanimorphic, which is to say they all look younger than their actual age. These women have defied time and gravity to maintain plump, bouncy skin and taut facial contours to retain their youthful visages. If you were wondering how they were able to do that, we’re here to help.
As we grow older, production of collagen and elastin—the two proteins that keep the skin firm and plump—drops and over time the skin starts to become lax. This can look like droopy skin under the brows and at the jowls. At the same time we start to see loss of volume in areas like the under eyes, temples and cheeks, which is a further give away of our actual age. Tackling these signs of ageing is the key to looking younger than you actually are. We have a few treatments that can help target all these issues and the best part is, they are non-surgical and minimally invasive.
Dermal fillers can help you restore volume to your lips and cheeks, smooth your under eyes, sculpt cheek bones, the jawline and even your nose bridge for a more refreshed and youthful visage. Broadly classified into two main categories—volumising and structural—the treatment involves injecting a gel-like substance into the skin at multiple points in the face. As the classification suggests, the volumising fillers are injected into areas like the cheeks, lips and the under eye to plump the area, while structural fillers are injected to the nose, cheekbone and chin to add more definition.
There are various types of FDA-approved dermal fillers. The ones that are made of naturally occurring substances are usually hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced in the body or Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), which is found in human bones. Synthetic fillers can be made of substances like Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) which is biocompatible or Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) which is biodegradable. Dermal fillers can give you immediate results, however they are not permanent. Depending on the area treated, the composition of the filler and the depth of the injection, the results can last anywhere between six months to two years.
This injectable stimulates your skin to produce new collagen and elastin to help restore volume, tackle lines, wrinkles and sagging jowls. A biocompatible, biodegradable filler made of Poly-D, L-Lactic Acid (PDLLA) is injected into the deeper layers of the skin to help fill “voids” caused by ageing skin and loss of collagen. Here the body views it as a foreign object and goes into healing mode, which also sets off collagen production. The PDLLA molecules are shaped like microspheres and have a porous surface that allows the fibroblast to grow within and around them. Over time the PDLLA is broken down and naturally eliminated from the body, while collagen production continues. Though it takes a few weeks to see significant changes, the end result is very natural when it comes to tackling marionette lines, sunken temples, lines and wrinkles and sagging jowls. These effects can last for up to two years depending on your ageing pattern and lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking alcohol.
Looking for the effect of a facelift minus the surgery and the down time associated with it? This is the treatment for you. To achieve this lifting effect on lax skin, a very fine thread or suture, that is thinner than a strand of hair, is strategically inserted into the area of concern. This could be under the brow bone, at the cheeks, temples, neck, nasolabial folds or even the nose. Thanks to a special cone or hook technology these threads are able to anchor themselves to the skin tissue and suspend skin for a lifting effect.
While the threads are in the skin, the body identifies them as foreign objects and rushes to heal the area flooding it with collagen. This further enhances the lifting, tightening and firming effect of a Thread Lift. Over time the threads dissolve and are naturally eliminated from the body and you’re left with lifted, firmer, plumper skin.