As we age, we begin to notice that the skin loses elasticity resulting in issues such as wrinkles, jowls and hanging skin. A facelift is a procedure that aims to correct these issues by tightening the skin to give the client a refreshed and youthful look.
There are three areas that we are looking at for the ageing of our facial tissues.
The skin has a layer of keratin (protein) that retains moisture in the skin and protect underlying layers from damage. It is where dead skin cells are shed.
The deeper and thicker subcutaneous layer is composed of nerves, fats, blood vessels and the proteins elastin and collagen that provide elasticity in the skin keeping it firm and supple.
Lastly, the Musculo-aponeurotic or the SMAS layer is the muscles between the bone structure and the rest of the tissue layers. This layer is responsible for facial expressions.
The sagging we see when we age is the result of loose elastin and collagen fibres in these layers. In our 20s, the skin decreases collagen production by 1% every year. Eventually, the skin would no longer be able to replace damaged collagen at an efficient enough rate which results in brittle collagen fibres supporting the face and thus wrinkle formation. There is also a decrease in moisture transfer between the skin and subcutaneous layer causing it to dry out looking dull and lifeless.
They are the facial lines that run from the sides of the nose to the corner of the lips. They are more commonly known as ‘laugh lines’ they become more prominent as we age and the skin sags to a greater degree. A common cause of such folds is sun damage. UV rays cause a great degree of damage to collagen causing the skin to lose its elasticity. Another cause would be tobacco use as it has been shown to accelerate the ageing process by 20%.
They are the highly recognisable straight lines that run vertically downwards from the corners of the mouths to the sides of the chin. It causes the person to look constantly as if they are frowning.
Similarly, people who are not protected against UV rays are habitual smokers develop these folds at a faster rate. It may be due to genetics as well the person may be genetically predisposed to developing marionette lines.
Jowls form as sagging pouches along the jawline. It develops as subtle softening of the jawline and later quickly accelerates into the formation of pouches that sag due to skin laxity.
Jowls are the accumulation of sagging tissues and fat deposits hence the formation of pouches that hands of the cheeks. People with shorter jaws or recessive chins will begin to notice jowls forming earlier in life. This is made worse as certain parts of the face lose volume causing excess skin to begin sagging.
For clients who are looking for more permanent results or to correct more severe facial sagging, they would opt to do a surgical facelift. This entails a highly invasive surgical procedure to remove excess skin and stretch the remaining skin over the facial structure to tighten the skin. However, there are the associated risks of such surgeries such as blood clots, facial nerve injuries and unwanted scarring.
These are undertaken by people experiencing loss in volume and wrinkling as a result. These fillers aim to restore volume and would not produce the required lifting effect. However, these are temporary solutions and have a higher chance of being botched.
There has been a recent rise in the popularity of non-surgical facelifts due to the appeal of not needing to undergo invasive surgeries while still getting similar results. Furthermore, the non-permanent nature of these facelifts allows patients the ability to revert to their original look if they are unhappy with the result. Furthermore, the procedure is much shorter and entails minimal downtime. At Cambridge Therapeutics, we have developed two different treatment options backed by years of scientific research and approved by board-certified physicians.
SygmaLITF's latest second-generation treatment using high intensity focused ultrasound for face lifting. Also known as the HIFU facelift, it allows for pain-free, injection-free and surgical-free experience.
It concentrates 1000 intersecting beams of ultrasound energy at the target depth of the skin with extreme accuracy. Each beam creates a progressive thermal and mechanical effect which breaks down fat deposits and enhances the drainage of fat deposits in the pouches.
The Tri-Micro Focal Ultrasounds treatment allows it to target up to 3 different depths of the skin. This will stimulate the production to collagen at different depths of the face which will combat different degrees of facial sagging.
It is recommended that clients above the age of 30 who notice that their skin is showing signs of sagging to go for this procedure. Other clients that undergo this facelift range from ages 40-60 provided that the degree of laxity is still moderate.
Often termed the ‘lunch-time’ procedure, this 45-minute session is comfortable and painless yielding no downtime allowing you to carry on with your day right after.
Results can be seen immediately after treatment. However, clients are recommended to visit once a week throughout 3-6 weeks for longer-lasting results that can last up to a year.
Sylfirm is a cutting-edge technology developed in Silicon Valley, USA. It uses RP (repeated ultra-short pulses), a new advancement that reacts only to abnormal tissue membrane. This allows it to remodel tissue membrane to stimulate dermal rejuvenation.
The SR3 technology used generates a powerful electromagnetic field of energy that safely and effectively penetrates the dermal layer which strengthens the skin membrane. This allows it to treat fine lines and wrinkles along with lifting sagging skin.
This is a 10-minute procedure that is painless and has 0 accompanying downtime.
Results can be seen immediately after treatment. However, clients are recommended to visit once a week throughout 5 or more weeks depending on individual needs.