From the age of 20, our skin loses collagen each year. And at some point in our 30s, it starts to sag. Good skincare practices and a healthy lifestyle can slow down this process, but it cannot bring it to a halt.
If you’ve tried countless youth-in-a-jar products and exhausted 10-step routines, it might be time to up your game. These five procedures by leading aesthetics and plastic surgery clinic SW1 offer different types of facelifts.
For all-over sagging
Collagen keeps skin firm and elastic. Unfortunately, as we age, we produce less collagen. Wrinkles surface and our skin sags. But what if you could keep collagen levels high at any age? That, in a nutshell, is how Thermage works.
In Thermage, radio-frequency energy penetrates deep into the skin to stimulate collagen production, which then tightens skin to give it a lift. A single 60-90min session tightens skin on the face, eyelids, neck or body, without surgery or injections. The clinic also says that its customers generally experience little pain or downtime.
To shape heavy jowls
Sometimes, even an hour of next-level Kardashian-style makeup contouring won’t do much for heavy jowls. Ulthera, a non-invasive treatment, can help.
Via ultrasound imaging, the treatment delivers low levels of focused heat deep below the surface of the skin, without damaging it or disrupting your appointments for the day. Your skin then responds by producing new collagen. One or two 60min sessions are all you need to visibly lift sagging jowls, drooping corners of the mouth, marionette lines and nasolabial lines.
For a lunchtime quickie lift
Step out for a 60min lunch break and return looking like you just enjoyed the best yoga/detox retreat of your life. Sygma Lift gives you a V-shaped face, reduces a double chin, contours the neck, and smooths fine lines around the eyes, forehead and mouth. You’ll look slimmer, younger and just well rested.
The high-tech fix uses 1,000 intersecting beams of ultrasound energy, as well as cold lasers, to enhance the drainage of fat cells and trigger collagen synthesis. You’ll find the soothing, warm sensation almost therapeutic.
After the treatment, the targeted areas of your skin slowly regenerate over four to six weeks. Expect optimal results after three monthly 60min treatments, followed by quarterly maintenance sessions.
If you want a softer, more natural-looking lift
Youthful skin is rich in hyaluronic acid, but this too declines with age. Hyaluronic acid Facial Fillers replenish this reserve, lifting skin and filling out wrinkles visibly from within. This biocompatible filler even stimulates your natural production of collagen so that your skin grows more beautiful over time.
One to three 30min sessions will soften the signs of ageing and accentuate your best features. The clinic says its customers usually find that the treatment has little or no downtime. Results last for more than a year.
Sculpt, shape and contour
As ageing progresses, our face not only sags, it loses its natural shape. Infinity Instalift corrects these dramatic changes without invasive surgery.
Put simply, it involves injecting tiny, specialised threads into your skin to physically scaffold and support weakened tissue from within. Although you should expect a little swelling and bruising after this 45-60min session, the results are transformative. It lifts the brows, cheeks, nose, jawline and neck, and erases the appearance of fine lines.
The best part: These bio-absorbable threads will naturally dissolve in your skin over the next few months while stimulating the growth of a matrix of supporting collagen. In other words, you will get the most natural facelift possible.
SW1 Clinic has two outlets: 6A Shenton Way #02-19/20, OUE Downtown Gallery Tower 2, tel: 6817 8882 and 290 Orchard Road, #13-03 Paragon, tel: 6817 8888. Visit SW1 for more information.