Your skin changes as you age. It becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. Your veins and bones can be seen more easily. Scratches, cuts, or bumps can take longer to heal.
Physiological changes in ageing skin
From around the age of 25, the first signs of ageing start to become apparent on the skin. Fine lines appear first, and over time wrinkles, a loss of volume and a loss of density become noticeable.
This is primarily due to loss of collagen and elastin in the skin, which further increases as we enter our 30s and beyond. The loss of elastic structural support causes the skin to hang loosely.
Also, with the thinning of the epidermis, or the surface layer of the skin, the skin becomes more fragile, and can become more easily bruised, due to thinner blood vessel walls.
Changes below the skin also become evident as we age. They can include:
- Loss of fat below the skin in the different areas of the face e.g cheeks, temples, chin, nose, and eye area). This may result in loose skin, sunken eyes, and a “skeletal” appearance.
- Bone loss, mostly around the mouth and chin, may become evident after age 60 and cause puckering of the skin around the mouth.
- Cartilage loss in the nose causes drooping of the nasal tip and accentuation of the bony structures in the nose.
Can we reverse ageing?
You can’t reverse ageing but you can certainly slow down premature ageing.
Firstly, pay attention to your lifestyle choices and the environment. Use an SPF50 lightweight sunscreen and avoid prolonged sun exposure and smoking, as the oxidative stress can cause your skin to age prematurely.
Keep your skin well hydrated and moisturised, as with age also comes less sebum. This means that your skin will dry out more easily. One of the reasons for fine lines is inadequate skin hydration, so do look for a moisturizer that contains water-binding humectants like glycerine and hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin. A good example would be Radium’s Self Defence Revital Day Crème.
Combining antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E and Ferulic Acid in Self Defence Vitamin C, B, E & Ferulic Acid can help to boost our skin’s defence against the oxidative stresses of the environment. Using retinol- containing products also helps to accelerate skin renewal, enhance collagen production and reduce the appearance of aging, uneven texture and age spots as well.
Collagen is the protein in the skin that keeps your skin lifted and firm. In-clinic treatments are a sure way to speed up and maintain collagen production. One of my personal favorites is Ultherapy. It uses micro-focused ultrasound to lift and tighten the skin. You will undergo a structured 3-step process with us – See, Plan, Treat.
SEE You will first undergo a consultation with your doctor. Because everyone is unique, the difference in thickness of skin and fat layers between different patients will guide the use of Ultherapy transducers for different treatment depths.
Your doctor will be using Ultherapy’s DeepSEE technology to visualize these treatment depths in real time, namely – 1.5mm, 3.0mm and 4.5mm, needed in different areas of the face.
PLAN Based on what was visualized earlier, your doctor will then proceed to document the target tissue and plan a customized treatment for you.
TREAT Using the real-time imaging system, your doctor will be able to precisely see your skin layers and treat them effectively at the 3 different depths, following the customized treatment plan that was drawn up earlier. This helps to target both the dermis and foundational tissue layers more accurately, where laxity begins, as well as to safely deliver energy to where it will be more beneficial.
The importance of all of this is that, by undergoing this 3-step process, you can be sure that your skin tightening and lifting treatment will be optimized to the fullest, thus providing you a more effective and long-lasting outcome.