Looking young or younger is a challenging task I’ve been constantly trying to achieve. Although many peers may think that I’m still in my 30s (I’m actually 43 this year in 2010), to upkeep my youthful look never comes easy and cheap. Apart from my meticulous night regimen (about an hour nightly), non-invasive procedures such as IPL and microdermabrasion actually help to maintain my youthfulness in a way. Though they are mostly used to improve skin texture, they do help to increase collagen production in a superficial way. I’ve done both treatments more than 9 months ago (early 2010).
As age is catching up on me as quickly as I write this post (hahaha!!), I’ve began to notice my face is actually aging tremendously this year. It is fairly common for women above 40s. Hiaz!
Although I wanted so much to turn back the clock, plastic surgery is definitely not an option for me. Cosmetic surgery may go wrong and I’m extremely fear of that. What’s done cannot be undone! And it’s permanent! I will not go under the knife unless there is no better solution than surgery, for example my eyebag removal surgery a year ago. Till now, I’m still not pleased with the results. Too much fats have been removed by Dr Woffles Wu that cause small indentation on both lower eyelids.
All I want now is to look slightly younger and I believe non-invasive procedures will be a better option for me.
Thankfully, due to the latest technology, shaving 10 years off of my age can be done without the help of a plastic surgeon. The areas that may require non-invasive treatments are :
1. Fine lines on forehead
Best treatment I’ve done : Botox. The result lasts approx 6 months. Last done : More than a year ago by Dr Chee from Wen & Weng Clinic. Last result : Excellent. Will I try it again? : Yes, tentatively next year in 2012.
2. Loose skin and wrinkles on lower eyelids (when smiling)
Best treatment I’ve done : Botox. The result last approx 6 months. Last done : 9 months ago by Dr Chee from Wen & Weng Clinic. Last result : Good. Will I try it again? : Yes, this month by Dr Calvin Chan.
3. Facial fat loss / sunken cheeks due to aging (especially below eye socket areas)
Treatment recommended : Dermal Fillers. The result varies depending on the type of fillers injected, approx 3 to 9 months. I believe this facial contouring fillers can help to plump up my sunken cheeks and I may look years younger. It is claimed to help lift up the sagging cheeks and the nasolabial folds too; and therefore I may not require any fillers on the folds at all. Will I try it? Yes as I’ve never tried it before. Due to my tight budget this year, I will try out next year then.
4. Loose skin, sagging cheeks, double chin and droopy eyes
Treatments done before : Thermage (first generation), Titan and Radio Frequency. Results for all : Poor results! New treatment recommended : Thermage (Latest generation). This new skin tightening treatment, has been receiving good reviews. Thermage uses heat to tighten the skin and stimulate collagen production. It’s an alternative to mini face-lift. Drawback of Thermage : Pricey which ranges from $4k+ to $6k+. Will I try the latest Thermage : Yes! Tentatively in mid December 2010 with Dr Calvin Chan.
5. Nasolabial folds and marionette lines
Treatment I’ve done : Fillers injection. Result : bad, lumpy appearance. Twice by different doctors using Juvederm and Restylane. I was told by other doctors that the lumps actually occurred due to the skill of the doctor injecting the fillers. Last done : 2 years ago. Will I try it again? : Maybe not now. I was told that I may not require any fillers on the folds as the filler injection on the cheek areas (above #3) may help to lift up the nasolabial folds. And thermage (above #4) may help to lift up the marionette lines.
6. Flabby and sagging jowls
Treatment I’ve done : Botox, twice by different doctors. Last done : A years ago by Dr Chee from Wen & Weng Clinic. Last result : Slight improvement, face appeared superficial slimmer. Will I try it again? : Yes, with Dr Calvin Chan for this 3rd round.
So in order to take years off my face, I decided to go ahead with some of the non-invasive treatments mentioned above. Thermage for my whole face and double chin area (#4) and Botox on my jawline (#6) and lower eyelid areas (#2).
Botox will usually take about a month before seeing results and Thermage will usually have to wait three to six months for the skin’s collagen to grow before seeing results.
The drawbacks for these non-invasive treatments is the short-term result – they are temporary which lasts from 6 to 12 months only.
So can I achieve a more youthful look with these non-invasive procedures? I really hope so! Stay tuned for my reviews and I will reveal the results!
In 2012, I will likely be proceeding my next mini-makeover with Fillers Injections on sunken cheeks (#3) and Botox on forehead (#1).
Have you done any non-invasive treatments lately? What is it and do you see any result so far? Love to hear from you too!