Signs of aging part 2

There is more to getting older than wrinkles, says Dr Bernard Leung, who explains the signs of aging and what is happening to your face.

Are wrinkles the only thing that make you look tired and old?

Part 2 – Find out your treatment options. By Dr Bernard Leung

In our last article we explained the 4 signs of aging: Volume loss due to thinning of subcutaneous fat, shrinkage of facial bones, sagging of skin and skin changes.

To best address these signs of aging, it is important to take a holistic approach. I follow the 5R principles of Facial Rejuvenation: Relax, Revolumise, Remove, Reposition and Resurface.

RelaxAnti wrinkle injection relaxes the underlying muscles which cause your lines to appear. It is safe and effective when performed by an experienced practitioner. Although this is one of the most popular treatments for facial rejuvenation, other treatments are often needed to address the other aspects of aging.

Revolumise: In our previous article, we discussed that shrinkage of the subcutaneous fat and facial bones is one of the hallmarks of facial aging. It therefore stands to reason that replenishing this volume loss by Facial Revolumisation has become the key treatment in facial rejuvenation. One of the most common questions I get asked is how to make my patients eyes look less tired.

The main contributor to this tired look is facial volume loss as discussed in the previous article. Facial Revolumisation, with dermal fillers, is the ideal treatment to help reduce bags and dark circles under the eyes, give you higher cheek bones, help diminish the appearance of nasolabial folds and improve jaw line definition. Using my technical expertise and artistic judgement, my results are natural looking and usually last well over 2 years.

Remove: Removal of excess droopy upper eyelid skin has a remarkable effect on ones appearance. It will often banish the tired look due to sagging eyes completely. It is also not uncommon to develop aging spots, unwanted moles, broken blood vessels, brown spots or skin tags. All of these can be easily and safely treated by simple removal techniques, such as cryotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, surgical excision or Intense Pulse Light.

Reposition: Some of my mature patients suffer from sagging face and necks. Face and Neck Lifting procedures can be used to help reverse these signs. I specialise in combining minimally invasive face lift and neck lift techniques with revolumisation and other treatments to give my patients an overall rejuvenation, which in my opinion gives far superior results than just an open surgical face lift alone. Not only is there a very short down time, I can avoid that tight, pulled look altogether and instead give my patients a natural and pleasing looking result.

Resurface: After addressing the structural signs of aging in the face, it is important not to forget about your skin. Resurfacing of the skin refers to methods that remove the outer layers of the skin resulting in a smoother, more even-coloured appearance. Microdermabrasionchemical peelslaser resurfacing (confluent and fractional) all fall under this category. These techniques are used to treat sun-damaged, weathered, or aged skin.

For further information on all of the treatments feel free to peruse our website or call my clinic today on 02 6255 8988.