[By Nisha E. Henley]
It may be a birthday that marked a cross over to the next decade of life, a bad break-up or a recent pregnancy. There comes a point in every girl’s life when it’s hard for her not to notice signs of aging whenever she caught sight of her own reflection. And from that point in time, it becomes her life-long mission to embark on a constant quest to fight off these pesky tell-tale signs. Instead of waiting for that day to arrive unannounced, why not take things in your hands and start your anti-aging regime well ahead in your 20s? After all, aging is a dynamic process and progresses with each day we spend on this planet. But when you have the youthful advantage on your side, what exactly is there to be done? Turns out, plenty. Here, five ways that lasers and aesthetics treatments can help you in your 20s, setting you up for graceful aging as the years roll by.
Stamp out acne breakouts for good
With a rising number of adult onset acne diagnosed over the years, a run in between zits and wrinkles is far more common than what one would expect. Do not be misled by the notion that acne proned oily skin is a self-limiting skin condition that’ll run its own course and disappear a few years down the road. Uncovering the roots of cause and tackling them fast and furious will greatly reduce the chance of acne scarring and lend you many more years of blemish-free complexion and optimal skin health.An emergency intra-lesional cortisone injection is a foolproof way to shrink particularly bad and angry-looking zits, but chronic acne, secondary to genetics, stress, a crazy schedule or frequent travel, necessitate a bigger picture game plan to stamp them out for good.
SW1 Clinic’s specially designed Purity Program engages the help of V-Beam Perfecta diode laser together with Exilis Lift and I-Clear as the acne-fighting three musketeers, a skin purification trio that work in synergy to refine and clarify troubled complexions for effective long-term acne clearance sans redness and flaking. By targeting the underlying culprit—overactive sebaceous glands producing oil in overdrive, the VBeam Perfecta diode laser achieves a better effect when complemented with radiofrequency waves emitted via Exilis Lift, regulating oil production and purging out both whiteheads and blackheads. A side benefit of these skin clearing lasers is the positive impact on moderate acne scars and fine lines in the long run, secondary to the collagen and elastin boosting capacity of RF waves. Rounding up with I-Clear photobiomodulation against acne-causing P. bacterium, this comprehensive treatment plan is as close to 100% patient satisfaction as one can get, restoring and refining flushed, stubborn blemished complexions to desired clarity.
Stop pigmentation in its tracks
As each individual’s skin is truly personal and unique to his or hers, it can be hard to fairly scrutinize its exact condition. In the late 20s and early 30s, however, is about the time the first fine lines or spots begin. Dealing with them earlier will translate into a wrinkle and pigmentation free complexion for as long as possible.
Rejuvenate, refine and even out your skin tone by tackling early signs of pigment formation with the Porcelain Skin Program, based on a revolutionary Japanese research into ultimate skin fairness and pigment correction. Engaging advanced Pico Pigment Laser to tackle skin pigmentation, this comprehensive approach is designed to refresh dull, fatigued complexions and radically correct skin discolouration and texture irregularities without significant downtime.This brilliant laser utilizes premiere Picosecond technology with the possibility of an added IPL function to erase stubborn pigmentation together with surface imperfections such as pores, lines and textural irregularities; working in synergy with LED RED photomodulation and Pearl éclat to supercharge cellular renewal, self-repair and collagen replenishment. Bestowing upon users enviable glowy skins that’ll bound to keep accolades of praises coming your way, and bystanders second guessing your beauty secrets…. and age as time goes by.
Wrinkles prevention with early Botox
While previously Botox for the under 30 or even under 40 cohort is frowned upon, mindsets are changing as we developed a better understanding to the natural process of wrinkles formation and how judicious use of Botox can help. Depending on genetics, the level of sun damage, how animated one’s facial expressions are and whether the person has “resting bitch face”, it may be appropriate to administer Botox injections at an earlier age.
“My advice to patients is to start treatment when lines are sticking around even when your face is relaxed. For instance, someone in her 20s who frowns or squints her eyes habitually will tend to develop the ‘11’ vertical lines over the nose at an early age.” Explains Dr. Kenneth Lee, medical director of the SW1 Clinic (formerly from The Sloane Clinic). “Botox in highly individualised ‘baby doses’ is best used as a preventive measure in such cases to relax the muscles and the overlying skin, so that wrinkles formation will be kept in check.”
Gone are the days when one sets an age limit like the big 4-0 to ger her first Botox treatment. Both experts and users now agree that the chronological age of Botox is often irrelevant, and it’s far more important to look at the dynamic wrinkles themselves, which can vary remarkably amongst different individuals notwithstanding the same age bracket.
Partial facial lifting with threads
While the word ‘face lift’ by any means, be it the traditional surgical way or via non-surgical options such as thread lift usually conjure up images of a middle aged or elderly woman with a falling face, the savvy 20-somethings are looking at it and embracing the technology in a different manner. Instead of waiting out till a certain time in life to check in to a surgery for a complete overhaul, younger women are smartly tackling the first signs of aging to stop Time in its tracks.
One of the major breakthroughs in Medical Aesthetics that’s fast gaining a cult following is the newer generation of shorter facial threads that can be better manoeuvred, featured in the series of Infinity Instalift treatments performed by the trained physicians from the SW1 Clinic (formerly The Sloane Clinic), allowing partial facelifting for selected area(s) that need to be fixed. For example, when there’s a quite a substantial amount of weight loss in younger patients over a fairly short period of time, the Infinity Neck Threadlift beautifully tackles sagging neck skin and double chin to restore jawline to more youthful and desirable proportions. Depending on the amount of skin laxity, more or less threads (usually 4 to 8) are inserted to give the best outcome. There’s little to no downtime, and generally shouldn’t prevent one from returning to work after a day or two. Slight swelling secondary to the anesthetic injections made for the procedure to be almost pain-free can last between 6 to 24 hours. As with all procedures that involved needles and injections, small pin-prick marks and bruises can happen at times. However, as these are usually placed on the underside of the jawline, visibility is much reduced unless closely scrutinized.
A hairy affair to remember
Your hairstylist may be your best person to turn to for a listening ear for all your breakup stories and a revenge hair cut or color to save the day, but as it turns out, the doctor is your go-to source for realmind worrying hair issues, as general thinning can occur even for the noughties babies with scalp issues or hormonal shifts. Instead of stressing endlessly over a widening hair part, a trained physician can closely examine your scalp, diagnose the problem, and prescribe supplements like omega fatty acids and Viviscal, or targeted laser, bringing your lengths back to a more healthy, youthful state.
The FDA approved Revage 670 Laser, either as a standalone treatment or paired with Revitascalp in the Keramax Scalp Program, is widely recognized as the gold standard to treat your follicular woes, maintaining existing hair volume and rejuvenating thinning hair to nothing short of resplendent. With a total of 30 laser diodes, Revage provides critical coherent beams as a direct source of low level laser energy in a hood that goes over the scalp to ensure maximum contact with the areas to be treated. Scientific studies done reported an 85% success rate in halting hair loss, with an almost 40% of increased fullness reported. This is therefore not just a treatment that targets current hair thinning, but also help to prevent further hair loss, providing the perfect answer to why you should start aesthetics care early in your 20s— to keep your tresses as healthy and glorious looking as they can possibly be.