[By Kin Ji-Woo]
Unless you are a 15-year-old trying to wriggle past the security’s eagle eye to bluff your way to the other side of the velvet rope at the latest nightspot, every woman wouldn’t mind looking a couple of years younger than her actual age. You can’t stop time in his track, but you certainly can turn back the clock to achieve more youthful-looking hair, hands, and skin. With a few tweaks to your daily beauty routine or by embracing the latest science and technologies in Aesthetics Medicine or cosmetics Dermatology, it’s now possible to cheat your way to shave years off one’s face. While some of these fab tips cost almost next to nothing, others are a tidy investment that’ll go a long way towards graceful aging.
One of the most universal and sought after benchmark of Beauty is the perfect V-shaped face. Also known as the V-Line face shape, it refers to a slim and oval face that narrows down to a sharp end at the chin. The V-shaped face is ideal simply because it tends to make the face look more feminine… and younger.
Small Cheat: Clever hair and make-up are the easiest route to take to create the illusion of facial slimming. Layering is key as it creates a wide crown with tapering ends towards the nape of your neck. Jump on the “bangs-wagon” as a full or side-swept fringe will help de-emphasize one’s natural circular symmetry. If you find celebrities shockingly unrecognizable without their war paint, that when you realized how transformative certain makeup techniques can be! To make your face appear slimmer, highlight the features in the center and contour around the perimeter, working with professional quality cream or powder contour colours and matte bronzers.
Big Cheat: A poorly defined or saggy jawline secondary to heavy jowls and double chin will give the face a squarish or inverted V appearance, with a relative narrowing of the upper face as the base broadened. The Infinity Instalift is a collective group of new generation threadlifts performed by the trained specialist from the SW1 Clinic which allow for partial facelifting of selected area(s) that need to be fixed. By weaving a supporting scaffolding with 100% biodegradeable PDO threads, the Infinity V Lift targets and tightens heavy jowls while the Infinity Neck Threadlift zooms in to selectively address the problems of sagging neck skin and double chin, both improving upon the contours of the 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, it shouldn’t prevent you from returning to work after a day or two. Slight swelling secondary to anaesthetic injections administered to reduce the discomfort of the procedure can last for 6 to 24 hours. Small pin-prick marks and bruises can happen at times, but these are usually placed on the underside of the jawline and visibility is much reduced unless closely scrutinized.
The chin is an anchor point for the eye and often, a simple chin enhancement with natural dermal filler can further improve the profile as it lends the face a sharper, more defined appearance that is subtle yet appealing at the same time.
A rounded forehead
A full and elegantly contoured forehead resonates vitality and beauty in one single breathe. In both the East and the West, there are no shortage of celebrities with beautiful, prominent forehead— Aishwarya Rai, Ziyi Zhang, Zoe Saldana and Kate Beckinsale; just to name a few. Forehead depression and hollowness is one of those prominent feature associated with an aging face while the gentle fullness of a high forehead represents youth and perhaps intelligence, making it a more desirable trait.
Small Cheat: The saying “fake it until you make it” definitely rings true in the cosmetics world.Through the use of appropriate beauty products, we can enhance and improve upon our features that we were born with, and play up the ones that we wish had a bit more prominence. By applying a matte bronzer along the hairline of your forehead in a shade darker than your foundation, you can contour to create the impression of a fuller forehead. Just remember to blend properly so that everything looks natural!
Big Cheat: Forehead wrinkles likened to tram tracks create grooves and furrows that not only add years to one’s actual age but mar the beauty of the forehead too. It comes as no surprise that lines erasing, BOTOX® Anti-wrinkle Microinjections is the single most asked for procedure in any aesthetics practice worldwide.
Baby Face Fat Grafting is one of the most requested youth revival treatment in Korea, a cutting edge procedure whereby your own fat is harvested from your body and processed into Microfat by filtration and purification to remove impurities such as oil and fibers. The purified fat is then injected through a series of carefully placed facial microinjections back into areas such as the forehead, cheeks and sunken temples where it’s needed, adding volume and ironing out deep wrinkles to restore the fullness and suppleness of lost youth. You may need more than one session to achieve the desired effect as permanent retention is up to 50-70% even in the most experienced hands. It is important to bear in mind that often less is more for fat injections. Being overzealous and injecting too much fat at one single session may results in undesirable adverse outcome of fat cysts and lumps.
An elegant neck
As society progresses and women need not conform to style of dressing dictated by their age, the neck and décolletage become one of the focal points to come under close scrutiny. A desirable neck is slender, smooth and free of surface blemishes. This oft-neglected area readily announces one’s actual age, worsened by the fact that it’s well exposed to the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun, making it an easy target for photo-aging characterized by skin wrinkling and sun spots.
Small Cheat: Make sure any serums and creams you put on your face get the chance to travel south towards the collar bones to cover the neck and upper chest to stave off sun damage and premature aging. Any lifting facials can and should be extended to cover the neck. A hybrid facial that utilizes Sygma Lift which combines clinical ultrasound skin lifting technology with cold laser for toning skin with facial indulgences, the 24K Uplift facial does triple action to sculpt, lift and refine.Using cutting-age Exilis Lift radio frequency skin tightening technology to gently coax skin to behave in a younger manner, the Divine Uplift facial also combines an age-defying peel and an anti-oxidant packed high-tech collagen mask which improves firmness and elasticity for a younger-looking neck that’ll shave years off and keep others second guessing.
Big Cheat: Short of going under the knife for a surgical neck lift, opt for gentler but nonetheless effective modalities such as Ulthera and Thermage to restore some of the features robbed by the passage of time. Ulthera is an advanced FDA approved treatment that engages medical ultrasound for deep tissue lifting, tackling a sagging jawline and double chin with panache. By utilizing patented monopolar radiofrequency waves, Thermage tightens and lifts by stimulating collagen remodeling and regeneration. By combining these two excellent non-invasive modalities to harvest their synergistic effects, not only do they iron out loose skin and improve the appearance of neck lines, but help to re-contour a weak, saggy jawline to revive one’s profile to a more youthful definition that was once there but somehow went missing as the years rolled by.
A full head of hair
We fret about our open pores, stretch marks, cellulite and a whole slew of other beauty woes, but nothing come close to the horror of a thinning scalp and premature hair loss. At any given age, a full head of well-maintained tresses represents good health and vitality.
Small Cheat: Some ladies I know have longer relationship with their hairstylist than any man in their life, and that’s how important a good haircut is. Whether its worn long or short, layering will help to create the impression of a fuller head of hair. Playing with the right combination of highlights and lowlights will play up the illusion further in the right direction.
Big Cheat: Rejuvenate your crowning glory and cultivate a lusher, fuller head of hair with the Keramax Scalp Program, specially designed by the beauty specialists from the SW1 Clinic. Weakened hair roots are strengthened and thinning scalps revived with the FDA approved Revage 670 laser, proven to stimulate the growing phase of hair follicles. This is paired with Revitascalp, a holistic in-house specialty whereby a targeted blast of scientifically selected nutrients to help support a healthy growth of hair, including vitamin B12, folic acid, protein-building amino acids and a hefty shot of clinically proven minoxidilis infused directly into the scalp via a special delivery system. Revitascalp helps to inhibit the production of hair-hindering DHT, boosting your chances of retarding any ‘hair-zards’ in the foreseeable future while restoring your thinned out coiffure to its former glory.
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