Time spares nothing, and seems particularly to have it out for our faces, paying just as much attention to skin-level deformations (lines and wrinkles) as it does to the large-scale hollowings and saggings which, over time, change the actual shape of our faces.
We can’t stop the ageing process, but we can try to slow it down or even reverse some of it.
In our 50s, we lose considerable amount of volume in the face which can contribute to drooping corners of mouth, nasolabial folds and loss of cheek volume. Fine lines can start to become deeper around the lips and we tend to lose lip volume. Crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead lines become deeper and more noticeable. Sun exposure, previous use of tanning salon and smoking can speed up the development of lines.
If you have never had facial aesthetic treatments such as Botox® and dermal filler before, then we are sure you have plenty of questions. The concerns that most people report are that they do not want to look unnatural and frozen.
Dr Bong prides himself on offering results which are natural and balanced. We encourage our patients to not to do much in one treatment session. Little and often is a better approach. We recommend starting with one procedure and adding to the overall effect over the following few weeks or even months for a natural-looking appearance.
Deeper Lines and Wrinkles
As your body’s rate of collagen and hyaluronic acid production slows down in your 40s, your skin becomes noticeably thinner and less resilient. As a result, expression lines and wrinkles deepen. These lines are called ‘dynamic expression lines’ and are highly responsive to Botox® treatment.
√ Crow’s feet are more noticeable around your eyes
√ Deeper lines appear in your forehead
√ Frown lines between your eyebrows are more persistent
Looking fresh and natural, despite having a hectic life, can be easily achieved by using Botox® to soften lines and wrinkles. Dr Bong strives to preserve a small degree of facial expression to make sure you look natural.
Lines around the eyes, called ‘crow’s feet’ can be reduced using Botox® wrinkle relaxing injections.
Frown lines can be softened using Botox®. This can give a softer look and stop people asking why you are angry!
Forehead lines treatment with Botox® in your 50s is a great way to let makeup sit better on the skin and still look fresh at the end of the day.
Although down-turned corners of the mouth can be seen in certain younger individuals, the vast majority of these cases occur as people age.
As we age, our faces change in a three-dimensional way through changes in our bones, facial fat and skin layer. A down-turned mouth is based in changes that occur in our teeth and jaw. With age, our jaw starts to rotate backwards, and as it falls back into the deeper face, the skin around this area falls backwards as well.
Another factor is the natural ageing process, which results in the natural loss of collagen and elastin – proteins that control how plump and firm skin is. As these deteriorate, skin can sag or look lax, which, especially around the mouth, can lead to the appearance of having drooping mouth corners.
It is possible to lift these corners with dermal filler by adding volume and anchoring the corners higher up. When carried out with skills and care, this is an effective and safe treatment, and it helps restore a more refreshed appearance to this part of the face that is so important for nonverbal communication.
Find out all about it in our treatment page (click here).
Loss of Facial Contour and Volume
In our late 40’s and 50’s, loss of facial volume from the age-related deflation of the deep fat pads on the face is the main factor contributing to the hollowed, sagging, flattened and, hence, aged look of the face.
Dr Bong’s Signature Liquid Face Lift treatment (coined ‘the Glasgow Lift’) can be undertaken to give you a more rested and energetic look. A technique invented by Dr Bong 9 years ago, this treatment uses injectable dermal fillers to lift, plump, contour and sculpt the face. In some patients the goal of this treatment is to lift the entire face. In others, the goal is to lift or contour specific facial features. Also, jowls can be lifted and diminished; natural shape can be restored to flattened cheeks or temple areas as well as corners of the mouth can be lifted.
The simple truth is you do not have to be overweight to get a double chin and jowls – age and genetics play a role. SEEING a double chin and jowls in the mirror is never a nice sight. But the fact is, you do not have to be overweight for this to happen to you. Some people are genetically predisposed to a double chin, meaning they have a family history of this. A double chin and/or jowls can also happen as you age.
Fat dissolving injections is one of our most popular treatments. We love performing fat dissolving injections for double chin and jowls. This is a permanent, non-surgical way of reducing double chin and jowl fat while tighten the sagging skin in these areas. Find out all about this treatment in our treatment page (click here).
This is an example of what can be achieved. This patient had two sessions of double chin fat dissolving injections. The treatments were carried out 6 weeks apart. The double chin has reduced and it is no longer visible on the front-on view. She was delighted with this result. Please note that results can vary.
Tear Trough Hollows
There are few women who do not suffer from under eye hollows whether from ageing, sleepless nights or just an unhealthy lifestyle. Under eye hollows are volume loss under the eye area creating a tired appearance as well as deformity commonly known as ‘tear trough’.
Dr Bong invented this revolutionary technique in 2013 and owns its international trademark. It is called Two-Point Eye Lift™. This technique is now internationally known as one of the safest and most effective techniques for rejuvenating under eye hollows with soft tissue filler, and is now widely used in over 40 countries. This treatment takes only about 20 minutes to complete, with minimal discomfort and no down time. Find out more in our treatment page (click here).
Lack of Lip Shape & Fullness
Most men and women notice their lips begin to THIN some time in their early 30s and 40s. Your lips begin to thin for the same reason your skin begins to sag with time: a natural decline in collagen. Lip size and shape are genetically determined, but all of us tend to get thinner lips over time. If your lips are naturally smaller, you may start to notice this in your late 20s and 30s.
We use the softest, smoothest injectable filler we have, so it looks and feels very natural. Very importantly, our lip treatment is virtually pain-free! Most patients are surprised that lip injections by Dr Bong are not painful at all – because of the effects of the local anaesthetic AND because Dr Bong knows all the tricks and secrets of injecting in the least uncomfortable way.
Technique is especially important. We will focus on sculpting the shape and contour of the lips with only subtle enhancement in volume. Find out more in our treatment page (click here)
Lipstick Bleed Lines
Despite the name, these vertical lip lines are not always caused by smoking, but can also be due to repetitive lip pursing and movement. They are often more visible when lipstick “bleeds” into these lines.
Dermal fillers are injected beneath the skin to soften and rejuvenate fine lines around the mouth. Results are seen immediately and can last for up to a year. Dr Bong’s expertise in this treatment – coupled with his use of premium soft tissue filler which does not have any volume – ensures that there is no risk of puffiness after this treatment.
Those days of being seemingly unaffected by unprotected sun exposure have come and gone by the time you hit your 40s. In fact, even the most minor sun exposure can create dark spots on the skin as you age. There is also a decrease in your skin’s elasticity.
Our medium-depth chemical skin peel is unique and exclusive to Essence Medical. This peel is not available in the high street and should not be confused with other TCA peels which are widely available in clinics or medispas.
Firstly, this peel consists of a unique, one-of-its-kind blend of TCA and phenol, combined with patented molecular technology for a safe and effective medium-depth peel. Secondly, this peel’s unique formula and its patented Painless Technology® has made it possible for the treatment to cause zero pain. Yes, no pain! Thirdly, this hybrid formula is scientifically proven to be more potent than stand-alone TCA peel and as such, you will need fewer treatments to achieve your desired result.
After 40, you might experience more skin dryness and irritation than you ever did. Slowing down of cell renewal rate means dead cells start accumulating on the surface of the skin and this interferes with light reflection. Impacted layers of dead skin cells results in the skin having difficulty staying moisturised naturally.
PhotoReady is a revolutionary skin injection treatment available only at Essence Medical Cosmetic Clinic. Its breakthrough treatment protocol combines hyaluronic acid (HA) skin booster with Botox® and injected into the skin with an innovative device. This unique treatment protocol aims to give your skin a ‘red carpet-look’ i.e. minimise pores, soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as give your skin a soft smooth glow.
Ultrasound Facial is an all-in-one solution for multi-dimensional, effective facial skin care by combining five different technologies: Aqua Peeling; Cyclone Extraction; Ion Lifting; Multipolar Radiofrequency; and Ultrasound.
This is is the newest non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment to help combat signs of ageing. When carried out in conjunction with Dr Bong’s exclusive treatment technique and protocol, this treatment visibly improves skin health and the appearance of your skin.
A daily skin care regimen packed with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, and retinol are power-packed ingredients that can reset your skin. Sun protection is mandatory as always – and Dr Bong’s Age-Smart Day Moisturiser comes with SPF25! Find out more in our treatment page (click here).
Under Eye Fine Lines
Signs of skin ageing that first show in someone’s 30s, like fine lines around the eyes and thinning of skin under the eyes all become more pronounced in the 40s.
This is a luxurious eye-specific formula full of anti-ageing powerhouses like Matrixyl™, SesaFlash™, Brighlette™, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. Formulated exclusively by Dr Bong, this intense eye serum feels weightless on your skin but still visibly soften fine lines and wrinkles as well as the appearance of eye bags and dark circles in just one application.