Skin sagging is a natural phenomenon that is inevitable as we grow older. The skin that was once tight and firm becomes flabby and loses its tension to hold onto the original shape, losing its elasticity and hence come the wrinkles. Gravity is an additional factor which contributes to the sagging process, reducing the skin firmness. Consequences are sagging and folding of the cheeks, drooping of the eyebrows, eyelid ptosis, flabby chin and neck. The technology of facelifting and facial contouring thus becomes important. Many treatments which yield satisfactory skin firmness and wrinkle reduction are available without the need to undergo surgery or invasive procedure.
BOTOX®, generically known as botulinum toxin, is a protein that can be extracted from a natural source. It acts as a muscle relaxant which counters dynamic wrinkles, including those produced from facial expression like smiling. After receiving treatment, the problem will gradually fade away, and the result would be most visible after 2 to 3 weeks. In addition, BOTOX® can be used to treat square jaw. Injection of BOTOX® into the mandibular muscle can flatten the lower half of the face, slimming the facial shape for up to 4 months.
Filler is non-surgical wrinkle treatment using injection of hyaluronic acid (HA) to instantly smooth moderate to severe wrinkles. Filler can be used to increase the volume of a specific facial part, including the nose, chin, cheek fold, and periorbital area. Result can last for up to 2 years with optimal treatment and will gradually dissipate afterward.
Another innovative non-invasive face-lifting treatment is thread lifting. The medical thread that is used in this treatment is specifically designed to stimulate elastin and collagen synthesis along the thread line. This method is capable of giving a V-shaped facial contour while increasing its elasticity. Moreover, medical thread can improve the skin tone and provide anti-aging effects. The result of thread lifting can last up to 2 years post treatment.