If only the fountain of eternal youth was bottled and evenly distributed to the population. Alas, it is but a myth.
However, modern technology and advances in science and medicine has allowed us to delay the appearance of ageing and that is exactly what the new Channel 4 series, How Not To Get Old, focuses on.
As one of the Cosmetic Surgeons to be featured in the programme, I thought it would be a good time to write a blog about the common questions posed during a consultation, both for surgical and non-surgical procedures.
How much does diet and exercise actually contribute to staying young? Isn’t it more to do with genetics?
Eating healthy food and exercising regularly reaps so many rewards not just on a physical level but also emotionally and psychologically. Of course certain things can be ‘blamed’ on genetics but there is a lot to be said for the effect that extrinsic factors have on the skin and overall ageing process. It is well known that certain vitamin and mineral intake improve the quality and complexion of the skin including the widely publicised effect of vitamin C improving the look of fine lines, texture of the skin and to some extent improving pigmentation of the skin. A good diet, plenty of hydration along with regular exercise improves circulation and the delivery system of those vital nutrients and oxygen to the skin leaving you more fresh faced and glowing.
I’m in my 50′s and my skin is sagging and looking a bit droopy. Should I try your non-surgical treatment Ultherapy or would I be better suited for a face lift?
Ultherapy can improve the texture of the skin in any age-group, however it does have its limitations! Typically, the less severe the sagging is the higher likelihood a non surgical procedure will benefit you . This is because if sagging is quite advanced then you are probably a better candidate for surgery. We see fantastic results in people in their 30’s, 40’s and beyond with the Ultherapy, providing the skin is of good quality. However, it is usually recommended that a consultation in which both non-surgical and surgical options are discussed in order to best suit your individual needs and expectations.
Is there a treatment that can get rid of my fine lines around my eyes?
Treatments for fine lines are aplenty ranging from wrinkle-relaxing injections, to accent radio frequency, to Palomar fractional laser to Oxygen Infusion and more. A complimentary consultation with one of the nurses can determine which would be best for your skin and budget.
What is the ‘best age’ to have a face lift?
We usually see people in their 40′s upwards for face lifts. Obviously you need to have a reasonable degree of sag present which needs to be corrected and for some people it does begin early, say early forties. I guess it would depend on your philosophy, however many people prefer to have correction of any sagging before it becomes too apparent. This is because the effects of your cosmetic surgery will not be as obvious as it would be if you wait until the sagging is well advanced. Furthermore from a surgeon’s point of view it is usually better for us to work on tissue which still retains some elasticity and therefore is better to work with.
I’ve looked after my face over the years but every time I look down at my hands, I’m reminded of my true age! What can be done about ageing hands?
We have a developed a fantastic 3-part system for this problematic area. Our non-surgical Ultimate Hand Lift combines Laser / IPL with a chemical based peel and dermal fillers in order to give the result of smoother, younger looking hands. If one is also troubled with prominent hand veins, the surgical route may be recommended. We work closely with a vein surgeon who can effectively deal with those too. We’ve had many happy clients in both cases.
The skin above my knee is becoming saggy. Is there a non-surgical treatment to give it a lift?
This is traditionally a difficult area to deal with. However Accent radio frequency can be used to lift and tighten the skin – usually this is achieved over a course of around six treatments ensuring you have the best possible results. We are considering the use of Ultherapy being used for sagging skin around the knees, although it is still in the trial stages. Nonetheless there is no treatment that will completely eliminate sagging in this difficult region and the aim is simply to improve it.
I’m in my 20′s, should I consider using Botox now or should I wait until the lines are more prominent?
Collagen production usually starts to slow down in your late 20s, after this time fine lines and wrinkles may become more apparent and visible and could benefit from wrinkle-relaxing treatments like Botulinum Toxin Type A (commonly referred to as Botox). We wouldn’t advise this injectable to anyone who just ‘wanted’ it. It is a prescription drug and we have a responsibility to our clients to only use it if they need it, so a consultation will definitely be required. As to whether to use it as prevention rather than cure – I am of the belief that you can prevent deeper, more refined lines by targeting it earlier but again, it depends on the individual.
I have always wanted more defined, slightly larger lips but am worried that I would be left with a ‘trout pout’ as seen in some magazines!
Magazines don’t really do our industry justice sometimes! We champion the natural look giving a boost in volume without overdoing it. ‘Less is more’. Nowadays, with the use of hylauronic acid based dermal fillers, a very natural long-lasting result can be achieved and we can say goodbye to the days of the trout pout!
If you have a question now or during the How Not To Get Old series, please tweet @MrAlexKaridis using the #AskKaridis or email firstname.lastname@example.org and my team of highly skilled aesthetic nurses will respond to you!