Turning 40 is a milestone that often brings about profound mental and physical shifts. It’s a time when individuals feel the need to get their act together, take charge of their lives, and embrace the aging process gracefully. In case you needed yet another reminder that the forties are the new thirties, Miranda Kerr, Mila Kunis, and Chris Hemsworth are just a few celebrities who have recently turned or will turn the big 4-0 this year.
So naturally the next big questions are; when is the right time to start considering anti wrinkle injections? Should I introduce retinol into my skincare regimen? What exactly is a ‘mummy makeover’? And what about a ‘daddy do-over’? Do I really have to choose between preserving my posterior or enhancing my facial appearance? Is it time to switch from hyaluronic acid fillers to longer-lasting alternatives?
In the realm of beauty and aesthetics, there is no universal answer. However, there are some proven principles that can help you look and feel your best. In this comprehensive series, we address some of your burning questions (which we are frequently asked about in the clinics) about the best treatments, procedures, and practices to consider at any age — spanning from skincare and surgery to overall health and wellness.
Clearly, this decade is looking better than ever, with a multitude of non-surgical cosmetic procedures designed to tackle visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, skin sagging, and fat loss. By adopting a proactive approach to skin health and maintenance, individuals can delay or even avoid more invasive surgical interventions in the future. So lets start with face first….
”"IT'S LIKE GETTING YOUR BODY INTO SHAPE: JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T EXERCISED BEFORE DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN'T START NOW AND SEE GREAT RESULTS" .......
Anti Wrinkle Injections: Wrinkles, Fine lines, Smoother Skin
If you haven’t started receiving anti wrinkle injections in your twenties or thirties, don’t fret. It’s never too late! According to the National Library of Medicine 2022, anti wrinkle treatments are the most popular cosmetic treatments among people in their forties.
Dr. Sarika Tiwari, from our medical team reveals that many of her patients begin regular anti wrinkle treatments in their forties and fifties for various reasons. “Everyone is different,” she explains. “Some individuals tend to frown, while others squint. Some have experienced significant skin damage, while others have taken exceptional care of their skin and have minimal damage, even in their forties and fifties.”
While this muscle-paralyzing agent is commonly used to prevent the formation of wrinkles in your twenties and thirties, it continues to deliver a smoothing and softening effect by inhibiting the muscle movement responsible for lines and wrinkles. The injections take approximately one week to take effect, and touch-ups are necessary every three to six months for optimal results.
Dermal Filler: Replacing Lost Volume
As the body’s production of collagen and elastin diminishes with age, both men and women may notice sagging, reduced elasticity, and decreased volume in their face, neck, and body. Women, in particular, may experience hormonal changes during menopause that exacerbate this process.
In such cases, dermal fillers can be employed on various body parts (although they are most commonly used on the face) to plump and smooth out unwanted lines and wrinkles. “Individuals in their forties begin to lose volume in the cheek area and may develop jowls around the chin,” states Dr. Tiwari. “During this age range, I find that fillers around the cheek and jawline produce transformative results.”
Similar to anti wrinkle injections, the outcomes of dermal fillers are rapid and effective. However, maintenance sessions are required every six months to two years, depending on the type of filler and the treated area.
Bioremodelling Injections: Ultimate Skin Health
In your forties, bioremodelling injections can help improve the condition of your skin. Bioremodelling injections are a type of treatment that utilises hyaluronic acid-based fillers to address various signs of aging. As we age, our skin experiences a decrease in collagen and elastin production, leading to the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging. Bioremodelling injections work by providing deep hydration and stimulating collagen synthesis, resulting in improved skin texture and firmness. This treatment is particularly effective in rejuvenating areas such as the cheeks, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines.
With bioremodelling injections, you can revitalize your skin, restoring its natural radiance and achieving a more youthful appearance in your 40s.
HIFU Skin Tightening
For those seeking to tighten and firm their skin without resorting to a facelift, HIFU offers a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that utilises ultrasound technology. This procedure specifically targets skin laxity and works by delivering concentrated ultrasound waves deep into the skin and the SMAS muscle. Unlike laser skin tightening methods that focus on the outer layers of the skin, Ultralift HIFU penetrates the inner layers. By heating the underlying tissue, it triggers the body’s natural healing response, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.
Dr. Tiwari explains that individuals in their forties often experience a loss of collagen and elastin, resulting in mild skin sagging. HIFU can effectively address these concerns by tightening the jawline, under-eye area, forehead, and even lifting the eyebrows. It can also be utilised to firm the skin on the décolleté and even the stomach.
Although HIFU can deliver more noticeable results compared to anti wrinkle and fillers, it falls short of achieving the same level of improvement as a facelift. Like most laser treatments, multiple sessions are typically required, spaced three to four weeks apart. This non-invasive approach offers an excellent alternative for individuals seeking rejuvenation without undergoing surgery.
For optimal results combine HIFU with bioremodelling and biostmulators injectables for next level skin tightening and rejuvenation, next lets look at body contouring…..
Body Sculpting: Shifting Stubborn Fat, Tightening the Skin
It’s no secret that many natural bodily processes start to slow down as we age, including metabolism. This, coupled with a decrease in skin elasticity, leads many individuals in their forties to consider both surgical and non-surgical body contouring procedures to address unwanted fat deposits in various areas such as love handles, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
Body sculpting encompasses a range of treatments, each with varying levels of invasiveness. Non-surgical procedures like Cristal® fat freezing, and HIFU body sculpting, utilise techniques such as heating or freezing to eliminate excess fat. More recent options like EMBODY® offer toning and strengthening benefits by utilising high-intensity, focused electromagnetic technology that mimics the effects of 20,000 crunches during a 30-minute session.
These non-surgical treatments offer minimal downtime, particularly when compared to traditional procedures like tummy tucks or liposuction. However, it’s important to note that three to four sessions may be necessary to achieve desired results. While the effects are permanent and become fully visible after approximately four to six months, maintaining one’s weight is crucial for long-lasting outcome