Whether it’s a relaxing, results-focused treatment, or a straight-to-the-point cosmetic procedure, we’ve found the tools to treat those trouble spots
1. Deflate under eye bags
ThermiSmooth is a new, non-invasive skin tightening treatment which works wonders on under eye bags and reduces the appearance of wrinkles by increasing collagen production over time. “Using a specialised radio frequency wand, the skin is heated to 40-44 degrees,” says Dr Catherine Stone of The Face Place, “stimulating collagen contraction in the short term and tissue tightening over weeks to months. There is usually some mild to moderate redness after the treatment, which lasts about 30-60 minutes, but downtime is otherwise minimal.” While multiple treatments may be necessary, results can be seen after the first treatment, with full results developing over three to six months.
2. Smooth wrinkles in an instant
Botox has been used medically for over 20 years as a safe and effective treatment for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – and contrary to popular belief, when done right, no one will even know you’ve had it done. At Caci, the treatment is administered by registered nurses to ensure natural and subtle-looking results and can be undertaken in around 10 to 15 minutes. While dermal fillers are used to plump the skin, Botox works by temporarily preventing muscle movement, relaxing the muscle and therefore reducing the appearance of soft lines and wrinkles in the overlying skin. Results are noticeable in one to three days and each treatment lasts up to three or four months, so you’ll need to factor in repeat visits.
3. Firm neck skin and jowls
If you’re conscious of sagging skin in the neck, jowls and chin, you can now ditch your turtleneck sweaters in favour of a non-surgical, non-invasive skin lifting procedure. Ultherapy is a treatment available throughout New Zealand which stimulates the body’s own natural healing process through ultrasound technology to lift the skin over time. Energy generated by the ultrasound triggers a natural response under the skin, which jumpstarts the regenerative process and produces new collagen. Some patients will experience an initial effect, however the real results begin to show two to three months post treatment, as stronger collagen and elastin are created.
4. Plump up the lip volume
As we age, both genetic and lifestyle factors, such as the pursing action of smoking and moisture loss in the epidermis, can heighten the appearance of fine lines in the lips. Mid-thickness hyaluron dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Belotero and Emervel, can be used to restore plumpness to the lips, while fillers such as Restylane can be used to make small corrections, like lifting a sad mouth corner or balancing irregular lips, with minimal risk of allergic reaction. The best news? Hyaluron fillers can be dissolved immediately with a special enzyme called hyalase, if you’re not happy with the results. “Permanent fullers such as Acquamid should never be used on the lips, as the result cannot be adjusted to match our ageing faces and they are not easily removable,” says Skin Institute’s Dr Sarah Hart. “My personal favourite is Juvederm Ultra as it has an excellent balance of softness and structure. Kylie Jenner has confirmed Juvederm injections are responsible for her enhanced lips.”
5. Reduce the appearance of scars
If your face is still baring the scars of your past (thanks puberty), dermal fillers can help to improve the contours of those craters. Injecting dermal filler into the scar can remodel the collagen in the skin and improve its appearance – but it’s important that you see a more experienced practitioner as the side effects are slightly higher and the tissue can tether important facial structures down. “Downtime is usually minimal,” says Dr Hart. “Most patients experience some redness and swelling immediately after, which usually settles in a couple of hours, but there is a chance of bruising which can last up to two weeks.”
6. Focus on the face
Omnilux Light Therapy is a gentle yet effective (and incredibly relaxing) treatment for plumping fine lines and hydrating skin, with no needles, pain, side effects or downtime. “Omnilux light tricks the skin into thinking that there has been trauma to it,” explains Haley Tietjens, business performance manager for About Face. “When the skin has had trauma, it automatically goes into healing mode and your fibroblasts [the most common cells of connective tissue] are stimulated.” The fibroblasts then produce collagen and hyaluronic acid (your internal source of hydration) to plump up the skin, soften fine lines and promote a dewy glow. Injectables are used to target specific lines and areas, whereas Omnilux improves the entire skin surface. If you do choose to use injectables however, Omnilux can help to extend their duration.
Once you’ve had the treatment, give your skin some extra TLC at home, with these age-fighting superstars.
1. Decléor Excellence De L’Âge Sublime Regenerating Cream, $205. 2. Santa Maria Novella Sunscreen SPF50, $119, from World Beauty. 3. Sothys Perfect Shape Youth Serum, $169. 4. Ultraceuticals Ultra C23+ Firming Concentrate, $159. 5. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Eye Serum, $195. 6. Evolu Regenerative Overnight Cream, $62.99. 7. Time Bomb Collagen Bomb, $90. 8. Environ Intensive Revival Masque, $95.