Is a facelift de rigeur by the time I hit 50? - SW1 Clinic

Is a facelift de rigeur by the time I hit 50?


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Do I need a facelift?

Edging closer to 40, I must confess I have started to look at my face in a whole new light. What I’d taken for granted in my younger days, I’m starting to wish I had paid more attention to. It was as if I woke up one morning and I could see clearly now my laugh lines, the tiny wrinkles that are creeping up on the corner of my eyes, the sun spots and freckles on my cheeks (I did love those beach holidays a little too much).

So begets the question, is there still hope for my face? I will go as far as to say I’ve been diligent with my not just my daily skincare routine, but ALSO my weekly in-house exfoliation and masks, but clearly these are simply not enough to tackle the signs of aging. If what I’m seeing now is only the tip of the iceberg, what does turning 50 have in store for me?? I’m not sure I’m ready to find that out any time yet. Not even in 10 years time.

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I spoke to Dr Low Chai Ling, founder and medical director of SW1 Clinic to find out what does it take to reverse the signs of aging and also preserve the best of what I have left, so that I don’t have to take the steep, slippery and scary slide down.


Thermage is a premium, non-invasive treatment that not only rejuvenates the skin but also tightens skin. Best of all, it doesn’t require any downtime”, shares Dr Low. Using radiofrequency waves, this treatment penetrates deep into the skin to stimulate a natural renewal of collagen.

This treatment is also FDA-approved and works well to smoothen out wrinkles, improve skin texture and better define facial contours. Thermage can be done anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the area that requires treatment, with minimal amount of time, and you can be out and about immediately after the session.

Expect skin to feel tighter and smoother after treatment and improvements to the skin to become more visible over a 3 to 6 month period. Results of Thermage are expected to last from 2 years or even longer.

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“Alternatively, you might like to consider Ultherapy, a breakthrough procedure that uses medical ultrasound for non-surgical cosmetic improvement of the skin. It works deep below the surface without harming the outer layer of skin and patients love it for its dramatic and long-lasting benefits of facial firming, skin tightening and lifting” add Dr Low.

Ultherapy delivers low levels of focused heat at just the right depth below the skin to ensure a positive effect on increasing the growth of new collagen. With such great precision, patients can expect satisfactory results in a very safe manner.

This treatment can even be more used on more sensitive areas like around the eyes and brow line to reduce droopiness on the eyelids and smoothing of fine lines and crow’s feet. Likewise, sagging skin on the cheeks can be tightened and lifted, and improvements made to the contours of the jaw line. Other benefits of this treatment include overall improvement in skin texture and evenness in skin colour.

Expect to see visible results in 1 to 2 months post treatment, but a lift can already be seen immediately after treatment. What’s appreciated by many about this treatment is that it can be done on any part of your face where you feel requires a lift and rejuvenation.

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Youth Savant

In the field of anti-aging, Youth Savant is renowned as the exceptional anti-aging treatment tool. Instead of addressing the symptoms of addressing, this treatment goes straight to the root of ageing ie your DNA.

The main ingredient used in Youth Savant is PDRN or Polydexoyribonucleotide which is essentially derived from a controlled purification and sterilization process of Oncorhynchus mykiss (Salmon Trout) or Oncorhynchus keta (Chum Salmon) sperm DNA.

Many studies have shown that PDRN possesses several benefits such as tissue repairing, anti-ischemic, and anti-inflammatory. When PDRN is applied onto the skin, it can have a rejuvenative and anti-aging effect.

Youth Savant is administered through a series of small microinjections to the surface of the skin which in turn rejuvenates and restores your skin’s natural resilience. In this way, it retards the aging processes. Patients who have undergone regular Youth Savant therapies notice a brightening and whitening of the skin tone, with fine lines diminished as skin elasticity is restored. Skin is also visibly more dewy and luminous.

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