Then And Now: How Should A 40 Year Old Today Look Like?

Approaching or in your 40s and rethinking your beauty regime? This decade is about serious anti-aging treatments delaying the appearance of worsening of wrinkles and doing all you can to keep that jawline tight and sculpted. Without further ado, here are the real treatments that every woman (and man) in their 40s should check out.



Increasingly sagging jawlines, double chins, jowls, prominent nasolabial and marionette folds. The 40s is the curse of the lower face. Try looking at yourself in the mirror and using your fingers to reposition your skin to where it was in your late 20s or 30s. You might not have minded the slightly less V-shaped visage in your mid-thirties but come 40s and you wish you did something about it earlier.

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Ultherapy And Thermage : Mild to moderate cases of jawline sagging can take back that chiseled jawline with an FDA-approved non-invasive skin tightening treatment. Ultherapy uses microfocused ultrasound energy that reaches 4.5mm below the surface of the skin and stimulates a wound healing within this collagen rich layer. Thermage uses radiofrequency energy that heats up the skin in bulk, resulting in a skin tightening effect. Expect a skin tightening and mild to moderate skin lifting effect within the next 3 to 6 months. These treatments can be repeated within 6 to 12 months time.

If you are worried about pain because of a bad experience with one of these treatments in the past, know that Ulthera and/or Thermage can be done under light sedation at some clinics by a qualified anaesthesiologist. But most people are able to tolerate the procedure with new protocols which advocate multiple passes at moderate treatment levels, rather than the older method of doing a single pass at a high treatment level. In fact, studies show that better results are observed with the multiple pass/lower treatment settings algorithm.

Is Ultherapy better than Thermage or vice versa? Well, it depends on the problems you are targeting and your skin to begin with. So make sure you consult a doctor with experience with both, or a clinic which offers both Ulthera and Thermage, for an unbiased recommendation.

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Ultra Comfortable Skin Lifting Hybrid Facials: Since you are spending time and money on a spa treatment anyway, opt for skin lifting facials, such as the 24K Uplift which uses SygmaLift (fractionated High Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU) for a most comfortable and painless skin lifting treatment. If the sensation of a warm, hotstone massage is what you prefer, try Illumi-facial, which uses Skin Tyte technologyof BBL a broadband light skin tightening treatment that you can repeat every week.


Viva forever? Watching the Spice Girls then versus now is a good reminder of how one can aspire towards looking not older but just more grown up after 16 years.



Those who desire more than just mild to moderate lifting or need to see results earlier than 3 months should opt for the non-surgical threadlift, such as the Infinity Instalift. According to Dr Kenneth Lee, medical director of SW1 Clinic, latest generation of facial threadlifts such as Infinity Threadlifts are so minimally invasive that they can be easily performed in under 30 minutes with little to no downtime. “This means women have the ability to walk out looking younger during their lunch break” he says.

Dr Chua Han Boon agrees as he says that bio-dissolvable threads are placed strategically in vectors can give you the most natural lifting effect under than skin by repositioning the skin back to back to its lifted position. The results last for approximately 6 months while the threads stimulate collagen production throughout this time. This treatment is popular for those who have the looser skin or stronger nasolabial folds.


A new age way to keep your skin looking young and supple is to target the root of your aging— your DNA. Enter Youth Savant, the latest offering from SW1 Clinic. This is a series of microinjections of PDRN delivered into the skin to activate the ‘salvage pathway’ in the skin that keeps your DNA young and resilient. On a macro level, what you notice is better healing, impovement in tone, pigmentation and texture— a sort of overall rejuvenation effect as if you had younger skin. Dr Chua Han Boon believes that when it comes to aging, prevention is better than cure, and Youth Savant represents the sort of treatment you will do to enhance your skin, rather than wait for problems to arise before treating.



Have you seen women with oddly tight faces but obviously older-looking or thin-looking skin? By contrast, youthful, healthy skin looks firm and plump with few lines and wrinkles. As we get older, collagen production decreases. By the time we reach 60, we would have lost approximately half of the collagen in our skin, leading to classic dull, crepey skin, sunken hollows, fine lines and wrinkles.

To tackle this, try a collagen stimulating treatment such as Dream Sculpture in your early 40s. This is a technique of placing Sculptra strategically beneath the skin. Unlike fillers which give a plumping effect immediately, Sculptra is a biocompatible compound capable of boosting your own natural collagen production gradually.


By Megan Thomas

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