Author: Dr.Nantapat Supapannachart
Dr.Nantapat Supapannachart, Asia’s Beauty Idol, is a specialist in dermatology who is highly recognized not only in Thai medical profession, but in all around the world. Dr.Nantapat Supapannachart is the founder of Apex Profound Beauty. With its modern technology and speciality in dermatology, Apex Profound Beauty is in the lead in beauty market. Moreover, Dr.Nantapat Supapannachart is a columnist for Bangkok Post and Post today, and a writer of many Best-Selling books about dermatology.
Redefining the jawline
As we get older, we all need to work at staying as youthful, fit and healthy as possible. We also often need a little assistance, some more than others. Life leaves its lines and marks on our skin, but thankfully, with modern techniques and technology, there are ways and means to help reduce or erase these telling traces.
The face is always a primary concern, and one of the tell-tale signs of ageing is often a sagging of the jawline. If you are starting to feel a little down around the mouth and droopy at the jaw, it may well be time for you to start considering your options, to perk you up again. The better you look on the outside, the more confident you feel, which in turn helps you feel better on the inside.
HOW ABOUT A QUICK FIX?
If speed is essential for you, then the Aptos Instant Face & Neck Lift can take from 5-10 minutes for a small area or just 45 minutes for the entire face and neck. Aptos is a revolutionary method that provides similar benefits as a surgical facelift, but without the risks or expense. Aptos involves a surgical thread implanted through a thin tubular needle inserted into the skin. It is a safe procedure, not requiring anaesthetic, and the needle-hole sized trace disappears within a week. If you are looking for fast, effective results with no downtime, this is the treatment.
If you are fine with needles, then another alternative, which can be great in combination with many treatments, such as fillers for wrinkles, would be botox. Botox injections help eradicate tough wrinkles, such as a drooping mouth. Each session typically only takes 5-10 minutes, and the results last for months. Botox injections on the jaw line have been very popular _ we call it the Nefertiti lift. While injecting Botox along the jawline helps relax the muscle and lifts up the jowls, the down-turned corner of the mouth also can be fixed with a small Botox injection in that area. These need to be done by an expert since they can result in an uneven smile.
DO FACIAL TREATMENTS REALLY WORK?
If you go to your local spa for a facial, you may not get the long lasting effects you desire. You will get an immediate sense of brightening and usually leave feeling relaxed and calm, but a facial massage cannot create the lift. There are, however, some micro-current or Tripolar machines that are able to lift up the muscle and tissue, which can create an instant lifting effect. However, this procedure needs to be repeated many times and requires a lot of maintenance.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR LASTING RESULTS?
Depending on how severe your jowl lines are, you typically would want to promote skin tightening, reshape the facial contours and stimulate the production of healthy collagen in the body. These days, this does not necessarily mean going under the knife to achieve results. Collagen is all important, as it is the structural building block for your skin and its elasticity. There are many options available depending on the problem such as Thermage and Ulthera, as well as Face Tite and Neck Tite.
HOW DOES THERMAGE WORK AND WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
A large volume of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin and the underlying tissue are heated, which causes the deep structures in your skin to immediately tighten. From this single treatment, gradually within two to six months, maximum results are visible, whereby new and remodelled collagen produces further tightened skin, resulting in a more youthful, fresh appearance. It works for patients who have bad skin tone and texture, but is not recommended for patients with thin faces.
One of the most significant breakthrough technologies in recent years, for truly effective, lasting rejuvenation is Ulthera. This is a non-surgical method, using ultrasound technology, to lift and tighten skin, in one easy treatment that can last for up to a couple of years. This revolutionary technique is the first lifting treatment to employ ultrasound, which penetrates much deeper than the usual skin and fat layers, to the SMAS (submuscular aponeurotic system), which is responsible for the skin’s shape.
Ulthera promotes the body’s own regenerative healing powers, to slowly and safely improve skin memory, from inside up to the surface. The growth of collagen is stimulated and the tightening, lifting effect is an organic process that happens over time, yet only normally just one treatment is required. Consistent results have show major improvements and marked lifting of the jawline. The chin, cheeks and neck will appear more distinct, fresher and more youthful. So, if you are looking for results, this is definitely a method to get excited about. It works for patients who have saggy and drooping jawlines and is also able to rejuvenate around the eye area.
Face Tite and Neck Tite are the newest technologies for patients who have a good enough amount of fat around the jowl area. These treatments can help melt the fat deposits and at the same time tighten the skin above them.
Whatever alternative you opt for, be sure to weigh up all the pros and cons for your personal situation with your doctor.
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