Face Up to Ageing

We all age differently, but our faces eventually show three common elements: sagging and loose skin, changes in the texture and quality of the skin; and volume changes around the eyes and cheeks, with increased volume around the jowls.

When we age, the overall facial balance changes, to rejuvenate the face and gain the best result, its necessary to address and restore each of these elements with a different approach.

Esteem Medi Spa clinic is south east Queensland’s number one destination for rejuvenation and aesthetics. Unlike the average clinic, they provide a unique blend of medical approaches, for results like nothing you’ve experienced before.

Lifting Sagging Skin

Thread lifts give a beautiful result and typically last between three and five years. There is no surgery, no scarring and it’s less expensive than a full facelift because there is no anaesthetic and no hospital stay.

Also called a filament lift, a thread lift is a non-surgical method of facial revitalisation which allows repositioning and lifting of facial tissues to help repair youthful contours. It is particularly indicated for cheeks, brows, jowls and at times, the neck. The filaments are absorbable surgical threads and are created with directional barbs or cogs, which allow for lifting and repositioning. The filaments anchor themselves within the tissues and offer powerful lifting capabilities.

The procedure is rather quick and can be performed under local anaesthetic, with some temporary swelling and bruising afterwards.

The results of the thread lift improve between three to six months as collagen is accelerated and contracts around each filament, causing even further lifting. Downtime is usually a few days and results can last for up to five years.

The modern facelift is customised to each patient, to provide individualised natural-looking results, so the patient still retains their unique look but feels like a younger version of themselves.

The incision usually starts in the hair close to the temple and follows all the way down to the front of the ear, to the back of the ear and into the hair. This placement allows the scar to be hidden. The sagging tissue and facial muscles are tightened, excess skin is removed, and the skin that remains is moved to create a more youthful look.

Restoring Drooping Eyes

Eyes are an essential feature of a person’s face and are one of the first areas of the face to show signs of ageing. Eyelids are not addressed by a facelift, so many patients often undergo a blepharoplasty at the same time as a facelift.

Blepharoplasty is a surgical method, which is administered on either the lower or upper eyelids or both, to get rid of excess bulging or skin folds.

Blepharoplasty can improve the wrinkles and bags around the eyes. However, it will not help fine lines and wrinkles on the temples, forehead or cheeks. It will not fix problems created by drooping eyebrows either, so the position of the brow also needs to be considered to determine whether a brow lift may be more appropriate.

Loss of volume under the eyes may be due to loss of volume in the cheeks and a dragging down of the cheek area. The volume can be replaced through strategic placement of dermal fillers, to help recontour and improve the appearance of the eye area.

Adding Volume

A surgical facelift or thread lift will address loose skin, but it won’t repair volume or enhance the quality and texture of the skin. Fillers can be used with either lift to refine and complement the results. Temporary, semi-permanent or permanent fillers can be utilised appropriately to fix the hollows under the eyes, loss of volume in the cheeks and the lines around the mouth.

In addition to resurfacing the skin to reveal a fresher, smoother complexion, laser light has therapeutic properties, helping to stimulate new collagen formation which in turn improves the smoothness and tone of the skin. Laser photo rejuvenation also helps with broken capillaries, excessive redness, freckles and uneven pigmentation.