After her PicoPlus laser treatment, one of my regular patients asked me, “Dr Boey, if there is only one anti-aging treatment that I can recommend to my elder sister, what should it be?”
Definitely NOT the PicoPlus laser – or any pigmentation laser treatment, for that matter.
My patient couldn’t be more confused.
Isn’t pigmentation the most obvious sign of aging? I mean, pigmentation is sometimes dubbed as “age spots” too!
But I stand by my view that pigmentation is NOT the number 1 sign of facial aging – even as an aesthetic doctor in sunny Singapore, where the sun beats down with a vengeance.
So.. What is the Most Obvious Sign of Aging?
No doubt, pigmentation is obvious and troubling. In fact, pigmentation treatment is a big part of my practice.
However, nothing screams “aging” more obviously than Saggy Skin.
Why is Saggy Skin the Most Obvious Sign of Aging?
Absolutely nothing can conceal saggy skin, droopy face and fine lines.
Pigmentation, thankfully, can still be concealed with make-up.
Patients who have both pigmentation and saggy skin tend to seek treatment for their saggy skin first.
How Saggy Skin Changes Your Face
Saggy skin causes 2 facial changes:
1. Changes in Face Shape
2. Changes in Expressions
Changes in Face Shape
My patients are bothered because a squarish lower face face makes a woman look manly.
Saggy neck skin, called “turkey neck”, makes a woman look fat – even when they are not.
Changes in Facial Expression
Saggy skin causes the “Resting Sad Face”.
Lively and approachable when they were younger, women start to look unfriendly and sad because saggy skin causes down-turned lips and droopy lower face.
My patient told me that her husband thought that she looked angry even when she was not.
Unfortunately, Saggy Skin worsens over time.
What causes Saggy Skin?
Collagen loss is the most common cause of saggy skin issues. It first manifests as fine lines, then saggy skin and, finally, a droopy face.
Collagen loss affects men too. Although men and women have the same rate of collagen loss, men are luckier because they have thicker skin (around 20% thicker) – so their collagen loss is less pronounced.
Unfortunately, even facelift surgery cannot prevent collagen loss. Based on research, the results of surgery only last between 2 to 10 years.
But there is good news.
There are Medically Proven ways to age gracefully
The key to aging gracefully is prevention through regular maintenance. As the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”.
Apart from a healthy lifestyle, there are medically proven treatments for saggy skin.
Sozo Aesthetic Clinic offers 7 different medical treatments to tackle saggy skin issues – none of which requires surgery.
Ultraformer 3 HIFU: Stimulate your body’s natural collagen growth
Ultraformer HIFU is one of the more popular choices because it stimulates your body’s own natural collagen growth for natural-looking results – without injections.
It’s approved by major health regulatory bodies internationally – HSA (Singapore), KFDA (Korea), and CE (Europe).
This is a single treatment that lasts up to a year. When averaged out, a full face treatment costs less than $150 a month.
Last but not least, there’s no downtime and of course, minimal discomfort.
Small changes lead to Big results.
Contact us to find the most suitable treatment for your saggy skin.