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The secrets of women in their 40’s, and how they look their best

Positive ageing is a focused approach to creating a natural refreshed look.

One of the most common comments that I get from women that I treat is:

“I feel happy and energetic, I don’t feel any different from when I was younger. But when I look in the mirror, I want to look the way that I feel”

Positive Ageing is all about looking the best version of yourself.

Noticeable ageing can begin from 30 onwards.

Treating these changes earlier can help to slow the process.

The good news is that there is now a range of proven medical treatments, that are very effective.

They include:

  • Muscle relaxants.
  • Dermal fillers.
  • Cosmeceuticals (Prescription only medical grade anti-ageing products).
  • Dermal treatments that range from lasers, microdermabrasion, peels and micro-needling.

In this article we will go though:

  • Overview of what happens to the face as we age.
  • Treatments for women in their 40’s.
    • Muscle relaxants
    • Dermal Fillers.
    • Dermal treatments that range from lasers, microdermabrasion, peels and micro-needling.
    • Skin care that works.
  • The complete natural face approach by Dr Beldholm.
For an appointment, call us now 1300 370 307

A detailed overview of ageing of the face in your 40’s

In our 40’s more areas of hyperpigmentation occur, the Skin can be dull,broken blood vessels are more apparent on the cheeks, chin and around the nose.

Static lines are a little deeper, volume loss becomes  evident with the decrease of collagen.

Skin is dryer, and occasionally,annoying pimples will surface.

Lines around the mouth and marionette lines are appearing and defined.

The face is one of the first parts of the body to show signs of ageing.  As we age we tend to focus on visibles signs of aging, such as frown lines,crows feet, age spots and uneven skin tone and texture.  The visible signs we see are a result of much deeper changes in the lower layers of the skin.

There are two different types of aging of the skin:

Intrinsic ageing

We age by the genes we inherit.

Extrinsic ageing

Caused by environmental factors such as:

  • Sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Diet
  • Alcohol

They differ in the the way we age, however extrinsic ageing of the skin accounts for a larger percentage of how we age.

Why we age?

Let’s talk about extrinsic ageing. Environmental pollutants are produced by smoking, alcohol, chemicals, inadequate diet and nutrition, and the major cause of ageing, sun exposure – those pesky UV rays interacts with the skin, and then there is things like free radicals that destroy our collagen and elastin in the skin. Combine the way free radicals interact with our skins DNA, visible results of sun damage, pigmentation, dryness, lines and wrinkles result in the skin.

How different parts of the face age?

The upper face

Signs of ageing in the upper face are generally the result of muscle contraction, weakening of the ligaments and loss of fullness in soft tissue, causing the appearance of horizontal and vertical wrinkles.

These include wrinkles around the eyes that form when we smile, and lines between eyebrows as a result of frowning. The height of the eyebrows also reduces over time, creating a tired or “hooded” look to the eye area.

Treatment with muscle relaxants help soften the lines

Muscle relaxants can make a big difference to your appearance. The wrinkles that these treat are called “dynamic wrinkles”. These are formed as specific muscles contract in the face. Relaxing these muscles relaxes the wrinkles and softens your appearance over time.

The three most common areas that are treated are:

  • Frown lines
  • Smile lines
  • Forehead lines

A big concern with women that have not had these treatments done before is to look “fake”.

The fake look or the frozen look tends to happen when the forehead muscle is overtreated. This stops the eyebrows from moving and makes you look frozen. By starting with a lower dose in this area initially, this can be prevented.

The mid-face

Understanding the ageing of the midface is important as the perception of facial attractiveness is generally based around the synergy between the eyes, nose, lips and cheekbones. The primary causes of ageing here are changes in the bone structure, reduced soft tissue volume and the movement of fat. One of the first noticeable signs is the development of the “nasolabial fold” (the fold of skin that runs from the edge of the nose to the corner of the mouth). This is formed when the fat and soft tissue that normally sits high on our cheeks starts to lower. Such a change is often combined with the formation of “tear-troughs” – areas of volume loss under the eyes, often perceived as dark circles – and a general reduction in the youthful fullness of the cheek area.

Dermal fillers replace volume loss

There are a range of dermal fillers.

They are used to fill the tissues. To replace the volume that is lost with ageing.

Many of them last 2-3 years.

The lower face

As volume and bone is lost from the age of 35 onwards, the lower face generally begins to show visible signs of ageing. In the lower face, loss of volume and loosening of the ligaments cause soft tissue to accumulate near the jaw and chin, creating jowls. This loss of volume can also give the impression that the chin is widening. The lips are a key focus point when communicating, as well as in terms of attraction. Over time, the outer layer of the lips becomes thinner and the corners of the mouth can begin to droop into a mouth frown. The v-shaped area of the upper lip (known as cupid’s bow) begins to flatten out and lips become elongated, losing their youthful fullness. Vertical lip lines can also begin to appear (which is what causes lipstick to bleed).

Dermal fillers replace volume loss

Dermal fillers are the key to treat sagginess of the lower face. They replace volume and lift up skin that has sagged.

What happens to our skin as we age?

To understand the skin’s ageing process, you need to know what it consists of. There are four basic layers:

  • The epidermis.
  • The basement membrane.
  • The dermis.
  • The subcutaneous layer.

New cells form from the lowest level of the epidermis, gradually rising upwards towards the outer layer (the stratum corneum). It is here where they are eventually worn off, with newer ones beneath replacing them.

As we become older, this outer layer of the epidermis becomes slightly thinner. The cells that are being made at a lower level are also dividing and replacing themselves more slowly. Therefore, healing time is affected, along with a decrease in the production of more new skin cells. This reduction in new cells causes some of the visible signs of ageing as the skin becomes thinner. Ageing affects nearly all of the structures in the skin.

  • Collagen becomes thicker and changes in character, leading to more wrinkle formation and less elasticity in the skin.
  • Elastosis (an accumulation of amorphous elastin material) occurs, leading to the characteristic loss of skin elasticity which is considered the hallmark of ageing.
  • With age, glycosaminoglycans (molecules in the skin that bind water) also decrease, leading to a less hydrated skin. (Dermal Fillers work in a similar way to glycosaminoglycans by binding water.
  • Melanin production also decreases with age, leading to older skin being more predisposed to sunburn. This is why it’s important to continue wearing sunscreen throughout life.
  • Loss of vascularity (blood supply) to the skin has a number of adverse consequences, including decreased blood flow and healing, diminished nutrient exchange, impaired temperature regulation, lower skin temperature and skin pallor.
  • Decreases in subcutaneous fat also leads to a loss in facial volume. Gravity also pulls facial structures down, leading to a number of characteristic changes, including loss of cheek prominence, skin folds, lines, jowls and overhanging brows.

Common skin concerns of women in their 40’s.

Peri-oral lines

Peri-oral lines are also referred to as “smokers lines” however, they do not only occur in smokers. They are partly due to volume loss in the mouth area, as well as sun damage and the frequent movement of the mouth.

What can be done about it?
  • Dermal fillers
  • Derma stamp with PRP
  • Laser genesis

Age spots

Age spots are sun damage that has developed over the years causing visible dark areas on your skin.

What can be done about it?
  • A skin brightening range, lightens the age spots and brightens the skin’s appearance.
  • Sun protection to protect skin and prevent further damage.
  • Laser LIMELIGHT to lighten the dark spots and reduce the appearance of new spots.

Uneven skin texture

A lifetime of sun damage and exposure to the elements can take its toll in the form of rough, uneven skin texture.

What can be done about it?

Dermastamp helps refine skin texture and stimulates collagen production. Adding PRP can significantly improve the effects. We use obagi skin care range to reprogram your skin.

Open pores

As the skin ages the loss of collagen can relax the skin making your pores appear bigger. Sometimes the larger pores can get clogged and congested.

What can be done about it?

Medical grade peels refine the texture of the skin, adding derma stamp and laser genesis can further smoothen the skin out to reduce the pores. We provide you with medical grade home care products to allow you to maintain the results.

Dull looking skin

The effects of ageing and sun damage can make your skin look dull, which can emphasis fine lines and wrinkles.

What can be done about it?
  • Medical grade peels to refine the top layer of skin.
  • Phase II – laser genesis to tone and brighten skin.
  • Maintain and improve your skin with medical grade skin care products with active ingredients.

Dr Bernard Beldholm’s approach to a natural looking face

Medical science is progressing very fast. There has been significant advances even in the last 12 months.

The key to providing a great result is to take a holistic natural approach.

We are not just filling a line here and there but we are restoring the structures, from superficial to deep.

However, before we start any treatment the key is to sit down and find out what each and every patients wants. There is no one size fits all. Our approach is as individual and unique as you are.

Once we have established what it is that you want to achieve,, then we go to work on creating your specifically tailored programme. This can include:

Your skin

  • With proven doctor only skin care products.
  • Extensive range of dermal therapy options.

Your deeper structures

  • Proven premium fillers

Lines and wrinkles

  • With muscle relaxants
Come in for a consultation today, call 1300 370 307

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