As we age, our skin’s laxity increases and somehow our skin does not stay as taut as we’d like it to be. To keep our skin smooth, tight and wrinkle-free, it needs to have sufficient collagen and elastin. These two proteins are vital in maintaining healthy, youthful skin. With factors like ageing, sun damage and exposure to different toxins, these proteins break down over time.
This leads to wrinkled, saggy and loose skin. This may lead to insecurities and loss of confidence because of our appearance. Unfortunately, not everyone is too keen on the idea of going under the knife, injectables or lasers — but fret not! Advancements in technology brought about minimally invasive and effective ways to improve facial skin laxity and elasticity in the form of a mini facelift.
A surgical facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure meant to reverse the signs of ageing by excising excess facial and neck skin. Hence the term, wrinkle (rhytid-) removal (-ectomy).
This outpatient procedure generally involves a local anaesthetic or general anaesthesia and lasts for about 2-5 hours. Before this, the plastic surgeon will discuss what will be done, recovery and potential complications that may arise. During the surgery, excess facial skin is removed, while the rest is re-draped over the newly repositioned contours of the face before being stitched or taped closed.
It is important to note that although a facelift can create a younger appearance by reducing the sagging folds of the skin on the cheeks and jawline, it cannot decrease fine creases or superficial wrinkles caused by skin damage. Additionally, a facelift does not last forever, and there is a chance of relapse.
As with any surgical procedure, there will be possible risks and implications that one has to consider when undergoing a facelift. Although uncommon, they might include:
Facelifts are also permanent, and unsatisfactory results, such as asymmetry, may affect your overall satisfaction after the procedure. As such, some may turn to home remedies to maintain a youthful appearance.
Natural ingredients are options when looking at remedies that help tighten the skin. A popular option is coconut oil, derived from the flesh of the coconut. It is a popular antioxidant that hydrates and moisturizes your skin - preventing sagging. It can also help eliminate free radicals that can damage your skin.
Other popular oils include olive oil, avocado oil, rosemary oil and primrose oil. Typically, these oils are easy to apply and done before bed.
Another solution that one can turn to would be using homemade masks. Regular use of natural ingredients like egg white, yoghurt, honey and banana, can help improve skin elasticity and impact a natural glow.
Besides using natural ingredients, skin tightening can also be done via home devices like microneedling kits and massaging kits.
Microneedling has recently taken the online beauty community by storm and is known as a collagen-simulating treatment that helps with skin rejuvenation. It works by creating tiny, sterile needles to puncture the skin, creating controlled injuries. While healing, more collagen under the skin is produced, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Toning and facial massagers are devices that can serve as tools to enhance circulation and stimulate the muscles beneath the skin - helping with one’s overall skin tightness.
Skin treatments like retinol or skin creams applied on a regular basis can help build collagen and elastin.
Efficacy of these home remedies is not guaranteed as they depend greatly on patient compliance, proper usage and your skin’s reaction to the products or devices you use. As such, for more reliable results, one should seek other forms of treatment to help with your skin’s overall appearance.
The Kinetic AirJet FaceLift is a minimally invasive, medical-grade procedure meant to tighten and rejuvenate the face. It uses kinetic energy to improve facial skin laxity and elasticity through the form of a mini facelift.
Unlike a surgical facelift, it is also effective at removing wrinkles and fine lines. Unlike lasers or HIFU, it does not utilise thermal heat, either. Instead, the Kinetic JetLift uses the technique of subcision and works like a jet energy bullet to remodel the collagen and increase the dermis layer. As energy is delivered directly to the tissues, there is no need for direct contact or needles.
The Airjet Facelift can help with the following:
The effects are immediate and long-lasting, and can even help reduce acne scars — from boxcars to hypertrophic scars.
Generally, the best results are seen in young patients in their mid-20s to 40s, and in patients with thin or soft skin.
It is recommended to book an initial consultation with the doctor for a quick consultation and to assess your suitability for the treatment. The doctor can also advise you on the expected results or alternative treatments that can help address your concerns.
There is little to no downtime, and one can expect to resume their usual activities almost immediately.
Hopefully, this article has helped you better understand what the hype is all about. If you find surgical facelifts too invasive of a procedure, and home remedies do not seem to give you the results you desire, the Airjet Facelift is definitely a treatment to consider.