Look your best for the new year

Put Your Best face forward

In the run-up to the holiday season with year-end parties, events and family reunions, we see more people turning to plastic surgery to enhance their physical appearance to look good or boost their confidence. However, many who undergo plastic surgery often require a period of recovery time before they feel ready to face friends and family. Today, there are alternative procedures that offer short to no downtime, quicker healing and still deliver the results you want.

Quick-fix procedures such as Botox and filler treatments tend to be popular among those who do not have sagging facial skin. Those with crow’s feet, wrinkles, lines on the forehead, fine lines and deep smile lines tend to benefit from such treatments.

Botox: Botox, which is a protein derived from a toxin called botulism, is administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles to minimise or smooth out lines and wrinkles. The procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes, and there is no downtime. Its results can last up to four months.

Dermal fillers: This procedure fills out cheek bones and deep smile lines, and may be effective for chin or neck augmentation. Dermal fillers act as a natural “volumiser” by filling the area under the wrinkle, which is then lifted and smoothened out. There is no downtime.

Ultherapy: People who show early signs of ageing but who may not be ready for a facelift can consider going for ultherapy. This treatment is noninvasive and is completed in about an hour with no downtime. It uses ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin, which then triggers a natural response under the skin that produces fresh collagen. Some patients may be able to see an initial improvement within two to three months.

Browlift: This procedure is good for droopy skin, which is often caused by excessive frowning. It can help smoothen horizontal brow lines, the forehead and any furrows above the bridge of the nose. It takes around an hour and a half with just a short downtime of about five days.

Facelift: This surgical procedure requires you to stay overnight or up to two nights in the hospital. Downtime is 10 days, but patients tend to see a big difference in appearance. After the procedure, the face is tighter, deep creases and wrinkles are erased, the jaw line is redefined and the cheeks lifted. Sometimes the excess hanging skin around the upper eyelids and the excess fat in the lower eyelids are removed. There will be some light bruising, but the swelling disappears by the end of the first week, with stitches removed within 10 days.