By: Katharine Griffiths
Created on 03rd February 2011
CosmeticSurgeryToday.co.uk explores the different attitudes to beauty and ageing through the past few decades and looks at the next big thing in the beauty biz... the rise of the No Trace Face
What gives away your true age? Is it sagging skin, is it the wrinkles and lines, is it sunken cheeks or is it a combination of all these things.
The anti-ageing industry is big business but things are constantly changing and evolving as the experts learn more about the ageing process and the best way to tackle it.
Improving techniques and procedures have had an impact on what practitioners can offer, but the biggest change has been in the knowledge of what actually ages us.
The 1970s and 1980s were the age of the facelift where it was thought that tightening the skin was the answer.
The 1990s saw an explosion in Botox as the treatment became mainstream – women eradicated the slightest line and wrinkle with the wonder toxin. They may have looked smooth and unlined but the giveaway signs of overdoing Botox were obvious; shiny, strangely immobile forehead and overly arched brows.
Experts then realised that volume loss was actually a big giveaway of ageing. This led to the rise of what is termed the ‘pillow face’ as more and more A-listers of a certain age morphed into each other with overly plumped faces.
Volumisers such as Sculptra and the hylauronic acid fillers are a great way to add volume but in America there is more emphasis on fat transfer injections which are behind this identikit face.
Dawning of a new age
The experts on both sides of the Atlantic have learned from these anti-ageing trends and the culmination is a realisation that employing the latest, non-invasive treatments in combination is the way forward.
Stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie are all women in their late thirties and early forties, who should be showing the signs of ageing but they are not.
But they also aren’t showing to the world a face that is unnecessarily immobile or overly puffy. They look refreshed, rejuvenated, glowing and where they go the public follow.
Less is more
The past few years have seen a rise in ‘baby’ and ‘lite’ treatments, often used in combination with each other to get the best outcome.
Dr Aamer Khan of the Harley Street Skin Clinic is one of the UK’s leading experts in cosmetic and non-surgical procedures and is renowned for his subtle approach to cosmetic enhancements.
He explains why the No Trace Facelift, a combined non-surgical facelift, which he goes on to describe in more detail, is becoming increasingly popular.
“There is less downtime, cost can be less and spread over a period of time, there are less risks from infection, scarring and from undergoing a general anaesthetic. Also with newer techniques using cellular treatments, long-term results can be expected, which means delaying the inevitable surgical facelift, or even avoiding one altogether.”
Cellular treatments are an exciting development in regenerative medicine that are going to be the big thing in the future of combined No Trace Facelifts. It may be that in the next decade, surgical facelifts will only be considered for patients in their sixties.
No Trace Facelift
Dr Aamer Khan of Harley Street Skin Clinic dissects the different components of the combined non-surgical facelift
1 The skin
Reduction of lines, wrinkles, sun damage and increasing the thickness and tightness of the skin are essential to give back the bounce, depth and luminescence of younger skin.
This is rarely addressed when undergoing a surgical facelift, hence the saying, “A 60-year old woman with a facelift looks like a 60-year-old woman who has had a facelift.”
Though the skin has been tightened, it still looks dull and tired. The skin can be rejuvenated with:
• Chemical peels
• Laser resurfacing
• Medical micro-needling
• Cellular treatments such as PRP, Stem Cell Rejuvenation, Re-Cell
• Drooping jowls and neck can be improved using SmartLipo or Neck and Jaw-Tite
2 Muscular balancing
Some of the muscles of expression get stronger, causing frowns, lines and wrinkles that need to be relaxed; other muscles that are deeper and help support the soft tissues of the face that can become weaker and lax, resulting in the face to sag and droop. These need to be tightened and contracted. The muscles can be balanced with:
• Botulinum Toxin type-A muscle relaxing injections
• Stem cell and adipose cell injections along the muscle planes – this cellular treatment rejuvenates, tightens and thickens muscles, returning them to their younger state, and so lifting a drooping face.
• Regular electrical muscular stimulation can temporarily improve muscle tone and help lift the face.
3 Volume balancing
As we get older we lose volume around the eyes, in the cheeks, lips and temples. Volume increases in the lower face and jowl area and the neck. This creates the hollow eyes and jowly features. These changes can be addressed by reducing where volume has increased and revolumising where there has been deflation. This can be done as follows:
• SmartLipo or Neck and Jaw-Tite reduces volume and tightens and lifts the skin and deeper tissues
• Fillers to revolumise and lift the deflated areas
• Sculptra to increase collagen and volumise tissues and skin
• Micro-grafting of fat to the areas where fat has been lost
• Growth factor and cellular enhanced fat micro-grafting
• Stem cell and regenerative
cell enhanced facial
rejuvenation with fat; this
increases the blood supply
to the local tissues, so
rejuvenating them as well
Available from: Dr
Aamer Khan, The Harley
Street Skin Clinic; www.