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Making the most of middle age

Middle adulthood is said to be transformative, but does that also apply to aesthetics? We find out with the help of an expert

Here at EV we're all for pro-ageing, and ITV’s recent dating show, My Mum, Your Dad, which focused on middle-aged people looking for love, made a refreshing change to the typical youthful Love Island format.

Middle age is defined as those aged between 40 and 60, and thanks to well placed aesthetic treatments, it's now possible to be the best version of yourself, whatever your age.

But what tweakments are middle-aged patients booking in for? Dr Asha Chhaya, Senior Medical Injector at sk:n Clinics, reveals all.

What treatments are popular in middle age? 

The most popular treatments are anti-ageing injectables and Profhilo. They both work slightly differently in that injectables help to soften lines of expression i.e. frown lines, forehead lines and crows feet when you smile, whereas Profhilo is more for rejuvenation of the skin itself.
I am currently seeing an upward trend in patients opting for polynucleotide treatments, an injectable that stimulates your own cells to improve the skin's appearance and quality. It is particularly brilliant for the under eyes–an area of concern for many. I am seeing impressive results.

What treatments can help to maintain a ‘youthful’ appearance? 

This varies from person to person–I would highly recommend a bespoke consultation to understand each individual's needs and concerns. Personally, my preference tends to be light doses of injectables to help soften lines, and an injectable booster such as Profhilo or polynucleotides to enhance and rejuvenate the skin.

I think the most important piece of advice is easy does it, you really don’t want to overdo it because this can make you look more aged. I believe the best aim is to look as good as you can for your age; a trustworthy medical injector will help you to achieve this and know when to stop.

Does the consultation process differ between age groups? 

My approach to the consultation process varies between age groups due to differences in aesthetic goals, skin concerns, and expectations. The majority of my patients are middle aged, and they generally want to address more noticeable signs of ageing such as wrinkles, volume loss, and skin laxity but always emphasise wanting a conservative approach.

I carry out a comprehensive assessment of their facial volume, skin texture, and laxity and then formulate a treatment plan to include more specific concerns such as marionette lines and sagging skin. We also discuss maintenance plans and future treatments to ensure that they are ageing well in the best way they can.
My more mature patients typically seek injectables to rejuvenate their appearance and address advanced signs of ageing. As part of the consultation process, I set realistic expectations about what injectables can achieve and tend to focus more on volume restoration with dermal fillers, though other treatments such as Profhilo and injectables also play a part in their overall care.

Is there an ideal time to start? 

I am not really an advocate of having treatments sooner than they are needed. When it comes to treatments such as anti-ageing injectables, it is my opinion that the best time to start is when you notice a line at rest. Anything earlier than this is unnecessary, and I would much rather patients invest in a really good skincare regime.

If you are seeking injectable treatment for the first time and are unsure what you may need or if it is the right time, the best thing is to book a consultation with an experienced medical injector who will give you an honest opinion on what is best.

What are your tips to help people look their best? 

Do not underestimate the impact of lifestyle! Hydrate well, aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night, maintain a good exercise regime (my recommendation is always Pilates, strength training and walking), use at least SPF 30 daily, invest in medical grade skincare, eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, avoid smoking, don’t overdo it with the alcohol, implement self-care to minimise stress and most importantly, focus on being a good, kind person! It may be cliched, but those who have a good heart always radiate beauty.
As far as injectable treatments go, they are really not as daunting as they seem and when done well, they can really enhance your appearance which in turn tends to boost self-confidence. If you are considering injectables, my advice is to arrange a consultation with an experienced medical injector and if you feel confident in their abilities then give it a try, you can always start with small tweaks.

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