In our 20s, it might feel unnecessary to undergo invasive plastic surgery or aesthetic treatments. However, that completely changes once we reach our 30s.
During this time where you are busy expanding your personal and professional plans or possibly starting a family, you might have also begun noticing changes in your skin – think sun spots, broken blood vessels and crow’s feet.
But having a more hectic schedule does not mean neglecting your skin. Regaining the hallmarks of youth, i.e., a clear complexion is still possible with the support of preventative treatments at an aesthetic clinic.
To help you tackle the new onslaught of skin woes in your 30s, here are the common skin changes you will face and which aesthetic treatments can help to turn the tables. There are plenty of studies that show the benefits of starting regular laser skin treatments early to slow down the effects of the natural ageing process. Even when the signs do appear, they’re likely to be less prominent than those who start treatment later.
Because let’s face it: topicals can only do so much for you in the long run. So, without further ado, here are the top aesthetic treatments to try in your 30s!
Dullness and fine lines and wrinkles
Upon hitting the big 3, did you know that skin cell turnover starts to slow down? While young skin renews itself every 3-4 weeks, older skin renews itself every 4-6 weeks. This leads to dead cells accumulating rapidly – leading to an overall loss of radiance and vitality. Combine this with the slowdown of our natural repair system and production of collagen and elastin and we get fine lines and wrinkles such as laugh lines and crow’s feet appearing.
Recommended treatment: Rejuran Healer. Dubbed the “Skin healer of regeneration and hydration”, Rejuran is a skinbooster that helps to rejuvenate the skin and stimulate collagen resources to fortify the skin’s natural barrier. The key active ingredient found in Rejuran is PN (polynucleotides) – which when injected into the skin, accelerates the skin’s healing process and improves skin regeneration by as much as 20%!
Boasting a high safety profile, Rejuran is ideal for those who are wary of dermal fillers and Botox but wish to benefit from the hydrating and anti-ageing effects of the treatment.
Another type of injectable that is great for treating ageing and sagging skin is Profhilo – the first product of its kind to combine the hydrating and stronger regenerative effects of different hyaluronic-based products without the use of additional chemical stabilising agents. In other words, Profhilo is a safe and long-lasting treatment that can be used to firm, tighten and lift the skin and help you regain a dewy and plumper-looking complexion.
Alternatively, the Fractional CO2 laser can also be used to effectively target wrinkles and remove damaged skin layers to reveal smoother, rejuvenated skin and help with overall skin tone, texture and elasticity!
Adult acne and scarring
Experiencing adult acne is surprisingly common. While adolescents tend to experience more acne breakouts during puberty, women in their 30s can also develop acne in adulthood. To bring you even more bad news: our skin finds it more difficult to deal with inflammation as we get older.
Reason being: changing hormonal levels in our 30s. Hormones can go haywire due to a myriad of things, from discontinuing oral birth control pills, pregnancy, or simply the stressors of modern adult life.
If you used to have acne in your teens, you might also have some unresolved scarring. As the skin starts to lose its elasticity in your thirties, acne scarring can look more obvious and be more difficult to remove.
Recommended treatment: Gold Photothermal Therapy (PTT) acne treatment. Delivering gold nanoparticles into the pores and glands before activating them with the Bellasonic laser device, the gold nanoparticles work to modify the pores and glands responsible for causing acne. This is a no downtime treatment that provides excellent results in just one session, even for those with stubborn, cystic acne!
For those who have acne scars, collagen-stimulating treatments via microneedling radiofrequency (RF) treatments such as INFINI RF are effective in reaching scars found deep within the dermis where traditional laser acne scar removal treatments fail.
Skin laxity and loss of volume
Starting to notice double chin or saggy jowls? That’s completely normal for those in their 30s. The loss of subcutaneous fat in your face and collagen over time makes your skin look less full and define as it once was. defined. For example, loss of volume under the eyes can make you look tired and older than your actual age. And unfortunately, no amount of healthy eating or exercise can bring back the loss of volume.
Recommended treatment: Dermal fillers or RF skin tightening procedures such as Thermage FLX. A popular “lunchtime fix” that helps to induce collagen production deep within the dermis without any side effects or downtime, Thermage can be used on the eyes, face, neck and body and produce tightening results in as little as one treatment. Profhilo is also a promising injectable that can help restore volume in the brow, jaw, cheek or neck area while simultaneously providing long-lasting hydration.
Photodamage and pigmentation
Living in a tropical climate such as Singapore, it isn’t uncommon to see people with pigmentation concerns, especially those who lead an active outdoor lifestyle. It typically takes 8-10 years for sun damage to reach the surface of the skin, meaning to say that the days spent at the beach in your teens (without the use of sunblock) are now appearing on your skin.
While liberal use of sunblock can prevent photoaging or sun spots, certain types of pigmentation such as melasma are much more complex to get rid of. For those who are pregnant or taking oral contraceptives, pigmentation can also worsen. Since it can years for pigmentation to fade on its own, the fastest and most effective way is to undergo an aesthetic treatment.
Recommended treatment: Q-switch laser or Fraxel dual laser. While some people will see improvements with over-the-counter hydroquinone creams, more stubborn, deep-seated pigmentation will require laser treatment. Q-switch laser is a safe and no-downtime treatment that effectively resolves issues including pigmentation (e.g. freckles, sunspots and hyperpigmentation) and ageing skin. Those who are experiencing acne will also be happy to know that the Q-switch laser effectively destroys acne-causing bacteria at the same time!
Fraxel dual laser is a non-ablative fractionated laser that is ideal for targeting both superficial and deeper skin issues such as scars, enlarged pores and sun damage in one device! At the same time, this laser treatment will stimulate the skin’s collagen to boost production levels and maintain the elasticity and firmness in your skin.
It’s all about making the most of what you have in your 30s.
While there are things you can’t avoid or change as you go through the natural ageing process, ageing gracefully is possible. On top of taking good care of your skin, you can further supplement your daily skincare routine by boosting it with aesthetic treatments to improve the effects of intrinsic ageing and deter extrinsic ageing. Your 30s marks the beginning of age-related skin changes, and collagen banking is the key.
The treatments mentioned here are just a fraction of the arsenal of treatments that we offer here at The Clifford Clinic. Aiming to be the top aesthetic clinic in Singapore, our aesthetic doctors are here to help you look your absolute best from head to toe. From hair transplants, acne scar treatments to nose thread lifts – contact us to arrange a consultation with us today!