Recommending the best treatment for you is a pretty impossible task without assessing your face first. I treat the person I see in front of me, not your age, so the best course of treatment for you very much depends on who you are, what you’re looking for and your concerns. Everyone’s skin ages at different rates depending on genetics and various lifestyle factors and, therefore, will require a different approach.

Having said that, there are a few common concerns that you may be starting to experience in this age bracket. Here, I break down exactly what is happening to the face and the best strategies for improving these concerns.

What is happening to your face in your 30s and 40s?

In your 30s, cell turnover is slowing down, which leads to a loss of radiance. The skin may experience more dryness and irritation. Collagen and elastin are starting to break down faster, and production is slowed. Decreased collagen production will result in the skin appearing more lax, more prominent laughter lines and some forehead wrinkles.

In your 40s, as you approach menopause, hormonal changes and slowed collagen production coincide with an overall change in the texture and tone of your skin. Because your skin doesn’t produce collagen as quickly or effectively as it did in your 20s and 30s, you may notice slight hooding of the eyelids, a loss of volume and reduced elasticity in the face. Since cell turnover slows down further in your 40s, your skin may also lose some of its natural glow, resulting in a duller complexion.

If you’re noticing fine lines on your forehead at rest

One way of reducing or eliminating these lines is by having Botox injections to reduce the ability of the underlying muscles to contract and produce the lines. But if you’re not ready to have Botox just yet, you could also consider a course of chemical peels to support the cell turnover process and stimulate new collagen production. Microneedling is another effective option for reducing lines and wrinkles. Its pinpricks produce minor skin injury, and the skin responds by producing new collagen-rich tissue. As a result, the new skin tissue has an even tone and texture.

If your nasolabial folds are deepening 

Nose-to-mouth lines are a common sign of ageing that affects everyone to some extent. You may notice these lines deepening in your mid-30s, and if you’d like to improve their appearance, dermal fillers are usually the best option. We will often use them in the midface to raise the cheek back up, giving the mid-face crucial support, which in turn, softens that nose-to-mouth groove.

If you’re noticing wrinkles and skin texture changes

Again, microneedling and chemical peels are great professional treatments for improving textural issues. Injectable skin boosters like Nucleofill or Profhilo deeply hydrate the skin and diminish fine lines and wrinkles, giving a plumper, dewy appearance. If you’re also concerned about skin laxity, we can take things a step further with a resurfacing procedure like Profound RF which combines microneedling and radiofrequency for a powerful skin tightening and rejuvenating effect.

If jowls are starting to form below your jawline

Jowls happen due to bone loss and declining collagen and elasticity with age, which prompts the skin below your chin or jawline to drop. Sofwave shows impressive skin lifting results with one session, which takes less than an hour and has no downtime. It uses Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam Technology – a more superficial form of ultrasound than other treatments. It works within the skin, which means the lift is incredible, but without the risk of deeper, structural changes that can happen with other devices.

If your eyes are looking tired or hollow

Some people’s tear troughs become hollow as they age due to the loss of periorbital fat – the fat that lies beneath the skin in the eye area – and bone resorption. Tear trough fillers containing hyaluronic acid are a quick and highly effective way to restore lost volume under the eyes, often lifting and freshening the entire face as a result. By restoring lost volume in the tear trough zone and smoothing out the junction between the edge of the cheekbone and the hollow under-eye area, we can significantly reduce sunken hollows and dark shadows and make the whole area look brighter.

Another option to consider is a specialised mesotherapy known as LightEyes Ultra. This injectable treatment contains a unique cocktail of hexapeptide, ascorbic acid, cucumber, chamomile, holly, rosemary and blueberry extracts that helps improve microcirculation, and skin elasticity, puffiness, and dark circles and is occasionally used in conjunction with tear trough fillers to help amplify results.

Are you starting to notice age-related changes in your face? Let’s have chat about the options available for you. Click here to book a consultation.