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The desire to look and feel our best doesn’t have to diminish as we get older. In fact, there are quite a few compelling reasons why someone with mature or ageing skin may want to consider cosmetic treatments. 

The best cosmetic treatments for ageing skin can really help combat those inevitable signs of ageing that start to appear on our skin over the years – things like wrinkles, sagging, age spots, and that rougher, crêpey texture. 

By minimising or even reversing some of those changes, cosmetic procedures have a way of restoring a more youthful, refreshed, and rejuvenated appearance. That newfound glow can provide a real self-confidence boost for many of us who start to feel like our outer looks no longer match just how young and vibrant we still feel on the inside as we get older. 

It’s not just about looks though. These days, so many people remain active, energetic members of the workforce or community well into their late adulthood. Anti-ageing treatments are a way for our outer appearance to better align with those vivacious mindsets and lifestyles. Some even pursue these options to help them remain competitive in professional settings against younger employees. 

Perhaps one of the biggest draws, however, is the access to modern, non-surgical anti-ageing treatments that just weren’t available years ago. We can now achieve remarkable skin rejuvenation through non-invasive technologies like lasers, ultrasound, radiofrequency – the list goes on. 

These have a way of refreshing and rejuvenating mature skin with so much less downtime and risk compared to the surgical facelifts of the past. For a lot of people, being able to take a gentler, more gradual preventative approach through smaller treatments over time is ideal. 

The bottom line is: ageing happens. But feeling confident and looking our best at every age? That’s something we can all get behind. When performed by skilled providers, cosmetic rejuvenation gives mature adults a way to age much more gracefully and comfortably in our own skin. 

Considerations for Mature Skin Treatments

Not all cosmetic treatments are created equal, nor are they suitable for everyone. The best anti-ageing treatments for 40s, 50s, 60s and above are ones that take the unique characteristics and properties of delicate, mature skin into account. 

There are several key differences between mature skin and younger skin that can impact how cosmetic treatments are approached: 

Skin laxity. Aged skin tends to be laxer and looser due to loss of elasticity over time. Certain treatments like lasers or fillers may need to be more aggressive to achieve visible tightening.

Collagen loss. The cells that produce elastin and collagen become less active with age, which means the skin is not as plump or elastic as in youth. Treatments that stimulate collagen such as microneedling, collagen stimulators or laser can help to boost the production of collagen and remodel the skin at a cellular level. 

Volume loss. Significant volume depletion in the face is common with age. Dermal fillers are effective in restoring youthful volume and contours in mature faces with predictable, natural and immediate results.  

Dryness. Older skin produces less oil, resulting in increased dryness and dehydration. Hydrating treatments such as bioremodeller, beauty booster injections, facials or intensive moisturisers may be recommended for pre- and post-procedure. 

Thinness. Over time, the skin’s layers become thinner, making it more delicate and prone to injury. Less aggressive treatments and longer healing times are often required for mature skin. Healing boosters such as exosomes or polynucleotide injections such as rejuran may be recommended to bolster healing processes in more mature skin.  

Pigmentation issues. Age spots, melasma, and uneven skin tone are bigger concerns. It’s also likely that sun damage has accumulated over decades, which can look like freckling, darkening or blotchiness. Treatments like IPL or certain lasers may be used to improve hyperpigmentation. 

Slower healing. Cellular turnover and healing slow down with age, so cosmetic treatments may require more time between sessions to allow complete recovery. 

Medication effects. Older patients are more likely to take medications that can affect healing abilities or increase risk of certain side effects.

Overall, cosmetic treatments tend to be more conservative and gradual for mature skin versus more aggressive approaches used for younger patients. Managing expectations is also important when treating the unique ageing factors. 

What Are the Best Cosmetic Treatments for Ageing Skin?

Dermal Filler 

Dermal fillers can be excellent for numerous areas and purposes when treating the appearance of ageing. It’s used to address concerns of the face, neck and even the hands. 

Dermal filler can treat the appearance of mature or older skin in several ways: 

Restores lost volume. As we age, we naturally lose volume. This happens for the face in areas like the cheeks, the temples, under the eyes and around the mouth, and it can also occur in the body such as the hands becoming gaunt. This is due to factors like decreased collagen production and the breakdown of fat pads beneath the skin. Dermal fillers can replace this lost volume, restoring a more youthful, refreshed and healthy appearance. 

Pushes out wrinkles. Fillers can be used to fill and smooth out static wrinkles from beneath the skin’s surface. This can be an effective approach for nasolabial folds (laugh lines), marionette lines, and chin creases that become etched into the skin over time. 

Adds definition. Injecting filler along the cheekbones and jawline can recreate more defined, structured contours. This is a desirable treatment for older or mature patients because facial bone structure can become less pronounced with age. 

Lip enhancement. The ageing process causes lips to deflate, roll inwards and appear dehydrated. Naturally fuller and more hydrated lips are a hallmark sign of youth. Dermal fillers can reverse the lip ageing process by increasing volume, smoothing out dehydrated lip lines as well as correcting lips that are curling inwards. 

Hydrates skin. Many modern dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture into the area for a hydrating effect that improves the skin’s appearance. 

Lifts tissues. When placed into areas of lax skin using a technique called a ‘liquid lift’, fillers can subtly lift sagging tissues such as jowls or cheeks. 

The effects are temporary, usually lasting 6–18 months depending on the filler used and the area being treated. Dermal fillers offer a non-surgical way to rejuvenate mature facial features with low commitment and no downtime. 

 

Thread Lifting  

Thread lifts can be performed for various areas, including the face, neck and body, and can be a beneficial treatment for older or mature skin in several ways: 

Non-surgical facial lifting. As skin ages and loses elasticity, it can lead to sagging in areas like the mid-face, jowls, and neck. Thread lifts use medical-grade threads placed under the skin to mechanically lift and reposition the tissue, providing a subtle lifting effect without surgery. 

Adds subtle volume. In addition to lifting lax skin, the barbed threads can also help volumise areas that have lost fullness over time by pulling the skin up and creating a smoother, fuller appearance. This can help redefine the jawline or cheek contours. 

Stimulates collagen production. The threads create minor injuries under the skin which triggers the body’s healing response. This stimulates new collagen synthesis over time, helping to thicken and rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. 

Minimally invasive. Unlike a surgical facelift, thread lifts only require small entry points for the threads. This results in much less downtime, bruising, and swelling compared to major surgery. 

Long-Lasting Results. While not permanent, the lifting effects can last 18-24 months before a touch-up is needed, longer than most non-surgical lifting options.  

The threads eventually dissolve over time, so the procedure can be repeated as needed to maintain results as ageing progresses. Proper technique by an experienced injector is crucial for optimal outcomes in mature patients. 

 

Rejuran 

Rejuran is a relatively new skin rejuvenation treatment that can be particularly beneficial for older or mature skin in several ways: 

Improves skin elasticity and firmness. Rejuran uses polynucleotides (PN) extracted from salmon to help rebuild the skin’s elastin fibres. As we age, elastin breaks down leading to sagging and loss of firmness. The PN helps restore elasticity. 

Boosts collagen production. The polynucleotides in Rejuran also stimulate dermal fibroblasts to produce new collagen. This collagen renewal helps thicken and strengthen the skin from within. 

Hydrates and plumps skin. Rejuran enhances the skin’s ability to retain moisture and nutrients. This hydrating and plumping effect can minimise fine lines and wrinkles. 

Improves skin tone and texture. By rebuilding elastin and collagen, Rejuran helps create a smoother, more even skin surface and healthy glow over time. 

Minimal downtime. As an injectable skin boosting treatment, Rejuran requires no surgery or extensive downtime like more invasive procedures. 

Safe for delicate mature skin. The polynucleotides used are biocompatible and cause very little risk of allergic reaction or sensitivity in older patients. 

Rejuran can be an excellent option for older individuals wanting to restore a more youthful, radiant appearance with little to no downtime through this regenerative approach. 

What are the Best Skin Treatments for Ageing Skin?

Radiofrequency Skin Needling with Morpheus8 

Radiofrequency (RF) skin needling treatments like Morpheus8 can be very beneficial for mature or older skin in several ways: 

Collagen induction. The insulated microneedles deliver precise RF energy into the deeper dermal layers. This controlled heat stimulates fibroblasts to produce new collagen and elastin over time. This collagen remodelling helps thicken, tighten, and rejuvenate ageing skin from the inside out. 

Improves skin texture. In addition to tightening, the fractionated resurfacing from the microneedles improves skin texture and tone by smoothing out wrinkles, minimising pores, and creating an overall smoother, more refined look. 

Lifts and re-contours. The collagen-contracting effects can provide an actual lifting of sagging skin on the face and body areas like the neck or arms where mature skin tends to lose elasticity over time. 

Safe for thin skin. The insulated needles allow controlled dermal heating while protecting the delicate skin surface. This makes RF needling safer for the thinner, more fragile skin of older patients compared to ablative laser treatments. 

Minimal downtime. Treatments only create temporary pinpoint bleeding, with redness and swelling subsiding within a few days. The downtime is minimal compared to surgical lifting procedures. 

Long-lasting results. The natural tightening results can typically last 1-2 years or longer before maintenance treatments may be needed as the ageing process continues. 

While results develop gradually over 3–6 months post-treatment, RF needling provides mature patients with a comfortable, no-downtime option to rejuvenate ageing skin by triggering new collagen formation. The precision and safety make it an effective anti-ageing option. 

 

Non-Ablative Fractional Laser 

Non-ablative fractional lasers like Fraxel can be an excellent treatment option for mature or older skin for several reasons: 

Improves skin texture and tone. The laser creates microscopic wounds in a fractionated pattern, which prompts the skin’s wound healing response. This stimulates collagen remodelling to improve roughness, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars and crepey texture that often develops with ageing skin. 

Tightens skin. In addition to textural improvement, the collagen induction from fractional lasers also provides a tightening effect over time as the skin contracts. This can help counteract laxity in mature skin. 

Targets pigmentation issues. The laser energy targets and helps remove sun damage, age spots, melasma and other pigmentation irregularities that commonly affect older skin. 

Minimal downtime. As a non-ablative treatment, fractional lasers leave the skin’s surface intact which allows for much faster healing compared to ablative lasers. Typical downtime is just a few days of redness/swelling. 

Excellent safety profile for delicate skin. The fractional nature and lower fluence settings make these lasers appropriate for the thinner, more delicate skin of mature patients compared to aggressive fully ablative resurfacing treatments. 

Gradual, natural results. The rejuvenation occurs through your body’s own wound healing process over a series of treatments, providing subtle but noticeable improvement without the drastic, unnatural look of more invasive procedures.   

While multiple treatment sessions are usually needed, non-ablative fractional lasers provide mature patients with an effective, low-downtime option to improve multiple signs of intrinsic ageing with very low risk. The gradual results appear very natural. 

 

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments can be very beneficial for mature or older skin in several ways: 

Improves sun damage and age spots. IPL targets and helps reduce brown spots, freckles, melasma and other pigmentation irregularities caused by years of sun exposure on mature skin. This helps even out the skin tone for a more youthful complexion. 

Treats redness and broken capillaries. The light energy in IPL constricts dilated blood vessels that cause redness, flushing, and broken capillaries that commonly appear on the face as we age. 

Stimulates collagen production. While not as aggressive as lasers, IPL does create some controlled microdamage in the skin, which prompts collagen remodelling over time. This helps improve skin texture and tightness. 

No downtime. IPL is a non-ablative treatment, meaning no skin is removed. This allows for virtually no downtime after treatments beyond some temporary redness. 

Safe for older patients. IPL uses broader light wavelengths that make it a softer, lower-risk treatment suitable even for thin, delicate mature skin types. 

Complements other treatments. IPL can be combined with other anti-aging treatments like lasers, microneedling, or peels for a more comprehensive skin rejuvenation approach. 

While results are more subtle compared to lasers, IPL provides a gentle way for patients with mature skin to gradually improve tone, texture and those telltale signs of sun damage and aging with virtually no discomfort or downtime. 

Common IPL treatment areas include the face, neck, decolletage, arms, legs, abdomen, intimate areas and back. 

 

Chemical Peels 

Chemical peels can be very beneficial for mature or older skin when done correctly and with the appropriate peel strength. 

Here’s why chemical peels can provide a beneficial option for ageing skin: 

Exfoliation. Peels help remove the buildup of dead skin cells that can make complexions look dull and rough over time. This reveals fresher, more youthful skin underneath. 

Wrinkle reduction. Light to medium depth peels with alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and surface wrinkles. 

Hyperpigmentation reduction. Peels are excellent for treating sun damage, age spots, melasma and other pigmentation issues that become more prominent as we get older. 

Collagen stimulation. The safe and controlled micro-wounding from certain peels triggers the skin to produce new collagen, improving thickness and elasticity. 

Photodamage reversal. Deeper peels like trichloroacetic acid can peel away and remove pre-cancerous keratoses and other sun-damaged skin. 

However, mature skin is more delicate, so deeper peels must be used judiciously. 

More superficial lactic acid or mild glycolic acid peels may be better tolerated initially before progressing to stronger peels over time. Proper pre-conditioning, peel selection, and enhanced post-peel care is essential for older patients to minimise risks and get optimal rejuvenation. 

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