8 Non-Scary, Non-Surgical “Tweakments” That Sculpt Your Face
Tweakments are big business. By definition, they’re smaller tweaks you can do earlier that prevent you from taking a detour down the full facelift route later in life. British journalist Alice Hart-Davis wrote a book on the subject of tweakments, aptly titled The Tweakments Guide: Fresher Face ($20). The thing is, administered at the right time, tweakments such as injectables, microneedling and lasers can be a seriously effective way to stave off the aging process if you want an added assist beyond skincare alone.
We fully believe that what you choose (or choose not) to do to your face is up to you and you alone, but if you’re curious about said tweakments, Dr. Hart-Davis is a wealth of knowledge. Below, she talks us through when to start, what to book in for and how to find a practitioner you can trust.
Tweakments: When to Start
I think the mid-20s is too young to start. At that age, your skin is making plenty of collagen, so you simply don’t need the sort of aggressive procedures designed to stimulate collagen production in older skin, such as in-clinic microneedling or laser resurfacing. Nor do you need high-intensity skin tightening treatments done with focused ultrasound or radiofrequency.
Many practitioners favor treating younger patients in the 25 to 35 age group with ‘preventative’ Botox. It’s a persuasive argument, that if you treat the expression lines before they get a chance to settle into the face, they won’t become permanent. This is true. However, it contributes to a fear of perfectly normal expression lines. Our faces are expressive in order to help us communicate with each other and yet ordinary facial movement has become demonized. Ideally, you should wait until you see lines etched on your face when it is at rest before starting Botox treatment.”
Botox and Fillers: Think Twice
There are a few instances where Botox can be considered in your twenties:
- If you have very deep ‘11’ lines between the eyebrows, then you could consider Botox. Softening these, whatever your age, will be life-changing.
- Botox is also great for a ‘gummy’ smile, where the muscle above the upper lip works overtime, pulling that lip upwards and exposing lots of the gum. Reduce the action of that muscle with a spot of Botox, and your upper lip will sit closer to your teeth
- If you habitually grind or clench your teeth. It is almost impossible to train yourself to stop doing this, but a shot of toxin in the masseter muscle on the jaw will reduce its ability to grind or clench, and it will also reduce wear and tear on your teeth.