Q: I want to look great for my wedding to my wonderful fiance next summer. I’m 58, and sun damage and stress have taken their toll, but I most want to lift the bottom half of my face. With so many options available, where do I start?
A: I don’t blame you for not seeing the wood for the trees! Lifting the lower face is tough and, therefore, expensive. So Dr Tapan Patel at London’s Phi Clinic (phiclinic.com) suggests concentrating on tackling sun damage for brighter, fresher skin that’ll look far more youthful.
An anonymous reader asked British beauty expert Inge van Lotringen for advice on repairing sun damaged skin (file image)
He recommends a course (generally four) of VI Peels (viaesthetics.com), intense (but not painful) chemical peels that have no downtime aside from a few days’ flaking and mild pinkness (slather on that SPF50).
At Phi, they cost £300 each. Three months between peels is recommended, so start soon. The other option, and still the best thing I’ve tried for looking fresher and, yes, younger for well over a year, is an injectable facelift, where a doctor strategically administers small amounts of filler all over the face for imperceptible yet noticeable lift and structure.
It set me back £1,995 with Dr Patel. Expensive, but you need a really good practitioner.
Do your research and ideally find a clinic that offers both options and will consult on the best one for you.
Inge van Lotringen (pictured) suggested four courses of VI Peels, intense chemical peels that don’t have any downtime
Inge borg van Lotringen is beauty director at Cosmopolitan. Email questions to email@example.com.