In a world that often favors the young, it is natural for aging to strike fear among many people, especially women. Crow’s feet, frown lines, pigmentation, among other imperfections—we hope they never find space in our face, and yet they eventually do.
“Skin aging is inevitable,” explains Dr. Allen Aguinaldo-Cabrera explains, before revealing the good news: “Thankfully, we in the medical profession have found ways to reduce—if not undo—the undesirable changes that happen to our skin over time.”
Dr. Cabrera presently leads the medical team at Skin Asia, where she competently deals with problems of skin aging. She is an International fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a fellow at the Philippine Dermatological Society and an active member of the International Society of Dermatology Surgery.
Dr. Cabrera’s treatment procedure begins with an important step: Facial assessment. “I always assess the facial features of my patients. In that way, I can properly explain to him or her which areas need to be corrected and what the treatment outcome will look like,” she said.
Among her list of famous clients is former beauty queen Chiqui Brosas-Hahn, now in her 50s, who currently serves as a financial adviser for a multinational company. Chiqui came to her clinic complaining only of wrinkles on her forehead and around the eyes, but through facial assessment, Dr. Cabrera also noticed crow’s feet, fine lines under the eyes, and facial skin sagging.
Dr. Cabrera also looked at Chiqui’s photos from when she was younger, to analyze the difference and understand what can be done, while still wanting to preserve her beautiful facial contours.
Weapon against aging
In conducting her treatments, Dr. Cabrera, practices at the Medical Plaza Building in Ortigas, Pasig City, is armed by a potent formulation from her trusted healthcare company Allergan—the same company that developed Botulinum toxin Type A: Juvederm Voluma with Lidocaine. Juvederm Voluma with Lidocaine is a dermal filler helps temporarily restore facial volume that has diminished due to weight loss or age-related facial fat loss.
“Juvederm Voluma with Lidocaine ‘fills’ the defect or the area where there is fat loss [skin sagging]. Upon injection, you’ll notice the hollow area or even the deep lines of your face plump up. Restoring facial volume brings the person closer to having a more youthful and vibrant look. And since Juvederm Voluma with Lidocaine is made of hyaluronic acid, it hydrates the skin, making it even smoother,” Dr. Cabrera explains.
With the advent of this new dermal filler, women can age like a beauty queen, and welcome each new year in their lives fearlessly, knowing that creases and lines will disappear. The best part? The treatment takes less than an hour, there is no downtime required, and the effects last for up to 18 to 24 months.