Potions and lotions might work its magical charm in movies but it’s definitely not going to cut it realistically if you want to reverse aging. Some people just age faster than others and no matter if you blame it on heredity, stress, environment or poor diet; You Will Age. No buts, ifs, ands. Practising a healthy lifestyle, no smoking and limited sun exposure will slow aging down but as with so many people, the damage is already done but it is possible to fix it via aesthetic or cosmetic procedures. Below are top 5 aging signs with possible fixes. 1. Scrawny, Spotted Hands Cause: Our hands are one of the most exposed parts to the sun and it’s no wonder you’re suddenly noticing brown age spots making their debut. After all, how often do you remember to apply sunscreen to the tops of your hands? As we age, skin loses collagen and elastin structure hence less volume, ergo scrawny looking hands. Fix: You can treat sun damage with Fraxel laser treatments; which uses a fractional laser treatment to work below the skin’s surface by only focusing on specific targeted spots. (RM350 – RM450 per treatment) and plump up hands with fillers; which when injected under the skin, a filler raises or puffs up that area that would last a certain time. (RM1,800 – RM2,200). 2. Fine Lines & Wrinkles Cause: Again, a lack of skin elasticity is to blame, causing fine lines and wrinkles. Laughing, squinting, latte-sipping through straws or any kind of repeated muscle motions is going to etch streaks around eyes and mouth. Fix: Botox treatment for the upper part of the face for eye crinkles and forehead lines; which is Botulinum Toxin Type A injections that lasts for a certain time, used to relax the muscles on targeted areas that helps soften line appearance (RM750 – RM1,500). Fillers would be ideal for the lower half of the face for thinning lips and laugh lines. 3. Turkey Neck Cause: Weak or loose neck muscles are the culprit for developing this turkey-wattle look. Loss of elasticity in the skin or some believe to be caused by genetics will show prominence as “bands” ringing your neck as you age. Fix: To improve skin quality, try Thermage treatment; a non-invasive radiofrequency therapy to tighten and tone sagging or loose skin (RM8,000 – RM12,000) and fillers to improve neck lines or for more definitive results, a neck lift which could consist of either removal of excess fats or excess skin (RM12,000). 4. Eye Bags Cause: Besides being caused by aging, under eye bags are usually formed by lack of sleep, allergies and water retention triggered by detrimental habits. Bags tend to be more noticeable as we get older because the skin under the eye gets thinner and loses elasticity. Fix: Hyaluronic filler injected under the eyes will make the eye contours of the socket appear more youthful (RM1,800 – RM2,200). If you have serious baggy eyes, the better option would be to get it surgically resolved where excess fat tissue and skin from underneath the eyes are removed (RM2,500 – RM3,800). 5. South-Going Breasts Cause: This happens to all women at some point, as breasts do not have muscles in them except stretchable ligaments and connective tissues which will result in sagging with gravity pull. Lack of support especially women active in sports also make them head on south. Fix: Breast lift procedure can help return the lift and perkiness to your saggy breasts where excess skin is removed to perk up breasts, while nipples and areola is repositioned. Implants could be inserted for perkier breasts or to address significant sagging situations (RM13,000 – RM20,000). However, for all the fixes above, bear in mind, you need to fully consult with appropriate doctors regarding your concerns and how best to attend resolving your issues on aging signs. There’s no fountain of youth remedies that eliminates aging but the best we can do is to fix them to keep people guessing your real age for a few more years!