Q: My cheeks are losing fat which makes me look tired and old. I’d like to correct this with injectables — but at 76, is this safe and advisable?
A: Age itself is ‘no contra-indication for having fillers or other injectables,’ says cosmetic physician and surgeon Dr Apul Parikh, although you should always have a proper consultation with a doctor and disclose any underlying health issues for them to plan around.
Dr Parikh also thinks this frank exchange with your chosen doctor should serve to establish what is realistic.
At your age, ‘the main question would be whether there would be too much skin laxity for fillers to make a real improvement,’ he says.
‘There comes a point where surgery becomes the only transformative option, and you don’t want to waste money on procedures that won’t give you the outcome you want,’ he says.
Age itself is ‘no contra-indication for having fillers or other injectables,’ says cosmetic physician and surgeon Dr Apul Parikh. Stock image used
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If your skin is in good nick, however, you would ‘almost certainly need fillers around the middle cheek and cheekbone area, but might also benefit from jawline filler to restore its youthful shape,’ he says.
That, he estimates, would require at least 4-6ml of filler, charged at £450 per ml at his Central London clinic (apulparikh.co.uk).
Prices outside London will be lower, but please choose an experienced doctor.
Email your questions to Ingeborg van Lotringen, author of Great Skin, at firstname.lastname@example.org