Lifestyle and Youthful Looks

Lifestyle has been proven to have a dramatic effect on the risk of age-related diseases. The association of lifestyle and facial ageing has been less well studied. Facial ageing consists of changes to many tissue types and is, to a degree, reflective of systemic ageing. Indeed, some lifestyle factors that influence human longevity also associate with facial ageing.

One of the goals of ageing research is to provide interventions that can reduce the rate at which damage accumulates in the body and, hence, to help individuals get gorgeous and maintain their health and vitality as they age. Longevity and many age-related diseases are influenced predominately by environmental factors. Lifestyle choices also play a significant role towards ageing smartly.

Lifestyle Factors and Facial Ageing

A recent study was conducted to identify lifestyle factors that associate with perceived facial age in men and women aged 45-75 years from European countries. Some of the lifestyle factors in European men that resulted in a higher perceived age with a total of 9.3- years higher than the chronological age were:

  • Smoking
  • Having skin that went red in the sun
  • Sun exposure for prolonged periods of time
  • Wearing of false teeth and not flossing teeth daily

Lifestyle factors in the European women who were smokers that resulted in a higher perceived age with a total of 9.1 – 10.9 – years higher than their chronological age were:

  • Sunbathing
  • Irregular skin moisturization and hydration
  • Few remaining teeth
  • Wearing false teeth
  • Low body mass index (BMI)
  • Being unmarried
  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Poor skin and oral care

Smoking and sunbed use for tanning purposes were associated more strongly with wrinkling in women than in men. BMI, sun exposure and skincare were associated predominantly with perceived facial age via wrinkling, whereas oral care was associated via other facial features.

Approximately 10 per cent of the population of Northern Europe use sunbeds on a regular basis for tanning purposes. Sunbed users are still at risk of skin cancer even if they do not burn their skin, according to a new study by Dundee University.

Five lifestyle factors that can predict premature ageing

Lifestyle factors can have long-term beneficial effects on youthful looks. Five significant lifestyle predictors of a higher perceived facial age in both men and women most commonly linked with significant aspects of premature skin ageing are:

  • Poor skin care – lack of skin hydration
  • Poor oral care – irregular flossing and brushing of teeth
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Smoking, and
  • Sun exposure

Greater sun exposure is the main environmental exposure that does not directly affect internal organs in the body, although the production of vitamin D in skin from sun exposure can give indirect beneficial effects.

Nutrition and Sleeping position

There is clinical evidence that nutrition and sleeping position are linked with the presence and severity of skin wrinkling. There is now evidence that acute short-term sleep deprivation affects facial appearance. A higher BMI was significantly associated with a lower perceived facial age in the women (those who were obese looked 2·1 years younger than those of normal weight).

Good Lifestyle Behavior to Look Younger

In the men, flossing teeth was associated with a lower perceived age by1·2 years younger and not wearing false teeth was also associated with a lower perceived facial age of 1·4 years younger. Whereas in women, those with fewer than half of their teeth remaining looked 2·3 years older than those with most of their teeth remaining. The sunbathing habits of women were significantly associated with a higher perceived facial age. Those who said they often sit in the sun looked 2·5 years older than those who do not go into the sun. Women with poor oral care (those who brushed their teeth once a day or less) looked 2 years older than those who brushed twice a day. Also, women with poorer skincare who moisturized irregularly looked 2 years older than those who moisturized regularly all their life.

Lifestyle Factors for Predicting Face shape – Sagging and Wrinkles

Less sun exposure, more regular skin moisturization and a higher BMI are associated predominately with less wrinkling, whereas good oral care is strongly associated with fewer face shape changes such as sagging. Smoking and sunbed usage for tanning is associated with a higher degree for wrinkles.

Good Oral and Skin Care – A Must to Look Younger

Regular skin moisturization is significantly associated with a lower perceived facial age. Skin hydration and moisturization is capable of directly influencing skin ageing. For example, it has been shown to improve skin hydration and condition, to reduce the presence of inflammation markers.

Significant evidence is now documented for association of sun exposure, sunbed use, smoking, oral care, skincare and BMI with higher perceived facial age and together could predict up to 11 years of difference in perceived age. Lifestyles of particular note were sun exposure and oral care, as they were significantly associated with higher perceived age in both men and women, and greater sun exposure and poor oral care also result in looking older.

Wrinkling has been noted for many years to be more prevalent in sun-exposed body sites than sun-protected sites. Sunscreens have been demonstrated to prevent the appearance of wrinkling, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes a wide range of cellular damage, particularly to DNA. Sunbathing habits and sunbed use for tanning were strongly associated with increased wrinkling in both men and women. Hence, the use of sunbeds or sunbathing for beauty purposes (a tanned appearance is associated with attractiveness in white populations) in the short term is actually likely to be counterproductive in the long term.

Premature Skin Ageing

Men and women who say their skin goes red (after exposure to an hour’s sun) are more prone to sun-induced premature skin ageing and developing wrinkles.

Smoking is a driver of skin ageing and strongly linked to premature skin ageing. Smokers have greater skin elastosis, lower levels of skin oxygenation and reduced collagen. Female smokers are more strongly associated with wrinkling.

A higher BMI and increased facial fat could reduce the appearance of wrinkles by expanding the skin outwards in a similar manner to facial fillers. Hence, although obesity has a negative impact on ageing systemically, in the face this effect is likely masked (at least in middle-aged to elderly populations) by the reduction in skin wrinkling. Facial sagging is linked to increased subcutaneous fat in the face, and although this could help reduce the appearance of wrinkles it could well lead to premature facial sagging.

However, the number of teeth and the condition of the surrounding gums are known to have a direct influence on the appearance of overlying tissues. For example, people look younger with their mouths closed after receiving new dentures than before, and the number of teeth or the use of dentures has been linked to lip size and the appearance of the labio-mental fold and the overall condition of the mouth, which, through its support to the overlying tissues and their subsequent appearance, can influence perceived facial age.

Lifestyle changes can have a larger influence on the preservation of youthful looks with up to 11 years difference with those who do not conduct an ‘optimal’ lifestyle and could be a motivating message for us to adopt a more healthy lifestyle for smart-ageing.

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(Adapted from The British Journal of Dermatology. 2015; 172(5):1338-1345. © 2015)


Just Get Gorgeous, Ladies


“Appearance is the most public part of the self. How you look introduces yourself. In today’s work-competitive environment, to have ‘youthful-looks’ is no longer a luxury but an asset.” says Dr Charles Lee, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Taking on or Holding on


There is a growing presence of women in Asia’s tourist sector. Many are just starting to take on leadership roles or are in the baby-boomer age holding on to stay employed while scaling the odds in a male-dominated industry. Having youthful looks does have an advantage to stay employed in a work-competitive environment.

The Just Get Gorgeous Journey to Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

We are now in a new age of wellness travel. What informs, motivates and inspires the traveler to seek after a preferred destination? Beauty. Youthful looks is now the new couture ensemble. There is a ‘Renaissance of Beauty and Travel’ that is deeply engraved in the heart and mind of the individual traveler seeking to explore the world through travel and adventure and at the same time yearning for ‘The Triple G Experience’ – Go Get Gorgeous!

Just Get Gorgeous – Where Radiance Becomes Personal is a professionally crafted, integrated and holistic facial rejuvenation and revitalization aesthetic package that offers women to experience a touch of high-tech magic that taps into the inner desire to stay looking young and beautiful. It is a new ONE-STOP CROSSOVER EXPERIENCE that creates a personalized and connected gateway to express their inner aspirations to look radiant and relaxed after their well-deserved holiday travel. It is an end to end adventure of a lifetime.

Thermage CPT Radiofrequency Facial Rejuvenation

The Romance Within

To think inside-out rather than outside-in creates the environment for the mind, body and face to begin to heal and restore the beauty within. This in turn provides the platform where science, beauty and experience meet. Thermage CPT focuses on building collagen, the foundation that keeps the skin envelope of the face looking healthy and young. This clinically-proven non-invasive, no downtime, aesthetic procedure coupled with six other facial treatments are delivered within four hours to prime up the environmentally damaged skin to begin a much needed journey to stay gorgeous and look radiant. These safe and well-informed procedures allows the Just Get Gorgeous traveler to now continue on her journey of exploring the beauty, art and nature that exotic Borneo gives without delay in the planned itinerary that is filled with excitement and joy.


Just Get Gorgeous Aesthetic Enhancement is now positioned to be part of the metamorphosis within the travel lifecycle of the wellness traveler. Rest, relaxation and rejuvenation provides an unmeasurable endpoint of glow and glamour that every woman traveler expects when planning for a holiday of a lifetime. The imagination of looking beautiful and gorgeous after the rejuvenation experience beholds the eye of the traveler and your dream vacation in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, is set to provide that ‘zen moment’ with a slice of infinity. Just Get Gorgeous.

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Taking A Few Years Off Your Face

Rejuvenation-Wellness Travel in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Taking a Few Years Off Your Face                                                                                If looking gorgeous and youthful is your desire, why not indulge in a luxurious experience of ultimate youth professionally crafted for you while enjoying your dream vacation travel experience in Sabah not only feeling good but looking great as well. The ultimate in healthcare-wellness utilising high-tech makeover for face and neck rejuvenation is now available at Sabah’s premier One-stop Centre for Medical Aesthetics.

Guests are offered state-of-the-art cosmetic enhancement aesthetic services to reconnect with one’s youthful looks, promising an experience where radiance becomes personal.

Former Malaysia Airlines Stewardess Veena Dutt, Malaysia writes:

Having a facelift without having to go under the knife. This is my idea of looking young and gorgeous without losing my identity. I had Thermage CPT radiofrequency (RF) face and neck lift to treat my sagging skin, poor texture and tone. It’s amazing because this process actually irons out your wrinkles and helps you take a few years off your face! It actually tightens and smoothens the top layer of skin by stimulating your body’s natural collagen. This looks so natural and your skin looks smooth, tighter, firmer and of course you look younger! It’s a great ‘pick me up’ and a professional way for looking young and gorgeous! And, not forgetting the medical HydraFacial too for an immediate surge of antioxidants and nutrients!

I am always amazed how the new age of high-tech innovative medical aesthetic devices and treatments can slow down the ageing process and in some instances reverse the aged and tired look that environmentally damaged skin reveals. In 4 hours, this one million ringgit worth of advanced technology can bring about healing, repair, regeneration and restoration to the injury caused by environmental factors and stressed lifestyle.

Laser Skin Toning
Dr Charles Lee performing High-Tech Laser Skin Toning & Firming

At the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa for Total Skin Rejuvenation & Revitalization in Kota Kinabalu, we have packaged a 7-step menu that provides a holistic integrated healthcare and wellness program that gives you a refreshed, youthful, radiant and gorgeous look that takes  years off your face and neck. Guests can choose from 4 different aesthetic packages professionally crafted to face-fit the desire you need and result you expect.

Top Two Just Get Gorgeous Non-invasive Aesthetic Packages: The Ultimate High-Tech 4 Hour Total Skin Rejuvenation and Regeneration in Borneo

Just Get Gorgeous Package 1: New Collagen Rejuvenation

Thermage CPT Face & Neck Rejuvenation

Thermage CPT is the signature non-invasive face procedure focusing on new collagen formation and skin tightening using clinically-proven deep heating of the deeper skin dermis using radiofrequency. When performed with other aesthetic procedures, this high-tech, holistic, integrated, rejuvenation package redefines the sagging contours of the face, improves skin quality and texture. The result is improved skin elasticity, firmer, younger-looking skin that is contoured to face-fit your new profile. Recommended for environmentally-damaged skin with ageing signs of wrinkles, sagging and loss of elasticity and tone.

Just Get Gorgeous Package 2: New Skin Regeneration

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New Skin Regeneration & Restoration with Platelet-Rich Plasma, PRP

The key procedure for New Skin Cellular Regeneration is Platelet-Rich Plasma, PRP, using your own blood to provide a powerful surge of essential growth factors necessary for new skin growth and regeneration. This results in skin homogeneity and elasticity, creating a volumizing effect that leads to skin revitalization and slowing down of the ageing process. Discover visibly younger-looking skin within days. With added glutathione mesotherapy and low-level light therapy, LLLT, skin science becomes redefined with a fresh radiance that is personal.

Both Just Get Gorgeous Packages 1 & 2 can be fitted into your travel itinerary with minimal downtime. All procedures are performed in a premium healthcare facility and tailor-made upon consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr Charles Lee. Safe and professional.

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