We start aging from the day we are born and visible signs of aging start to show, for most people, in their twenties although the severity depends upon a variety of factors including genetics, sun exposure, lifestyle habits, and skin care maintenance. Unfortunately, many of us will end up with wrinkles and sagging skin that makes us look older than our actual age but we don’t have to live with these age-accelerating culprits! Find out which facial areas are more prone to making us look older and, most importantly, what we can do about them.
Age-Accelerating Culprit: Sagging Forehead and Forehead Wrinkles
Sagging foreheads and forehead wrinkles can greatly affect how old we look. Over time the forehead relaxes downward causing the eyebrows to flatten and crowd the upper eyelids. The result is a “heaviness” or “hooded” look to our eye area. Forehead wrinkles also form due to environmental damage and aging. Together, or alone, forehead wrinkles and a crowded upper eyelid area can make us look much older than we really are.
What Can Be Done About Sagging Foreheads and Forehead Wrinkles?
If forehead wrinkles, vertical or the horizontal “frown” lines between the eyebrows, are your biggest concern, these can be easily addressed with Botox or Dysport. These are injectable treatments that relax the muscles causing the frown lines. The treatment lasts about 3 to 4 months. Sagging foreheads are more successfully treated with cosmetic surgery. Dr. Perkins approaches the Forehead Lift Surgery in a conservative manner so that the result is a natural, alert, and rested appearance which avoids a “surprised” look. Forehead surgery benefits include raising the eyebrows to their normal position (which often removes some excess upper lid skin), tightening of the temporal area to improve crow’s feet, smoothing the horizontal forehead lines and softening the frown lines between the eyebrows.
|Forehead Lift: Actual Patient of Dr. Terry Perkins|
Age-Accelerating Culprit: Wrinkles Around the Mouth
Wrinkles naturally form around the mouth from talking, laughing, smiling, eating, sun exposure, and especially, smoking. The deeper the wrinkles are, the more they give an aged appearance. In addition to wrinkles around the mouth, the lips can become deflated and sag, giving a person an unhappy and tired look. Smoking and sun can also cause vertical wrinkles above the lip, causing lipstick to bleed.
What Can Be Done About Wrinkles Around the Mouth?
Lip enhancement is a popular procedure but it is important that it is done to restore the volume that was lost and not to inflate the lips out of proportion from the rest of the face. Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins can perform lip enhancement in a variety of ways, including permanent enhancement using a soft implant or grafts of a patient’s own fat (or other tissue) or temporary volume can be added with an injectable filler such as Restylane. Fillers can also be used to provide structure at the corners of the mouth so the lips won’t look down-turned and they can be used to fill deep lines around the mouth especially the nasolabial lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
|Lip Enhancement: Actual Patient of Dr. Terry Perkins|
Whether you choose to do temporary enhancements or more permanent cosmetic surgery in your mouth or forehead area (or maybe both!), you will be amazed at what a difference it will make to your overall appearance.
Dr. Terry Perkins performs facial cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara at his Cosmetic Surgery Center practice located near Cottage Hospital. View more of Dr. Perkins’ before-and-after cosmetic surgery pictures on his website. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins by calling 805-563-0000.