Solutions for An Aging Face

CSC_Jan_2016As we age, our body changes and our facial features tend to lose their youthful shape. The production of collagen and elastin slows and the skin’s ability to repair itself starts to slow down. Gravity also plays a roll in an aging face as fat starts to shift downward.

The good news is that nowadays there are multiple ways to treat facial aging. In this blog post I will touch upon a few of the most popular facial aging concerns that I see and discuss aesthetic treatments or plastic surgery procedures that can help turn back the clock.

Problem: The ligaments along the jawline have weakened and the jowls are sagging.
Solution: A natural, youthful appearance can be restored with Facelift surgery by returning fullness to the cheeks, lifting the jowls and smoothing the neck.

Problem: Facial volume has decreased and settled, resulting in the lower face becoming “heavier” or more prominent.
Solution: The Layered Liquid lift is a non-surgical solution for volume loss. A variety of injectable fillers (such as Radiesse and Restylane) are done in a “layering” technique to plump the skin from the inside out. Wrinkles are filled and fullness is restored.

Problem: Cheeks have lost their volume and appear flat which lengthens the face.
Solution: Deflated cheeks can be treated with a minimally-invasive Cheek Lift with fat grafting. A cheek lift elevates the fat pad in the cheek to re-establish fullness to the eyes and cheeks. A small amount of fat is harvested (usually from the abdomen or thighs) to add additional volume where it may be needed, such as in the nasolabial lines (the lines from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth) or the “comma” lines around the mouth. A Cheek Lift can also be done without fat grafting.

Problem: Wrinkles and uneven pigmentation, usually from sun damage.
Solution: Chemabrasion involves a medium-depth chemical peel with a light dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion) which usually gives a person 70 to 80% improvement in the appearance.

Over my 30 years of cosmetic surgery practice, I have learned that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for aging concerns. While the solutions above may be ideal for some, others may benefit from a different cosmetic surgery or aesthetic treatment.

If you are interesting in restoring you appearance, I invite you to schedule a consultation appointment at my Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery office (805-563-0000). 

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