Summary: Most people don’t age quite as gracefully as they’d like and often feel frustrated with the changes they see in the mirror as they get older. Your appearance will inevitably change thanks to environmental stress, genetics and the effect that aging has on the body. However, thanks to modern medicine and technology, there are many effective ways to improve and correct the common signs of facial aging and leave people guessing as to your actual age.
1. Relax Muscles that Cause Wrinkles
It seems almost everyone has either had or knows someone who has had BOTOX® injections, which are among the most popular of all cosmetic treatments. Arguably, the popularity of BOTOX® comes as a result of its effectiveness and affordability.
When you make facial expressions, such as laughing, frowning or smiling, the facial muscles contract and create creases on the skin. Over time, these creases can remain, even when you’re not making that expression, and they can get deeper and more pronounced which gives an aged appearance. BOTOX® paralyzes the facial muscles in a way that still allows you to make expressions, but limits the ability of the muscle to create facial wrinkles. BOTOX® not only improves existing wrinkles but can stop more wrinkles from developing.
2. Replace Lost Volume
Plump skin and smooth, voluminous cheeks are hallmarks of youth, thanks to the high levels of collagen in young skin. As part of the natural aging process, the levels of collagen in the skin decline, and the skin loses volume and firmness. The loss of collagen can contribute to sagging skin, the development of wrinkles and a tired, older appearance.
The restoration of lost facial firmness and volume due to aging can be done in one of two ways, with fat transfer or with dermal fillers, such as JUVÉDERM®. Often called a liquid facelift, these treatments can be used to fill in nasolabial folds, plump up a wrinkled or hollowed out eye area and create higher, fuller cheeks.
3. Remove Excess Skin
When facial skin experiences a significant loss of firmness and laxity, surgical intervention is sometimes the best option. Surgical rejuvenation options involve the removal of excess, sagging skin which leaves behind firmer, smoother, more youthful looking skin. Although these procedures do require downtime, the results are permanent, unlike the results you can achieve with injectables. Surgical skill, experience and an artistic eye are key for getting the best results with facial plastic surgery, so choosing a highly qualified, board certified plastic surgeon is key.
4. Reposition and Lift Sagging Skin
Sagging skin doesn’t always have to be removed to rejuvenate your appearance. Many people can achieve their goals with procedures that simply lift and reposition skin that has begun to sag and give an aged appearance. When these procedures are performed too aggressively, the dreaded overdone, “wind tunnel” appearance can occur.
The goal of you and your plastic surgeon should be a subtle, natural-looking result that helps you look like a refreshed, younger-looking version of yourself.
5. Resurface and Rejuvenate the Facial Skin
There are a multitude of skin resurfacing treatments that can dramatically improve the appearance of your complexion without surgery. Chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing treatments like Fraxel® can improve or diminish the appearance of acne scarring, sun spots, wrinkles and other signs of aging and leave you looking refreshed and more youthful.