As an Atlanta cosmetic surgeon, I’ve seen how facial rejuvenation procedures are some of the most sought after cosmetic plastic surgery options today. When you think about it, our faces are tough. Not only do they fight against gravity, harmful exposure to the sun and aging in general, but the face is such a prominent feature that trying to hide certain insecurities we may have is near impossible and can be cause for concern for many of us.
Our genetic makeup is different, so there isn’t a recommended age to start facial rejuvenation but instead something to consider at different milestones in your life. Think about the first time you noticed fine lines by the corners of your eyes or the moment you looked in the mirror and realized the under-eye bags were there to stay. There are a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures that can help refresh your look and when you delve even deeper, I see many of my facial rejuvenation patients fit into two distinct groups: those that wait until signs of aging are prominent before they are prompted into action and those that start early to slow down the progression.
Get started early.
The beauty of cosmetic injectables is that they give patients temporary relief for the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin and depending on the type of product used (injectables vs. facial filler) can yield results up to a year. The earlier you start cosmetic injectable treatments the less noticeable the concerns you have with your facial appearance will present themselves as your skin matures. Starting earlier gives patients more time before major concerns give added cause to start considering a longer-lasting way of anti-aging. Patients as young as 18 may opt for Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin® to relax the wrinkle-causing muscles of the face while patients with thinned lips, deeper wrinkles or loss volume may consider facial fillers like Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Radiesse® or Perlane® to smooth out their skin or to better help maintain previous facial plastic surgery results.
Look more rested.
If you’ve graduated beyond the injectables phase and entered the ages of looking perpetually tired because of under eye bags and hooded eyelids, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) could be the facial rejuvenation treatment you consider. The main goal of eyelid surgery is to remove excess fat, tissue and skin that accumulates around the eyes and this can be done on the upper, lower or a combination of both the upper and lower lids to get you back to looking more rested. Eyelid surgery results are subtle enough that your family and close friends may not recognize that you had surgery, but effective enough that you look more relaxed, awake and as if you just had the best sleep of your life!
Lift your woes.
When the skin on your face starts to sag well beyond comfort and the folds are deep enough to make a bulldog your doppelgänger, a more invasive procedure, rhytidectomy (or better known as facelift), is needed to help turn back the clock. Collagen breaks down as we get older and the loose skin creates a dulled appearance that can extend from the top of the forehead all the way down around the cheeks, jowls and neck. A facelift can work in two ways. On one hand it directly removes excess skin and on the other hand it addresses the fundamental cause of your facial aging. To help these underlying concerns, I reposition the skin, tissue and muscle to replace the lost volume and create a look that is smoother and more youthful. Patients have the option of a full facelift or may opt for isolated concerns on the upper, middle and lower sections of the face independently. While facelift results are much more extensive than those which are produced from cosmetic injectable treatments, with any facial cosmetic procedure the plastic surgery results are not permanent and a touch up procedure is recommended to help you looking younger, for longer.
If you’re interested in exploring your facial rejuvenation options with me, please don’t hesitate to contact my office to set up a time when we can go over your questions and concerns. To keep up with my latest rants and raves as a cosmetic surgeon, stay connected with me, David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates.