Combat the Common Signs of Aging

As much as we try to prevent the onset of wrinkles, fine lines, and other changes to our faces, combating the signs of aging is often far more complicated than expected. Even with healthy lifestyles and prevention practices, such as moisturizing and sun avoidance, heredity, the deterioration of our collagen, and environmental factors all like to remind us of who’s in control when it comes to our skin—time and nature. The patients I see all want the same thing: to reverse the signs of aging while maintaining a natural, healthy look. Fortunately, no aging face is beyond repair, and matching the right procedure to the correct “aging symptom” is often all it takes to provide my patients with the facial rejuvenation they desire.

How Do I Treat:

Jowls

Jowls are one of the most disliked symptoms of aging. They often result when collagen and elastin are lost in the cheeks and jawline. This loss causes the cheeks to lose their firmness, and the combination of this and gravity forces the underlying fat and muscle in the cheeks to sag toward the jawline.

Your Surgical Option

I often treat jowls by a mini or traditional facelift. Either procedure will lift and tighten any muscles or fat that has descended to the jawline, thus reverting your jawline to its youthful contour. While either the traditional facelift or mini facelift will address the appearance of jowls, you may not be a candidate for the less-invasive mini facelift. I will help determine your candidacy during your consultation.

Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet are the lines that stretch from the corners of the eyes. These lines are often the result of habitual squinting and smiling, and they can make your eyes appear older than you are.

Your Non-Surgical Option

BOTOX® Cosmetic is known worldwide as one of the leading treatments for wrinkle reduction in the upper face. BOTOX® Cosmetic targets crow’s feet by paralyzing and relaxing the muscles, resulting in smoother, more youthful eyes.

Nasolabial Folds

Nasolabial folds are more commonly known as the “parentheses” that form between the nose and mouth.

Your Non-Surgical Option

I suggest using Restylane® or JUVÉDERM® XC to treat nasolabial folds. This injectable gel is made up of hyaluronic acid and can naturally restore volume and structure to these unwanted parentheses.

Your Surgical Option

A mini or a traditional facelift will improve the nasolabial folds.

Forehead Creases

Forehead creases are the horizontal lines on the forehead that are caused by the constant raising of our eyebrows. Glabellar creases are the vertical creases in between the brows that many people refer to as the “11s.” Many people are left looking tired or angry because of these creases. Forehead creases can be addressed through a number of cosmetic procedures.

Your Surgical Option

For a significant amount of wrinkles and horizontal forehead lines, I suggest a surgical brow lift. This lift will reverse the drooping of the eyebrows and forehead, not only allowing the skin on the forehead to become smoother but also allowing the eyes to become more visible. This surgery provides natural, long-lasting results.

Your Non-Surgical Option

For patients who do not want to undergo surgery, BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be used to address these lines and wrinkles temporarily.

Thinning Lips

As we age, our lips become thinner. Thinning lips can be remedied by either surgical or non-surgical techniques.

Your Surgical Option

I offer the vermillion lip advancement and subnasal lip lift to enhance the appearance of the lips. The vermillion advancement is done by surgically removing a small piece of skin above and below the pink part of the lip (called the vermillion). By removing this skin and pulling the vermillion of the lip up and down, respectively, more “pink” will show. This naturally gives the appearance of fuller, more luscious lips. The subnasal lip lift is done by removing a piece of skin from just below the nose to lift the upper lip and shorten the distance between the lip and nose.

Your Non-Surgical Option

Fillers, such as JUVÉDERM® XC and Restylane®, can be used to restore contour and fullness to the lips. These options can last up to several months.

Thinning Hair

Both men and women commonly experience hair loss as they age, and this can be quite disheartening. Thinning and unhealthy-looking hair, as well as bald spots, can all occur as we get older, and reversing this is a complicated task. I offer the SmartGraft™ treatment to combat hair loss. This system gradually allows patients to regrow their natural hair by transplanting hair follicles from the back of the scalp to the thinning areas. These transplanted hair follicles take root and naturally continue to grow. Growth begins at about three months; after that time, patients feel the confidence boost that only their natural hair can bring them.  I also offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, which are high in growth factors to stimulate dormant hairs to grow and unhealthy hairs to rejuvenate.

Why Is Facial Aging More Significant in These Areas?

While aging can occur anywhere on the face, the most significant amount of visible facial aging occurs at the locations where the most frequent movements occur (such as on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth, etc.). The more we move our face, the quicker the collagen and elastin in the skin break down, and that, along with the fact that we produce less collagen as we age, contributes to visible facial aging.