Confidence in one’s facial appearance is critical to developing and maintaining a positive self-image. However, both men and women as young as their early 40s begin to notice (and in some cases fixate) on changes to their facial appearance. Fortunately there are many new minimally invasive and non-invasive techniques to correct and maintain facial appearance.
When treating a face, there are three components related to facial aging that must be addressed:
The Skin’s Surface
The skin itself reveals the effects of sun damage, life habits such as smoking, and disease processes such as rosacea and acne. A number of pigmentary changes such as melasma (brown discoloration), excess blood vessel growth, and lines and wrinkles due to a loss of skin elasticity and dermal thickness need to be addressed with a combination of at-home skin care and interventions such as intense pulsed light therapy, V beam laser treatments, chemical peels, and laser skin resurfacing.
The second is gravity-related sagging of the skin and underlying fat and muscles of the face. Non-invasive techniques such as Ultherapy, which uses focused, high intensity external ultrasound energy to tighten the skin and deeper tissues of the face while stimulating collagen production, offers a non-invasive, no downtime technique. For more advanced aging, tissue repositioning and removal is sometimes required. Examples of this are blepharoplasty for excess eyelid tissue, which can often lead to both aesthetic and functional visual field improvement, brow lifting procedures, and lower face and neck lifting known as a facelift, or rhytidectomy. The downtime related to these procedures is about 7 to 10 days, but the benefits can last decades.
Three-dimensional loss of facial volume contributes just as significantly to facial aging as skin sagging, and is often the first manifestation that patients recognize. But instead of filling a line or wrinkle, patients can re-volumize the face to recreate a more youthful facial shape. As we age, both men and women lose midface volume and add lower facial volume, which is why some feel that men age more gracefully than women since the aging face accentuates desirable male characteristics. With the advances in injectable fillers, facial plastic surgeons now have a palette of products that can best serve the patient’s needs.
Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center
111 Marble Mill Road NW
Marietta, GA 30060