No one wants to have to think about growing older, and many men and women put off dealing with the signs of facial aging for as long as possible. However, it has always been my philosophy that the treatment of facial aging is best accomplished with a long-term, graduated maintenance plan that begins early, with subtle, minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures. From there we can slowly expand the menu of options to include more comprehensive facial plastic surgery techniques only as those techniques become necessary. Even though every patient is unique and every face ages differently, there are a few helpful guidelines that can help you formulate a plan for addressing facial aging that will maintain a youthful, natural-looking appearance for years to come.
Prevention in Your 20’s
At the earliest stages of the aging process the skin is typically still healthy and resilient, so many of the traditional signs of facial aging have not yet begun to manifest. However, the skin’s appearance can be adversely affected by either environmental factors, such as cigarette smoking or excessive sun exposure. Laser skin resurfacing or gentle chemical peels can often help alleviate this damage by removing dead or damaged skin cells and stimulating collagen production, preventing the premature aging of the skin.
Maintenance in Your 30’s
As aging skin begins to lose its elasticity and taut smoothness, wrinkles and folds frequently begin to form throughout the face. In many cases, this loss of volume and elasticity can be counteracted with injectable cosmetic treatments (like Botox® or Dysport®) or facial fillers (like Juvéderm® and Restylane®). These procedures can often relax the underlying muscles that create expression lines or restore lost volume and moisture to the facial features in a single short office session.
Touch-ups in Your 40’s
Injectable facial rejuvenation treatments can certainly help keep the facial tissues looking young and healthy, but eventually the tiny muscles that support facial features like the eyebrows or eyelids will begin to weaken and excess skin and fat will accumulate, causing features to sag and droop. Targeted facial plastic surgery procedures that specifically focus on these areas of concern, such as eyelid surgery or a brow lift, can often achieve subtle and long-lasting results with only minimal surgical downtime.
Restoration in Your 50’s and Beyond
While minor, targeted procedures and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation techniques can all work together to postpone the point at which comprehensive facial plastic surgery becomes necessary, the process of facial aging can only be slowed, never stopped completely. Patients experiencing generalized wrinkling and sagging in the upper, middle, and lower face and neck can often benefit from a full face lift, which can restore a natural and youthful look without over-tightening the skin.
Every patient is unique and each one ages differently, so some of these procedures are used to maintain or rejuvenate at all ages while others, in some cases, may not be necessary at all. There are as many different approaches to the treatment of facial aging as there are individual faces, so contact my office in order to schedule a consultation so that we can determine what course of treatment is right for you. Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.