Each person’s face ages differently as patients of all ages begin to notice wrinkles, sun spots, furrows, lax skin, and/or volume loss at various stages of life. Our genetics and ethnic background are inherent factors that determine our skin texture, pigmentation, sun tolerance, and even healing. Two other inevitable factors that contribute to wrinkles, fine lines, and sun spots are age and gravity, which is also often the main cause of lax, sagging skin and volume loss in the cheeks and upper facial area. The signs of aging can also be caused or exaggerated by sun exposure and repeated facial expressions. Double board certified in plastic surgery and otolaryngology, Dr. Fernando Burstein discusses common concerns and various non-surgical and surgical treatments available to treat facial aging.
Dr. Burstein offers chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, and cosmetic injectables as non-surgical rejuvenation to help manage the signs of aging. He recommends many preventative treatments as they can help prolong results for patients who have had a surgical facial procedure. For example, chemical peels and laser therapy encourage collagen growth and resolve surface concerns like sun spots, acne, scars, and uneven texture, while cosmetic injectables such as Botox® and Dysport® smooth out wrinkles and lines. Facial fillers restore lost volume in areas such as the cheeks and mouth. Not only are these treatments minimally invasive, but patients can benefit from minimal to almost no downtime.
For patients with deeper wrinkles or prominent aging, surgical treatments like facelift surgery, brow lifts, or eyelid surgery can target areas affected by lax skin or surface imperfections. During facelift or brow lift surgery, excess fat and skin are removed and muscles will be tightened. In some instances, facial tissue and fat can be repositioned to fill areas of lost volume for a more youthful appearance. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) eliminates under-eye bags and excess, hanging skin. In addition to the face, another area inclined to sagging skin is the neck. Necklift surgery tightens skin on the neck and jowls to reduce a “waddle” appearance. Dr. Burstein also offers Ultherapy® skin tightening as a non-surgical alternative to tighten lax skin. This new technology has been FDA cleared as a non-invasive neck and chin lift treatment.
While most of these facial aging factors are out of our direct control, the one factor we can manage is our lifestyle habits. Dr. Burstein advises his patients to adopt skincare regimens and avoid adverse habits such as smoking and sunbathing. It is important to always apply broad spectrum, SPF 30 sunscreen and regularly use recommended skincare products to provide protection from the sun and harsh elements. Patients should also limit drinking alcohol as damage to skin cells causes pre-mature aging.
If you are interested in a facial procedure or in another cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, contact us to schedule a consultation. Be sure to follow Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.