Facial aging is something we’ll all experience at some point. The question isn’t “if” but “when” those lines and wrinkles will start to creep up on us, or when the cheeks and jawline will start to lose their shape. The problem with aging isn’t necessarily that we’ll look much older than we are. It’s that many of the signs of aging change the vibe of the face. We look angry when we’re not. People may perceive us as unfriendly when that is inaccurate. From this standpoint, facial rejuvenation is more about reviving our image than regaining youthfulness. Here, we discuss some of the ways that we help patients correct the signs of aging and how to know which is right for you.
The Magic of Injectables
In recent years, a large number of people have decided to turn to injectables like Botox and dermal fillers for facial rejuvenation. Why might this approach be right for you? Because it’s fast. The immediate results that are achieved with dermal filler treatment are outstanding and very appealing. Not too far behind these products are Botox and Dysport, gradually achieving results over 4 to 7 days. With injectables, it’s become possible to improve:
- Drooping eyebrows
- Creases on the forehead and around the eyes
- Undereye bags
- Flattened or sunken cheeks
- A softened jawline
- Creases around the nose and mouth
- Downturned mouth corners or marionette lines
- Deflated or thin lips
In addition to working quickly, injectables do not incur any downtime. Patients can quickly resume most of their normal activities. However, the results of these treatments must be maintained with a periodic touch-up every few months.
The Consistency of Surgical Facial Rejuvenation
It used to be that if you wanted a younger-looking face, you would have a facelift. Not anymore. Today, patients have more of an a la carte menu of services, which allows them to address specific concerns. For example, blepharoplasty can rejuvenate the eyes by tightening the upper or lower eyelids. A brow lift can correct a brow that has fallen below its youthful position. A facelift can be as extensive or as subtle as needed to restore youthful angles to the jawline and curves to the cheeks.
Having a facelift or other surgical technique for facial rejuvenation is a big deal. There is downtime, though usually not more than a couple of weeks. There is a little discomfort, manageable with pain medication, and a little swelling and bruising, which will go away in a week to 10 days. On the other side of a short recovery, though, are results that may last indefinitely.