A guide to what treatment you need and when.
Facial aging is a gradual process that begins in our 20s as the hyaluronic acid which naturally occurs in our skin and gives it its natural fullness and elasticity begins to break down. As the firmness of our facial skin slowly decreases, the result can be facial wrinkles, lines around our lips and from our nose to our mouth, hollowed cheeks, and loose and sagging skin. Also affecting the aging of our face are our genetics, lifestyle, sun damage, smoking, and stress, and other factors –– some we can control; some we cannot.
What are our options for fighting facial aging, and when is the right time to do what? Here’s a quick guide.
There are basically three categories of anti-aging facial treatments:
(1) Injectables/Dermal Fillers
(2) Skin Resurfacing
(3) Facial Cosmetic Surgery/Facelift
These treatments can be performed individually or in combination depending on the specific problem(s) the patient faces. It’s not uncommon for patients to start with injectables/fillers and move on to surgical treatments as signs of aging worsen and injectables/fillers no longer deliver desired results.
Minor lines and wrinkles, hollowed areas under the eyes, flattening out of the cheeks, squint and frown lines.
Injectables (dermal fillers) such as Restylane®, Juvederm® and Voluma® can be used to fill wrinkles and even out facial contours for a smoother, more youthful look. Botox® is used to counteract the vertical frown lines that form between the eyebrows (called “11’s”), horizontal lines on the forehead, and squint lines at the corners of the eyes.
Deep lines and wrinkles and/or irregular pigmentation due to sun damage, smoking, or poor diet. Rough and uneven skin caused by acne.
Laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion or physician-grade skin treatments can be used to improve the quality of the skin and restore it to its more youthful texture and smoothness.
Loose, sagging and excess skin in the cheeks, jowls, and neck area.
Only a facelift can remove excess skin. No treatment other than today’s minimally-invasive surgical facelift can get rid of the extra skin that naturally occurs as we age, or that results from significant weight loss. One highly-proven facelift is the leading, minimally-invasive facelift procedure performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth MD, face and neck cosmetic surgeon and specialist in Cincinnati OH. Dr. Smyth has performed more than 3,000 of these procedures, called the Timeless Lift™. This facelift rids the lower face and neck of droopy, sagging, excess skin to restore the smooth jawline and neck of our younger years. The result is a totally natural, “younger you” look –– NEVER pulled or windswept.
Results of the Timeless Lift™ facelift will typically last 8-10 years depending on the patient’s lifestyle, use of sunscreen, and not smoking. The Timeless Lift™ is performed under strictly local anesthesia, eliminating the longer recovery and risks associated with general anesthesia. Most patients need only one to two weeks to recover before returning to normal activities. Some are out and about within 3-4 days post-procedure.
Your facial cosmetic surgeon/specialist wants nothing more than to deliver the results you want, so be sure to share with him or her what’s bothering you, your expectations, and your career/schedule so that you can allow adequate time for the healing process.
Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, submental liposuction, laser skin resurfacing, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.