SECOND QUARTER 2003, VOLUME 17, NO 2

Although Aging is Inevitable, check out these age-defying strategies

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Although Aging is Inevitable, check out these age-defying strategies

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We all feel much younger than we look. As time marches on, there are gradual changes to the tone and look of your skin. Take the necessary steps to fight against the aging process. Not only will you look fabulous, but you will also feel a surge in self-confidence. Additionally, common surgical and non-surgical procedures are available to help reduce the signs of aging. Feel free to discuss your options with your facial plastic surgeon; you will not regret it.

In Your 20s

This is the time to take good care of your skin in order to reap the benefits when you are 50 or 60 years old. The most important advice you can take from your facial plastic surgeon is to protect your skin from the sun. Use a moisturizer everyday with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. If you are still struggling with acne, see your facial plastic surgeon for products to target your blemishes. Clean, moisturize, and protect your skin on a daily basis.

In Your 30s

Signs of aging may start to appear with fine lines showing around your mouth and eyes. Your facial plastic surgeon may recommend specialized alpha-hydroxy cleansers, Botox injections, or filler injections to fight those wrinkles. Most people in this age group are beyond acne, but may have visible acne scars. Your facial plastic surgeon can evaluate the scarring and recommend a treatment plan such as a skin graft, z-plasty, microdermabrasion, or laser resurfacing.

In Your 40s

The aging process continues with less elastic skin, more noticeable wrinkles, and less oil production. Your facial plastic surgeon may prescribe an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells, suggest a chemical peel to smooth the face, or recommend blepharoplasty to remove sagging skin and puffiness around the eyes. Drink plenty of water and exercise to promote hydration and circulation of nutrients to your skin.

In Your 50s

The toll of gravity causes fat cells to collect around the neck and chin. Your skin may begin to lose its plumpness and tone. Irregular pigmentation and age spots may appear. Skin care may include alpha-hydroxy acids and Vitamins C and E. You may be a good candidate for a facelift. See your facial plastic surgeon to screen for skin cancer or actinic keratosis, a precursor to skin cancer.

In Your 60s and Beyond

If you are not feeling your age, why not make a change to look more like you feel. The folds around your nose and mouth have deepened, with excess skin producing a wattle appearance on your neck. There are options for improving matters. Midfacial implants can enhance your cheekbones and support the soft tissues of your face. A facelift can tighten sagging muscles and skin, redefining the jaw line. Skin rejuvenation procedures – microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser skin resurfacing – reduce the signs of wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and scarring.

You cannot reverse the aging process, however, your facial plastic surgeon can help you reduce the signs of aging. Your physician will recommend procedures or techniques to rejuvenate and brighten your appearance based on three factors: (1) the status of your current features; (2) what you are interested in changing; and (3) what will produce realistic, optimal results.

Bride PhotoCommon Procedures to Reduce the Signs of Aging

Botox: Botulinum toxin was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the signs of wrinkles around the eyes and between the brows. There is no recovery time. Botox is injected to relax the facial muscles and reduce wrinkles for three to six months.

Filler Injections: Soft-tissue fillers (e.g., collagen or fat) fill in lines, creases, and depressed scars. They can also be used to add fullness to the cheek area or the lips. There is no downtime associated with this procedure and results last between six and twelve months.

Microdermabrasion: This procedure uses one of several methods, such as a rotating brush or a pressurized stream of fine particles to remove the top layers of the skin to treat scars and wrinkles, exposing an undamaged, smoother layer. There is little recovery time and you can resume normal activities immediately.

Chemical Peels: These materials facilitate resurfacing of the skin by causing gentle coagulation and removal of the outermost layers–allowing smoother and more supple skin to regenerate. This is an effective treatment for wrinkles caused by sun damage, mild scarring, and certain types of acne. The deeper the peel, the longer the recovery time, with an average of two weeks.

Photofacial: Using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, a series of treatments are performed over three-week intervals to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin. Patients who suffer uneven pigmentation, sun damage, or rosacea may benefit from this minimally invasive treatment. There is no recovery time.

Blepharoplasty: This surgery of the eyelids removes fat and excess skin reducing the appearance of bags and wrinkles in the eye area.

Facelift: A facelift removes excess skin and repositions the underlying tissue and muscles. The result is a younger looking you, with dramatic improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face.

Cheek or Chin Augmentation: Implants are placed in the cheeks or chin to improve bone structure and support sagging, soft tissues. Cheek augmentation allows you to regain the young, full cheeks of your youth. Chin augmentation can bring harmony to your profile and distinguish your jaw line.

Aging ManThe wonders of facial plastic surgery can make you look up to 15 years younger. Ask the many men and women who have undergone a procedure what a dramatic difference it has made in their lives.

As we age, gravity, the elements, and nature all conspire against us to work unattractive changes in our skin and musculature. The diagram shows the changes to our facial features as we age.