In your 20s, skin is generally free of the signs of aging. Start a medically supervised treatment plan now to protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun and environment.
Proper cleansing, moisturizing, and use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily will help ward off early wrinkles and enlarged pores. Mild peels and topical treatments may help control acne.
Botox® injections can prevent lines and filler agents such as Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Juvéderm Ultra Plus® can be used to fill out smile lines and augment lips.
For unfavorable size and shape of body features, surgery may be in order. Rhinoplasty, otoplasty and other aesthetic procedures can often be performed.
Decreased firmness and skin elasticity are a natural part of aging. Introducing anti-oxidants into your skincare routine can help prevent sun damage that leads to lines and age spots. Also, alpha hydroxy acids in conjunction with retinoids and topical antioxidants can restore a youthful appearance to the skin.
Non-invasive laser procedures may improve fine lines, brown spots, and broken blood vessels. Botox® injections can diminish laugh lines and create a smoother forehead. Fillers like Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Juvéderm Ultra Plus® can be used to fill smile lines and augment lips.
For those in their 40s, damage caused by sun exposure become apparent. More aggressive skincare can help combat the visible signs of aging. A combination of topical solutions like tretinoin (Retin-A), AHAs, and BHAs, along with microdermabrasion brings the best results.
There are many procedures available to smooth and tighten skin. Photofacials, chemical peels, and topical treatments are effective in decreasing the signs of aging as well as minimizing pore size. Fillers like Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Juvéderm Ultra Plus® can help restore volume in the mid-face and fill smile lines. For upper face and forehead lines, Botox® injections may be in order.
For those who choose the surgical route, face, brow, eye and neck lifts are very popular procedures.
By age fifty, regular skin examinations by a certified aesthetician or plastic surgeon are essential.
Maintaining natural moisture is more difficult. Peels and light therapy in combination with ultra-hydrating home care can help maintain the balance. Laser resurfacing combined with fillers to restore volume can provide an impressive rejuvenation.
In all likelihood, more extensive facial rejuvenation and resurfacing procedures will be necessary at this stage. Depending on your appearance goals, comprehensive surgery can reverse signs of aging in the face, brow, mid-face, and neck areas. A facelift or brow lift in conjunction with laser resurfacing can yield dramatic results. The payoff for more invasive surgery is a natural, more supple look that is virtually undetectable.
BROW AND EYELID LIFT
Brow Lift and Eyelid Surgery can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence by eliminating the drooping and sagging in the upper and lower eyelid and brow areas that can create a tired or angry look.
The brow lift procedure will raise your eyebrows to a higher and more aesthetically pleasing position while improving the lateral hoods (the droopy flaps of skin that hang over the outside corner of your eyes.) Your horizontal forehead wrinkles and the scowl line between your eyebrows will also be softened. Normally the incision for a brow lift or forehead lift is hidden entirely within the hair, an inch or two behind the hairline, making the final scar well-concealed. The incision really depends on what technique is chosen. There are three commonly used techniques. The options are coronal lift, endoscopic lift, and subcutaneous lift. Dr. Maggi will meet with you and discuss your goals and then decide which technique is best for you. At Austin Plastic Surgery Center, eyelid surgery is individualized to the meet the unique needs of each patient.
Eye bags are a two-fold result of the aging process: the skin loses its elasticity and stretches; and the globules of fat herniated through the weakened layer of tissue. This causes the puffiness in the upper and lower lids that we know as “bags.” These changes can lend a tired and older appearance.
Blepharoplasty (eyelid) surgery is the solution. The incisions used in this procedure are small and hidden within the skin's natural folds, and the scars are usually almost unnoticeable. Varying amounts of excess fat, skin, and muscle are removed. Sometimes the lower eyelids can be treated leaving no external scars by the use of incisions on the inside of the lower eyelid (transconjunctival blepharoplasty). These procedures typically take one to two hours, however, the improvements in appearance are often quite striking.
These procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis, with local anesthesia and sedation administered by our physician anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist, to minimize any discomfort during the surgery. Most patients experience little pain after the surgery because long-acting local anesthetic is administered as part of the procedure. Most patients can return to work about a week after their surgery.