Thursday, April 30th, 2020
Natural facial aging is something we cannot avoid because several factors impact this process. Over time, particularly after about age 25, the skin stops regularly producing collagen and elastin, its thickness and elasticity decrease, and the muscles acting on it become more active. Together they markedly increase skin wrinkling. The hours we’ve spent without daily sunblock finally catch up to us in the form of further collagen breakdown, sun spots, abnormal blood vessels, and other damage. Loss of skeletal structure and fat may cause the eyes or cheeks to look hollow. These changes lead to ever-deepening lines and creases on the forehead, around the eyes, in the cheeks, and mouth. The neck may also show signs of aging such as thin skin, excess fat, horizontal lines, and sagging. None of these changes to appearance sound particularly exciting. At the same time, neither may surgery.
If you are interested in looking your best but do not like the idea of a major surgical procedure, you have options. In our Highland, NC office, we’ve helped many patients restore a friendlier, more youthful appearance using nonsurgical treatments. Dr. Buchanan has named this anti-aging approach Today’s Liquid Facelift and uses it regularly to achieve the optimal reversal without surgery of age-related cosmetic concerns, including those that affect the neck and hands. In many cases, ti provides improvement that not even surgery can achieve.
Three treatments are commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles:
Lines and wrinkles are just part of the overall problem with facial aging. The loss of volume results in folds, depressions and loss of youthful contours. Although, if there is also too much extra skin, surgery may be the best answer, restoring volume deficits with filler or fat can frequently restore a youthful appearance alone. This is especially true in the mid-face where volume loss is frequently the worst.
Aging and sun damage can also result in spots, dullness, and red vascular collections. To restore vibrancy, and reduce these problems we use the Obagi Nu-Derm System to restore normal skin appearance and an IPL (a laser like machine) to treat the vascular problems and, occasionally the brown spots. Microdermabrasion and micro peels can also assist in the improvement. These are preferred techniques because they do not require much downtime if any at all.