We all know that there is a silver lining to getting older. By mid-life, we have amassed many happy memories. We’ve learned some lessons and may have a firm grip on what matters most in life, steering clear of issues that don’t deserve our attention. The wisdom that we gain through age can bring some inner peace. The lines and wrinkles that we gain through the aging process can take that inner peace down a notch. Here, we discuss some of the concerns that are most commonly expressed by our patients and also how those concerns can be handled.
What the Aging Face Looks Like
Every face is unique. This does not change as we age. Within the broader context, though, we tend to see similar concerns across the board. We don’t all develop every single one of these concerns, but most of us notice at least one or two.
- Deflated contours, specifically across the cheekbones, caused by volume loss.
- Undereye hollows or, conversely, undereye bags, caused by the weakening of the skin.
- Lines and creases on the forehead and around the eyes, nose, and mouth.
- A receding hairline, which makes the forehead look larger.
- Softening along the jawline, leading to jowls and a double chin.
The Various Ways to a Younger Looking Face
Historically, we have relied on plastic surgery to correct the signs of aging. From that standpoint, many people waited until their concerns were “bad enough” to get surgery. Today, we can turn to surgery as well as several nonsurgical therapies to rejuvenate the face.
A surgical facelift is a popular option for patients aged from the mid-forties to the seventies. This is because every facelift is now conducted with the individual in mind. Surgeons don’t just trim the skin. They also don’t pull tissue so tightly that the face can’t move well. To get a facelift today means to reposition deeper layers of tissue, including muscle and fat, to sit higher near the cheekbones. Skin is tightened, but conservatively.
Injectables can be combined with a facelift or they may be used to correct the signs of aging temporarily. There are two common injectables, neuromodulators and dermal fillers. Both treatments reduce the appearance of wrinkles but they do so differently. Botox is the most well-known neuromodulator. This product works by relaxing muscles, such as those that we use to frown. Dermal fillers deposit materials like hyaluronic acid beneath wrinkles to lift them by adding volume. This capability also allows us to use dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of undereye hollows and bags, to increase cheek contours, and plump the lips, among other improvements.
Facelift surgery and injectables are the most common options people consider for facial rejuvenation. In our Spokane office, however, there are several more techniques to choose from. These include minimally invasive FaceTite, Morpheus8 RF microneedling, and light and laser treatments to correct pigment problems.
We love helping our patients feel their best. To schedule a consultation with us, call (509) 747-5773.