Simply put, aging happens. There’s no way around it. How gracefully you age depends on your genetics, lifestyle and how well you take care of yourself.
When curiosity strikes our patients about how to gracefully approach the aging process, we start by getting to know them to create a custom anti-aging beauty plan. Here are some common characteristics we frequently discuss.
QUALITY OF SKIN:
One of the first signs of aging in skin is a decrease in the tone, texture and overall quality of the skin. A wide variety of factors can affect how quickly [or slowly] you see changes in your skin include:
- environmental exposure
- basic genetics, just to mention a few
LOSS OF VOLUME:
The next stage in the aging process can have a dramatic affect on the face and body, and literally “deflate” your self confidence. Loss of volume is a medical term used to convey what happens when your face has lost its definition and your look becomes more sagging and drawn. Here is a good analogy I like to use—think of your skin as your body’s envelope and the fat below it as to the envelope’s contents. Usually, as women approach their late 30s to early 40s, they tend to lose some of their fat volume. Despite feeling healthy, this loss of fat volume causes them to look more tired—and ultimately older—than they feel because of the appearance of mild deflation and drooping.
LOSS OF ELASTICITY:
A third characteristic of aging is a progressive loss of elasticity of the skin, as well as changes in the underlying musculature. Using that same analogy as above, this loss of elasticity causes the skin envelope to droop significantly and results in a drawn look without the sharp angles.
So given the inevitable changes, what can be done to preserve a youthful appearance?
Start early with beauty baby steps:
We recommend starting early to keep your skin healthy. FUZION offers a team of seasoned medical aestheticians to evaluate your skin with a complimentary consultation. We will suggest acute intervention and maintenance treatments to reverse skin damage and improve poor skin quality along with ongoing at-home treatments to maintain a fresh look. Procedures such as a complexion analysis, chemical peels, acne therapy (both medical and laser), medical grade facials and patient specific home treatments are a few examples of what we consider.
To deal with the early and relatively mild to moderate loss of volume there are a host of dermal fillers [including Juvederm, Voluma, Sculptra, Radiesse, Restylane, Perlane, Beletoro and ArteFill]. Not all fillers are the same, some are longterm, some provide a deep foundation in the face to give more fullness and some are used more superficially to eliminate wrinkling. BOTOX, Dysport and Xeomin treatments can also help at this stage as well as later on. If skin texture problems and wrinkling are unresponsive to the relatively gentle treatments listed above, we explore a range of our laser therapies.
If you need more, take aggressive surgical strides:
Sometimes, women wait longer to address aging concerns and we need to think a bit more aggressively. Using our “beauty baby steps” won’t be enough. At this point, using only fillers will actually work against a patient whose objective is to gain a fresh, youthful appearance and not distort the integrity of the shape of their face, causing an unnatural look. Basically the skin envelope I talked about above is too great to be filled, and if attempted, would leave you looking quite different and not aesthetically pleasing. Brow lift, eye surgery, face and neck lifts, as well as other body contouring procedures, are common to explore at this progressive level of aging. But keep in mind, once you’ve undergone cosmetic surgery, you will still need to use fillers, lasers and BOTOX to help sculpt and achieve your best aesthetic result.
Finally, because you can never stop the aging process, there might come a time where your surgically rejuvenated face is once again looking mildly tired. This usually doesn’t happen for at least 10-15 years. At this point in time, especially with the development of superior facial fillers, we might then suggest filling rather than a secondary surgical procedure.
No matter what, it’s so important to ask the right questions when interviewing a plastic surgeon, to make sure you understand and agree with their recommendations for you. After all, it’s your face, your body and your life. You need to feel confident with your recommended medical aesthetic beauty plan.
At FUZION Medical Aesthetic Boutique, we’ve put a lot of thought into how we approach each new patient based on the stages of facial and body aging. We always start our relationships with a complimentary consultation to determine where on the timeline of facial aging you fall. Whether you’re being proactive, or more reactive, don’t be afraid, we can help.