Although the brain gets a lot of credit, the face is one of the most highly-evolved parts of human anatomy. From both verbal and nonverbal communication to eating, breathing, and perceiving the world, nearly every human function depends on the face, which not only accomplishes its job, but does so with style and beauty. Unfortunately, there's a price to pay. As they say, the candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long and for many of us the face begins to look old suddenly, dramatically, and at a dismayingly young age. However, plastic surgery is able to rejuvenate the appearance of the face in many cases, helping you to look younger longer.
Although some fear that cosmetic surgery may make their face look stiff, fake, and plastic, the opposite is more likely. Cosmetic surgery can correct your perpetually angry or tired appearance and allow you to better express yourself with your face.
Some treatments can improve the appearance of the whole face, such as laser skin resurfacing, which can reduce age spots and fine wrinkles across the entire face. In considering the effects of age on your face, it is often useful to consider the face in terms of three regions, the brow/forehead, the eyes/cheek, and the mouth/neck region, which experience particular effects of aging, and are treated together.
As you age, the constant action of your muscles in the brow, constantly contracting and releasing, can lead to a habitual conditioning of the nerves so that they signal the muscles to remain contracted, leading to deep, dynamic wrinkles in the forehead. Botox injections block these habitual signals and allow your brow muscles to relax into a more natural expression. In addition, gravity pulls your brows down, making them hang low and contributing to the angry or tired appearance of your face. For some deep furrows not easily correctable with Botox and for this low-hanging brow, a brow lift is the answer.
Aging produces similar conditioning of the muscles around the eyes as in the brows, leading to crows' feet, also correctable with Botox. The hanging eyelids that become more pronounced as the skin loses elasticity with age can be corrected with eyelid surgery, at the same time that you address the puffy lower eyelids. In addition, fat transplantation can address the hollows underneath your eyes. As you age, you lose fat in the face, which can be corrected with cheek augmentation.
The loss of fat has a profound impact on your lips, which grow thinner as you age, which can look very unattractive, especially in women. Facial fillers can address this thinning of the lips, and can also correct the smile lines or "parentheses" around your mouth.
In the lower face, the effects of gravity have a serious impact, drawing the skin and muscles down. This can lead to hanging jowls and a wrinkled "turkey neck." However, a facelift can pull up the jowls and neck, correcting the sagging of skin and muscles.
This is obviously just a brief rundown of some of the major problems many people face as they age. If you have noticed the effects of aging on your face and would like to learn how they might be corrected, contact Dr. Lefkovits today to set up your initial consultation.