The Skinspirations Strategy for Facial Aging Repair- a 3 Dimensional Approach
Much of the changes we see in our face as we age is due to a combination of:
- The loss of both fat and bone volume with age
- Repetitive muscle movements leading to permanent creases or wrinkles
- The loss of skin elasticity and thickness
- Textural and pigmentation changes from cumulative sun damage
Read more here about the anatomy of facial aging
Age-related fat & bone loss produces 3 dimensional changes that require a 3-D solution
Replacing volume while we're young is a way to prevent the clock from advancing. When we try to restore volume in our 40's & up, it takes more "teaspoons" to get back those youthful contours. Luckily once we've restored the volume, only occasional small touch ups are needed to maintain the results.
This Old Face Remodeling
Repairing the changes caused by aging in the face can loosely be compared to remodeling an old house, with an older face often requiring treatments that start with restoring the foundation, but a younger face possibly able to get good results with just a new roof.
The foundation - As in house construction, before you can address the rest of the house, you need to ensure that you have a solid foundation. Obviously there's a lot of variability, but in general, most people can use some added support to their facial foundation after the age of fifty. People who are noticing multiple facial areas starting to look older get the best results when they start by restoring volume lost from shrinking bones & fat first, rather than filling in individual lines and wrinkles.
Sculptra treatments are ideal for overall volume replacement and the results usually last at least 2 years. Sculptra is a tissue stimulant which over several treatments, done at least a month apart, subtly & slowly builds up the foundation to make the canvas again fit the frame. Other fillers can be used to build up the foundation as well.
The walls - The framing of the walls on top of the foundation can be achieved with stiff dermal fillers like Juvederm Voluma & Radiesse, which by reframing the skin, lift the areas below those treated as well.
Details like windows, shutters, etc. - Other softer dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, etc. are used to fill individual wrinkles, enhance cheeks & lips, lift brows, etc. Decreasing & then preventing wrinkles that have developed from repetitive muscle movements, like smiling & frowning, is done every 3-4 months, usually, with muscle relaxant treatments like Botox Cosmetic.
Replacing the roof - Fractionated laser resurfacing like Profractional, Laser Peels or a series of SkinPen micro needling treatments replaces old, damaged skin with brand new skin that has a fresher, younger-looking texture.
Paint - Maintaining the new look on the most exterior layer is done with a combination of at-home professional skincare products & periodic in-office skin care treatments. Our estheticians will be glad to go over recommendations based on your skin type & concerns.
If you’re new to cosmetic treatments this can seem like an overwhelming amount of information but, there isn’t enough time to go through this adequately during a consultation. It is not intended to pressure you into building a house. Most new cosmetic clients start with small steps & this material can help you understand the rationale of an overall anti-aging facial strategy.
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If you are interested in learning more about how facial volume treatments can improve your appearance, schedule a complimentary consultation by registering online here or by calling 727-571-1923.