After years of laughing, smiling, and frowning brows, the skin on your face begins to really show the signs of aging. In addition, since your face is the area of your skin mostly exposed to the elements and environmental factors like sun damage, your skin not only loses elasticity but also loses that radiant glow it once had. Over time your skin is left looking saggy and lined with wrinkles. Although the creams and gels may help with alleviating some signs of aging, it is the more invasive treatments that allow you to truly reverse the signs. Below are my top picks for reversing the signs of aging.
Fat grafting is a technique that takes living fat grafts harvested from a patient’s abdominal, hip or thigh area and re-implants it with a blunt needle where needed. This relatively short procedure, often performed in conjunction with others, such as facelifts and other comprehensive enhancement treatments, has gained increased credibility and popularity as it provides improvements and benefits not otherwise found with these treatments alone.
While fat grafting has been used with relative consistency in facial augmentation for over ten years, techniques have vastly improved and it is now lauded as the most effective filler on the market. There is little to no swelling or bruising after-effects and due to small incisions at the injection site, patients will be back on their feet and back to work in as little as one to two weeks.
Fat grafting has proven not only to be safe, but long lasting, and the plumping and smoothing effects it provides look impeccably natural. Its benefits go far beyond volume-enhancement of the grafted region however, as it can be linked to vast improvement of overall quality and appearance of the overlying skin. The addition of fat-based stem cells have restorative elements that improve wrinkles, pores, sun damage and overall color and texture, rejuvenating these areas and enlivening them. The properties of these stem cells improve tissue function, blood supply and may even reverse scarring, all imperative to overall skin restoration.
For patients seeking a more invasive treatment to fillers, but aren’t quite ready for a facelift, Thermage is the treatment best suited. Thermage CPT is the only non-invasive procedure that helps tighten and contour your skin in a single treatment—with no surgery and little to no down time. Thermage CPT uses a unique radiofrequency technology to safely heat the dermis and subcutaneous layers of your skin. At the same time it also cools the epidermis, which keeps the surface of your skin safe during the procedure. This is the key to no recovery time following a Thermage treatment. By heating the deep layers of your skin, your body’s natural renewal process is stimulated to tighten existing collagen while causing new collagen to develop. Over time sagging skin is replaced by smoother, tighter skin with an overall improvement in tone and texture.
A facelift or “rhytidectomy” is a surgical procedure designed to improve the most visible signs of aging of the face and neck. Through a small incision placed along the hairline, I’m able to remove excess fat, tighten subcutaneous muscles of the face and remove sagging skin of the neck area. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck while underlying tissue is gently repositioned; commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted.
A facelift is not intended to stop the aging process or change the fundamental appearance of one’s face, but merely aids in setting the clock back by restoring one’s natural youth. I am very particular about making sure the facelift procedure is completed with a natural result. Through small modifications, I’m able to give back years to my patients ensuring a refreshed appearance and not an overly-done outcome. Most patients are able to return to work within two to three weeks.
As with all cosmetic procedures, it is important to discuss your expectations and all potential risks with your surgeon. Contact our office at 305.270.1361 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Jhonny Salomon