We all dread seeing that first little wrinkle, that fine line indicating the aging process has begun. Today, with all our healthcare options and knowledge, we are living longer than ever before. However, aging still occurs at the same rate, which can seem very early considering our lifespan.
Many people start noticing signs of aging in their 30s, with wrinkles, fine lines, and eye puffiness slowly creeping up on the face. Fortunately, along with our advances in medicine, there have also been great strides in anti-aging technology and cosmetic treatments.
Currently, there are a range of treatments available for every stage of aging, with varying degrees of invasiveness, effectiveness, and cost. If you’re looking to nip signs of aging in the bud, check out these mild anti-aging treatments.
The most popular non-invasive treatment available, Botox is a classic choice for temporarily smoothing wrinkles. Botox works on “dynamic” wrinkles (caused by repetitive facial movements) such as crows’ feet, frown lines, and more.
Botox is made from purified botulinum toxin, which partially limits the movement of facial muscles to ease wrinkles. The treatments are generally very safe and take only minutes to administer, but the results last only three to four months and must be repeated for ongoing effects.
Another injectable treatment, dermal fillers are quickly growing in popularity due to their instant results, flexibility, and longevity. Fillers are only temporary, like Botox, but they last a bit longer: around six months to a year.
Injectable fillers can accomplish both filling in wrinkles and augmenting other areas like the lips and nose to add volume and change shapes. Fillers involve absolutely no downtime, and side effects are rare.
This mild procedure uses chemicals to get rid of old facial skin and encourage the formation of new, healthy skin. Chemical peels vary in intensity, and the more intense versions do require local anesthesia. Chemical peels can help with discoloration, sun damage, and general skin dullness for a fresh look. Current chemical peel technology allows for short downtime and generally good results.
A great overall option for addressing wrinkles, discoloration, dullness, and other skin problems, laser resurfacing is a popular facial rejuvenation method. The most effective laser resurfacing treatments require local anesthesia and sedation, and involve a recovery time of up to two weeks. Patients are usually very happy with their results, which include a refreshed appearance and reduced wrinkling and signs of sun damage.
The forehead is one of the first areas of the face to begin showing signs of aging, and a forehead lift, performed endoscopically, is a great, basic surgery for looking younger. Endoscopic surgery is a gentle technique that involves only a few small incisions, which are placed under the hairline in the case of forehead lift surgery. This procedure can help alleviate forehead wrinkling and sagging that can contribute to an angry or tired appearance. Downtime for the procedure is fairly minimal.
As we age, the skin gets thinner, and fat may settle beneath the eyelid, causing eye “bags.” This makes for a tired, aged appearance to the eye. Another popular surgical option, blepharoplasty (known as an eyelid lift) can brighten up the eyes by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the area.
The results of blepharoplasty can favorably affect others’ perceptions, as well as boost the patient’s self-esteem. Sometimes, blepharoplasty is combined with other procedures, like a forehead lift, for a more comprehensive result. Initial recovery time from eyelid surgery is typically just a few days.
Discuss Your Options
If you’d like to see what you can do to slow down the aging process, then it’s best to meet with a qualified plastic surgeon and discuss the treatment options that will be best for you. Everyone ages at a different rate, so a treatment that is effective for one patient may not be for another.
A consultation with a facial plastic surgeon will allow you to get customized advice, ask questions, and explore your options. If you’re looking for a renowned surgeon in Austin, TX, then come to Buckingham Center and schedule a consultation with Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham offers a wide range of effective procedures, and is standing by to help you look youthful and fresh. Call (512) 401-2500 today to schedule your appointment.