Characteristics of a Youthful Face
There are four main aspects to the aging face, and thus four categories of facial rejuvenation:
Through the normal aging process, all four of these aspects tend to worsen. The natural fat pads under the skin shrink, our facial bones become smaller, we develop lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and our skin loosens and sags. The most important and most easily treated of these four categories is volume. Nothing ages the face more than the loss of volume, and this loss secondarily contributes to more lines and wrinkles and sagging. For this reason, I usually recommend volume restoration first with dermal fillers, then consider other rejuvenation modalities. Fillers provide immediate volume correction, can also soften some lines and wrinkles and provide lift in the midface. They look natural when injected properly, are extremely safe, and can last as long as 5 years (ie. Bellafill).
Regarding the other 3 categories, we use technologies that stimulate new collagen production. The more collagen we can regenerate, the more youthful the skin will look, as our natural collagen production mechanism begins to wane by age 35.
Fighting the Aging Process
Lasers, skin tightening devices, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, Retin-A and other products, and microneedling all stimulate collagen through different mechanisms, whether through heat, mechanical stimulation, or chemically. The more of these different methods we can combine, the more rejuvenating the result.
The only category of the four mentioned above that responds to plastic surgery is tightening, by pulling back and removing excess skin. A facelift will not make your skin smoother, improve its color, or restore facial volume. Sometimes surgery can look unnatural. All procedures we perform at Sonata will leave you with a natural look, so you still look like you, not a Beverly Hills Housewife!
Learn how adding volume to the mid-face instantly makes a face appear more youthful and beautiful:
*Results may vary from patient to patient