Our face is what experiences much of the world around us each day. It’s at the mercy of the harshest effects of weather, sun, and many bad habits. It’s no wonder our skin shows wear and tear as we age.
Our lifestyle, diet, habits, and genetics all play a role in how our skin ages. Free radicals are produced whenever the skin is exposed to harmful factors such as air pollution, the sun, extreme temperatures, and unhealthy foods.
These free radicals are what cause damage to cells, which can be a contributing factor to loss of facial volume, loose skin, and wrinkles. Hormone shifts later in life are also a major contributor to the aging process.
Fibers in the skin, called elastin, allow the skin to stretch. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays has a lot to do with how much skin can stretch and sag as we age, but so does gravity. Gravity’s pull on the skin bears down on many areas of the face, such as the eyebrows and eyelids. It also causes the cheeks and jaws to head downward, causing jowls and a loose neck (turkey neck).
Lines on the forehead and around the mouth and eyes are typical as we age, especially after the age of 30. These are often the first signs that the skin is losing elasticity. This is when many people begin to seek BOTOX® Cosmetic. Eye lift (blepharoplasty), neck lift, and facelift surgery are generally options after the age of 40.
How BOTOX and Facelift Surgery Help
BOTOX is a neurotoxin drug derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is FDA-approved for treating muscular conditions and it cosmetically reduces wrinkles because it paralyzes the underlying facial muscles.
BOTOX is the most popular cosmetic procedure being done today. People often seek BOTOX when they want to smooth away wrinkles on their face. The effects are temporary; most people need to have another BOTOX session within 3-4 months. The good news is that when wrinkles return, they are usually less severe than they were before the treatment.
Since BOTOX only helps fine lines and wrinkles, many people over 40 also seek facial plastic surgery. A full facelift surgery may include upper and lower eye lift, fat transfer, or fillers to the cheeks, and laser liposuction under the chin and neck. In more severe cases of sagging, a neck lift may be an excellent option. With these procedures, the face looks tight, lifted, and renewed.
To know exactly which facial plastic surgery procedure(s) would give you the results you’re looking for, contact our team of cosmetic or plastic surgeons in Long Island or Manhattan. Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York has an experienced team of amazing surgeons who will give you attention, information, and care you deserve as you begin exploring your aesthetic options.
Call us today for more information on how you can positively change the effects that aging has made to your face. We have appointments available Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and until 6:00 PM on Saturdays.