Many of us would like to look younger and more vital, and most understand that there are many plastic surgery procedures that can help us achieve that goal. Unfortunately, the demands of work, home, and family often make it difficult for men and women to even consider undergoing cosmetic plastic surgery procedures because of the time that the surgery and subsequent recovery would require. For those struggling to meet the demands of an active and hectic lifestyle, there are a variety of minimally invasive anti-aging procedures that can help address your specific areas of concern without forcing you to take too much time out of your busy schedule.
Among the most common signs of facial aging are dynamic facial wrinkles, the lines and creases that are the result of repeated facial movements and animation. They include the horizontal lines that form across our foreheads when we raise our eyebrows, and the “crow’s feet” that develop around our eyes when we smile. The skin of the face is not unlike a piece of fine silk. If it is allowed to rest undisturbed, it remains smooth and pristine, but if it is folded and manipulated over and over again, visible creases and wrinkles can develop. A simple, fifteen-minute treatment with Botox® cosmetic injections relaxes the underlying facial muscles that are responsible for moving and creasing the skin, which allows the facial lines and wrinkles to smooth out and fade into near invisibility for anywhere from three to six months. Because Botox® cosmetic treatments not only improve the appearance of wrinkles that are already there, but also block the process that causes new wrinkles to form, they effectively slow down the aging process, delaying the point at which more extensive facial plastic surgery procedures may become necessary.
Another common concern associated with facial aging is the gradual loss of facial volume that can leave the face looking gaunt and haggard. A youthful face tends to have a round, soft, and full appearance that is caused by healthy fat deposits supporting firm, elastic skin. As we grow older, however, those fat deposits begin to dissipate and the skin becomes less elastic and resilient. The result is a face that almost appears deflated with sagging folds and deep hollows. Facial fillers, like Juvéderm®, Restylane®, or Perlane®, use hyaluronic acid (a substance that naturally occurs in youthful skin) to replace the fat and volume that has been lost, giving the facial features a fuller, softer, and more youthful look. Like Botox® procedures, receiving injections of facial fillers can take as little as fifteen minutes, and require little to no recovery time. The results from hyaluronic acid-based facial fillers typically last from six months to as long as two years, depending upon the product, before additional maintenance treatments are necessary.
Every patient is unique and deserves a custom-tailored approach, and so our board certified plastic surgeons work closely with each patient throughout our nearly fifty year history to determine their specific needs. If you are interested in learning more about any of the various anti-aging procedures that we can provide, please contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. at one of our Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming, or Newnan offices to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.