How can I make my face look ten years younger?
While aging may be inevitable, there are plenty of ways to delay and even reverse the process. From simple home remedies to non-surgical and surgical procedures, there are more options today for looking and feeling your best than ever before in the history of cosmetic science. While many refer to the field of anti-aging as a “fight” against nature, today’s thinking is to work in harmony with your skin, anatomy, lifestyle, and comfort levels to produce a beauty regimen that is ideal for your unique goals.
- Juvederm – Juvederm is a dermal filler made with hyaluronic acid, a compound found naturally in youthful complexions. HA is responsible for a healthy, supple glow. When injected, Juvederm helps plump depleted contours, smooth away lines and indentations, and replenishes the skin’s moisture.
- BOTOX – BOTOX is among the world’s most popular anti-aging injectables. It works to temporarily smooth dynamic wrinkles (the lines that form as a result of laughing, squinting, smiling, or frowning.) While BOTOX results last 3-4 months, treatment can be repeated at regular intervals to help maintain a more youthful look long-term.
- Kybella – Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable that works to reduce stubborn submental fat, also known as a double chin. When injected, Kybella’s key ingredients metabolize the fat cells that obscure the profile, gradually releasing them as waste. With Kybella, patients can achieve a slimmer, tighter neck along with enhanced self-confidence.
- Facelift – Facelift surgery is considered the gold standard when it comes to facial rejuvenation. The procedure can help to restore definition to the jawline, reduce sagging in the midface, and smooth away wrinkles and lines. Incisions are well-hidden behind the ears within the hairline, where they are inconspicuous.
- Eyelid surgery – Blepharoplasty is performed on the upper and lower eyelids to combat skin ptosis and restore a brighter, more relaxed facial expression. In some cases, the surgery can even correct vision problems that have arisen as a result of low-hanging lids. Blepharoplasty is often paired with a brow lift to comprehensively refresh the entire upper face.
- Brow lift – Drooping brows can create an angry, disgruntled, fatigued, or sad facial expression. This can be frustrating to patients who are in good spirits despite how they look. A surgical brow lift smooths the forehead and corrects low-hanging brows, removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles.
- Avoiding direct sun – Taking proper care of your skin means avoiding the harmful UV rays of the sun, which can cause dryness, redness, and ongoing damage. Sun damage is actually one of the primary causes of aging in the complexion. UV rays reduce the amount of elastin in the skin, leading to wrinkle formation, skin ptosis, age spots, and an uneven skin tone and texture. Try to apply sunscreen every few hours with an SPF rating of at least 30. It should be a broad-spectrum product that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Drinking enough water – There is simply no substitute for drinking water when it comes to maintaining a youthful, clear, luminous complexion. Hydrating the skin is key, as it helps flush out the toxins that lead to blemishes. Water can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines, providing a softer, more appealing look.
- Getting enough rest – When people talk about “beauty sleep” it is more than just a figure of speech. Getting enough sleep helps maintain your hormonal balance, which is key for healthy, glowing skin. Sleep is also important in terms of giving the body ample time for cellular renewal and repair. Investing in a silk pillow can help prevent the breakdown of collagen, saving you from unwanted wrinkles and creases.
- Eating a healthy diet – Another phrase we hear often is, “You are what you eat.” There is some truth to this as well. Consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as well as essential fats will keep your complexion bright and radiant. Fruits and vegetables help fight damage from free radicals found in the environment.
- Limiting alcohol and caffeine – While alcohol and caffeine are quite enjoyable in moderation, too much of a good thing can actually compromise a healthy-looking, youthful complexion. Both substances can dry out the skin and rob the body of key nutrients.
What is the takeaway?
Refreshing the skin and rewinding the clock on facial aging can be an exciting adventure as you discover the right path for achieving your ideal look. There are many different ways to improve your appearance, ranging from lifestyle changes you can complete at home to in-depth surgical procedures that can provide dramatic and long-lasting results. Ask your plastic surgeon what treatments and procedures will be best for your unique case. There is no aesthetic concern too small or too large not to be addressed through a thoughtful and personalized treatment plan.