Cosmetic Surgery Solutions for Skin Rejuvenation
- Posted on: Dec 18 2017
You are never too young to start caring for your skin and your appearance. With an objective of maintaining beautiful radiant skin, nourishing and protecting your skin every day from a very young age will help to ward off the deterioration in the smoothness, firmness, tone and pigmentation of your skin. This not only means using a sunblock of SPF60 or higher starting in childhood, but also in later years using a medically-effective skin care line. As we age, there are a series of physiological changes that our skin goes through as collagen production is reduced, our skin thins out as we lose some of the fat in our cheeks. Environmental factors and habits also impact the quality of our skin and appearance – sun, stress and smoking are the culprits of wrinkle formation and destruction of the intracellular matrix that keeps our skin “juicy”.
More and more men and women are spending time and money to improve their appearance as evidenced by a recent study, which estimated that over $60 billion was spent on cosmetic treatments in 2016. This is no surprise, since it is a well-known fact that a vibrant appearance can have a positive impact, for both men and women, in their social and professional lives. Depending on your age, appearance and condition of your skin, there are a full spectrum of solutions available, ranging from scientific skin care for home use on one side, through non-invasive and minimally invasive energy-based procedures, to actual cosmetic surgery on the other end of the spectrum. What is appropriate for each individual’s needs is something that requires an in-depth consultation with a qualified and certified professional, for example, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist who is well versed in the full spectrum of treatment modalities and medical skin care. Seeking a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to advise you rather than a general doctor or nurse, is similar to having your electrical advice given to you by a licensed electrician, and not by a construction specialist such as a plumber.
While it is preferable to use non-invasive techniques, where possible, for skin and facial rejuvenation, sometimes surgical interventions are required. When this is the case, it is very important that you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience with the procedures that are being considered. Whomever you choose needs to also have an artistic eye and understand how to keep a face looking natural and gracious even after surgery. Some of the surgical alternatives available include:
This procedure skillfully corrects advanced signs of aging by tightening loose skin and muscle in the jowls, jaw line and neck. To restore a full, youthful look to the mid-face Dr. Petropoulos may combine the traditional facelift with the endoscopic mid-face lift, which re-suspends fallen cheeks to their original position. A traditional facelift is usually performed as an outpatient procedure which lasts several hours.
You have the pep in your step, yet loose, sagging eyelids and puffy bags below your eyes can all too easily hide that inner glow and instead make you look tired and slow. Whether it is your upper or lower eye area or both, these lifts remove excess skin and fat deposits to provide definition to the eyes. They also remove the puffiness below the eyes to provide a more rested look, while also restoring peripheral vision. This is an outpatient procedure that is easily tolerable and does not require general anesthesia. The incision is hidden in the eyelid crease and it is thus, not visible. Absorbable sutures are used so there is need for suture removal.
A brow lift can enhance your appearance by repositioning sagging brows back to their normal position, alleviating the brunching of your eyelid skin and brightening the tired sad look in your upper face. It is important to look at a surgeon’s before and after photos to make sure they know how to create a normal brow position and not produce an abnormal or scared or surprised look. A brow lift can also soften a stern look by smoothing out the frown lines in your mid-forehead. This outpatient procedure is endoscopic and thus, minimally invasive, using a tiny video probe inserted through half-inch incisions that are hidden behind the hairline.
Does your nose direct attention away from the rest of your face, overshadowing your bright eyes or glowing smile? Or maybe the size or shape of your nose is out of balance with the rest of your features. This surgical procedure commonly can refine the nose, improve a bump or hump on the bridge of the nose, reshape the nostrils or the tip of the nose or correct problems due to trauma. The surgery takes about two hours to complete and all incisions are concealed inside the nose. Your new nose will gradually be revealed as the swelling subsides over the weeks after the surgery. It is important to choose a surgeon who knows how to refine a nose, yet simultaneously maintain its ethnicity so that it suits your persona and demeanor.
You’ve probably noticed that diet and exercise sometimes are not enough to get rid of persistent areas of fat that accumulate on the jowls, neck, and under the chin, or other parts of the body. Liposuction may be used to eliminate a double-chin, reduce sagging jowls and sculpt the neck to restore, firm youthful contours of the face and/or body. The unwanted fat cells are removed through a thin, hollow tube or cannula. In modern plastic surgery practices, liposuction is combined with RadioFrequency (such as BodyTight or Face Tite) in order to tighten the skin as well and create a smooth, contoured shape. A compression undergarment is worn, and significant improvements occur within two weeks, continuing for up to six months.
Dr. Petropoulos believes that your face and body should reveal your energy and optimism and be a reflection of your inner spirit. She is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and Head and Neck surgeon who has the specialized training and years of experience to enhance your inherent beauty and reverse the evidence of time, restoring you to a more youthful version of yourself and always keeping your appearance natural and harmonious. No wonder her center is called “The Center for Classic Beauty”, since classic and natural proportions are reflected in her work. While Dr. Petropoulos advocates performing non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments whenever possible, many patients who visit her practice near Boston require facial plastic surgery if their degree of aging has surpassed the results possible to achieve with non-invasive means. However, with the great advances in modern technology, the envelope of what can be achieved non-invasively has significantly broadened, being able to help more people look refreshed and rejuvenated. It is important to seek out a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who commands knowledge and experience in both invasive and non-invasive techniques to develop the best possible treatment plan for your needs.