Most patients start to notice facial skin laxity in their mid- to late 40’s as the skin shifts subtly downward. During your consultation at the Center for Aesthetics, our board-certified medical providers will assess your specific needs and work with you to create a personlized treatment plan.
Facial volume changes can occur as early as your mid 30’s, although they often begin subtly. Volume changes can also contribute to the appearance of skin laxity. Sometimes patients like this volume change at first, as their faces become more slender and more defined. Decreased facial volume is caused by the disappearance of fat in specific regions of the face as a result of aging. Fat loss in the cheeks can lead to a tired appearance, making the orbital rim and tear trough more visible. Bone resorption, or loss of bone mass, can also be a factor in facial aging. The jawline is most susceptible to these changes, and dermal fillers may be required to correct for aging in the jawline and jaw angle.
The earlier you begin to address aging collagen, the better able you will be to prevent aging. At the Center for Aesthetics, our goal with every patient is graceful aging—that means keeping you looking like yourself while we address the processes which lead to aging. The Center for Aesthetics uses heat-based laser and energy treatments to promote collagen contracture and new collagen formation through a controlled healing response.
Topical therapy using prescription strength clinically-proven products is the best option to manage early aging. At the Center for Aesthetics, we only prescribe topicals that have been clinically studied with evidence to support their effectivenenss. Topical therapy is a key component to long term success no matter what else is prescribed, and will lead to more impressive and long-lasting results from any procedure.
To address skin laxity, we often recommend Ultherapy treatments as you approach 40. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to visualize the collagen layers of your face before applying microscopic thermal injuries to that tissue. A full treatment of the lower face typically takes about 45 minutes, and collagen fiber contracture will take effect immediately. The astute patient may notice the feeling of skin tightening and subtle lifting immediately following their session. Complete results usually appear gradually over the course of about six months as your body creates new collagen fiber. Ultherapy is an in-office treatment which does not require sedation or other oral medications. There is usually no downtime, though some bruising may occur. Your Center for Aesthetics board-certified medical provider will make recommendations for future treatments based on your age and starting condition.
Dermal fillers are often used to address volume loss in the face. Dermal filler placement is similar to sculpting—there is a true art to assessing where volume is needed, and precise placement is essential for a natural appearance. The Center for Aesthetics is a national leader with 20 years of experience in providing dermal fillers, and we continually re-educate our board certified providers with the latest technology and methodology to ensure you get the best results possible. Dermal fillers can be used in many locations on the face to achieve youthful balance and proportion. During your consultation at the Center for Aesthetics, we will present you with a customized plan for dermal fillers if you are a good candidate.