Age brings wisdom and often respect. However, it has other effects that are usually not so welcome. These include a lessening in muscle volume, looser skin and the inevitable pull of gravity. Unfortunately, the face is one of the first places where these sags and wrinkles are noticeable. Once they occur, they can add years to your appearance and can deal a damaging blow to your self-esteem. This is where Houston cosmetic surgery can help.
What exactly happens to your skin as it ages? In simple terms, two substances that are absolutely critical for your skin to stay supple and young-looking begin to degenerate. Once elastin and collagen are in increasingly short supply, lines, folds, wrinkles and sagging starts to occur. Years of making the same expressions form temporary lines in the skin where the muscles move. As collagen and elastin diminish, these creases become permanent because skin can no longer bounce back as it once did. The top layer of skin thins with age, while connective tissue is weaker. Add poorer circulation and you have the recipe for folds, wrinkles, fat, and a discolored or gray appearance.
In the past, invasive surgery was the only solution available to people who wanted to take steps to restore their youthful appearance, and it was by no means perfect. Patients took a long time to recover. Complications were frequent, and the financial cost could be daunting.
Today, patients do not need to go under the knife in order to turn back the effects that time and lifestyle can bring to their faces. Thanks to facial fillers, your Houston cosmetic surgeon can add the volume you have lost back into your cheek and chin area, reducing the effects of aging. In addition, this professional can create a more defined facial contour, restore facial symmetry, and correct superficial lines and even moderate wrinkles. Forehead grooves and laughter lines can also be minimized through use of these fillers.
You are probably wondering what these fillers are made of and if getting a Houston face lift is safe. They are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that is present in all living organisms but does not come from animals. These fillers are safe even for people with allergies to eggs, beef, shellfish or chicken. The filler is injected into the affected area and causes only the most minimal discomfort. A topical anesthetic can be applied before the procedure if you wish. There may be some minor swelling and redness at the injection sites after the procedure is completed. Occasionally, contour irregularities can happen. If you experience any extra small lumps or bumps, wait for the swelling to go down and gently massage them away. The positive, age-defying results are instantaneous, and the effects last for a year. At that time, you will need a maintenance treatment.
Another cutting-edge, non-surgical facial sculpting procedure involves the administration of safe electrical currents to reduce lines and wrinkles, revitalize the skin, improve circulation, firm and contour, reduce the size of pores, minimize the pitting, blackheads and scars of acne, reduce dark circles and help with skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema. This type of treatment does not involve wounding the skin with injections. Furthermore, there is no redness or swelling and recovery is instantaneous. On the down side, maintenance treatments need to happen every four to six weeks in order to maintain the positive results.
Gone are the days when a patient only had one expensive, invasive surgical option to help to reverse the signs of aging that were manifesting themselves on her facial features. Even those who took the leap and obtained facial surgery did not always get the results they desired. No doubt, you can bring to mind a Hollywood celebrity or two whose tightened, unnatural features made it obvious that they had been spending far too much time in the plastic surgeon’s operating room. Fortunately, today’s non surgical face sculpting technology takes much of the worry and the side effects away once and for all. In the upcoming years, even more improvements no doubt will be made.