“What can I do to make my face look less tired and look more healthy and rejuvenated?”
There are 3 main characteristics to the aging face:
- Loss of volume
- Loss of overall skin tone and elasticity
- Drooping, sagging or redundant skin
In order to restore a more youthful appearance, each of these three characteristics should be treated. There isn’t one single procedure that can address all three of these characteristics at the same time. Therefore, to restore youthfulness to the face, depending on the goals of the patient, we have to select which of these characteristics we are trying to address.
*Disclaimer: results may vary
Restoring Lost Volume to the Face
Volume is one of the easiest things to address in the cosmetic doctor's office, without surgery. Volume can be added to the midface, cheeks and perioral areas in order to soften smile lines, elevate the cheek and restore contour to the jawline.
There are many examples of injecatable fillers that can be used and they are some of our most common treatments.
Before & After Dermal Filler Treatment in the Perioral Region
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For a longer lasting, more permanent surgical improvement, implants can be used. There are only a few implants that have been proven over time to be safe and long lasting. These include midfacial volume (cheek) implants and chin implants.
If surgery is a good option for you, these implants may be used at that time to restore facial volues and give a very natural apperance.
Before & After Cheek Implants
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Before & After Chin Implants
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Improve Overall Tone & Elasticity
The second characteristic of aging is the loss of skin elasticity. This is mostly caused by sun damage. The skin itself has an inherent ability to shrink wrap or contour to the underlying facial structure. As the skin loses this ability over time, fine lines and wrinkles start to form. This is mostly evident around the eyes and mouth.
To restore the inherent elasticity of the skin, one of the most powerful procedures that can be performed is a fractionated CO2 laser treatment. At the Sandel Center in Annapolis, Dr. Sandel uses state-of-the-art CO2 lasers, such as the Lumenis Ultrapulse Encore CO2 laser, in order to rejuvenate the skin.
This can be a dramatic, one-time treatment that can last for years. CO2 lasers are highly effective in removing brown spots, precancerous lesions, fine lines and wrinkles and making the skin firmer and tighter as a whole.
Before & After CO2 Laser Resurfacing
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Tighten & Lift Sagging Skin
The third characteristic of aging involves drooping of the skin and facial features, which causes excess skin around the eyes, as well as across the jawline and underneath the neck.
Although lasers are wonderful at tightening the skin, if there is any redundancy or drooping of the skin, the best option is a lift. This can be in the form of an eyelid lift, such as a blepharoplasty, or a lower face and neck lift, commonly referred to as a facelift.
This surgical procedure involves small incisions that are well placed and well hidden to allow the removal of the redundant skin, as well as recontouring and restoring the underlying facial structure, to give a very natural appearance.
Before & After Facelift Treatment
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