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Posted April 07, 2015 in Nonsurgical Treatments, Products

Focus on the eyes

The skin around the forehead, crowsfeet and between the brows can become softer with good skin care, particularly retinols (SkinMedica TriRetinol is a good one) or prescription Retin-A.  However, if we continue to repetitively make faces that accentuate those lines, they will continue to get deeper.  You may be like most of us that look at computer screens for several hours a day, discipline kids or both, creating the “11’s” or vertical lines between the brows.  Alternatively, you may be someone that raises your brows frequently or has a big, wonderful smile that extends those lines by your eyes a little farther down your cheeks than you would prefer.  Obviously skin care isn’t going to prevent or correct these lines.  Botox can be a great answer.

How it helps:

  • It stops your muscles from making you frown or squint, preventing etched in lines between your brows, on your forehead or around your eyes.
  • Relax lines that may already be there.

So, combining the retinol/Retin-A with Botox to soften the muscles work synergistically to get a smoother forehead.

Lifting and Volumizing

Often I hear people and even cosmetic ads refer to the “parentheses” or nasolabial fold, meaning the fold between the nose and mouth.  This becomes more noticeable as the cheeks descend with time. Unfortunately, we still don’t have the magic cream that lifts cheeks, jawlines and necks.  If it happens, I will be the first to let everyone know!  Until then, we have other options to improve this area.

  • Keep your skin moisturized by drinking adequate water.
  • The Institute of Medicine recommends at least 2.2 liters for women and 3 liters for men a day.
  • A good moisturizer with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid (SkinMedica Hydrating Complex) or other natural oils (BioCollection 100% Argan Oil), and that does not have silicone can help keep your skin plump and volumized.

For deeper folds or lines, soft tissue fillers can be used to fill the low areas of the folds as soon as it is bothersome to you.  Simply the act of injecting stimulates collagen and patients frequently need less filler with time.  I like Restylane or Juvederm for these areas.  However, keep in mind what the cause is rather than just filling what we see.  So, I like to explore other ways to keep you looking youthful and like yourself.

  • Ultherapy, which lifts the cheeks without incisions, anesthesia or substantial downtime.
  • The other option is to replace volume in the midface with a long lasting filler, such as Voluma or Sculptra, or implants if you prefer a permanent option.
  • Lifting the midface surgically rejuvenises not only the midface, but the jawline and can include the neck for a more global approach.

Skin care is important for maintaining the overall texture of the skin.  Generally, you will see the effect of the products around 12 weeks, depending on the product.  At this point you can evaluate your progress and see if you want to combine this with other options for maintaining a natural, healthy look.

Posted in: Nonsurgical Treatments