In our last blog, we described the 10 most common signs of aging in the lower face.   So, if you have looked in the mirror and determined that you have some of these signs, what can you do about them?

There are some amazing treatments available today that can help you take years off your face… and many do not involve invasive surgical procedures.  In fact, many of the most common furrows and hollows around your mouth can be repaired with dermal fillers or Botox type injectables.

If the smile lines or frown lines are minor to moderate, then products such as Botox or Xeomin may be a solution to relax the facial muscles around the mouth to alleviate the constant muscle tugging and prevent further wrinkles from forming.  These injectables are relatively inexpensive and require no downtime for recovery. A qualified plastic surgeon like Dr Jasin in Tampa, knows exactly where to place the drug for the best results while maintaining a natural, though more youthful look.

In many cases, dermal fillers are the best solution for moderate to severe wrinkles or hollows. Many of the lines in the lower face are created by loss of elasticity of the skin, tissue loss and gravity. Fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane or Radiesse can help fill in hollow pockets that are formed during the aging process and return your face a younger version.  These smooth gel fillers are injected along the crease lines to plump up the skin and help stimulate collagen growth. They often provide a subtle lift that will quickly reduce the wrinkles in the lower face. While these are not a permanent solution, they will provide relief for 6 to 18 months depending on the type of filler used and the area in which is it placed.

In the past, surgical facelifts were required to treat wrinkles in the lower face and reduce the appearance of aging. However, the injectable products available today allow an experienced cosmetic surgeon to create the same results without cutting into the skin. Of course, there are still some reasons why surgery may be the best course of action to treat a problem area.  For advanced jowls, a facelift and/or liposuction is a procedure that should be considered.

Dr. Michael Jasin of the Jasin Facial Rejuvenation Institute has developed a Simplicity Lift that is less invasive than a traditional facelift.  A Simplicity Lift can be done under local anesthesia in about an hour in the office in Tampa. The recovery time is significantly less than with more traditional procedures. The  Simplicity Facelift or Neck Lift is more of a “weekend recovery” procedure. Most patients recover in about 4 to 5 days as opposed to the several weeks required for a traditional face lift. And unlike the more well-known “lifestyle lift” the surgery works to lift the underlying muscles and not just the skin so it lasts longer and shows more natural results.

If you would like to understand how to improve your appearance and restore you confidence, perhaps it is worth your time to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon. That way you can get advice on which treatments are recommended for your situation. Many people do not realize how many new options are available and that great results can be found with little downtime.

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