Preventive Maintenance: Fillers vs. Facelifts

As an RN that specializes in aesthetic medicine, I have a lot of patients who want to know what they can do to keep their skin looking young and refreshed.

As an RN that specializes in aesthetic medicine, I have a lot of patients who want to know what they can do to keep their skin looking young and refreshed.   

To begin with, our skin goes through a natural process of shedding dead skin cells and then rejuvenating new ones. As we age, this process slows causing a reduction in our skin’s cell turnover which then causes a reduction of collagen and elasticity. Elasticity is what keeps our skin taught and plump; it allows our skin to bounce back when pinched or pulled. Because of this loss of elasticity, elastosis, our skin begins to sag, wrinkle and we lose that fresh, vibrant glow we once had when we were younger. Our skin also becomes dull because the cell turnover has slowed and we no longer have that quick natural rejuvenation.

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Now we have skin that is dull, sagging and wrinkled! Is there hope besides spending thousands of dollars on a facelift that can leave you with scars, lots of downtime and even the chance of permanently looking like your face is in vice grip pulling from every angle?”

Yes, there is hope, and here’s the good news: Unlike our grandmothers and great grandmothers, we now have the technology to help slow the aging process. It’s not a perfect science but we no longer have to sit back and watch our skin sag and wrinkle. We can do something about it and it doesn’t mean going under the knife and spending thousands of dollars. 

Facial fillers are now our answer to preventive skin maintenance. Not only do they plump up your skin, they can also help to increase your own natural production of collagen. So over time, you begin to produce more collagen that can lead to more elasticity in your skin. It’s all about lifting and filling in all of the facial areas that are heading south due to the aging process. In addition, fillers are made from hyaluronic acids; these are non-foreign to our system, hypo-allergenic, and they can help rebuild and maintain a younger looking complexion.

Fillers can be used around the mouth to fill in those dreaded “parenthesis” that we all get when we age. (I mean literally everything you say is in “quotations” because you have the lines to prove it!) You can also enhance your lips or other areas of your face, and depending on your skin and age, you can also opt for the “liquid facelift.” During this procedure, filler is strategically injected into corrective areas to pull the skin up, resulting in a reduction of our lovely jowls and sagging skin. You can literally walk out of the doctor’s office looking years younger. It takes approximately two treatments, depending on your skin, to accomplish and should be followed up with yearly maintenance injections. 

It is my passion to make people look and feel younger through this type of preventative maintenance. Some patients are even brought to tears because they’re able to look as young on the outside as they feel on the inside!

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