What is Facial Rejuvenation?
A successful facial rejuvenation begins with a deep understanding of how the face ages and changes over time. At Somogyi Plastic Surgery, decades of experience inform our ability to analyze patient concerns and provide a customized approach for each patient. We’re passionate about using our knowledge and understanding of the aging process to provide treatment options that deliver natural, healthy looking results.
Benefits of Facial Rejuvenation:
- Personalized treatments and procedures to address your unique concerns
- Restore a youthful, natural appearance
- Options for non-surgical and surgical solutions
Who is Facial Rejuvenation right for?
Considering your own unique complexion and combined causes of facial aging allows us to recommend the right treatments and procedures for natural, healthy-looking results. A thorough consultation allows us to holistically analyze your face to create a unique plan to meet your goals.
How does Facial Rejuvenation work?
It starts beneath the surface. A true understanding of the aging process goes beyond the surface; we consider the bones and the framework of the skin, the role of facial fat and underlying tissues, and finally the skin itself. As we age, we slowly lose bone stock – meaning that our skeleton actually shrinks. For the face, this means a decrease in the volume of the cheeks, the temples, and even the chin and jaw.
On top of the bones, we have atrophy or shrinkage of the facial fat. A healthy, youthful face has fat in the right places – again, the temples, cheeks and lips. Over time, some of this fat shrinks away. The remainder is also affected by gravity, slowly moving down the face. This contributes to low cheeks, jowls and the lines and creases around the nose and mouth.
The final layer is the skin. This is the canvas that covers the structure. Skin is affected by thinning over time, irregular pigmentation in the form of brown spots and discolouration from environmental and sun exposure, and lines and creases caused by constant muscle animation and descent of the skin over time.
Facial Rejuvenation treatment options
When we consider these individual but combined causes of facial aging, we can better understand some of the common treatments designed to provide natural, healthy looking results.
The most commonly used facial fillers are made from Hyaluronic Acid. This is a naturally occurring sugar molecule found just about everywhere in the body. Its job in the body is to hydrate, lubricate and protect. Injectable hyaluronic acid is also thickened or “cross-linked” to give it strength and lifting power. With this understanding, we can appreciate the role of hyaluronic acid fillers in facial rejuvenation.
Highly cross-linked fillers can be used as a first step to improve the facial structure, restoring the natural volume from bone loss over time. Restoring this volume also supports the overlying fat and skin, lifting it up to its natural position. This looks after the changes from gravity and improves the thick creases around the nose and mouth. Less cross-linked fillers can be used specifically in the skin itself to restore volume from atrophy but also to add back the natural moisture and hydration present in youthful, healthy looking skin.
Now for the canvas. The part we show to the world, but also the part that is most affected by the world around us. Our skin’s main role is to protect us from the environment. Unfortunately, over time the environment has become increasingly harsh – from the increased power of the sun to the constant bombardment of our skin with radiation.
Our skin requires at least three types of help. The one we’re all familiar with is the physical barrier – this is usually in the form of a sunscreen that literally blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays. The second is antioxidant protection. Constant radiation delivered to the skin from our environment means constant production of free radicals that lead to skin damage, pigmentation and even skin cancers. A modern day skin care regimen must include the addition of antioxidants to protect the skin from these free radicals. The most effective of these are naturally occurring vitamins such as vitamin C that are applied directly to the skin. Finally, the skin needs hydration. Again, harsh environmental exposure strips the skin of moisture, leaving it thin and dry. We see this manifest as tired skin with many fine lines and wrinkles. A good moisturizer penetrates and lasts, giving the skin the moisture it needs to look youthful and healthy.
Learn more about these treatments and other options we may recommend for Facial Rejuvenation: