Noticing wrinkles and lines around your mouth? Maybe your lips have lost volume, or you’re sick of your sagging jawline? Aging processes affect all areas of the face, but the way each issue is best treated can vary. Here we discuss some issues related to lower face aging and how best to treat them.
Thinning lips are one of the most common complaints. This happens as the fat under your skin redistributes as you age, causing the lips to lose volume and appear thinner. Volume is most commonly added to the lips through the use of fillers. These include Hyaluronic Acid based fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane, collagen, and synthetic compounds.
Fillers are also beneficial as a treatment for lines around the mouth. As we use our facial muscles over time, the repeated action causes the skin to crease, resulting in permanent wrinkles that are commonly referred to as smile lines or parenthesis lines. Loss of skin volume can also be a contributing factor. As with plumping lips, fillers can be injected directly into wrinkles, replacing the lost volume and refilling the wrinkled area and decreasing wrinkle visibility. Fillers can be a very effective treatment, but unfortunately are not permanent and must be repeated periodically to maintain the results.
The skin of the face also loses elasticity and sags over time. This leads to sagging around the jaw and neck. Patients often complain of this decrease in jawline definition, and of the undesirable appearance of the extra skin in the neck. Treatment for this more general aging symptom is most commonly accomplished through a face and/or neck lift. There are many types of face lifts, which target different areas. The common goal, however, is to isolate the layers of soft tissue of the face, elevate them, and remove any excess tissue to tighten up and rejuvenate the face.
If you are interested in discussing your own aging concerns and what treatments will be most beneficial to you, call DC-area physician Dr. Kulak at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.