Dr. Goodkind Talks About Where You Are in the Aging Process

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At FUZION Medical Aesthetic Boutique, we have put a lot of thought into how we approach each new patient based on the stages of facial and body aging. Over the years, our patients observe the aging process and the toll it takes on them. When patients start being curious about how to gracefully approach the aging process, we start by getting to know them to create a custom anti-aging beauty plan. Here are some common characteristics of the aging process that I frequently discuss.

QUALITY OF SKIN:
One of the first signs of aging in skin is a decrease in the tone, texture and overall quality of the skin. A wide variety of factors can affect how quickly [or slowly] you see changes in your skin include:

  • aging
  • lifestyle
  • medications
  • environmental exposure
  • illnesses
  • basic genetics, just to mention a few

LOSS OF VOLUME:
The next stage in the aging process can have a dramatic affect on the face and body, and literally “deflate” your self confidence. Loss of volume is a medical term used to convey what happens when your face has lost its definition and your look becomes more sagging and drawn. Here is a good analogy I like to use—think of your skin as you body’s envelope and the fat below it as to the envelope’s contents. Usually, as women approach their late 30s to early 40s, they tend to lose some of their fat volume. Despite feeling healthy, this loss of fat volume causes them to look more tired—and ultimately older—than they feel because of the appearance of mild deflation and drooping.

LOSS OF ELASTICITY:
A third characteristic of aging is a progressive loss of elasticity of the skin, as well as changes in the underlying musculature. Using that same analogy as above, this loss of elasticity causes the skin envelope to droop significantly and results in a drawn look without the sharp angles.

So given the inevitable changes, what can be done to preserve a youthful appearance?

Start early with beauty baby steps:
We recommend starting early to keep your skin healthy. FUZION offers a seasoned medical aesthetician to evaluate your skin with a complimentary consultation. We will suggest acute intervention and maintenance treatments to reverse skin damage and improve poor skin quality along with ongoing at-home treatments to maintain a fresh look. Procedures such as dermaplanning, acne therapy (both medical and laser), medical grade skin peels and patient specific home treatments are a few examples of what we offer at FUZION Medical Aesthetic Boutique.

To deal with the early and relatively mild to moderate loss of volume there are a host of fillers that we provided at FUZION. Not all fillers are the same, some provide a deep foundation in the face to give more fullness where some are used more superficially to eliminate some obvious wrinkling. BOTOX, Dysport and Xeomin treatments can also help at this stage as well as later on. Skin texture problems and wrinkling unresponsive to the relatively more gentle maneuvers listed above can be treated a range of our laser therapy.

If you need more, take aggressive surgical strides:
When the aging process has progressed into the advanced stages I mentioned above, using our “beauty baby steps” won’t be enough. At this point, the use of fillers will actually work against a patient whose objective is to gain a fresh, youthful appearance and not distort the integrity of the shape of their face, causing an unnatural look. Basically the skin envelope is too great to be filled, and if attempted, would leave one looking quite different and not aesthetically pleasing.  Brow lift, eye surgery, face and neck lifts, as well as other body contouring procedures, are common procedures to explore at this progressive level of aging. Keep in mind, once you’ve undergone cosmetic surgery, you may still need the use of fillers, lasers and BOTOX to help sculpt and achieve the best aesthetic result.

Finally, because you can never stop the aging process, there might come a time where your surgically rejuvenated face is once again looking mildly tired. This usually doesn’t happen for at least 10-15 years. At this point in time, especially with the development of superior facial fillers, we might then suggest filling rather than a secondary surgical procedure.

No matter what, it is so important to ask the right questions when interviewing a plastic surgeon, to make sure you understand and agree with their recommendations for you. We always start our relationships with a complimentary consultation to determine where on the timeline of facial aging you fall. Don’t be afraid to review the gauntlet of our medical and surgical expertise to help you create your custom beauty plan to decide what is most appropriate for you and how we can assist you in feeling as good about your image as you might like.