You know you’re growing older, but you don’t really feel it happening. You’re healthy, active and energetic, and you’re not going to slow down anytime soon. Your appearance, however, is becoming a cause for concern. When you look in the mirror, all you see is someone who looks much older than you feel — your skin is developing deeper wrinkles and is starting to sag around the brow, cheeks and jawline. It’s taking a toll on your self-confidence, and you don’t like the way it’s impacting your motivation and overall happiness. You want your face to reflect how you view yourself — is that so much to ask?
At Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa, we’re here to offer the anti-aging solutions you need. Our expert surgeons, Drs. Mark and Loren Clayman, provide facial plastic surgeries that refresh your appearance with beautiful, natural-looking results. Facial rejuvenation surgery, in particular, is a popular and customizable option that can restore youthful, smoother skin to your face and neck, and can address most common concerns related to facial aging. If you’re experiencing any of the following signs of facial aging, you likely have a good reason to consider a facelift or a different facial rejuvenation procedure — to find out if you’re a good candidate for this procedure, schedule a consultation at our offices in Jacksonville, Florida.
1. Loss of overall skin elasticity.
Your skin is made up of a variety of molecules and structures that keep it hydrated, volumized and firm. Collagen and elastin are two important proteins that play a role in supporting your skin cells for a smooth, even skin texture. Young skin has strong, healthy proteins, and quickly replaces any pieces that are damaged. As you age, these processes slow down significantly, causing your skin to lose its bounce and become wrinkled or stretched.
While facial rejuvenation procedures like a facelift can’t fix the underlying molecular structures of your skin, they can help your skin can appear more lifted and taut. This essentially gives you a fresh start on the whole aging process, ensuring that any future signs of aging won’t continue to compound on one another. In addition, there are many non-surgical skincare treatments and products that do work to restore underlying structures like collagen and elastin. Using these regularly after your facial procedure can help keep your skin looking younger for longer.
2. Sagging skin on the lower face.
Gravity is one of the biggest culprits in facial aging. It pulls down on your skin little by little every day. When your skin’s ability to bounce back starts to fade, the effects of gravity become increasingly evident. Since gravity tugs everything down, much of the sagging can be seen on the lower face, especially around the cheeks and mouth. You might know some of these concerns as “smile lines,” “marionette lines” and “jowls” — the deep creases that run between your nose and mouth, and from the corners of your mouth to your chin. These creases get deeper over time as gravity weighs down the pads of fat that contour your lower face.
During a facelift or facial rejuvenation surgery, your surgeon can access those pads of fat. Your surgeon can move them back into their natural positions or even restore volume, so that they no longer appear to weigh down your skin. Also, any stretched skin will be lifted and tightened, so you won’t be left with skin that looks hollow or baggy.
3. Drooping brow and tired eyes.
The effects of gravity on the upper face are more subtle but can be equally frustrating and age your face in different ways. Loose skin on the forehead weighs down your eyebrows and upper eyelids and gives your eyes a hooded, half-closed appearance. The result leaves you looking tired, squinty or angry, even when you’re wide awake and in a great mood. For some people, a heavy brow and eyelids can even start to interfere with their vision.
Depending on the type of facelift or facial rejuvenation procedure, your surgeon may be able to address concerns of the upper face. A full facelift, for example, addresses the upper half of the face as well as the lower. It can improve wrinkles in various areas of the upper face depending on your facial structure. It can also improve the position of the brow for a more natural and neutral position. Facelifts are also commonly combined with other facial procedures, like eyelid surgery — a blepharoplasty — to directly address concerns related to sagging eyelids.
4. Sagging skin around the chin and neck.
The neck is an oft-forgotten part of an aged appearance. Many people focus on the changes to their face, but don’t notice that their neck is developing lines and wrinkles as well. The skin of the neck is thin and fragile and is very susceptible to the same aging mechanisms as the skin of the face. What’s more, submental fat (the fat under your chin) and the platysma muscles (the muscles that connect your neck to your collarbone) are prone to sagging and stretching, which can result in a double chin or string-like “turkey neck.” Sagging jowls around the jawline can also be unflattering and have an aging effect.
If you choose a facial procedure that doesn’t address the jawline, chin and neck as well as the face, the results can look less restored, as youthfulness will end abruptly at the lower face. A traditional facelift can correct some of these concerns by lifting the skin of the lower face, which in turn provides a smoother neck and more sculpted jawline. If your neck and chin concerns are relatively extensive, your surgeon may recommend combining your facelift with a neck lift for best results.
5. Deep facial wrinkles.
Deep lines on the face aren’t only caused by aging skin. Expression lines — frown lines, transverse brow lines and crow’s feet, for example — are often due to overworked facial muscles that become stuck in a tense, creased position after years of squinting, brow furrowing or eyebrow-raising. This can also be related to many other factors on top of general aging, such as genetics, sun damage and lifestyle choices, to name a few. To improve these wrinkles, your surgeon needs to address the muscles beneath your skin, restoring them to a smoother and more relaxed state, and may have to address the skin directly with various resurfacing procedures depending on your specific needs and desires.
The incisions that your surgeon creates during your facelift surgery allows them to reach below your skin and access these important muscles. Your surgeon can tighten the muscles and smooth them out for a more refreshed, rejuvenated experience. An experienced surgeon like Dr. Mark or Loren Clayman knows the best way to address these kinds of concerns without interfering with your natural facial expressions after you heal.
These five types of concerns are great reasons to consider a facelift — if you’re struggling with any of them, a facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedure is likely right for you. But there are many other reasons to consider facial rejuvenation, too. A facelift can renew your confidence, restore your skin and help you age as gracefully as possible. If you want to learn more about facelift surgery or the full range of facial rejuvenation options at Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa, we encourage you to reach out to us to schedule a consultation. Our board-certified plastic surgeons will meet with you in person, listen to your areas of concern and provide their expert advice to make sure you feel great about your appearance at any age. Call us at 904-388-6110 to get started.