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Commack NY 11725
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Your face is the most important part of your body for conveying a sense of security , well being and health.
Perfect facial skin need not be unobtainable with some simple measures years of sun damage and age related skin change can be reversed or reduced with modern advances in aesthetic medicine.
How do these facial problems develop?
The best answer is a combination of sun damage and the deterioration of our bodies natural defences against the constant threat of UV A/B radiation. It is not something one realizes but the skin is exposed to these UV rays when we are near a window, in the car, on a bus basically anytime sunlight is visible. We tend to think of sun exposure as a day on the beach but that is only a small part of the exposure equation.
These UV A/B rays alter some of our defences such as collagen which is a main protein for skin integrity mainly suppleness and wrinkles. I tell my patients collagen is like the springs of a mattress, remove most of the coils and the sheets become wrinkled. Its the same for collagen and skin wrinkles.
Furthermore, there are natural physiological changes that occur with normal aging. A protrusion of fat in our lower eyelids creates a puffy look that leads to dark circles under the eye. Rejuvenation of the eye includes filler to soften the tear trough a circle under the eye that creates a dark appearance in the lower lid.
Furthermore loss of bone and fat in the cheek area leads to flattening of the upper face and sag creating the mouth folds aka parenthesis lines of the mouth or Naso-Labial folds.
Lips lose their volume and thin out as well as the border making the mouth less prominent. The proper filler injected will restore lip volume that looks natural or if you wish a fuller look very popular these days. We offer novacaine injections to make lip filling painless.
A depression develops on he side of the chin, known as a pre jowl sulcus seen on both sides of the chin that can be easily filled with our thicker products like Radiesse , Voluma or Restylane Lyft.
Hormone changes coupled with sun damage leads to reddening of the cheeks with in some a proliferation of small red or blue veins. These veins often have a fragmented look and are most pronounced on the cheeks , nose and chin.
Pigment alterations , sun spots known as lentigines develop over most of our body with chronic UV exposure but when on the face are disfiguring and distracting. They appear as islets of brown blemishes from a few milimeters and larger. While benign they are bothersome to anyone affected making the skin appear older and worn.
What are treatment options for facial rejuvenation?
I believe a combination of therapy with concurrent prevention of future insult to the skin using strong broad spectrum sunblock with a physical blocker agent such as zinc or titanium plus antioxidant therapy is best.
Pre Jowl Sulcus