The needle or the knife: Choosing facial rejuvenation in Lansdale
From birth, the human body is in growth mode. In addition to developing organs and growing long bones and strong muscles, a child’s body is manufacturing the components of firm, hydrated skin. However, beginning as early as our late 20s or early 30s, the face begins to lose volume. Production of collagen and elastin (the protein network that keeps skin thick and firm) gradually decreases. Meanwhile, the effects of years of sun exposure and environmental pollutants start to show in skin quality. Fine lines, wrinkles, hollows, and sags appear. Women and men who want to retain an energetic, youthful look have to make a decision at this point. “Is plastic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic dermatology right for me?” Dr. Aradhna Saxena, a Board-certified dermatologist at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute shares this insight on facial rejuvenation for residents of the Lansdale and Fort Washington, PA area.
There is no “right” age for rejuvenation
Every face and body ages at a unique rate, influenced by heredity and lifestyle. Perception also plays a role. Some people are simply less concerned with self-image than others. Thus, there is no “right” age at which to consider treatment.
Typically, individuals in their 30s and 40s are beginning to notice signs of aging, but still see a reasonably youthful reflection in the mirror. Something as drastic as a surgical facelift may seem premature. In addition, this is usually a busy time of life, with raising children, working long hours, and travel. An extended period of surgical recovery might not be feasible. A program of dermal fillers and Botox smooths, lifts, and rejuvenates the complexion, without downtime.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 86 percent of surgical facelifts are performed on patients over 50 years old. While these individuals can still benefit from the volume and lift of injectables, surgical treatment may be necessary to remove significant loose skin and tighten jowls.
An ounce of prevention
There is a growing movement, sometimes called “prejuvenation” toward preventing facial signs of aging. A responsible program of injectables earlier in life (usually starting in the 20s), along with a healthy daily skin care regimen, may prevent wrinkles from forming. It could postpone the need for plastic surgery indefinitely.
At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, you are assured of individualized care in the hands of trained, qualified, and experienced professionals. Your personalized treatment plan takes into consideration your skin type and rejuvenation goals. It is designed to achieve the results you want, within your budget and time constraints.
You are not alone in the decision of “choosing the needle or the knife – which is best or me?” The team at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute is eager to talk with you about facial rejuvenation options available in Lansdale and Fort Washington. Call (215) 392-6680 to schedule a consultation.