Aging is a part of life. And yes, your appearance will change as you get older. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Aging gracefully is about allowing the best version of yourself to shine through, and there are countless facial rejuvenation tools to help you do just that.
Facial Rejuvenation Starts with Skin Care
Skincare is the first and most important step of facial rejuvenation. You don’t need to ditch your current products and spend a fortune on complete skin care “systems” to get good results.
A licensed aesthetician can help. Find someone who’s willing to listen to your concerns and offer advice to help you get the results you want within your budget.
These products can help you look your best:
• Sunscreen. Use sunscreen every day to prevent aging sun damage, such as dark spots and fine lines.
• Vitamin C. Apply Vitamin C to your skin to reduce the effects of sun damage and significantly brighten your complexion.
• Tretinoin (Retin-A). Use a Retin-A product to penetrate the deeper layers of your skin and stimulate collagen production. It also works as a mild daily exfoliant.
• Prescription medicine. Ask a dermatologist about certain prescription medicines (such as hydroquinone), which can lighten dark brown spots, patches and hormone-induced darkening.
Chemical Peels and Micro-Needling
Minor procedures for facial rejuvenation such as mild to medium facial peels (also known as chemical peels) and micro-needling can do wonders to kick-start a healthy routine and help your skin care products to work even better. Regular peels can help keep your skin texture looking younger as you age.
You may get great results from fillers and/or Botox© if you have these early signs of aging:
• Mild volume loss
• Fine, early creases around your forehead and/or between your eyes
• Crow’s feet
Most patients have more than one of these signs, plus others such as loose skin and fat build up. You may need a multi-step action plan for facial rejuvenation to tackle multiple concerns.
If you’re trying to use fillers or Botox for something that really requires cosmetic surgery, you probably won’t be happy with the results.
For example, if you have extra skin or fat around your eyelids and use Botox to lift your eyebrows, you may end up with an unnatural, arched expression. If you use an injectable filler to add a significant amount of volume to your jawline, you may look more “puffy” than youthful.
There are many surgical procedures that can help you put your best face forward. Talk to a board certified cosmetic surgeon to learn which procedures may be right for you.
About Dr. Sethna
Dr. Sethna understands that facial plastic and reconstructive surgery demand a marriage of science and artistry, and she enjoys using precision, skill, and vision to make her patients’ dreams reality. Dr. Sethna’s meticulous attention to detail and her passion for maintaining a natural look ensure optimum results for her patients.
A dedicated teacher, Dr. Sethna is devoted to assisting residents in facial trauma or reconstructive cases at Grady Hospital. She relishes the opportunity to educate residents and medical students in all aspects of patient care. Dr. Sethna has a strong interest in several areas of facial plastic surgery research and has presented at national meetings on the importance of resident and fellow education in rhinoplasty techniques and adjunctive measures to decrease discomfort during cosmetic procedures.