Dr. Gaudet has a very refreshing view of cosmetic surgery, skin care and current day treatments available for skin rejuvenation. We are located in Portsmouth, NH but I don’t think the subject or options available are any different if you’re on the NH seacoast or anywhere else. Dr Gaudet is a board certified plastic surgeon and a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. I noticed an article on the ASAPS website by Mary Cunningham, January 14, 2016. Mary travels regularly between New York, Austin and Houston, which supports the fact that we all share similar interests in the areas of cosmetic surgery and aging………..I’ve listed Mary’s article here…..enjoy:
7 Solutions for Sagging Facial Skin
by Mary Cunningham, January 14, 2016 – ASAPS Smart Beauty Guide
Feel like you’re pulling, tugging, or lifting every time you look in the mirror?
Here are 7 was to feel uplifted.
1. Adjust Your Sleep
While we sleep, gravity and our pillows are at odds with our faces.
Likewise, you might have noticed new lines upon waking up. This doesn’t create sagging, but the wrinkles can become permanent and more pronounced the more you smoosh your face as a side or stomach sleeper. Either sleeping on your back or adopting a special pillow to conteract gravity will minimize the contact between your face and pillow, leaving it crease-free through the night.
2. Apply Sunscreen
UV Rays break down collagen in the face. We love collagen because it gives our skin its elasticity. As we age, we gradually produce less collagen, but by applying sunscreen, even in the fall, we can preserve it as much as possible. And don’t forget your sunhat!
3. Facial Exercises
When we were younger, most of us couldn’t wait to shed “baby fat” that may have given us ample cheeks well into our teens. Then suddenly, we’re wishing the exact opposite. By our late 30’s, some of us find ourselves missing a bit of the plumpness in our upper cheeks. With the absence of fat, our cheeks may appear saggy. According to Michael Edwards, MD, immediate past president of the ASAPS, facial exercises can build facial muscle to fill the sagging skin.
BUT those same movements may also create expression lines,
which could become wrinkles.
Juvederm’s Voluma is a short-chain hyaluronic acid injectable designed to recontour cheeks and lift facial tissue for a more youthful look.
(Nancy: This is an excellent product that many of our clients ~men and women~ are currently using thanks to Dr Gaudet’s great injectable techniques.)
5. Topical Treatments
Retinols and prescription retinoids like Retin-A boost collagen production and remove dead skin cells, leaving skin plump and firm. Bonus – these treatments also loosen clogged pores for beautiful skin all year round.
(Nancy: Contact Julie, our certified medically trained Aesthetician. She will advise the best product for you and your skin. Mention this blog article for a FREE skin consult.)
6. Nonsurgical Skin Tightening
Thanks to advancements in laser technology, skin can be tightened using heat pulsed through lasers, the heat, in turn, stimulating collagen production. Since collagen production is correlated with age, younger patients usually respond better to the laser treatments. Someone in their 60’s with substantial facial sagging due to loss of collagen and fat would achieve better results from a surgical procedure.
(Nancy: We have an IPL (Intensed Pulse Light) Icon machine that is similar to a laser but not as destructive…and it has nice results.)
With all the amazing new technology, few procedures are as effective at reversing facial sagging as the facelift. Sagging at mid-face at the jaw can be physically pulled back, and extra loose skin removed to create a more youthful appearance.
(Nancy: Dr Gaudet has perfected the Office-Mini-Facelift….a shorter simpler procedure with wonderful results, which can be done in the comfort of our office.)
A combination of lifestyle habits, age and genes creates the unique features of your skin today. If you feel it’s not in an optimal state currently, these seven options (and combinations thereof) will go a long way to alleviate your saggy skin, and any worries you might be holding on to about it. Time to get uplifted, in more ways than one!
(Nancy: if you have any questions or like some of the suggestions listed here, call us at 603-431-5488…it’s nice to have options.)
Best wishes for a happy & beautiful YOU!
Nancy, Office Manager