Are you experiencing aging around your mouth and lower face? Of course all areas of the face are affected by the aging process, but the treatments for different regions may vary. Here we will discuss the issues and treatments specific to the lower face.
One very common complaint for patients is that their lips have thinned and lost volume over time. This commonly happens as the fat under your skin redistributes as you age. Volume is most commonly added to the lips through the use of fillers. These include hyaluronic acid based fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane, collagen, and synthetic compounds.
Around the mouth, people often also experience smile lines or parenthesis lines. These occur due to the creasing of the skin when muscles around the mouth contract repeatedly over time, ultimately creating a permanently creased appearance. Loss of skin volume can also be a contributing factor. Treatment of these lines is similar to the treatment for loss of lip volume. Fillers can be injected directly into the wrinkles. This replaces the lost volume and refills the wrinkled area, decreasing wrinkle visibility. Fillers can be a very effective treatment, but unfortunately are not permanent and must be repeated periodically to maintain the results.
The skin of the face also loses elasticity and sags over time. This leads to sagging around the jaw and neck. Patients often complain of this decrease in jawline definition and of the undesirable appearance of the extra skin in the neck. Treatment for this more general aging symptom is most commonly accomplished through a face or neck lift. There are many types of face lifts which target different areas. The common goals, however, is to isolate the layers of soft tissue of the face, elevate them, and remove any excess tissue to tighten up and rejuvenate the face.
If you are experiencing aging of your lower face and would like to see how you can renew your appearance, contact Dr. Kabaker’s office at 800-914-4247 to schedule a consultation.