Dr. Patti Flint

Beauty Is Back (Part II)

If you missed Part I of this blog post, you may want to go back and learn about the surgical and non-surgical ways I can improve issues such as forehead lines, thinning lips, and wrinkles and creases around the eyes.

Today, we’re going to continue the conversation looking at age-related changes in the lower face and neck, and what can be done about them in a way that looks natural, appealing, and not like you’ve had “work” done. Yes, it’s possible! If you have any doubts, check out my before-and-after gallery.

In the meantime, let’s move on and see what we can do about the things in the mirror that are

bothering you.

Loss of volume in the cheeks

Lax skin and Jowls

Age-related volume loss in the cheeks can create a tired, aged appearance that includes flat or sunken cheeks. I can correct this with Juvéderm VOLUMA XC, a hyaluronic acid gel that has a sturdy, yet soft structure. By injecting it deeply, I can restore some of that structure to your face, re-creating a youthful fullness and subtly lifting any sagging in the cheeks and mid-face. The results last up to two years!

Gravity is not our friend, and if you have lax skin in the lower face resulting in jowls, you know I’m right. I can improve lax skin on the face, neck or décolletage with a non-surgical procedure called microneedling. By using a special pen device to create micro-injuries to your skin, this procedure prompts natural collagen production, and collagen is the protein that gives structure and fullness to your skin.

More dramatic results can be achieved with a facelift. I do not recommend a “mini-facelift,” which may sound like a good option initially, but won’t provide long-lasting results. A full facelift, perhaps combined with non-surgical procedures like dermal fillers or BOTOX will take care of lax skin, jowls, and other problem areas, giving you the results you desire for years to come. I incorporate beauty math in my facelifts (and in everything I do, frankly), and I take quite a bit of pride in my results. In my opinion a facelift is not something to skimp on. If you are going to have it done, have it done right, by a skilled, board certified plastic surgeon who is committed to exemplary results.

Double chin or ”turkey wattle” / neck complaints

For the chin and neck, I offer several options to address individual concerns. If you feel your chin looks bunched up when you speak, BOTOX can relax the muscles around your chin that cause this “cobblestoning.” If your complaint involves stubborn fat in the chin area creating a “double chin,” we can treat it with Kybella®, a non-surgical injectable treatment that selectively destroys fat cells with little-to- no downtime.

IF your age is showing in your neck (a common complaint), a neck lift is a surgical procedure I can use to remove excess skin and fat, smooth out age-related wrinkling or creasing in this

area, and create a slimmer, smoother, more flattering profile.

Skin discoloration

Dark spots appearing on your face can be age-related. I have a few ways I can treat those, including a non-invasive broadband light (BBL) treatment. BBL works by using special wavelengths of light to penetrate the layers of your skin and break down pigmentation. It works not only for age spots, freckles and dark areas, but also vascular lesions, redness, spider veins, and broken capillaries.

For a dramatic change in skin quality, I’m proud to offer one of the most exciting advancements in laser skin procedures–the Sciton Joule laser. It has become one of my favorite tools for reversing sun damage, correcting discoloration, and literally erasing even the deepest lines and wrinkles. You’ll hardly believe your eyes when you see the results!

Of course, there’s nothing like a good old fashioned chemical peel to refresh and rejuvenate your skin by removing old layers and revealing the fresh new skin below. Microneedling can also be performed to improve tone, texture and color with zero downtime.

Things to Remember

If you’re making plans to have facial rejuvenation this year, remember that not all providers are alike. Choose your practitioner carefully. For example, you aren’t going to get the same results at a spa as you will from a board-certified plastic surgeon. Also, not all plastic surgeons are alike. This is art as well as science, and you don’t want to hand your face over to anyone! Check “before and after” photos and make sure you choose a doctor you feel comfortable with. I always have a detailed consultation with all of my patients to ensure we’re on the same page. In my opinion, if you can tell someone has had “work done”, it wasn’t done well. You can learn more about the Patti Flint facelift here.

Lastly, practicing good skin care at home is essential to maintaining your results, no matter what you have done. We are proud to be one of North America’s only SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spas and we can help you design an individualized plan for optimal skin health and beauty, today and into the future.

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