Who doesn’t want to inhibit the aging process? As soon as we hit 40, we start thinking about how we don’t look and feel as young as we once did, and we begin to search for ways to combat the effects of aging.
Sometimes it’s easy. We exercise more, eat right, and maintain a positive attitude. But in other ways, aging tends to keep catching up with us, and we find we need to do more to keep it in check.
Our skin – especially the skin on our faces – can really suffer as the years pass. This isn’t a new problem. History shows that surgeries to attempt to improve one’s sagging face and other skin issues were performed long ago, including in ancient Egypt and China.
It’s natural to want to look good…and that desire hasn’t changed in centuries. What has changed, however, are the number of options available for achieving that more youthful look.
What happens to aging skin?
Age effects everyone’s face differently but, basically, several things happen. Firstly, the skin loses its elasticity. To put it simply, it doesn’t bounce back into place like it used to but sags and appears loose. In professional terms, a skin’s “turgor” – the ability of the skin to change shape and return to normal – decreases as you age.
Of course, another noticeable sign of aging is wrinkles. They occur on the forehead, around the eyes, around the mouth, in the neck area…it often seems they’re everywhere.
Yet another problem aestheticians observe is ptosis of the soft facial tissue. This is often seen in places such as the chin and it compromises the structural integrity of the face.
Over the decades, many of these problems have been addressed via a traditional facelift, which is expensive, can be painful, and requires a long recovery period.
Nowadays, however, there are many other options and, often, when more than one is used in tandem, the aesthetician can achieve the look the patient seeks.
Multi-modal aging skin treatment
Thread lifting is one of the newest treatments for skin that has lost its elasticity or for faces that are suffering from ptosis. Threads are a less-expensive alternative to facelifts and are safe and less invasive as well. These lifts can correct sagging and many patients have seen very positive results from the procedure.
The concept is simple. Special lightweight threads are used during this procedure to hold re-positioned skin and facial tissue in place. Results are almost always immediately noticeable and patients suffer few – if any – side effects and little discomfort.
However, to achieve the look a patient wants, it may be necessary to call on a few other cosmetic treatments that have become quite popular. One of those is a dermal filler, which serves to add some volume that thread lifting can’t achieve.
It is often used in conjunction with the threading and generally applied two or three weeks before the thread lifting is scheduled to take place.
Other aestheticians suggest combining botulinum toxin injections with thread lifting. Botox™ can correct certain facial zones that the threading fails to address. If the aesthetician determines it will benefit the patient, it will also be used a few weeks prior to the threading procedure.
Everyone ages differently. Ask your aesthetician which treatments you can combine for optimal results in your fight against aging skin.