Your appearance is an important aspect of your identity and it makes sense to want to look your best. And of all areas of the human body, people spend the greatest amount of time and efforts on their faces. Because it’s the most visible part of our bodies, it’s often important to us that our faces look healthy and appealing to other people. Sometimes, however, this can be difficult thanks to facial structure itself. Facial imperfections are old news to plastic surgeons, and at one time the standard for correcting them was cold steel surgery. Today, there are many alternatives to surgery for imperfections that are part of facial asymmetry.
One treatment to eliminate imperfections like creases and wrinkles, including crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead creases, and nasolabial folds, is BOTOX. Botox injections consistent of a derivative of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. They block nerve impulses to muscles, paralyzing them, so they cannot contract to cause wrinkles. The resulting smooth skin makes for a more youthful and symmetric appearance. Botox treatments take about 10 minutes, though the results may not start to appear for a few days and can take as long as a month to fully peak.
Do you desire different contours for your face or perhaps hope to fill in sunken scars to make them disappear? How about reducing wrinkles or plumping your lips to make them equally sized? Both of those things can be done with cosmetic facial fillers. The filler used can even be your own fat, removed from your inner thigh or abdomen. Using body fat, however, swelling may take 1 -2 weeks to recede and the results are not permanent.
Other fillers are manufactured, like Juvederm™, Juvederm™ Voluma™, Restylane®, Sculptra® Aesthetic, and RADIESSE®. Juvederm™ is made of hyaluronic acid and is good for smoothing wrinkles. Juvederm™ Voluma™ is used to add volume to cheeks, cheekbones, and chins as well as for jawline definition. Restylane® is also made of hyaluronic acid and is good for smoothing facial wrinkles and folds. Sculptra® Aesthetic is used to smooth “smile lines” and acts to replace lost collagen. RADIESSE® is a temporary filler for folds and wrinkles around the nose and the corners of the mouth.
Finally, cold steel surgery is still used for remaking the appearance of one’s face, especially when it comes to correcting facial asymmetry. The brow lift, for example, is a common procedure. Incisions can be made at the hairline or in the upper eyelids, and the skin is “lifted” to help tighten the skin of the brow and forehead, remove wrinkles, raise eyebrows, and reduce the “hooded” effect over the eyelids. Improved skin appearance can be increased by coupling a brow lift with laser treatment.
If you have facial irregularities that bother you, consider having them addressed. A great plastic surgeon, like Dr. O’Neill and Dr. Dixon Swartz, can do much to improve your appearance and your self-image.