At some point, you may have begun to notice loss of tone and less tautness in your facial skin. As we age, our skin loses underlying fat that used to fill out our features. At the same time, skin loses its elasticity and becomes droopy. If you're noticing more sagging lately, there are many ways to firm up your facial skin:
- Use sunscreen. Even in the fall or winter, sunscreen helps block UV rays that break down the collagen that provides skin elasticity. There are skin moisturizers that contain sunscreen, too. You can also wear a hat to block those UV rays.
- Facial exercises. The loss of fat in our faces as we age can cause our cheeks to sag or sink. Some people claim facial muscle exercises build up muscles to counteract the loss of fat, although there's not much evidence to support this. Facial muscle exercises may create wrinkles.
- Restore lost volume non-surgically. You may want to look into facial fillers, such as Juvederm, to fill out your features.
- Creams, lotions and other products. Some facial creams and other topical treatments help to boost production of collagen, as well as rejuvenate skin cells and open pores for healthy skin all year long.
- Laser rejuvenation and surgical intervention. Traditional and non-invasive (laser) surgeries can tighten your facial skin or help to produce collagen to restore a youthful look. Oftentimes, a facelift is the only way to truly restore long-lasting, youthful facial skin.
You don't have to choose just one of these options, either. Make a lifestyle change to incorporate a few of these and see if the results are satisfactory. If you want to explore options with our board-certified plastic surgeon, contact our office at (410) 616-3000 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Adam Basner. We serve Columbia, Baltimore, Towson, Owings Mills and the surrounding areas.