Prejuvenation Procedures Can Stop Aging Before It Starts
There’s no question that the majority of people interested in facial cosmetic procedures want to restore a more youthful appearance to their face. Whether it’s a facelift or eyelid surgery, the goal for many patients in their 40s and beyond is to regain the appearance that they had 10 or 20 years ago.
At Dr. Mark Deuber’s practice, we have seen more younger patients, many of them in their 20s and 30s, who have shown increased interest in cosmetic procedures to maintain their current youthful appearance, rather than restore what they may have lost. We refer to this trend as prejuvenation.
What are some of the reasons that we are seeing more of these younger patients, and which cosmetic procedures are most popular for prejuvenation? Read further to find out more about this new trend in cosmetic facial procedures.
According to a recent survey from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), almost three-fourths of its members saw a sizeable jump from 2017 to 2018 in the number of Millennial patients (those born between 1982 and 1996) expressing interest in facial cosmetic procedures. There were two main reasons why these patients were interested in enhancing their facial features.
- Social media: Given the increasing interest in social media, particularly for meeting potential romantic partners, it should not be surprising that younger adults want to put their best face forward on dating platforms. Part of this includes having a profile picture that shows off their looks as flatteringly as possible, hence the increased interest in improving their facial features.
- Improving lifestyle: Many young adults are learning the benefits of improving their lifestyle as they get older. This may include building a good skincare routine and quitting smoking. Because such improvements represent a significant investment, these patients are interested in preserving their features for as long as possible. Cosmetic procedures designed to maintain their features are often part of their lifestyle improvement routine.
Dermal fillers are designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that can often appear as a result of premature aging of the skin due to either tobacco smoke or excessive sun exposure, specifically ultraviolet A (UVA) waves. Both of these can dry out the skin, causing it to prematurely break down the collagen fibers that provide fullness and firmness to the face.
This may leave the skin looking tough and leathery. Dermal fillers are injected just under the skin at the areas targeted for enhancement. They can address crow’s feet, smoker’s mouth, and thinning lips.
Laser resurfacing is another method to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also brighten a dull complexion, remove dead skin cells, and reduce the appearance of sun spots, blemishes, or old acne scars.
This is accomplished by using a medical laser device to remove the top layer of skin, revealing younger looking skin underneath. Furthermore, the laser will stimulate new collagen growth, which may make your face look firmer and more youthful.
Botox minimizes the appearance of frown lines between the brows and on the forehead. It works at a deeper level than dermal fillers, as it relaxes the muscles that contract to create lines and wrinkles. The procedure is similar to that for dermal fillers, in that the surgeon will inject the Botox into the targeted areas to relax the muscles.
One reason that younger patients are particularly interested in Botox is that their frown likes are not as deep as those of older patients, so relaxing them now may make them not as noticeable over time. Furthermore, Botox injections may last longer on younger patients.
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