Facial Rejuvenation: Plastic Surgery and Beyond
By Stephanie McIntyre & Kamau Austin
It is no surprise that we live in a youth-oriented culture. It
seems that every year the standard of beauty to which we are all
exposed and aspire, gets younger and younger at the same time
that Americans are growing older. Because of the emphasis in
prevention and treatment of disease, the American Baby Boomers,
those 50 and over, are healthier and more fit than people of the
same age in previous generations.
They have the stamina, energy and prowess of people half of
their chronological age. This causes many "Baby Boomers" to
exhibit an intense interest in procedures and techniques to help
them look as young and fit as they feel.
This is the point at which many Americans consider plastic
surgery. Signs of aging on the face are the most common
symptoms causing people to seek out plastic surgery. The four
most common facial complaints are:
Loose skin: The areas on the face where we see loose skin most
often are the jowls, the neck and the skin around the eyes.
Fine Lines: Tiny wrinkles on the face increase in number with
time and are more plentiful in lighter skinned people. The most
common sites are around the mouth and eyes but they can also
develop anywhere on the face. These lines are made worse by the
Bagginess around the eyes: Loose skin is only one of the causes
of bagginess around the eyes. Additionally, small fat pads
around the eyes can move from the top and sides of the eye
region and end up resting beneath the eyes. Shadows emphasize
the problem and if there is any inherited darkening of the skin
the problem becomes even more noticeable.
Exaggeration of Features: As we age, some of our features
continue to grow. Although the rate of growth is unperceivable
year to year, eventually, over time we can see that there is an
actual lengthening of our earlobes and nose. Our brow may have
lowered and there is an increase of fat below the chin, and in
the fold between the nose and upper lip.
All of these complaints can be addressed through plastic
surgery. The success, risks and benefits differ depending on
the areas of the face and neck the surgery is to correct, as
well as other factors such as the age of the patient and the
severity of the problem.
What is a facelift? The facelift is the classical surgical
response to aging problems of the face and neck. In a facelift
the skin is separated from the underlying tissue and pulled
upwards and backwards. The excess skin is them removed
resulting in a lifting and tightening of the appearance of the
There are varying procedures that go deeper, some as far down
as the layer adjacent to the facial bones. Surgeons determine
how deep to go with the procedure based on the needs of the
patient, on a case by case basis.
What results can you expect from a facelift?: A facelift will
lift the areas of your face that are sagging, such as your
cheeks and jowls. It will also tighten the loose skin on your
neck as well as remove excess fat from under your chin and
alleviate that "turkey neck" look.
What about scarring? The scars from a facelift can be
extensive, although not easily detectable. Scars will more than
likely extend from above the ear, down the front of the ear,
around the ear lobe, up the back of the ear, and into the
hairline behind the ear. There can be another incision beneath
Most scars from a facelift are hard to see once they heal.
Scars can be camouflaged with make-up within three weeks and
should fade beyond detection in one to three months.
What complications can occur? Some of the complications that
can result from a facelift are: Hematoma, Skin death; facial
weakness or paralysis; attached earlobe (pixie ear) and open ear
What about lines and wrinkles? Although the results of a
facelift and other facial plastic surgery can be dramatic the
signs of aging that a facelift will not alleviate are wrinkles
and fine lines on your face. Additional procedures such as Botox
Cosmetic", laser resurfacing, chemical peels and dermabrasion of
the face are needed to address lines and wrinkle.
Is there a safer alternative to facelifts and other invasive
procedures? Amazing advances have been made recently in topical
preparations to combat the signs of aging. These topical
preparations are a safe alternatives to many of the invasive
procedures detailed above. One such preparation is Rejuvinol.
It is a unique nutrient-rich moisturizer that nourishes tones
and rehydrates for firmer, more resilient skin.
What benefits can be realized from Rejuvinol"? Users of
Rejuvinol have reported a 50-90% reduction in the appearance of
fine lines and wrinkles within minutes of application. They
report that the product diminish the appearance of forehead
creases, droopy brows, crow's feet, furrows, laugh lines,
feathered lips, and more. Additionally, it reduces the
appearance of acne scars, stretch marks, Rosacea, and enlarged
pores. It gives skin a plumper, more youthful appearance
What are the side effects of using Rejuvinol"? There have been
no reported side effects of using Rejuvinol".
Rejuvinol is a non-invasive answer to the question of what a
person can do to look younger. In most cases of fine lines and
wrinkles, Rejuvinol is as affective as Botox Cosmetic",
dermabrasion and chemical peels with none of the risk of
invasive surgical procedures and injections, at a
fraction of the cost of these procedures. For more information
about Rejuvinol visit: www.bodestore.com/amboalkit.html
About The Author
Stephanie McIntyre and Kamau Austin are health and fitness
enthusiasts and advocates. They write on a regular basis on
timeless health and fitness tips at the Fit After Forty Blog.
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