Much of Dr. Malamet’s practice is devoted to countering that march of time as it relates to the face. Facelifts, eyelid surgery, brow lifts, cheek, and chin enhancement — it’s all intended to combat facial aging. Our patients often wonder when they will know if it is time to have a procedure such as a facelift or a brow lift performed. That all depends on the individual, but there are some typical signs of aging that prompt person to want to put the brakes on the march of time, at least temporarily.
- Skin laxity— Unlike that co-worker you always have to cover for, gravity never takes a day off. As you age, your facial skin is particularly susceptible to its forces. Part of this is because the facial skin is among the thinnest on the entire body. Also, facial muscles tend to weaken with age. The result is issued such as drooping brows, jowls, sagging cheeks, descending eyelids, and much more.
- Volume loss— After you turn 20, collagen (the basic support system for your skin) production decreases one percent each year. That’s a cumulative loss! Add that up — by 50 you have a 30% lower rate of collagen production than a 20-year-old. No wonder your skin is looser. Elastin, the protein responsible for keeping your skin supple and malleable, the production also decreases. The result is volume loss in areas across the face. The areas under the eyes and below the cheekbones both become hollow with volume loss.
- Changes in skin tone and texture— Where the skin was taut, plump, and smooth, as we age it becomes dull, dry, and leathery. This is usually the result of reduced collagen production combined with sun exposure, especially for those of us living in sunny Southern California. Unless you’re a vampire, you’ve had your share of sun damage. The skin also becomes thinner with time, again due to decreasing collagen, making it more prone to wrinkling.
To fight back, you have both surgical and non-surgical options with Dr. Malamet. Volume loss and changes in skin tone and texture can all be addressed non-surgically. Injectables (Botox and dermal fillers), chemical peels, and laser resurfacing treatments all work to improve these areas. Skin laxity, especially if more extreme, can best be addressed with surgery: a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery. This is especially true where the skin has lost some elasticity.
And don’t stop with just the face
Many people think of their face but forget their neck and chest. Dr. Malamet also offers solutions that can address aging on the neck, chest, décolleté, and hands.
While gravity isn’t going anywhere, neither is Dr. Malamet. Give us a call at 818-380-3130 and let’s see how we can help you turn back the clock just a bit.