Prevent, Rather Than Treat Wrinkles
1/3/2019 11:39:56 AM
Wrinkle Prevention

Our faces reveal much about ourselves. Worry lines and sun damage can tell the tales. Smoothing and plumping the skin with the use of injectables has been successful for decades.  Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm are brands that have become familiar to many.  

What’s trending lately is the average age of people seeking these treatments. It’s dropping steadily. 

"Men and women in their late twenties and early thirties are beginning to notice early signs of aging, such as wrinkles, and are coming in to discuss these concerns,” explains Kerri Davis-Fontenot, MD, board certified dermatologist with Dermatology Associates of Southwest Louisiana. "My goal for treatment of my patients is starting early in the prevention of wrinkles.”

Injectables give subtle enhancements that can slow down Mother Nature over time. These procedures are subtle so as not to produce a drastic change but give a well-rested appearance. 

Laugh lines around the eyes and worry lines between the brows usually show up during the 40s and 50s. Relaxants, such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin prevent strong muscle motion. If used before wrinkles are detected, they greatly reduce their formation. "Relaxants are successful in preventing and improving already set-in wrinkles, giving the skin a more even texture and tone resulting in a refreshed look,” Dr. Davis-Fontenot says. 

Relaxants can be placed in various parts of the face to address forehead wrinkles, crow’s lines, and lip lines. In addition, the eyebrows can be slightly lifted and both a gummy smile and dimpled chin can be improved, if desired.

Another sign of aging is the loss of volume in the face. This is due to loss of collagen, elastin, fat and bone, causing droopiness and deep creases to become more visible. Fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse are a great way to replace this loss and provide volume and lift. 

"Now, patients are looking at non-surgical ways to improve their appearance and the use of a filler is a great first-line option,” she says. "There are several brands and types of filler I use to give patients excellent results. These fillers can be placed in the temples, cheeks, lips and around the mouth. All aiming to give a natural and refreshed appearance.”

Relaxants and fillers are generally best used together rather than alone. 

On average, relaxants last around three months and fillers can last between six months to over a year, depending on the type and where they are used. 

"The goal is to smooth and soften the lines of the face, to give a more youthful appearance than you had a few years ago,” Dr. Davis-Fontenot says. "Subtlety is key. Less is more when it comes to augmenting the face. We cannot stop the aging process, but we can slow it down. I want my patients to leave the office looking and feeling like a better, more refreshed version of themselves.” 

Relaxants and fillers, along with many other cosmetic dermatology options, are available at Dermatology Associates of Southwest Louisiana. 

For more information, call (337) 433-7272 and schedule a consultation.
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