Dr. Lo’s “Look Your Best” Facial Program
Many patients come to Dr. Lo for different cosmetic reasons, at different ages and stages of their life, ranging from age 20 – 90. Often times, they ask “What can they do to maintain their looks, reverse sun damage, erase stress from their faces, or make them look younger?” These are great questions, as many of us are on the quest to a more youthful aging process and appearance. A common comment from our patients is “Dr. Lo, I don’t want to age like my parents did, I believe they looked older than they were.” With today’s available choices to anti-aging, this is certainly an achievable and reasonable quest.
Over the years, Dr. Lo has designed a program of treatments that have helped many people look the best that they can. Firstly, prevention of factors that can contribute to aging is recommended. We all know by now that excessive sun and environmental exposure is very damaging to our skin and is to be avoided. Large weight fluctuations is to be avoided as well, as it can lead to loose facial and neck skin. Unmanaged or excessive stress is proven to contribute to accelerated aging and wrinkles, as well as diminished health. Lack of sleep is known to be a key factor in accelerated aging. These are all factors that you can control on your own, as best as you can. So, here is where Dr. Lo can help:
A proper evaluation by Dr. Adrian Lo is always recommended, to design a personal program that is best for you and meets your goals.
Most people at this age, fortunately, do not “need” too much treatment. But getting ahead of the ‘curve’ can only be a good thing! Depending on your situation, the following may be recommended:
Botox- This would be used for hyperactive muscles leading to frown lines, forehead lines and creases around the eyes. Botox is a wonderful treatment to decrease the muscular lines of the face, and to soften your facial appearance. There is research on twins, where one receives treatments, while the other one doesn't, to show that regular Botox use will keep you looking younger.
Juvederm- This popular, filler would be used for the nasolabial folds and for the corner of the mouth. “Filler’s” often last 6-12 months.
Lip Augmentation- Many people feel that their lips are not as full as desired, and lip augmentation (placing filler in the lips) with Juvederm can be a very satisfying treatment. Plump and natural, this is a very pleasing procedure for folks of all ages.
Deep Nasolabial lines- Many people are born with deep nasolabial folds, especially men. Dr. Lo recommends treating the folds with Radiesse, which is ideal to fill in the deeper creases and lasts for about 1 year.
Skin Care- This is an ideal time to have an evaluation by our skin care specialists and start a good medical grade skin care program to maintain looks and prevent environmental and sun damage. It’s never too late to work on reversing the aging process!
Surgery- Dr. Lo commonly sees young adults that are “born” with baggy lower eyelids, sometimes looking like they are retaining a lot of fluid that will never goes away. The only treatment for this type of condition, which can make one look much older than they are, would be the lower lid blepharoplasty procedure, to permanently remove the excess fat which is bulging. This leaves patients with a new found smooth and refreshed look under their eye, and can change their entire appearance from an “aging” perspective.
Some adults have excess fat in the neck, and even though their face may be aging well, this “turkey neck” is distracting and taking away from their natural facial beauty. This condition can be treated easily with liposuction. Dr. Lo has performed over 23 years of successful neck surgeries, resulting in an incredibly youthful look, allowing for their face to become the focal point of their appearance again.
A nose that is not in proportion to your face, or has a bump, can be corrected with a “nose job” or rhinoplasty procedure. Please see our web page focused on rhinoplasty, fully explaining the procedure and showing Dr. Lo’s patients before and after photos. This common procedure is one of Dr. Lo’s primary specialties, as he is an expert in facial surgery.
If you have prominent or outstanding ears, you may consider Otoplasty, or also known as ‘ear pinning’. This is another very common procedure that is easily corrected with terrific results. This procedure is only 1 hour, easily tolerated and most patients recover quickly, enjoying their new look almost instantly. Please see our web page focusing on Otoplasty for full details and before and after pictures.
Wrinkles and creases- During this phase of your life, you may really start to notice forehead lines, lines around the eyes and other unwanted frown lines, all easily treated with Botox. Botox is the number one treatment for smoothing lines and creating a youthful glow, and lasts between 12-14 weeks. It’s the most popular treatment in the world today, for wrinkles.
Nasolabial folds, labiomental folds and upper and lower lip lines should be treated with fillers suchs as Juvederm or Radiesse. Filler’s instantly plump up areas that need it, and conceal deep lines beautifully and instantly. Fillers can last up to one year.
For volume loss in the cheeks, and potentially sagging of the face, a mid-face filler such as Voluma can restore the youthfulness “apples” of the cheeks and have almost a “mini facelift” effect. This product is amazing and incredibly successful, leaving patients raving.
Skin Care- One needs to continue with a good skin care program and begin facial peels and minor to moderate laser resurfacing - as necessary, to maintain a smooth, even pigmented look eliminating blemishes and red spots. This can play a key role in slowing the aging process, as well as keeping that facial glow glowing!
Recommended surgeries at this time include; upper and lower eye lid blepharoplasty with direct browpexy. Some people will qualify for a mini facelift, which can be really helpful with patients who have loose skin and wish to have a more permanent result. Please visit our webpage that focuses primarily on the facelift procedure and view Dr. Lo’s patients before and after results.
Age 50 and above
At this time, one should continue aggressively with skin care, prevention, Botox and fillers as necessary. Again, this is the most effective way to keep the lines from getting deeper and more prominent. The longer you keep your skin “smoothed out”, the less likely that deep wrinkles will set in.
At some point in time, if the jowls begin to sag and the neck skin becomes loose, then a determination will have to be made for the best time to have surgery to correct this. Usually a facelift with a necklift is recommended to give you the best result possible. This traditionally leaves patients looking 10-15 years younger. With good health, diet and exercise, this can be maintained for many, many years.
Facelift surgery is typically performed on patients age 60- 65 or older. However, Dr. Lo has been seeing a trend showing patients desires for a facelift at younger ages, around 55 years old. This makes sense, and patients find that they can enjoy the benefits of their surgery more, at an age where it matters maybe a little more to them. Dr. Lo does recommend this. A typical facelift surgery can last you 10-15 years, with good health, diet and nutrition, even more.
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