In your 20s, skin is generally free of the signs of aging. Start a medically supervised treatment plan now to protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun and environment.
Proper cleansing, moisturizing, and use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily will help ward off early wrinkles and enlarged pores. Mild peels and topical treatments may help control acne. Botox® injections can prevent lines and filler agents such as Restylane®, Radiesse®,and Juvéderm™ can be used to fill out smile lines and augment lips.
For unfavorable size and shape of body features, surgery may be in order. Breast augmentation, breast reduction and other aesthetic procedures can often be performed. Liposculpture and body contouring may also be an option.
Decreased firmness and skin elasticity are a natural part of aging. Introducing anti-oxidants into your skincare routine can help prevent sun damage that leads to lines and age spots. Also, alpha hydroxy acids in conjunction with retinoids and topical antioxidants can restore a youthful appearance to the skin.
Non-invasive laser procedures may improve fine lines, brown spots, and broken blood vessels. Botox® injections can diminish laugh lines and create a smoother forehead. Fillers like Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Juvéderm™ can be used to fill smile lines and augment lips.
Many women find that the rigors of motherhood have an undesired effect on their appearance and confidence. For this group, tummy tucks, breast lifts, and breast augmentation are popular procedures.
For those in their 40s, damage caused by sun exposure become apparent. More aggressive skincare can help combat the visible signs of aging. A combination of topical solutions like tretinoin (Retin-A), AHAs, and BHAs, along with microdermabrasion brings the best results.
There are many procedures available to smooth and tighten skin. Photofacials, chemical peels, and topical treatments are effective in decreasing the signs of aging as well as minimizing pore size. Fillers like Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Juvéderm™ can help restore volume in the mid-face and fill smile lines. For upper face and forehead lines, Botox® injections may be in order.
For those who choose the surgical route, face, brow, eye and neck lifts are very popular procedures.
By age fifty, regular skin examinations by a certified aesthetician or plastic surgeon are essential.
Maintaining natural moisture is more difficult. Peels and light therapy in combination with ultra-hydrating home care can help maintain the balance. Laser resurfacing combined with fillers to restore volume can provide an impressive rejuvenation.
In all likelihood, more extensive facial rejuvenation and resurfacing procedures will be necessary at this stage. Depending on your appearance goals, comprehensive surgery can reverse signs of aging in the face, brow, mid-face, and neck areas. A facelift or brow lift in conjunction with laser resurfacing can yield dramatic results. The payoff for more invasive surgery is a natural, more supple look that is virtually undetectable.
MICRO-FAT GRAFTING - Fat Injections
Dr. Dickie uses Micro-Fat Grafting techniques to aid in rejuvenating and contouring the face to provide long-lasting, pleasing aesthetic results.
Who is a candidate for Facial Micro-Fat Grafting?
Over time, your face may have lost volume due to aging. If so, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure. Micro-fat grafting can restore the lost volume to your face and can be used to enhance your cheek bones or chin, shape and frame the bone around your eyes, raise your eyebrows, shape your nose, fill nasal labial folds, restore fullness to your lips, correct scars, and rejuvenate the skin.
Micro-Fat Grafting procedures vary according to the individual need(s) of the patient and also according to the area(s) to be treated. Micro-Fat Grafting can be performed under either a general or local anaesthetic with sedation, depending on the individual patient’s requirements.
Dr. Dickie harvests the patient’s fat from area(s) with excess fat. This is typically the tummy, flanks, or thighs. Harvesting the fat can also depend on the preferred area(s) of the patient, the volume of fat required, and the quality of the fat. It is important when harvesting fat to avoid creating a defect in the donor area. Dr. Dickie may advise you to wear a compression garment after harvesting the fat.
Fat harvesting is done using a small syringe, and then is prepared and placed in other small syringes for the injection(s). The area(s) to be contoured are anaesthetized, then the fat is injected in tiny amounts. This is mostly in the deep layer, next to the bone if possible, so that visibility or palpability is not an issue. The deep layer of placement also improves the percentage of fat survival. A small cannula is used so that small packets of fat are placed which can easily take on a new blood supply necessary for survival of the graft.
Dr. Dickie encourages his patients to resume normal activities post-operatively. This helps to decrease the amount of discomfort and increase the recovery time. The area(s) of the face where the fat was placed should be left alone, unless the patient is instructed by Dr. Dickie to massage that area(s). A compression garment may be required for one to two weeks after surgery, depending on the degree of swelling. No sutures or drains are used.
You may experience some bruising for up to three weeks in the fat donor site(s). Changes in your size may occur for the first month as the swelling resolves; however, this will normalize six weeks after surgery. You may also experience some facial bruising; this typically can last up to three weeks, but can vary according to individuals.
Contact the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery for more information on micro-fat grafting and other possible cosmetic enhancements that you might be considering and to schedule an in depth consultation with Dr. Dickie. Let us help you achieve your desired look, we are committed to helping you look and feel great.