Dermatologist Dr. Karyn Grossman shares a few of the newest treatments designed to take the years off.
This cutting-edge face-lift technique actually requires no cutting edges. Instead, tiny strings, which act as pulleys, are inserted underneath the skin and attached to the facial tissues. During an hour-long procedure, the strings are stretched, which causes the skin to pull on itself. Dr. Grossman says it's for a patient who's not quite ready for a facelift. "The perfect candidate for thread-lift is someone with mild jowling and a little looseness in the neck," she says. "The threads actually stay underneath the skin. And the nice thing is later, if you begin to age a little, you tighten them or put another one back in and lift it back up."
Many women find their faces sink with age; one of the new ways to plump back up is an innovative procedure called fat transfer. Fat is removed from a place you don't want and is injected into specific places in your face to emphasize bone structure and reduce sinking skin.
While it seems obvious that fat transfer works for those whose skin sinks, it also works for those whose skin sags. "We've always looked at people who sagged and always thought we just had to pull them up," Dr. Grossman says. "But as we're understanding aging better, we actually know that even with saggers, they need to be filled up, too."
For those who worry about the thinner lips, feather wrinkles and nasal labial folds that come with age, there is a new FDA-approved filler called hylaform. Made from hylaronic acid, hylaform plumps the skin. "As you get older, the lips begin to lose their volume," Dr Grossman says. "[Hylaform] just gives you a little bit more fullness."
Published on January 01, 2006