Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Franklyn Elliott frequently has patients ask him what they can do to prevent premature wrinkles. Although wrinkles and lax skin are inevitable with age, there are some preventative measures patients can take to avoid early signs of aging. One of the most common causes of premature wrinkles and lines is sun damage.
Dr. Elliott always recommends that patients wear sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF year round to avoid sun damage that can cause skin to appear thick and wrinkled. Avoiding environmental factors such as smoking which breaks down collagen can also reduce premature wrinkles. Despite a proper skincare regime, as we age our skin cells divide more slowly causing the skin to thin and lose elasticity.
For patients with early signs of wrinkles and lax skin, laser skin resurfacing may be a beneficial option to restore new, healthy skin. For patients with specific concerns of sagging skin or wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, or neck, plastic surgery may be a suitable option.
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can improve the appearance of the eyes, including the upper and/or lower eyelids or both. A forehead or brow lift eliminates frown lines and deep creases across the forehead, a neck lift can remove excess fat and skin contributing to a turkey waddle appearance.
For patients with multiple areas of concern, full facelift surgery can provide comprehensive results with improved signs of aging on the face and neck. Dr. Elliott has performed over 300 facelifts and uses the most advanced techniques such as the short scar procedure which allows patients a rapid recovery. For more information about cosmetic surgery options for wrinkles and sagging skin please call our office to set-up a facial consultation. Be sure to follow Dr. Elliott on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and information.