As we age the face undergoes very predictable changes that include volume loss, skin surface changes, skin laxity and more obvious signs of muscle action. The changes are manifested as flattening of the cheeks, crepey skin, blunted jawline, jowls, redundant neck skin and smile lines. Due to genetic and environmental factors we all age differently and therefore it is essential that a tailored solution for rejuvenation is adopted. Modern rejuvenation will usually encompass a number of different treatments to ensure a natural un-operated look is maintained.
The facial skin is attached to the underlying tissues by tiny ligaments and muscles (SMAS), these are located around the jaw and the cheeks. They stop the skin from falling away. With the effects of gravity and the ageing process, these ligaments and muscles become looser leading to the skin sagging. The skin of the cheek falls,creating deepening of the nose to mouth lines (nasolabial folds) Marionette lines become apparent as the cheek skin falls over the jawline ultimately forming the jowl (corner of the mouth to lower jaw). Skin laxity may be treated in many different surgical and non-surgical ways as outlined below. The success of the individual treatments is dependant on the degree of skin laxity, overall skin quality and your expectations.