Eunice E. Park MD, MPHLet’s face it, from fine lines and wrinkles to sagging skin, the telltale signs of aging often appear on our faces first. Facial plastic surgery can help turn back the hands of time, allowing us to look as young as we feel.

A personal evaluation of your skin type is crucial as it is the first step to receiving optimal skin care. Once this step is complete, a tailored skin regimen can be developed to fit your needs. Such regimen may include specialized skin care products or facial resurfacing with either laser or chemical peels. These are all simple, non-invasive ways to rejuvenate your skin and have it looking healthier and younger.

Injectables are a great way to improve the signs of aging and enhance your natural features. There are two categories of facial injectables: cosmetic fillers and wrinkle relaxers.

Cosmetic fillers such as Restylane® and Juvéderm™ can be used for smoothing out a little wrinkle to evening out a deep furrow. Wrinkle fillers also alleviate scar depressions and indentations. Botox® and newer products such as Dysport® and Xeomin® are truly an innovation in wrinkle reduction treatments.

Sagging of the skin along the jaw line, loss of the angle between the chin and the neck and prominence of the bands between the chin and neck are common complaints and can distract from an otherwise youthful appearance. A neck lift can improve skin tone, treat “jowling” and banding of the neck, and can create a longer, more elegant appearance.

When injectables and medical skin care approaches are not sufficient to give you the look you are looking for, it’s good to know that today’s surgical approaches to facial rejuvenation and reshaping can offer you excellent, natural looking results.