Facial Skin and Aging Conditions
Cleveland facial plastic surgeon Dr. Diana Ponsky and her approach to maintaining a youthful appearance require taking care of your skin and protecting it from sun damage. Prevention is key, and using sunscreen regularly can make a big difference. However, for those with conditions seeking more significant changes, cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, are available to help you restore, enhance, or revitalize your appearance and boost your confidence.
We all strive to look more youthful, but some marks of youth just aren’t welcomed. Acne, one of the most prevalent skin conditions, affects 85% of Americans at some point in their lives.
After your skin clears, scars can still mark your complexion and detract from your confidence. However, there are many options for treating acne scars, from our medical-grade product line to medical treatment options tailored to the severity, quantity, and location of the scars.
Discolored patches on the hands and face can have different names. Additionally, these conditions include age spots, sun spots, brown spots, and liver spots, among others. As a result of years of sun exposure, these marks are a common sign of aging.
The selfie culture has led to a heightened awareness of double chins, which can be caused by weight gain and loss. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available.
Well-hydrated and conditioned skin radiates health and youthfulness. Conversely, dry skin can give the complexion a dull and tight appearance. As a result, chronic dryness can even lead to cracking and bleeding.
Eyebrows are an integral part of our facial features, serving both aesthetic and communicative purposes. Additionally, they highlight the eyes, create balance in facial proportions, and express a range of emotions through their movement and shape. With age, however, our hair follicles naturally produce hair that is finer in texture, which can lead to sparse, thinly populated eyebrows that lack the fullness and shape of youth.
Fine Lines & Volume Loss
As we age, the decrease in fat in some regions of our face can lead to a tired appearance. Additionally, the loss of facial plumpness can cause fine lines and wrinkles. The areas most susceptible to volume loss are around the eyes, cheeks, and nasolabial folds. A more youthful, radiant look can be achieved using nonsurgical and surgical methods.
Pores contribute to our skin’s natural hydration process; moisturizing and keeping it supple. Due to a loss of skin elasticity, sun damage, genetics, and other factors, pores may appear more prominent as we age. However, various topical treatments and nonsurgical procedures are available to minimize the appearance of your pores.
Melasma is a common skin condition characterized by the appearance of blotchy brown or gray-brown patches. Also, most commonly found on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. While the exact cause of melasma is unknown, it is more likely to affect women.
Pigmentation / Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is a broad term for discolored or darkened skin due to the increased production of a pigment called melanin. Additionally, changes in skin tone can occur from sun damage, acne scarring, and inflammation.
Rosacea is an extremely common skin ailment that may worsen over time. Symptoms can include facial redness with swollen red bumps and small visible blood vessels, especially on the cheeks, nose, and forehead.
Our bodies tell the story of our unique lives and experiences. However, scars are often unwanted and can range in severity from barely noticeable to disfiguring and everything in between.
Skin Laxity / Saggy Skin
Our skin loses elasticity with age and can begin to sag. Additionally, volume loss with age can create a deflated, sunken appearance to the face. Although this may be true, tightening the skin around the face and neck and restoring volume can help to give you a more youthful appearance.
Laying out in the sun, letting our skin burn to ‘get a good base,’ or using tanning beds were accepted and typical practices until fairly recently until our improved understanding of the long-term effects of sun exposure.
Whether we like it or not, our hairline naturally recedes with age. By the age of 40, about 40% of men notice balding and thinning areas, most commonly along the forehead.
Wrinkles are a natural and unavoidable aspect of aging. Despite our best efforts to protect our skin from sun damage, maintain healthy sleep habits, and engage in facial exercises, it is impossible to escape the formation of wrinkles. As a result of aging, our skin undergoes changes, and the supportive tissue beneath it loses volume, leading to a loss of fat and moisture; these changes contribute to the development of wrinkles.