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Think Jowls are a Problem for your Plastic Surgeon? Not so!

skin tightening treatments Sugar Land TXThere are several signs of aging that incite concern when they appear. For many of us, a time comes when it feels as if we have missed the boat; we will live out our days wishing we had done more to prevent the formation of deep lines and wrinkles and sagging skin along the jaw. If you are starting to notice jowls to go along with those smile lines or under eye bags, your mind may be spinning with thoughts of a facelift.

The truth is, you may not need to go that far. Before assuming that surgery is your only solution to jowls, consider the problem behind that symptom.

Why we get Jowls

Jowls are pockets of skin and fat tissue that accumulate at the jawline. Usually, this starts out subtly, like two little pockets – one on each side of the face. As the face ages, these pockets worsen. It isn’t that jowls form out of the blue; they are a byproduct of what is happening across the mid-face.

Most people understand collagen relatively well by now. This protein makes up the matrix of fibers that run through deeper epidermal tissue. Collagen gives skin its firmness, and this firmness helps underlying structure maintain its drape across facial bones. Alas, collagen breakdown is nearly impossible to avoid. When fibers of this compound fray, tissue drops bit by bit, until it lands on the jaw line.

Finding the Solution for your Skin

We could not say that surgery is never needed when jowls have become problematic. There are more severe cases in which excess skin on the face needs to be removed and remaining tissue draped to its previous position. However, there are ways to correct mild to moderate jowls, and also ways to ward off their formation. Here are a few:

  • Because jowls are secondary to volume loss, dermal filler cheek augmentation may be performed to lift tissue across the lower face.
  • Laser resurfacing is an excellent anti-aging treatment that customized to address mild to severe cosmetic problems, including laxity.
  • Ultherapy ultrasonic skin tightening causes both collagen contraction and ongoing rebuilding that progressively improves jowls and other concerns.

Acclaim Dermatology has an extensive service menu, which means you have numerous options for managing your aging skin without surgery. To learn more about skin tightening treatments, call our Sugar Land office.

Antioxidants for Good Skin: Take Them or Apply Them?

skin careIt seems we are continually faced with new evidence that points to the power of antioxidants. These compounds are somewhat mysterious. We know we need them; that they will make hair and skin and nails and the body look good and feel good. But how? And are antioxidants better in certain forms, or does applying an antioxidant serum or moisturizer to the skin do enough to help us slow the signs of aging? Let’s take a look!

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are compounds that fight free radicals. This is the general term, but we think there is room for expansion. Free radicals are waste products that bulk-up our cells and create the potential for cellular damage. We don’t want this cellular waste, and we can get rid of it with antioxidants. Many antioxidants are found in foods. Vitamin C is an example, found in oranges and other citrus fruits. Lycopene is another, found in tomatoes.

Do they work?

Research indicates that antioxidants do help the body in numerous ways. Scientists are able to break down, to some degree, which antioxidants are good for which potential diseases. For instance, lycopene has been found to be a good risk-reducer for prostate cancer. In one study, published several years ago in the Journal of Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, participants who consumed supplements of selenium, either/or, lycopene, lutein, and other antioxidants measured higher on skin density via ultrasound than those who consumed a placebo. After 12 weeks, the skin was also smoother.

In another study, antioxidant use – a combination of consumption and topical application – was said to increase elasticity, hydration, and cellular health.

How you incorporate antioxidants into your life doesn’t have to come down to an either/or situation. According to these two studies alone, we can see value in eating antioxidant-rich foods such as spinach, kale, and fresh fruits, as well as applying antioxidant serums and other products directly to the skin.

If your skin needs a boost, everything matters. We can help you improve dermatologic health and appearance with a personal treatment plan devised around your needs. Schedule a visit with Sugar Land dermatologist Dr. Syed O. Ali at (832) 770-6388.

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