March 11 –
To believe or not to believe

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What is Facial Rejuvenation

To rejuvenate is to make young or youthful again or restore to an original or new state. True facial rejuvenation, for the face to be made young or youthful or restored to an original state, requires correction of all of the above facial aging changes. The problem with most wrinkle cures and anti-aging therapies available today is that they address only one or two of the five major facial aging changes – skin texture changes, pigmentation, fine lines & wrinkles, deep facial lines and loose skin.

Treating one or two of the aging changes is a partial treatment and achieves only a partial result, not true facial rejuvenation. For example, a face-lift tightens the facial skin, but you simply have tightened old looking skin when you are finished – better, but still old looking. Some laser procedures can remove brown spots and blood vessels and refresh the skin, but wrinkles and sagging skin are unchanged, the face still look old. Botox can remove your frown lines and crows feet, but Botox does nothing about pigment, blood vessels and loose skin and other wrinkles. Fillers like Restylane, Sculptra and Radiesse can soften deep lines around the mouth and nose, but do not address any of the other changes.

Wrinkle creams and fad diets achieve the most disappointing results. All would agree that sun block, a healthy diet, lots of water, and anti-oxidant vitamins are important for your health. If you started when you are 16 or 18 years old these preventative therapies may help prevent facial aging. But once you have the physical signs of aging more aggressive therapy is required to reverse them and rejuvenate the face.

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Dr. Brooke Rutledge, M.D.
Save Your Face
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