It’s common knowledge that certain lifestyle factors like stress, smoking, poor diet, lack of sleep, etc. are known to make people age at a faster rate. However, according to an article from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons who reported on a story from the Bellingham Herald, not only can lack of sleep cause a person to look older than they are, but sleeping position can also influence an aged appearance. According to the plastic surgeon from Boston who reported the story to the newspaper, some positions can cause lines on the face that will eventually turn into wrinkles. He suggests that the best position to reduce the likelihood of wrinkles is sleeping on the back.
Besides sleeping position, other lifestyle habits affect the rate at which you age. Inadequate exercise, poor diet, stress, smoking, alcohol consumption, and sun exposure are all factors you can control to help maintain a youthful appearance. The highly skilled surgeons of Atlanta Plastic Surgery suggest that patients exercise, eat right, abstain from smoking, limit alcohol consumption, and wear SPF 30 sunscreen year-round. However, they also know that signs of aging start to appear even with the best of intentions and a healthy lifestyle.
Some of the services from AYA Medical Spa could be a great option for those just starting to notice signs of aging. For instance, patients who are starting to notice sun damage, treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels work to even skin tone. Those who are starting to notice wrinkles may benefit from Botox® or facial fillers. Botox® is injected into the forehead and between the eyes to relax muscles that cause wrinkles, while facial fillers are used to plump up areas of the face that have lost volume and fill in deep wrinkles.
Patients with more comprehensive signs of aging who are not quite ready for surgery could benefit from our newest technology: Ulthera® Non-Surgical Skin Tightening. Ultherapy® uses ultrasound technology to increase collagen production and skin elasticity. The ultrasound energy heats the underlying tissue in the targeted area to ignite the body’s natural healing process and tighten loose skin. Ultherapy® works great on the brow, around the eyes, and on the lower face and neck.
Facial plastic surgery is another way to combat more advanced signs of aging. A traditional facelift targets signs of aging on a majority of the face and is perfect for patients whose face and neck have begun to sag. However, people age differently, and some patients do not need a traditional facelift. Some patients are only bothered by a sagging brow or wrinkled forehead, so instead of having a facelift, they really only need brow lift surgery. Likewise, patients who complain that their eyes make them appear older than they are usually receive eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). We even offer our Atlanta patients mini-facelift procedures like the mid face lift and lower facelift to target signs of aging in those areas alone.
The surgeons of Atlanta Plastic Surgery understand that people age at different rates depending on their lifestyle habits and genetics, and for that reason, cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery to combat aging must meet a variety of patients’ needs. For more information on the procedures we offer at Atlanta Plastic Surgery visit our website. Schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons if you are interested in learning more.