If you are unhappy with the signs of facial aging, you might be considering getting a facelift. But a facelift, even though it’s surgery, actually only addresses the superficial causes of facial aging. It doesn’t help with structural changes that can make your face look older. However, a nonsurgical facelift accomplished with rejuvenation dentistry can help you look younger while avoiding problems with facelift surgery, like discomfort, bleeding, swelling, surgical complications, and facial distortion.
Causes of Facial Aging
There are three main causes of facial aging:
- Loss of skin and other tissue elasticity
- Gravity pulling down on tissues
- Loss of volume in fat, teeth, and bones
These three factors have a complex interaction. Due to changes related to age and environmental damage, the skin and other tissues lose elasticity, which can cause them to preserve folds and wrinkles. But it also makes them unable to hold themselves against the force of gravity. As a result, the pull of gravity causes skin and other tissues to fold and sag downward.
But at the same time, wear on your teeth as well as loss of bone support in the jaw also causes your jaw to move upward. This makes it appear as though your skin is sagging much more than it actually is. This is called the “concertina effect,” and it’s the reason why many babies (who have no teeth) look like old men.
Combined with the loss of youthful fat deposits, tooth wear and loss can make it seem as though you have an excess of skin that folds and sags.
How a Nonsurgical Facelift Works
A nonsurgical facelift attempts to restore the youthful proportions of your face by restoring your teeth to their original size and shape using restorations like dental crowns or veneers. If you have lost teeth, dental implants can be used, and if you’ve lost all your teeth, the Denture Fountain of Youth® is a great solution to achieve this effect.
Since your skin and teeth developed together, this creates a more harmonious and youthful balance between the two. In particular, it can help correct signs of facial aging such as:
- Nasolabial folds (parentheses lines around the mouth)
- Thin lips
- “Lipstick lines”–wrinkles that radiate from the mouth
- Receding chin
- Turkey neck
- Double chin
- Folds between the lips and chin
These signs of facial aging are all linked to the way your face contracts when your teeth are worn, broken, or lost. Restoring your youthful proportions can restore many aspects of your youthful facial appearance.
Benefits of a Nonsurgical Facelift
Why choose a nonsurgical facelift over a plastic surgery one? There are many good reasons, including:
- Beautify your smile at the same time
- Avoid scars
- Avoid facial distortion
- Skip the long, painful recovery
- No risk of surgical complications
With a nonsurgical facelift, you are also getting a smile makeover. This can beautify your smile, which already goes a long way toward rejuvenating your appearance.
A nonsurgical facelift also doesn’t distort your face the way plastic surgery can. That’s because a nonsurgical restores your face’s youthful proportions. On the other hand, plastic surgery treats your sagging skin and other tissue as excess that is cut away. What remains is stretched over your bone and teeth structure. If your bones and teeth aren’t as they were when you were young, you won’t look younger, you’ll look distorted.
Plastic surgery always requires a long recovery period, and facelift surgery is one of the worst. You will likely have to take several days off work, and you might want to take a few weeks off to let the swelling, bruising, and bleeding to subside. You will have to give up any strenuous exercise for about four weeks, and it may be a year before you can enjoy your final results. With a nonsurgical facelift, you might want to take the afternoon off, but you don’t have to, and your final results are visible in a month or so.
Scars are inevitable whenever the skin is cut, and while surgeons try to conceal them, you might end up with very visible scars, especially if you have a family history of keloid scars.
Surgical complications are relatively rare with facelift surgery, but they can be serious, and may result in an unattractive appearance, hospitalization, even death. A nonsurgical facelift avoids these risks.
Considering a Nonsurgical Facelift in Ottawa?
If you’re in the Ottawa area and want to know if a nonsurgical facelift can help you look younger, please call 613.271.7091 today or book an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Andrea Stevens at Andrea Stevens Dentistry in Kanata.