Daniel Schmid: Nonsurgical options for improving facial aging include injectables, skin resurfacing, and other noninvasive treatments. Botox is the most common facial injectable that is used to give the face a more youthful appearance by decreasing the movement of certain facial muscles. Fillers are used to add volume to cheeks, lips, marionette lines, smile lines, and other problem areas. Our practice uses the most advanced injection techniques to improve your appearance in a subtle yet substantial way.
Our goal at Summit Medical Group is to make a patient look
rested, refreshed, and healthy, at whatever age they happen to be. I
strongly believe that if you’re forty, it’s best to look amazing for forty or if
you’re sixty, we want to make you appear wonderful for sixty. Our entire
practice’s focus is to maintain the balance and harmony between the face and
neck when we’re done. We don’t want to focus overtly on one area (such as
over-plumped lips) or fix problems half-way (such as lifting a sagging neck but
leaving a patient’s jowls hanging over that lifted neck). When
everything matches, patients will look wonderful, regardless of their age.
Once we’ve had this conversation, we discuss the options for
surgical versus nonsurgical rejuvenation of the face by identifying the areas
of the face that are of most concern and discuss how they can be best
managed. I’ll go over the risks and benefits of each procedure, including
the technical details, the expected outcomes and the recovery plan. It’s
also important to talk with your doctor about how each procedure relates to one
another, because the balance and harmony of the face is extremely
important. Beyond covering all these things with your doctor, also make
sure to ask about the surgeon’s experience as well as their philosophy on
Lastly, our practice offers Ultherapy, which is high-intensity focused
ultrasound energy that targets the deeper layers of the skin. This
stimulates collagen production which in turn tightens the skin, and it can be
used on the entire face and décolletage. The treatment is administered in
the office in about an hour, has no downtime and is particularly beneficial for
patients with good skin tone and elasticity that are experiencing the
beginnings of facial aging.
These treatments stimulate collagen growth and they
can also even out skin tone and improve sunspots. These nonsurgical
modalities can greatly improve one’s appearance with minimal downtime in an in-office
procedure. Patients with fine or deep wrinkles of the face or with uneven
skin tone due to sun damage are good candidates for resurfacing.