Botox could postpone the need for face lift: Beverly Hills, CA doctor explains how

Dr. Dass describes Botox face lift

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 125,711 face lifts were performed in 2015 in the United States. The procedure is very effective in reversing signs of aging by removing excess skin and sculpting facial features. However, Dr. Dennis Dass, a Board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA, suggests that early application of Botox may keep skin taut and youthful looking longer, postponing the need for surgical lift.

Botox basics

The skin on your face covers a foundation of muscles. Each time those muscles contract, they pull skin into folds. Over time, repeated muscle contractions from expressions you might not even realize you are making – like frowning and squinting – create lines, wrinkles, and furrows that remain even once your muscles are calm.

Botox is a purified protein. As a neuromodulator, it inhibits the ability of nerves to send signals to muscles that trigger contraction. Dr. Dass injects it into precise points on the face, where it allows muscles to relax and softens the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

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How Botox now keeps skin looking youthful

There is a growing movement toward “prejuvenation.” Preventing wrinkles now can be easier and more effective than addressing signs of aging after they occur. Imagine taking a garment right out of the dryer and hanging it up immediately. It looks smooth and fresh. Now imagine leaving it crumpled in the dryer for a while. It will have deep set wrinkles that resist even aggressive pressing.

A comprehensive skin prejuvenation program includes daily use of sun protection and high-quality skin care products, as well as regular application of soft tissue fillers, and Botox. This regimen keeps skin smooth, firm, and taut later into life. You have to start young, though, before wrinkles appear.

Face lift surgery is definitely a good option for mature women and men who want more defined features and a reduction in loose, sagging skin. However, younger patients may benefit from a regular program of Botox, to prevent premature wrinkles from forming. Dr. Dass will be happy to discuss the benefits of Botox, face lifts, and other procedures offered at his practice in Beverly Hills, CA. Call (855) 496-4646 to schedule a consultation.

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