It’s natural to have some insecurity and discomfort as you age.
As the years tick away, your skin begins to lose elasticity. It gives in to wear from the elements, lifestyles, or health changes.
Some accelerators may include:
- Tanning beds/Sun exposure
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Bone/inflammatory conditions
- Facial expressions (laughing, frowning, stress)
Skin around your jaw and eyes begin to sag and crinkle in ways you may not be excited about. Many people don’t realize how big a role teeth and jaw structure play in the maintenance of skin positioning.
You may have exhausted the more minor options such as lotions or face rollers.
That leaves two very popular solutions for results you can really see: surgical and non-surgical facelifts.
But what is the difference?
During these procedures, cosmetic surgeons will surgically tighten the muscles under your skin to contour your face. They may also snip away extra skin and fat and stitch the remaining skin up together, pulling the skin tighter in those areas.
Recovery times may be long and painful. In the first week, the patient’s entire face is wrapped in bandages and incisions must be checked for infection. The face is bruised and swollen for quite some time and there may be permanent scarring.
Another deterrent is the price point. These surgeries are not covered by insurance companies. Results last about 10 years and fall into the $5-15k price range. Understandably this option is daunting for many, however many feel the investment is worth it.
Alternatively, non-surgical facelifts, like bite correction, are much more accessible, less severe, and carry multi-faceted benefits.
Instead of going under the knife, a neuromuscular dentist, like Dr. Stevens, realigns your jaw. This method reconstructs and corrects the underlying structures of the face to improve the face from the inside out.
When you age, you lose volume in your teeth, fat, and bones which causes the skin to pull and sag with gravity, since it has nothing to hold it in place.
By realigning your jaw you get the best of both worlds: a renewed smile and profile, as well as skin that looks tight and fresh.
Having your bite corrected also reduces wear on your teeth, by making sure they don’t grind valuable bone down. Having a full bite to fill the mouth will slow sagging and the appearance of ageing.
Dr. Stevens can fix lost or deteriorated teeth with implants, veneers, or crowns to work alongside your new jaw position. Financial relief options are also available. Dr. Andrea Stevens
would love to chat more about your options and create a customized plan for an improved smile, tooth recovery, and the face you’ll recognize from your younger day! Call us at 613.271.7091.