Health Watch - Facing the Mirror: Internal Face Lift

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about improving what you see in the mirror. Time leaves its mark on your face, but new medical techniques can undo some of the damage.

One reason your face looks older is the shrinking of underlying bone, muscle and soft tissue, which leads to loose, sagging facial skin. Dr. Jim Gilmore, a head and neck surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says an internal face lift can re-create the youthful triangle of the face. This technique uses chin and cheek implants to counterbalance the shrinking effects of age, along with liposuction or tightening of the muscles under the chin to eliminate double chins or the “turkey neck” effect. Then other techniques like facial fillers, traditional face lift or Botox can be used to smooth out the rest of the face. Surgery can’t completely prevent the effects of aging, but the right combination of techniques can refresh your look. 


June 2011

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