Daryn Mayer, journalist and founder of you fortified™ visits with Dr. Snehal P. Amin, co-founder and surgical director of MDCS: Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Centers, located in Manhattan, to learn how to inject a little youth back into our appearance.
While some of us may still feel like teenagers, our appearance can give away our age, and in some cases, it can make us look even older than we are.
As we age, lifelong triggers including overexposure to the sun, an unbalanced lifestyle, daily stress, and/or our genetics can cause the onset of volume loss, fine lines, and deep wrinkles on the face, jaw, and neckline.
Warning signs of an aged appearance can include sullen looking cheeks, and hollowed temples, expression lines on the forehead (number 11 lines), fine lines under the outer area of the eyes (crows feet), and frown lines around the mouth (smile lines, marionette lines, and vertical lip lines).
Luckily, thanks to modern science and advanced cosmetic medicine, we can reinvigorate and revitalize our youthful appearance. Gone are the days of excessive downtime and needless surgeries. Recapturing our youthful appearance can be as simple as a single visit to an experienced cosmetic dermatologist.
To help me recapture my youthful yesteryear glow, I placed my faith and face in the capable hands and aesthetic expertise of cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Snehal Amin, who is also the co-founder and surgical director of Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in midtown Manhattan.
After meeting Dr. Amin, he assessed many factors including my age, lifestyle, and past experiences with injectibles.
Then he analyzed my current facial structure.
According to Dr. Amin, “Each person ages differently. Some retain more volume in the cheeks and temples but may have excessive lines around the mouth or under the eyes.”
In my case, Dr. Amin saw a loss of volume in my cheeks, chin, and lips. More importantly, we both agreed that I had experienced a significant loss of fat and around my temples, which was making my face look more hollowed and giving it a more “peanut like” shape.
Once we agreed on what needed to be done, the magic started to happen.
Prior to the injections, numbing cream was applied solely as a precautionary measure. Today’s fillers from Allergan®, including VOLUMA® XC®, are infused with Lidocaine so there is no significant pain, bruising, or downtime.
Then, in Dr. Amin’s capable hands, we began to take me… well, at least my appearance back to its youth.
RELAX AND REJUVENATE:
Forehead and Brow:
Botox® was precisely injected into my forehead region and into the 11 lines between my eyes producing a more relaxed, smoother, and softer looking appearance.
After Dr. Amin, ensured that I was comfortable and happy, he moved onto the fine lines under and around the outer corner of my eyes also known as crow’s feet. These lines, according to Dr. Amin, “Can be caused by overexposure to the sun (I used to love sunbathing), as well as a loss of fat in the cheeks”. Dr. Amin, continued, “Volume whether fat or muscle supports the skin. Without that support, the skin can become crinkly, hence the fine lines”.
Thankfully, with only a few painless pricks under my eye area, Dr. Amin injected Botox® into the lines which helped to gently relax the muscles under and around the eye area resulting in a softer looking appearance and less visible fine lines.
PUMP UP THE VOLUME:
Next stop on the journey to youth by injection was to reclaim and refill my (very hollowed) temples.
For this Dr. Amin used JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC,® an FDA- approved filler that is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface to lift and contour volume depleted facial areas.
According to Dr. Amin, “VOLUMA® XC® is designed to last up to two years and unlike common fillers, VOLUMA® XC® is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler. HA fillers are made from long chains of sugars that occur naturally in the skin. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC® also combines with collagen and elastin to help improve and improve skin structure and promote elasticity”.
To fatten and fill my flattened cheeks, Dr. Amin injected VOLUMA XC® into my mid, and upper cheekbone areas. While injecting, Dr. Amin explained, “VOLUMA® XC® contains Lidocaine, so you should not be feeling any real pain.” I felt nothing but excitement and glory. Dr. Amin continued, “Unlike other fillers, VOLUMA® XC® does not contain any water, so the results you see are real results without any temporary water volume or swelling”. “Amazing!” I exclaimed.
The second to last part of my face to undergo aesthetic time travel under the expertise of Dr. Amin was my chin.
I have to admit that this was one area that I had not even realized had lost any volume. Then again, there is more to taking it on the chin than being said.
According to Dr. Amin, “Pockets of hollowness can develop at the sides and in the mid center of the chin where volume is lost, creating harsher rather than softer appearance”. By injecting the mid chin with “VOLUMA® XC® we are able to restore youth to the area and create a balanced symmetry between the upper, mid, and lower face”. The result is truly remarkable.
The last area of my face Dr. Amin treated was my lower lip. With a small injection of VOLUMA® XC® into my lower lip, he was able to create a slightly fuller yet natural-looking lip, that helped to take a few more years off my appearance and aging time clock.
Besides Dr. Amin’s expert eye and gentle approach, I was extremely impressed with his sense of natural aesthetics. He does not believe in making someone look overdone. Rather he believes in the “less is more” approach.
These injectables are designed to help minimize the aging process and recreate a younger looking version of you. They are not designed to re-do or overdue one’s appearance. Too much of anything is not a good thing.
When choosing an aesthetic provider, it’s important to make sure that they are board certified and have extensive training and experience in their craft.
I really enjoyed my experience with Dr. Amin; the natural looking, effective results, he and his team delivered.