This is How to Age Gracefully

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This article is sponsored by Lone Star Plastic Surgery.

Beauty has no expiration date and age is just a number. True. But let’s be honest, we’d all like to look and feel our best as we grow another year older, right?

And we deserve that. With good products, procedures, and self-care, it IS possible to age gracefully.

But what are the right products, procedures, and forms of self-care? It can feel a bit daunting when you’re eager to try professional-grade skincare products, a traditional facelift, or Botox® injections but it all feels like a foreign language. Throw in brand confusion about the various names of injectables (“Botox, Xeomin, Disport… What’s the difference and which one is right for me?”).

Then, factor in the assembly line that the world of aesthetics has turned into (one-size-fits-all? Spoiler: it doesn’t.) Add Groupon offers and mass marketing on every virtual corner…

How do you choose the right treatments for YOU, and identify a provider with outstanding credentials and experience?

You should opt for the plastic surgeon.

Skip the Groupon for aesthetics! Your face is one of the first things people notice and will always be the image staring back at you in the mirror. Don’t cut corners here.

Opt for the precision of a plastic surgeon. Why? They’ve undergone an extensive training process – we’re talking years. Plastic surgeons must complete at least six years of surgical training by an accredited plastic surgery training program.

Let’s just say that by the time a plastic surgeon dons the white coat they’ve performed countless plastic and reconstructive procedures. That’s quite a bit more reassuring than a corner clinic, isn’t it? After all, this is your FACE. And body.

But how do I choose a plastic surgeon?

You don’t have to go far. Frisco is fortunate to have resident professional Dr. Sean Hill, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Lone Star Plastic Surgery. Dr. Hill has the credentials and precision to take care of all your needs from head to toe — literally. Dr. Hill completed over nine years of post-graduate training, including a full general surgery residency, plastic surgery program.

sean hill headshot2He then took the rigorous training one step further and undertook a fellowship in craniofacial plastic surgery. He’s exceptionally well-trained, whether you’re in need of cosmetic or more intensive procedures.

And we should mention, his bedside manner is something to boast about as well. He’s very personable; a pleasure to know professionally or when you bump into him around Frisco.

When should I begin the “age gracefully” process?

Yesterday. It’s better to care for yourself now than to have to repair things later. Dr. Hill shares,

When it comes to health, the younger you start the better you will be. It’s far easier to keep weight off than to lose weight and it’s the same with the aging process. You need to start taking care of yourself at a young age. When you’re a teen and in your twenties, simple measures like not smoking, wearing sunscreen, and not excessive tanning will go a long way. Maintaining a healthy weight will also help your body’s aging process. As you move into your late twenties and thirties, you should introduce a good, professional skincare regimen (yes, more than just Dove soap).

Dr. Hill understands that you want to look and feel your best so he’s offered a few tips to help you defy your age:

  • Add good skin-care products and sunscreen to your daily self-care routine.
  • Get plenty of rest and drink a LOT of water.
  • Set up a consultation with a plastic surgeon to conduct a comprehensive personal facial analysis and develop a multi-modality plan.

To expand upon these simple tips, Dr. Hill offers some specific recommendations for products and procedures that can help you fight father time:

Just say NO to drug store products.

It’s tempting to grab facial care while you’re grocery shopping, but this is the time to invest in medical-grade skincare products to promote healthy skin. It makes a difference.

Have you ever wished you could flaunt flawless skin like the celebrities? Lone Star Plastic Surgery carries the highly-touted ZO® Skin Health. The top-rated product on the market from Dr. Zein Obaji — skincare guru to the stars — this is like the caviar of skincare.

lone star plastic surgeryNot all medical-grade skincare products are created equal. ZO is one of the most potent medical-grade products currently on the market. It’s designed to achieve long-lasting changes in skin cells and approve the appearance of your skin.

Yes, it will correct those fine lines and slow down skin aging. It will also help keep your skin hydrated (minus dryness) during harsher weather.

What are you ready for?

Along with a good skincare regimen, your twenties is also an ideal time to start Botox® as preventative medicine for facial aging. Botox halts the development of fine lines and wrinkles. And if you struggle with a loss of facial volume, it might be the time to consider dermal fillers.

One of the most common procedures performed on 20-year-olds is an injection to the lips — restoring the lips to a  plump and defined state, or “the perfect pout”.

If you maintain a healthy skincare routine in your younger years and you’re fortunate to also have good genetics, you probably can coast through your thirties with continued good care and nothing further. Enjoy!

woman smiling skincare

In our forties, sadly everything seems to go a bit downhill. Not only does your metabolism slow down considerably, but facial skin also begins to shows signs of age. You might look in the mirror and see your parents — or worse — your grandparents are staring back at you. Omg!

It comes in the form of wrinkles on your forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes, and smile/frown lines. Unfortunately, the aging process doesn’t stop there, because you may notice a loss of volume in your cheeks as well. Collagen and elastin also significantly break down, creating a sagging and wrinkly effect.

Before you get too depressed about it, rest assured that Dr. Hill can treat these issues with the Lone Star Liquid Facelift. He injects a hearty filler on the cheekbones to restore a sturdy framework. In some cases, he’ll couple it with filler directly into the smile lines. Voila! The face is rejuvenated to an energetic and youthful state.

It’s not one size fits all.

Dr. Hill recognizes that not all patients experience facial aging in the same way. He personalizes treatment modalities from non-invasive to more aggressive options.

Lone star plastic surgery FaceTite 2For instance, he might suggest FaceTite, a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anesthetic, utilizing radiofrequency to tighten collagen.

The treatment offers a near surgical result minus downtime or risk of surgery. Chemical peels and laser treatments are other non-surgical ways to improve damaged skin when the more aggressive surgical facelift isn’t needed.

Unfortunately, it’s not just the face that ages, but all aspects of our bodies. In the case of women, gravity begins to take a toll on our breasts. Especially after breastfeeding one, two, or more babies.

Dr. Hill’s adept plastic surgery techniques can lift, balance, and give the breasts a more youthful appearance. Or better yet, fix it all with a Mommy Makeover, which not only addresses the breasts but restores the face and body as well.

Whether you want to feel your best face to face, via Zoom, or simply when you look in the morning each morning, consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Sean Hill at Lone Star Plastic Surgery. Dr. Hill believes that plastic surgery is deeply personal; it influences the way you look and the way you feel inside.

As a skilled, Board Certified plastic surgeon, he’d love to help you determine what treatment options are best to return you to your natural beauty and age gracefully.

To request a consultation, call Lone Star Plastic Surgery: 214-433-6630.