My Approach to the Aging Face

Anyone that has seen me as a patient in my Coral Gables office knows that I believe in the idea that combination treatments work best when treating the aging face. This includes:

1. Regular treatment with neurotoxins like Botox or Dysport to reduce muscle activity and soften the appearance of frown lines, forehead lines and crow's feet. By regular treatment, I mean at least 3 times a year. This is an important point because the best results are seen in those patients who maintain their results with regular treatments. The muscles atrophy, the lines get softer, and in many cases even difficult to treat "etched lines" improve with regular treatment.      

2. Correct volume loss with dermal fillers such as Restylane, Restylane Lyft, and Sculptra. When it comes to treating age-related volume loss, my preferred filler is Sculptra. Sculptra is a filler made of poly-L-lactic acid particles. What makes Sculptra unique is that unlike hyaluronic acid based fillers like Restylane and Juvederm, Sculptra works by stimulating your body to produce more of its own collagen. This doesn't mean that hyaluronic acid-based fillers are unnecessary. It just means that they should be used in combination with Sculptra when possible and when appropriate. The way I look at it is that Sculptra is a facial volumizer while Restylane and Juvederm are line and wrinkle fillers (i.e., nasolabial folds, marionette lines, etc.). Most of my patients see me once every 9-12 months (once full correction is achieved) to maintain their filler results. 
Dr. Patel treats a patient using Dysport, Sculptra and Restylane Defyne. 
3. Skin resurfacing with fractionated lasers (Clear + Brilliant), microneedling, and chemical peels to improve skin tone and texture, address hyperpigmentation, shrink pores, soften fine lines, and increase radiance. My patients really like that most of the resurfacing treatments we offer are quick, result in only minimal downtime, and provide noticeable and consistent results. 

4. Skin tightening using radiofrequency based devices. My preferred treatment for nonsurgical skin tightening is Thermage. Thermage was the first energy-based device approved by the FDA for skin tightening back in 2001/2002 and since that time over 2 million Thermage treatments have been performed worldwide and over 50 clinical studies have confirmed its safety and efficacy. 

So that's my approach to the aging face. Please follow me on Instagram or read by blog for the latest treatment videos, great before/after photos, and skincare tips. 

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