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Looking Your Best in 2020 – Facial Rejuvenation

2020 promises to be a great year and you want to look, the way you feel – optimistic, vibrant, and energetic. You can put some pep in your step by updating your hair, makeup, and wardrobe, but what if you are seeking more improvement to your appearance.

There are so many facial enhancement treatments readily available. It is easy to ask a question or two at the cosmetic counter, but when you think about making an appointment with a physician, you may hesitate. It can be hard to know who would be best to consult and what questions to ask.

What are the options and how do I choose between them? When is the right time? Will I feel comfortable with my choices? Should I consider surgery?

Let’s start from the beginning of why you may want to refresh your appearance, so we can help you answer some of the common concerns.

Common Reasons to Consider Facial Rejuvenation

“Our world is constantly evolving and changing. Today, it is not atypical for someone to reinvent themselves every ten years. Changing jobs or industries. Going through a divorce or losing a partner in life. These are very common occurrences,” said Dr. Julia Toman, a physician specializing in Facial Plastics and Reconstruction at the USF Health Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.“There is  a wide variety of options out there, and it can be confusing and daunting to understand. People often ask when is the right time to consider rejuvenation, and the real answer is when it bothers someone enough that they want to do something about it.”

“Reentering the workforce, whether we like to admit or not, we are judged on our appearance. One aspect that many people complain of is looking tired or angry or sad, which is just the result of the natural descent of the eyebrows or the furrows that form between the eyebrows. This outward appearance does not reflect how they inwardly feel and their passion for their job.”

“With people living longer and longer, people are finding themselves newly single later in life. Feeling good about your appearance can improve your self-image and help give you that boost of confidence transitioning back to dating,” Dr. Toman said.

Botox, Fillers, or Surgery?

Fillers and Botox are two separate types of nonsurgical facial rejuvenation options. Botox has been around for a very long time. It is very effective at softening expression lines and decreasing the look of tiredness.

Fillers are used for removing shadows and hollows and camouflaging aging changes without surgery. There is a wide variety of filler options on the market. “I prefer Hyaluronic acid fillers, which is a naturally occurring substance in your connective tissues, recycled in your body daily. These nonpermanent fillers are the best option to provide natural results,” Dr. Toman said. The use of fillers can play an important role in rejuvenation and provide a refreshed look without surgery.

“Many people start with less invasive consumer options, such as Botox and fillers, which can mask the passage of time, but will never do what surgery can do,” Dr. Toman said.  “Surgical options like face-lifting provide a permanent option, truly turning back the clock. Since it is a permanent fix, the economics of it are often more favorable than people realize. Surgical facial rejuvenation is not just for the rich and famous. It is an option for everyone.”

“The deep plane face lift, which was pioneered by facial plastic surgeons, provides a long-lasting result that avoids the stigmata of the old facelift, when people looked stretched, pulled, or windswept,” Dr. Toman said.

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is a very specific sub-specialty, within the specialty of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. These highly-trained specialists have a deep understanding of facial aesthetics, as well as the anatomy and function of facial structure. Facial plastic surgeons have five years of surgical experience in the head and neck, lending a unique expertise in the area of facial rejuvenation. After a rigorous training in Otolaryngology, facial plastic surgeons undergo additional training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Toman’s extensive head and neck surgical training has spanned from head and neck cancer care, to complex trauma reconstruction, to facial rejuvenation surgery — aiding in the development and refinement of her facial plastic surgical techniques.

“Facial rejuvenation is to reflect how you feel inside – vibrant and healthy. It is a quality of life choice,” Dr. Toman said. In addition to what a health care provider can offer, it is also important to be vigilant about protecting your skin from the sun and smoking cessation. These lifestyle choices accelerate the aging process.

To make an appointment with USF Health’s Otolaryngology (ENT) Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgeon, please call (813) 974-4683.

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