What To Know About Facial Aging

I’m Dr. Scott Thompson and I’ve been in practice since about 2006. I’m trained in facial plastic surgery and if you don’t know what the difference is, facial plastic surgeons go through a whole different pathway to practice than a general plastic surgeon. Some of what we do overlaps but my residency and fellowship was all focused on the head, neck and the face so a lot of skin cancer, hearing problems, sinus problems, nasal problems and then facial plastics as well.

I’ve been here in Utah since I did my fellowship. I did all my training in New York and it’s been a great place to be. The practice has grown over the years and recently we added Dr. Henstrom to our practice and it’s been great to have him as a partner.

We have a great team in both Layton and Draper. We have 3 nurse injectors that do a lot of Botox and fillers and they’re great…very qualified and well-trained. Our mission is to be a positive force in the lives of our patients. To accomplish this, our commitment is to treat you with genuine kindness and respect, make appropriate recommendations that will help you to accomplish your individual goals, and provide safe and effective treatments to ensure the best outcome possible.

With facial rejuvenation, it used to be just skincare and surgery and now we have this whole array of different things we can offer and can actually slow down the process. None of us are trying to stop aging but if we can slow it down, it can really make a difference long-term.

Why Facial Rejuvenation?

So why do we need to talk about facial rejuvenation? Really our goal here is to restore youthful features. It’s not to change how we look usually. There are people who do surgery who are trying to completely change how they look but in general that’s not what we’re doing. We’re trying to restore features of our face that age overtime. This patient here has lost her jawline and some features that define her appearance. What we try to do is restore those things and I have people who say they aren’t interested and just want to age naturally and that’s fine and that’s great but the bottom line is that when we see and interact with people every day, our eyes see them and might make a judgement if a person doesn’t seem friendly or seems angry or looks tired. So the better we can present ourselves to those we interact with the more successful we can be in our careers, the best we can do in our social lives and just in our general interactions with everyone else.

What is Aging?

Aging is a process that happens overtime, as we all know, and is a combination of natural processes, DNA, etc., sun, environmental factors and lifestyle factors, like smoking and nutrition.

Characteristics of Aging

The reason we want to talk about this is that then the therapies we do are focuses on those specific things. We have textural and pigmentary changes like wrinkles and dark spots, all the things we see on the surface, we have volume loss, and that’s kind of more recently been understood and appreciated. It used to be just lasers and facelifts but now we understand that we actually lose a lot of the fat in our face as well age and if we try to address facial aging features without that then we’re missing something that’s very important. And then of course we have soft tissue descent where things just kind of migrate down south and it’s just part of the process.

For the soft tissue descent we do facelift surgery to lift things back up. There’s a lot out there, and we offer this as well, about a non-surgical facelift and a non-surgical facelift is not really a facelift. We can do things to make it look better but when there’s soft tissue descent you really have to get in there and lift it up and move it back to it’s original position. Volume loss, we use fat grafting and injections. You are probably familiar with Juvederm and Restylane and those sorts of things. Those are all intended to address this volume loss situation. And then there are skin changes and for those involve skin resurfacing and turning the skin over.

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