How does the face age?
Over time, the face ages in three distinct ways. First, lines and other imperfections appear; then, the skin begins to droop and sag, and volume is lost.
In our teens, 20s, and early 30s, our skin is taught and has the glow of youth. There is softness and opalescence with no imperfections except, perhaps, the occasional pimple. This youthful appearance starts to change as one pushes into the later 30s. The skin looks flatter and duller; then one morning, a line appears here, then another one there. Brown spots, pink spots, and tiny spider veins develop.
As our 30s pass and the 40s descend, the lines of the face begin to droop. The jaw line fades away as jowls appear, and the neck tissue hangs lower and lower, obscuring the sharp and youthful transition from chin to neck. As the years roll on, volume is lost in the cheeks and temples. The circular roundness of a young face is supplanted by the sunken oval of age.
In youth, the center of the face is rounded, like a circle. In our later years, the circle transforms into an oval.
In youth, lines drawn between the cheek bones and from each cheek to the chin form “the inverted triangle of youth." In the mature face, as the cheeks descend and become jowls, this triangle reverses.
What can I expect during my consultation?
When you arrive for your consultation with Dr. Truswell you will be greeted by our patient care coordinator, Jessica. She will sit with you privately for a pre-interview where she will record your medical information and inquire about the issues that brought you to this appointment. Digital photographs will also be taken, and you will then meet Dr. Truswell in his office.
Dr. Truswell will discuss your individual concerns with you. When evaluating your face, he will recommend and discuss with you a personal treatment plan. You will see numerous pre- and post-operative photographs of his patients who have had the procedures that you may discuss. Dr. Truswell will analyze your photos and perform computer imaging to demonstrate how cosmetic surgery can improve your appearance.
Next, you will sit with Lynn who will give you all the necessary financial information and schedule any surgery you have decided on as well as a pre-operative visit with one of our nurses.
We are committed to patient education in our office. Our goal during the consultation is to make you feel comfortable, cared for and knowledgeable about the services we provide. At any point in this consultation procedure, please do not hesitate to ask questions as we are here to provide you with the education to make an informed decision about surgery.