Time takes its toll on all things, including physical beauty. As we age, our faces tend to droop and sag, while wrinkles and fine lines explode across our foreheads, cheeks and chins. While some choose to accept these age-related flaws; others prefer to turn back the clock by spending thousands of dollars on plastic surgery procedures.

A Major Industry

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Americans spent over $10 billion on cosmetic surgery last year. That figure surpasses the gross domestic product of many small countries. It’s also a 3 percent increase over what Americans spent on similar procedures in 2010.

Not for Everyone

While plastic surgery offers hope to many people who are frustrated with their physical appearances; it’s not necessarily appropriate for everyone. Invasive and costly, these cosmetic procedures lead to pain and significant downtime. In some cases, they can also result in disappointment and potential infections.

Why We Look Older

Age-related physical changes occur for a number of reasons, including unfortunate genetic traits, sun exposure and fat loss beneath facial skin. That said, many people are surprised to learn that our teeth frequently play a role in determining what we will look like as we get older.

As we age, our teeth wear and/or breakdown, causing our chin to move closer to our nose. This can negatively affect our physical appearance by making us look much older than we really are.

Alternatives To Surgery

Fortunately, we offer patient a non-surgical way to regain the look they enjoyed during their youth. A non-surgical facelift can help reduce the appearance of jowls, lip compression, chin wrinkles and more.

Best of all, our cosmetic dentists can use existing pictures of patients to create digital smile enhancements that will give them an idea of what they can expect to look like after their procedures. To learn more, contact his office today.