Sagging skin on face

Hi. I'm 34. I've struggled with bad skin my whole life. Acne, oily, large pores, then dryness. I've used a lot of harsh stuff and now feel like i've aged my skin too fast. It looks like I could use a facelift at the age of 34! I know without pictures it's hard to see what I am talking about. I just want to know what my options are for fixing dull, loose-looking, uneven textured and toned skin. I want to start researching the best methods to fix this.

Doctor Answers (1)

All is not lost


 The good news is that there are numerous available options to treat your concerns, without having to undergo a facelift for MANY years to come. As far as the uneven texture and tone of your skin, I would likely recommend a combination of intense pulsed light treatments to target uneven pigmentation + a fractional laser to help reduce fine lines and restore more youthful skin texture. There are many different fractional lasers on the market, but they can be summed up into 2 groups: ablative or nonablative. Ablative treatment is a much more intense procedure with longer downtime but gives you the best result for your money in a single session. Nonablative treatments (and I emphasize the plurality of treatments) require multiple sessions, often 4-6 to match the results of a single ablative treatment, but have minimal downtime and you can return to work immediately after. As far as the looseness of your skin, there are 2 options: ultrasound-based skin tightening (you may have heard the marketing term Ultherapy) or laser skin tightening. Although on the face I prefer ultrasound treatments, on the neck I have had excellent results with the latter. I hope this helps.

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