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While everyone is hoping that the waning COVID-19 numbers are a sign that the pandemic is reaching an end, one thing is for sure: masks aren’t going away. Many politicians across the country have agreed that mask mandates are here to stay. This implies that even when the pandemic is over, we may have to make mask-wearing a normal part of life until further notice.

With masks covering over half the face, we all look different going out-and-about than we used to. Extra emphasis on eyes, cheeks, forehead, and upper-face are all how people see each other normally now. While this draws attention to everyone’s eyes – a beautiful feature that provides “windows to the soul” – it also highlights some not-so-great aspects of aging like Crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, fine lines, etcetera.

If you’re hoping to look younger while wearing a mask, then many options can help you achieve the look you want. From BOTOX to fillers to skincare, we here at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery led by Dr. William J. Vinyard, MD, FACS, have plenty of options to make your face shine through despite the mask.

Do I Look Old in a Mask?

Some of us ask this question every day. As we look in the mirror with our masks on before heading out, we can tend to inspect every inch of our upper faces. This can make us hyper-critical of our appearance, leading to insecurity over facial areas that others don’t even notice. Nonetheless, this frustration can be enough of a reason for people to want to find solutions. And that’s the only reason you need – looking your best will help you feel your best. Self-confidence is everything. 

Here are some of the most common concerns people tend to have when wearing masks: 

  • Crow’s feet: Crow’s feet are lines that form beside the eyes due to aging, sunlight exposure, and genetics. They’re most prominent when smiling. 
  • Under-eye bags: While bags under the eyes are commonly attributed to lack of sleep, a high-salt diet, and congestion, under-eye bags that don’t go away can be the result of aging. As people age, the muscles and tissues surrounding the eyes weaken and sag.
  • Forehead wrinkles: Forehead wrinkles are caused by consistent eyebrow movement, genetics, and aging. Whether they be horizontal forehead wrinkles or “eleven” lines, both are caused by creases deepened over time. 
  • Fine lines: Fine lines can appear almost anywhere on the face. They’re a natural part of aging as collagen and elastin break down. 

Prevent skin wrinkles and creases

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How To Eliminate Crows Feet, Lines, And Forehead Wrinkles

A facelift isn’t the only option available for anti-aging cosmetic procedures. Fillers and injectables have been patient-favorites for years. Injectables and fillers are safe, quick, and efficient while providing instant results. Depending on your goals, they can either be used for minor, subtle changes or grander, more dramatic transformations. Fillers and injectables generally require multiple sessions to upkeep, meaning you can change your plans as time passes, if you wish. Reliable, popular, and effective fillers and injectables are some of the best ways patients can enhance their faces and look younger.

BOTOX For Wrinkles & Anti-Aging

BOTOX is the tried and true injectable in the cosmetic world. Made of a purified strain of botulinum toxin (type A), BOTOX temporarily blocks particular tissue and muscle movements to prevent skin wrinkles and creases. It relaxes and softens the skin, relieving dynamic lines and providing a smoother-looking complexion.

BOTOX is fantastic for “eleven” lines, forehead lines, and Crow’s feet. By blocking muscle movement in those areas, the creases etched in those areas are suspended, making it appear smoother and more youthful. Additionally, BOTOX can be used as a preventative treatment to help prevent wrinkles from getting worse or in some instances even forming in the first place.  

Juvéderm for Lines & Staying Young

Juvéderm is Dr. Vinyard’s filler of choice. Doubling as a filler and wrinkle treatment, Juvéderm fillers can fill lines, wrinkles and add volume to areas such as the lips and cheeks (for when the mask comes off!) Juvéderm is made of synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) to increase your natural supply of HA for fresh collagen production, fuller skin, and smoothing lines by filling volume underneath.

Juvéderm is best for treating areas that have lost plumpness or need more volume. It can help you achieve the young, flawless look you’re going for while preventing deeper wrinkles. Overall, it’s one of the best options.

“I had filler injections in my cheeks, lips, and nasolabial folds. The results were amazing! I feel great about how I look, and it looks very natural. The new office is beautiful, and the staff are all very knowledgeable and reassuring. I would definitely recommend Dr. Vinyard!” ~Customer Review, 2019.

How to Add Facial Volume

If wrinkles and lines aren’t your concern but you’d like a more contoured appearance, then adding facial volume to your upper face may be what you’re looking for. Voluminous cheeks are one of the most coveted features today. Even with a mask, solid cheekbones shine through. Also, lifting the cheekbones with volume can help reduce smile lines and nasolabial folds, providing an overall more youthful appearance. 

Voluma for Contour

A product within the Juvéderm family, Voluma is a HA filler that contours the cheeks and lifts the face. Not only does Voluma fill sunken, saggy, or hollow cheeks, but it also lifts the face and stimulates collagen production, helping to keep skin healthy. With a gel-like consistency, Voluma provides natural-looking results to restore the skin and plump the cheekbones for a more shapely appearance. Additionally, rounder, more voluminous cheeks can help people look less tired and more alert. This is excellent news for those looking to look younger.

Facial fillers can help you look your best

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Here at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Vinyard has helped patients find the perfect injectables and fillers to help them accomplish their facial goals. With a fantastic track record and fabulous reviews, Dr. Vinyard is proud of his work, aesthetically-skilled eye, and experienced team. If you’d like to see what facial fillers can help you look your best even in a mask, call or email us for a complimentary consultation! We’d love to talk with you and learn more about your journey.

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