Aesthetic Medicine The Aging Face



Restorative facial aesthetics is about looking good for our age, looking well rested and healthy. As we age we lose volume in our face and gravity causes sagging of our facial structures. Our skin thins as we lose collagen and elastin which helped to keep our skin tight, thick and youthful. Rejuvenation is about combating the signs of aging and restoring a more youthful appearance.

There is extensive science behind facial aesthetics and facial plastic surgery. We can break it down to preventative measure, maintenance and restorative. Preventative measures involves taking care of ourselves, avoiding factors that accelerate the aging process. This includes excessive sun exposure, wearing quality sunscreen and protective clothing, abstaining from smoking, drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep. Preventing additional damage to our face is important.

Additional preventative measures include botulinum treatment (Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) to prevent wrinkle formation. Maintenance is about keeping us looking youthful and includes replacing volume loss (fillers, fat injections), stimulating collagen production (skin tightening, topical physician grade cosmeceuticals). Restorative involves reversing the hands of time and aging process. Restorative measures involve more aggressive skin resurfacing and skin tightening, skin repositioning/ surgical interventions and larger volume replacement. This multi-faceted approach is critical for establishing the most natural results.

The key is a customized approach to meet your goals from minimal, subtle changes to significant restoration. There are many tools for facial rejuvenation and individual patients may require or desire a variety of these interventions now or in the future. Every individual is unique, we age differently. Restorative facial aesthetics involve an individualized approach. It is about understanding the patients concerns and goals and making you feel good inside and out. Looking good leads to self-confidence and that is what makes us shine.

Dr. Alicia Sanderson specializes in facial aesthetics and plastic surgery. She is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Facial Aesthetics is a rapidly growing industry and there are a wide array of options for treatment. Dr. Sanderson believes in a customized approach to facial rejuvenation to assist patients in creating a more youthful appearance and improving self-confidence.

Dr. Sanderson was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated Summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire where she was inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor society and a Presidential Scholar. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School where during her third year of medical school she was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, recognizing outstanding medical students.

Dr. Sanderson completed her surgical internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego where she was awarded “Surgical Intern of the Year”. This began her highly successful military career serving our nations heroes. Dr. Sanderson completed a residency in Head and Neck surgery at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, receiving many academic and research awards. She then completed fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, Irvine. During her career she also enjoyed the honor of serving as the Otolaryngology Consultant to the White House for over 5 years and was named the “White House Consultant of the Year 2017.” 

Dr. Sanderson describes her passion for Facial Plastic Surgery as the combination of artistic vision with scientific principles. Symmetry and aesthetically pleasing lines creates beauty. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Sanderson has had a robust practice of aesthetic and reconstructive, non-invasive and surgical procedures. She believes the art of facial aesthetics can improve self-confidence and quality of life. THE AGING FACE

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