Skin changes are a natural part of the aging process. Skin can become saggy, thin, and spotted. Just because these things are normal does not mean they are desirable. Luckily, there are a variety of options available to people hoping to help reverse some of the skin aging process and look younger and healthier in the process.
The traditional facelift has been a surgical method used for years to create naturally young looks in older patients.
Some sagging of the skin that develops as patients enter their 40s, 50s, and 60s, simply cannot be reversed with toxins and fillers. Advanced techniques allow surgeons to work safely, quickly, and effectively to create natural looks. One such technique is the use of a 3D endoscopic telescope that allows for smaller, more precise incisions, which not only create a more natural look, but also decrease the recovery time.
Surgical facelifts can be full, mid, or lower, or face and neck combined. A deep plane lift works from under the muscle, sliding skin back to its original position. This also helps minimize bruising and swelling. Surgical facelifts can last for 10 years or more since they address the deeper tissues and fat layers in the face and neck.
Conversely, non-surgical methods are being used with increasing frequency to address a loss of skin volume in the face and photo damage from the sun. Fillers are used to replace lost volume and toxins are used to paralyze the small muscles that create lines and wrinkles. Fillers come in both absorbable (temporary) and non-absorbable (permanent) types and which one is used is determined by the area that needs to be filled.
Fillers begin to act immediately and are effective for the better part of a year. Toxins prohibit muscles from contracting, which prevents wrinkles and lines from forming. These injections can be done quickly and the results remain for 4 to 6 months.
Uneven skin tone from sun exposure can be lasered to reduce spots and even the complexion. Additionally, topical creams can be used to reduce this hyperpigmentation.
Clearly there are pros and cons to both surgical and non-surgical facelifts. The first difference is the length of effectiveness. A traditional, surgical method, can have results that last for a decade or more without having to be touched up. Non-surgical methods, on the other hand, will only last a matter of months before having to be touched up.
In addition, generally several treatments are necessary to even see results in the first place, which should be factored in. Costs differ, obviously surgery is more expensive, however you only need to do it once every 10 years.
Nonsurgical facelifts are less expensive per treatment, but you’ll need many more over time.
Additionally, you’ll need much less recovery time for a nonsurgical method and could even get your treatment done during lunch, whereas the traditional methods call for several weeks of rest and recovery to allow the tissues to get back to normal.