Facial rejuvenation can be done without surgery
Many people spend months or years considering a cosmetic surgery before they schedule the appointment. That can be a useful process â€“ itâ€™s important to be informed and feel comfortable with a procedure that will change your appearance.
One way to make your decision easier is to choose a procedure that doesnâ€™t involve surgery. Thatâ€™s the case with minimally invasive cosmetic procedures â€“ the fastest-growing area of cosmetic surgery. These facial rejuvenation procedures can make significant improvements in your appearance, sometimes with little or no down time afterward.
Both men and women benefit from these procedures:
- Botox injections. Botox is one brand of a substance derived from botulinum toxin. Tiny amounts are injected into specific areas of the face or neck to relax muscles, which smooths lines and wrinkles on overlying skin. Itâ€™s used for areas such as frown lines between eyebrows, crowâ€™s feet and horizontal forehead furrows. Once injected, the Botox usually takes 5 days to start working. The results usually last from three to six months, so youâ€™ll need follow-up treatments to maintain the effects. The long-term effects of Botox can be cumulative, so there is a good chance that over time, you would need less and less injected. When done by a skilled plastic surgeon, these treatments are extremely safe and do not cause you to lose your natural facial expressions.
- Skin resurfacing. Several procedures can help smooth the surface of your skin. With a chemical peel, a substance called trichloracetic acid, or TCA, is applied to skin on your face, neck or hands. It is then neutralized after a specific time period, depending on the depth of the peel that is appropriate for you skin type and condition. This process causes several layers of your skin to peel, reducing fine wrinkles and improving areas of discoloration such as age spots and freckles. Another procedure uses a technique called micro-needling to improve areas such as wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars and stretch marks. With this therapy, plastic surgeons use a device called the Rejuvapen, to create thousands of invisible perforations in your skin, stimulating the formation of new tissue called collagen. This procedure can be used anywhere on your body.
- Fillers. These injectable products add fullness to areas of the face. They are used to restore a more youthful appearance by erasing fine lines and changing facial contours. For example, fillers can help with hollow areas in the cheeks and under the eyes and with creases near the nose, ears and other areas. They can also diminish scars, improve the jaw and eyebrow line and enhance fullness in the lips. Fillers are sometimes used to rejuvenate hands as well. The most effective fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the skin and connective tissue. Treatments may cause minor bruising or swelling that goes away in a few days. Other side effects are rare. If youâ€™re not happy with the results of an injected filler, they can be reversed with an injection of an enzyme called hyaluronidase. The effects of hyaluronic acid fillers last six to 12 months.
More people are having cosmetic surgeries today than ever before â€“ over 15 million procedures were performed in the U.S. last year. Many of these people are choosing minimally invasive procedures because they are less disruptive to their daily routines â€“ you can often be back to work or social events in a few days. The results are subtle, so youâ€™ll look refreshed and healthy without drawing attention to significant changes. And minimally invasive procedures are less expensive than traditional cosmetic surgeries.
At Community Medical Center Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we use proven products and technologies for our minimally invasive procedures. To schedule consultation to talk about which one may be best for you, call us at 327-3895.
Dr. Ryan Marshall is a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon at Community Physician Group with Community Medical Center.