What’s the Best Way to a Younger Face?
- Posted on: Sep 15 2017
The current day that we live in provides amazing advantages that our ancestors did not have. From cooking meals to managing the aging process, accomplishing tasks has never been easier. When it comes to aging, in fact, the desire to preserve the appearance of youth is relatively easy. While there may be instances in which surgical lifting is the best approach to lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin, it is also possible to erase these frustrations with sophisticated methods like injectables and laser treatments.
The fact that injectables have become a go-to technique for restoring facial youthfulness has created a bit of a conundrum. Many patients perceive injectables as a suitable alternative for facelift surgery. The fact is, this isn’t always the case. Here, we want to point out a few misconceptions that may prevent the attainment of the desired goal.
A Facelift Without Surgery?
In recent years, we have begun to hear the term “liquid facelift” used in and out of professional offices. We are not opposed to the use of neuromodulators (Botox) and dermal fillers to reduce the signs of aging. We perform these treatments on a daily basis with great success. Botox and other neuromodulators decrease the tug on the skin by relaxing the muscles that are used to frown, squint, and achieve other facial expressions. No, the face does not freeze! It just relaxes in the most beautiful way. Fillers, introduced into lines, smooth the skin. These products are also commonly used to plump the lips and round out cheeks that have become deflated. Finally, dermal fillers can be an excellent non-surgical solution for under eye bags and dark circles.
But is This the Answer?
Clearly, there are advantages to non-surgical treatments. However, keep in mind that:
- There is such a thing as too much filling and relaxing. Just like we’ve seen facelifts gone wrong, there is such a thing as overdoing it with fillers and Botox. In fact, there are a few prominent faces that are obviously over-filled. The idea of facial rejuvenation is to restore a naturally youthful face, not one that is dramatically “done.”
- Facelift surgery is conducted in a meticulous manner that is quite successful in preserving the natural curvature of the face. The idea that a facelift will be more obvious than fillers is a myth.
- The cost of injectables makes this approach seem more affordable. However, the long-term costs can add up relatively quickly and should be assessed when making the choice between a “liquid facelift” and a surgical facelift.
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