An Alternative Non-surgical Facelift Treatment
What is a non-surgical facelift? It almost sounds like a contradiction in terms, but this is a term which applies to injectable procedures which improve your facial appearance. The components of this technique are liquid such as Botox and/or semi liquid like Juvederm. This is an entry-level procedure for improving facial appearance with minimal downtime and with no incisions.
Who is a candidate for a non-surgical facelift? Botox can be useful in people as young as their 20s. It works to freeze the muscles for about four months at a time. It is useful in the frown lines between the eyebrows, the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. Rarely can be used in the area around the mouth but very carefully since it can interfere with motion of these very active muscles. Botox is used as a treatment and a preventative for wrinkling primarily in the upper face.
Where Botox is a quotation mark freezer quotation mark, Juvederm is a filler. It is used to fill certain wrinkle areas of the face especially the nasolabial folds (smile lines) on either side of the mouth, the corners of the mouth and lipstick lines. It can sometimes be used to quotation mark pump up the volume quotation mark in areas of the cheek or chin. Facial fillers are usually started in the 30s and can be continued indefinitely. This procedure usually lasts anywhere from six months to a year.
Botox and fillers can maintain the facial appearances with repeated treatment for many years. But at some point gravity and aging will catch up. The process of fat loss, deflation and skin damage create too much sagging for a non-surgical facelift to improve. Injecting very large amounts of filler to balloon up the face is not a solution to sagging skin. It just makes people look like they have big round heads. At some point more advanced procedures like endoscopic brow lift, minimal incision cheek lift and facial fat grafting are the next step. At Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery Dr. K tailors the treatment for the individual; treating each component of the individual’s face with the appropriate treatment plan for that stage of aging.
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