The last two decades have witnessed countless technological advancements in the field of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Rejuvenation and volume replacement have become a standard adjunct to the more traditional surgical lifting procedures. The use of botulinum toxin to weaken certain facial muscles and soften wrinkles, facial resurfacing procedures, including chemical peels and laser treatments, are some of the most popular alternatives to surgical approaches.
There has never been a more promising time for non-surgical options for the treatment of aging facial changes, filling volume-depleted areas and reversing skin damage from the sun and time.
Why Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures Are Appealing?
For some people, non-surgical cosmetic procedures are more appealing than facial plastic surgery procedures because they require little to no downtime and comparably they present a very low risk of complications. Plus, they can still offer the kind of results you are seeking to enhance your appearance without undergoing surgery to do so.
What Types of Non-Surgical Procedures are There?
Whether you want to minimize the signs of aging with high-quality dermal fillers or even change your appearance with a non-surgical nose job, you have several non-surgical cosmetic procedures available to you, including
Non-surgical facial reconfiguration techniques are highly effective methods of enhancing facial features and reducing the appearance of the signs of aging. There are a number of different types of facial contouring techniques and treatments that target specific parts of the face to help patients look their absolute best. Some of those include
- Lip Augmentation
- Liquid Face Lift
- Liquid Rhinoplasty
Botulinum Toxin Treatment
Facial wrinkles occur either due to the action of facial muscles on the skin or from a combination of other factors (sun exposure, genetics, smoking, etc.). Botulinum Toxin treatments utilize Botox or Dysport products to weaken or paralyze various muscles of the face temporarily to minimize or reverse wrinkle formation. By doing so, the overlying skin is able to relax, which decreases the depth of existing wrinkles or prevents future wrinkle formation. Botulinum Toxin treatment is well-tolerated in the office with few to no side effects experienced by most patients.
Facial Fillers and Injectables
Dermal fillers are used to treat static wrinkles–those that are caused by a combination of gravity and loss of skin elasticity–they are typically located in the lower third of the face. These types of wrinkles include the nasolabial folds (those that go from the nose to the corner of the lips), marionette lines (those that go from the corner of the lips to the chin), “smoker’s lines” around the mouth, and fat loss in the cheeks.
Sun damage, cigarette smoke and aging all contribute to the formation of fine wrinkles in the skin of the face. Advanced liquid face lift products, including dermal fillers, like Juvederm® Ultra, Radiesse®, and Restylane®, as well as Kybella®, are used to treat various wrinkles and lines around the eyes, cheeks, chin, forehead, lips, neck and nose area.
Plus, fat transfer–the transfer of fat from one part of the body to the face for augmentation and filling of wrinkles–offers the benefit of long-lasting, natural augmentation. In the past, there were difficulties with the predictability of fat resorption after it was transplanted–sometimes it would last and other times it would not. Fortunately, the techniques have been refined in the last few years, greatly improving the predictability of fat transfer. This, combined with the advantage of (in many cases) larger amounts of material for injection (compared to other fillers), makes this a powerful technique to correct the loss of volume commonly associated with the “aging face” appearance.
The basic principle of skin resurfacing is to promote the new generation and reorganization of the superficial layers of the skin, thereby improving the color, texture, and smoothness of the skin. This is done by removal or intentional injury of the most superficial layers of the skin, which is superficial enough to prevent scarring while stimulating the deeper skin cells to grow, thus resurfacing the skin. There are different methods of skin resurfacing, such as chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser treatments for skin resurfacing and skin discoloration, and microneedling (Vivace), that differ primarily in the mode in which the superficial skin layers are removed.