As people age, three different things happen to the face: a loss of volume under the skin, sagging and drooping of the skin, and textural changes of the skin (wrinkles and lines). In order to combat the effects of aging all three changes need to be addressed. However, not everyone needs a full surgical facelift. Many people can achieve satisfactory results with lasers, fillers and neurotoxins (e.g. Botox).
At Facial Aesthetic Concepts, we offer both surgical facelifts, injectable treatments and laser options to help your skin stay youthful and vibrant. Every patient is different, and that means that not every patient is a good candidate for every procedure. Our medical team will help customize your treatment option just to your needs. Contact Facial Aesthetic Concepts today to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Lasers are ideal for individuals with fine lines, wrinkles, and discolorations. Lasers cause minor levels of damage to the skin, and in response the skin produces new collagen fibers. This makes the skin appear smoother and younger-looking a few weeks after the laser treatment is applied. Lasers cannot help much with deep wrinkles, but if used in conjunction with neurotoxins and fillers, many people can achieve very satisfactory results.
Laser treatments are particularly well-suited for individuals in their late 30s and 40s. Although such individuals rarely have sufficient signs of aging to warrant a full surgical facelift, they may have fine lines and discolorations that can easily be corrected with a laser resurfacing procedure.
Lasers can’t help at all with loose, sagging skin. If you have a problem with loose skin, particularly around the jawline and neck area, a facelift is probably your best option. If you’re experiencing significant loss of volume under the skin, a facelift combined with fat grafts can produce a more natural, lasting look than fillers. Most individuals don’t develop the deep wrinkles and loose, sagging skin that a facelift can address until they reach their 50s or 60s.
With a facelift, an incision is made along the natural hairline. The skin is peeled back and the underlying tissues are tightened. Excess skin and fat are removed. If necessary, fat implants are placed to restore volume to the face. The skin is then tacked back down, newly tightened and restored. It takes about two weeks to recover from a full facelift.
Minimally invasive facelifts
A number of different less invasive procedures have been invented to address loose, sagging skin or deep wrinkles in only certain parts of the face. For example, a mini-facelift may be used to correct sagging jowels. A mid-facelift can be used to target sagging skin around the eyes. Endoscopic lifts target even smaller areas, such as the space between the eyebrows where deep creases often form. Minimally invasive facelifts are usually only used to address “problem areas” in younger patients. Some individuals may opt for a minimally invasive facelift in their 40s, and then move on to have a full facelift a decade or so later.
If you’re concerned about the effects of time on your face, contact Facial Aesthetic Concepts today. We’ll help determine the right treatment for your needs.