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Facelift: When do you need it?

If you follow the popular cosmetic surgery site, Real Self, you may notice that there are many questions from patients who are considering a procedure that will give their face a rejuvenated look. Being one of the most popular surgical procedures for the face, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a facelift is the automatic go-to for many. However, it is not always necessary.

Advances in technology have given patients many options in non-invasive treatments that can give them the rejuvenated look they are looking for. Botox is at the top of the list for injectables used to achieve and maintain a youthful appearance. By relaxing specific facial muscles, it helps smooth wrinkles in problem areas such as the forehead and “crow’s feet” – the wrinkles that form on the side of the eyes.
In addition to Botox, there are now families of other injectables which allow for a “liquid facelift”. Using a specific combination of injectables and fillers, we are now able to give clients a significant, immediate improvement during their lunchbreak, with less downtime.
For patients who want a more natural approach to rejuvenation, ultrasound technology featured in Ultherapy allows for an overall uplift and plumping of facial and neck skin over time. It works by stimulating collagen production and naturally lifting sagging skin.

With all of this technology, does anyone really need a surgical facelift? Absolutely.
Non-invasive treatments works best for patients who experience slight to moderate sagging in their facial skin. Without maintenance, these results will last up to two years depending on various factors, including lifestyle. On the contrary, a surgical facelift can turn back the clock up approximately 15 years on someone’s appearance, even with severe sagging of the skin. Additionally, the results last approximately 10 years, depending on various factors. Although a surgical facelift is a steeper investment than non-invasive treatments, it requires less maintenance and in some cases, can be the only solution that can help a patient achieve the look they desire.

To decide on the best rejuvenating procedure you, schedule a consultation today!