Can my Face Look Better and younger without major surgery?
This is a very important question. Many of you are wondering the same thing.
The answer to this question is twofold. First, you would need to consider how advanced the aging process is, and second, what are your expectations?
Many patients with minimal signs of aging are great candidates for non-invasive procedures. These include wrinkle fillers like Restylane®, Perlane®, Sculptra® and LaViv®, and skin tightening devices such Thermage® and Accent®. Improvements can be somewhat subtle compared to surgery, but often that is all that is needed.
Even men and women with more advanced signs of aging will do very well with these same techniques. They offer improvements in any facial region and can be most beneficial in returning a youthfulness to one’s face. Often a combination of fillers and relaxers like Botox® will provide a very nice correction as well, depending upon what is needed for the desired result.
A facelift must be considered if you are trying to erase years of aging, particularly in the neck and jowl region. If you are looking for more than a subtle result and also a longer lasting result, then surgery would probably be required.
By David E. Marcus, M.D.
Dr. Marcus is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, specializing in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery at his Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center located in Santa Rosa, CA. Dr. Marcus was born and raised in Michigan, where he received his highly-regarded surgery and plastic surgery training.