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The Facial Facelift: A Rejuvenation Revolution

Face Massage.  Close-up of a Young Woman Getting Spa Treatment.If you could have any cosmetic treatment you wanted, would you choose the more dramatic and longer-lasting surgical option or would you go surgery-free? If you’re anything like the rest of us, unless you have to go under the knife, your preference is not to. So it won’t be any surprise to hear about the latest innovation in the facelifting world: The “facial” facelift for non-surgical rejuvenation.

From the traditional surgical facelift to the completely surgery-free liquid facelift, the aesthetic world has seen considerable shift in treatments trends designed to turn back the clock. This evolution has been fueled on the one hand by our general desire for non-surgical solutions and on the other by research-generated knowledge of how the face ages. The result? Today the most innovative cosmetic doctors are offering a whole new approach to non-surgical anti-aging solutions with what’s being called the facial facelift.

A facial facelift is a treatment package that includes any variety of skin and tissue-toning treatments that work together to improve the tone, texture and contours of an aging face:

  • Botox to soften muscle activity and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Fillers to restore lost volume, creating lift and smoothing out deeper wrinkles as well as offering contour to areas that have lost definition (cheeks, jawline, temples).
  • Lasers to resurface and rejuvenate the skin, minimizing discolorations, evening out the tone and texture of the skin, boosting collagen.
  • Chemical peels to clean the skin and refine pores.
  • Microdermabrasion to minimize scaring and refine the appearance of the skin overall.
  • Energy treatments (ultrasound, radio frequency) to lift tissues, tighten the skin and create a more youthful-looking face.

Alone each of these treatments can turn that frown upside down, but selectively combined together, they can inspire a full-on fresh face that you can’t wait to put forward!

While great minds can be credited for this new aesthetic approach, it’s also a credit to the high-tech tools they use. Advancements in technology, first with injectables and more recently with energy treatments, are key to delivering results, and are also the primary driver behind cost, which can range from $2500 to $5000, depending on actual treatments, region and practice.

Want more? Here are 3 Reasons to consider going ‘Facial’:

1. Convenience!

Forget all the work in setting up multiple appointments and counting days between treatments. In general, all your treatments can be performed in a single trip. No muss, no fuss!

2. Real Results

Completely non-surgical, this multi-step approach addresses all of the major and minor age-related changes that are showing up on your skin and face. The result? A subtle, yet comprehensive aesthetic approach for a completely rejuvenated face.

3. Long-Term Benefit

Yes, a surgical facelift, brow lift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) has years on most any non-surgical treatment, but if surgery isn’t in your plans, regular, “facial facelift” treatments work together to help you age gracefully. The cherry on top? They just may prevent any need for major surgical work down the road.

Are You Ready?

Choose wisely. Get the facts and find a reputable doctor in your area!

The Smoking Effect (and How to Reclaim Your Skin!)

For the most part, smoking has become passé. But that wasn’t the case 20 years ago. The fact is, a good percentage of us in our 30s and 40s today enjoyed a good nicotine fix in years past. We were young. We were invincible. Of course, since then, we’ve gotten smarter and swapped that bad habit for a healthier lifestyle. While we may be healthier, however, chances are the damage to your skin has already been done and is showing up on your face as wrinkles, skin spots, and loose skin. That’s according to a recent study that compared pictures of identical smoking and non-smoking twins.

The Smoking Study

How much damage can we really attribute to smoking? A lot, according to the study “Facial Changes Caused by Smoking: A Comparison Between Smoking and Nonsmoking Identical Twins,” which appeared in the November 2013 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

In the study, researchers recruited 79 sets of twins as study participants at the annual  Twins Day Festival over the course of four years (from 2007 to 2010). To be included in the study one twin was required to have a history of smoking for at least 5 years more than the other. The researchers gathered data through questionnaires and professional standardized photographs taken onsite at the festival. Three judges evaluated faces, using a scale of 0 to 5 to grade wrinkles and other signs of aging. They found that smokers demonstrated heavier signs of premature aging across the board compared with their non-smoking siblings. Facial features that showed a difference included the upper and lower eyelids, cheeks, the lines around the mouth (nasolabial folds), jowls, and lips. The researchers attribute excess aging characteristics to the overall loss of elasticity in the skin and suggest that signs of aging are also the result of cigarette toxicity.

Your Skin Solutions

So what’s a former smoker to do to wipe away that toxic past? Thankfully there are solutions for every skin flaw.

Wrinkles Away. If you’ve got smokers lines around the mouth or crow’s feet, don’t fret! Moderate lines and wrinkles can be filled in an instant with one of the FDA-approved hyaluronic acid fillers on the market today. If those lines and wrinkles run deep, adding a laser or chemical peel treatment will give you the full treatment needed for gold standard rejuvenation.

Skin Support. If your skin is showing signs of losing its elasticity, there are plenty of pick-me-up solutions. On the minimal side, dermal skin needling and acupuncture can provide modest firming results with minimal downtime. Nee a little more lift? Try the ultrasound power of Ultherapy. For extreme skin sagging and maximum results, a surgical facelift may be your best bet.

Feature Fix. Whether it’s your eyes, your cheeks, or both that have lost volume and are showing signs of premature aging, a variety of technologies and techniques can make your profile pretty again. The eyes can be rejuvenated using lasers, injectables, and surgical treatments, where necessary. The cheeks (midface) can benefit from fillers, surgery or both.

What’s Right for You?

Your course of treatment is best determined in a collaborative effort with your cosmetic doctor who will be able to effectively create an individualized plan that meets your expectations and budget. Are you ready? Find a doctor today!