As much as we would all love it, looking younger can’t be done with the snap of a finger. It’s not a one-step process, and because each patient’s facial anatomy, signs of aging, and desired results are different, the type of procedure(s) you have should be customized to you. There are dozens of ways to make a patient look younger, but which ones are used most often? I took a look at the recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to find out which facial rejuvenation procedures have been growing in popularity lately, and here is what I discovered:
This surgery has become gradually less invasive, as new technology has evolved and surgeons have found that minimally invasive methods produce similar results to the traditional methods. A forehead lift, or brow lift, restores the skin, muscle, and other tissue of the forehead to a more youthful position.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
Surgery can refresh the appearance of the eyes in two ways: an upper blepharoplasty removes excess skin from above the upper eyelid, relieving a “hooded” look, and a lower blepharoplasty reduces “bags under the eyes” by removing the fat deposits that make eyes look puffy, while also restoring firmness to the skin in the area.
Non-surgical skin tightening
It comes as no surprise that some of the fastest-growing procedures are the ones that involve the least recovery time. Non-surgical skin tightening takes many forms, but the technology I use is called Protégé. It uses ultrasound energy to warm the deeper layers of skin, which builds collagen and makes the skin firmer and more youthful.
Botulinum toxin injections (Botox®, Dysport®, etc.)
There are few wrinkle reduction methods as quick and simple as Botox® or Dysport® injections. These medications relax the underlying muscle which, after decades of repeated facial expressions, has become tense and created certain wrinkles in the skin. This is ideal for crow’s feet, forehead lines, and “frown lines” between the eyebrows.
Select dermal fillers
Many people see facial fillers as a cousin to Botox® and Dysport®, because they’re both injectables that reduce wrinkles. While this is true, they operate very differently. Botulinum toxins treat the muscle, while fillers are used to actually plump up the skin in order to restore youthful facial volume and smooth out wrinkles.
While the other treatments on this list generally focus on the shape of the skin and other tissue, chemical peels focus more on the texture of the skin. By clearing away damaged surface skin, chemical peels allow the refreshed and younger skin beneath to shine through.
While it uses a different method, microdermabrasion is similar to a chemical peel because it removes damaged surface skin as well as dead skin cells and other debris, offering a brightened and more youthful look with little or no downtime. Both of these procedures can be performed in my plastic surgery office as well.
It’s intriguing to learn about the plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation trends throughout the country. For some patients, it’s a way to discover the latest treatments they haven’t yet heard about. But remember, selecting the best surgical or non-surgical procedure for you should be based on your individual needs and the recommendation of a board-certified plastic surgeon, rather than on the latest fads. To learn what your best options are for becoming your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Plus, for more plastic surgery tips and fun facts, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.