It’s an age-old worry. No generation is spared. It’s only a matter of time until a look in the mirror reveals the same assessment found by all who came before you.
We’re talking about wrinkles.
Today, a myriad of options exists to rid your skin of signs of aging. Once life has left its mark deeper than what topical creams and chemical peels can repair, many turn to distinguished cosmetic surgeons to achieve renewed, youthful skin. Patients’ options include tried-and-true procedures like facelifts and BOTOX, as well as ground-breaking treatments like Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser therapy.
The question is—which procedure is right for you?
All ages and genders seek laser treatment for a variety of skin improvements, including sun damage, scarring, discoloration, uneven skin tones and, of course, wrinkles and fine lines.
Non-ablative laser treatments require multiple sessions for noticeable results, while more invasive ablative methods demand longer downtimes. Sciton’s Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser, however, strikes a happy balance by combining non-ablative and ablative lasers.
Laser treatment is able to reach deeper collagen layers stimulating new, healthy skin. Downtime can vary based on the type of laser treatment sought, and risks may include swelling and redness, change in skin pigmentation and scarring. Laser therapy often requires more than one treatment to achieve your desired look, but results can last for years, and it is often a worthwhile complement to the face lift procedure.
BOTOX Cosmetic Injections
Men and women looking to improve worry lines in the forehead and between eyebrows, smile lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet see targeted results with BOTOX Cosmetic injections. With this procedure, small amounts of BOTOX Cosmetic are injected directly into the targeted facial areas of concern. The purified protein immediately works on wrinkle-causing facial muscles.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some risks include swelling and bruising at the site of injection, headaches, droopy eyelid, drooling, and eye dryness or tearing. BOTOX Cosmetic requires no downtime and results are seen within a few days. The areas treated often continue to improve over the course of the first month, and results are enjoyed for up to four months.
Much like BOTOX Cosmetic injections, dermal fillers have minimal downtime and target worry lines in the forehead and between eyebrows, smile lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet. Dermal fillers are injected into these areas of concern for a fuller, smoother look, and are also used to plump lips.
Men and women showing early signs of aging and wrinkles are the best candidates for this procedure. Symptoms, though uncommon, can include acne, skin rash or redness, under- or over-correction of wrinkles, infection, swelling and bruising. Results can be seen a few days to a few weeks after the procedure, depending on the type of filler used, and different fillers vary in the amount of absorption and lasting results.
The most invasive of facial procedures to target wrinkles is the facelift, which is designed to reverse the appearance of aging skin in the lower face through surgical measures. Ideal candidates are men and women, typically between the ages of 40 and 80, with well-defined bone structure but loose or sagging skin in the lower face.
Under local, deep sedation or general anesthesia, a cosmetic surgeon generally makes incisions in the hairline, at the temples and/or around the ear, depending on the goals defined during the pre-surgical consultation. Tissue and fat are redistributed and sculpted, and muscles may be lifted, before the skin is re-draped and excess is trimmed.
During the first few days following the procedure, bruising and swelling is common, as is drainage from the incision areas. Compression garments are worn for the first few weeks, and strenuous activity is advised against for the first month, though light activity such as walking is permitted. Other risk factors include bleeding, infection (though uncommon; antibiotics are prescribed as aftercare), scarring, asymmetry, pigmentation change, irregular contour, nerve injury (usually temporary), hair loss in areas of the incision, and numbness or change in skin sensation.
Facelifts produce staggering results, often turning back the clock by several decades for clients. Once the bruising and swelling subsides, full results can be seen after several weeks. Facelifts do not stop the clock on aging, and some patients may opt for a second facelift five to 10 years later, if desired.
When considering any cosmetic procedure, the first step is a consultation with your cosmetic surgeon to define your goals and determine which procedures are most ideal.
Contact Stiller Aesthetics to schedule a consultation today.
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