People mistakenly believe that a facelift fixes your face and makes it perfect and instantly takes many years of aging off of your face. A facelift does certain things very well, but does not address many other aspects of aging.
What does a facelift do, exactly? A facelift is primarily designed to tighten the skin and underlying muscle of the neck and face. The most dramatic change occurs in those with a lot of loose neck skin. There is some improvement in the pre-jowl area and even less improvement in the naso-labial folds. Of course, one can add things like laser resurfacing, fillers or fat transfer and Botox, and a blepharoplasty. However, you can do these other things in the office, without paying for anesthesia or in an operating room facility.
So what are some surgical facelift alternatives?
Aging is multifactorial. This means that there is not one aspect of our face that shows our age. Just a few of the many things one can do to improve your face and delay for many, many years a facelift include:
- Picosure laser:
almost every women over the age of 35 will develop areas of irregular pigmentation – areas that are darker and lighter than the rest of the skin. The Picosure laser, with break-through technology, fires 1,000 times faster than any other laser. This means that you can get your face (and neck and chest and hands) resurfaced, with NO DOWN TIME! You need to plan for 3 treatments, each spaced a month apart. The Picosure laser can also help with fine lines and soften your skin. It can even help with acne scarring (although this will typically require 6 treatments). It will also dramatically improve age spots on the face.
- Chemical Peels:
We also offer an array of chemical peels such as the ViPeel, megapeels, and pharmaceutical skin grade products to further assist in this area.
- Smartlipo to the submental area:
Most people develop fullness and slight sagginess to the upper central neck area (submental area). This area usually responds very nicely to Smartlipo. This area is quite small and does not require any oral sedation, meaning you can be in and out of my office in just 30 minutes and can return to work the very next day.
- Facial Fillers:
As we age, we lose fat in our face and experience a deepening of the nasolabial folds. These respond very nicely to fillers such as Juvaderm, Voluma and Volbella.
Crowsfeet, glabellar and forehead lines in particular respond nicely to Botox. These lines are a result of movement.
- Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty:
The upper blepharoplasty is designed to decrease the redundant upper eyelid skin, while the lower lid blepharoplasty can help decrease the bulging and/or the redundant skin.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call my office at 703-406-2444 to schedule a complimentary, private consultation with me.