Injectables and fillers can help put the brakes on facial aging, but they are not substitutes for a traditional facelift rhytidectomy. Similarly, a stem cell facelift uses fat injections to add volume to the aging face, but it does not provide the lift that a surgical facelift does. Unlike either of these nonsurgical options, which have limited staying power, surgical facelifts last more than 10 years. That said, facelift — which is used to treat severe facial skin laxity and sagging — is a major surgical procedure that requires considerable healing time. Fine lines, wrinkles and age spots may improve with skin resurfacing techniques, such as laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Wrinkles may further improve with the use of injectables such as collagen or Botox.
During a face-lift, facial soft tissues are lifted, excess skin is removed and skin is draped back over the newly repositioned contours. Incisions can be made in the hairline starting at the temples, continuing down and around the front of the ears and ending behind the ears in the lower scalp. A face-lift rhytidectomy is a cosmetic surgical procedure to create a younger appearance in your face. The procedure can reduce the sagging or folds of skin on the cheeks and jawline and other changes in the shape of your face that occur with age. During a face-lift, a flap of skin on each side of the face is pulled back, and tissues below the skin are surgically altered to return the contour of the face to a more youthful shape.
Thread lifts used to involve surgery and became associated with undesirable side effects such as infections and thread breakage. However, the thread lift procedure has radically changed. Most thread lifting procedures today are non-invasive.
A unique facial rejuvenation option that produces dramatic results, laser skin tightening effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin for a smoother and more youthful appearance. Learn more about facial skin tightening below. Facial skin tightening is noticeable immediately after the treatment, and there is no downtime, making this an increasingly popular procedure. Additional skin tightening occurs over the next few months, but optimal results usually require two or three treatments about a month apart. Laser skin tightening is an FDA approved method for the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity.