With each passing year, we see more signs of aging. Lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and sagging skin can make you look older than you feel, and sometimes it can be difficult to cope with these changes. If you’re considering your plans for 2015, it might be a good time to think about turning back the clock with skin treatments. Today there is a wide range of options available to help you look as young as you feel. Not sure where to start? Here are some options for facial rejuvenation to consider for the new year.
CO2 Laser Treatments
One of the most intensive types of treatment available, carbon dioxide lasers produce dramatic anti-aging results. These treatments can help reduce deep wrinkling, acne scarring, pigmentation issues, and improve overall skin quality. Laser resurfacing works by heating the deep layers of skin and helping to destroy damaged skin and encourage the formation of new, more youthful-looking skin. Laser treatments also improve collagen in the skin, which lends youthful qualities such as elasticity. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and requires a few weeks of downtime. The benefits of laser resurfacing can be long-lasting and significant.
An extremely popular option that is becoming more prevalent each year, dermal fillers encompass a wide range of options for instant, temporary anti-aging. Fillers can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including filling in wrinkles and adding subtle volume to the face in the lips, cheeks, and more. Fillers are non-invasive, requiring only a simple injection session, and patients can be back to regular activities right away. There are many different brands and formulas, each with slightly different properties. A facial plastic surgeon can help determine which filler is right for each patient. Fillers typically last 6-12 months, depending on the type.
The most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States, Botox has a long tradition of helping people look more youthful by easing dynamic wrinkles (those caused by movement) in the face. It is a safe and effective option, perfect for a special event or as part of an anti-aging plan. The injection sessions are quick, require no downtime, and results last for 3-4 months. Botox appeals to a wide range of demographics, and patients love the great results. Following the injection, improvement occurs within about a week.
Chemical peels use chemicals to get rid of damaged facial skin so smoother, healthier skin can emerge. Available in a wide range of formulas and strengths, chemical peels are appropriate for many different patients. Mild peels can be great skin refreshers, and are often part of an ongoing skincare plan. Deep peels can have major anti-aging benefits, but do require downtime following treatment. A qualified facial plastic surgeon can walk patients through the options and recommend the best course of action.
Sagging skin can be difficult to treat without surgery, but Thermage is a completely non-invasive option for tightening the facial skin and improving wrinkles. While not as effective as surgery, Thermage treatments can produce marked improvement over time. The treatment works by directing radiofrequency energy into the skin to stimulate collagen production. A single treatment is usually sufficient, and involves no downtime. Treatment times can vary from 20 minutes to two hours, depending on the extent of the procedure. Improvement is gradual, with final results becoming apparent two to six months after treatment, as the collagen takes a while to form and improve facial contour.
Choosing a Procedure
With the number of options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the procedure or procedures that are right for you. While it is important to make your own decisions about your preferred treatment, a qualified plastic surgeon can help you make a decision based on your facial aging patterns and desired results. This is why it is crucial to choose a knowledgeable board certified surgeon and come to your consultations with prospective doctors prepared with questions. Communication is key for getting the results you want.
Choosing a Facial Plastic Surgeon
Whether you know which treatment you would like to pursue or you’re feeling overwhelmed by the options, choosing your facial plastic surgeon is the most important step in the process. Your results will largely depend on the surgeon you choose, as he or she will help you choose the procedure that is right for you and have the skills and knowledge to give you safe, beautiful results.
With all this in mind, it is important to do extensive research on prospective surgeons, even for non-invasive treatments like Botox. For best results, pick a board certified surgeon with extensive experience, such as our specialists at Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery in Birmingham and Dearborn, Michigan. We offer a wide range of treatments and a highly trained staff with decades of experience. Call (866-487-3223) today to schedule your complimentary consultation.