Facial Rejuvenation: non-surgical, minimally invasive and facelift
Your face projects an image to your family, friends, colleagues and strangers about who you are, how you think and feel. However, your facial features may undergo gradual changes due to the ageing process, your lifestyle and heredity. Facial cosmetic surgery can restore your image by smoothing the texture of your skin and reshaping the underlying facial tissues. Your surgeon uses many tools and techniques to create the fresh rejuvenated look.
Facial Rejuvenation is a broad term that includes non-surgical treatment, minimally invasive procedures and facelift. There are many providers offering a wide range of treatments and it may be difficult to know what is the right treatment for you. A specialist plastic surgeon will be able to perform a full facial assessment and take into consideration individual characteristics and expectations. The most common points to consider are:
- Facial balance and facial proportions: the face is subdivided in anatomic and subatomic regions. Each unit can have an impact on how other areas of the face look like. For instance, a prominent nasal dorsum (large hump) makes the distance between the eyes look smaller. Likewise, you may have a small chin that makes your neck look less defined.
- Ageing: we are all affected by ageing- that irreversible relentless process of tissue degeneration which results in loss of elasticity and stretching of the skin, its suspensory ligaments and underlying soft tissues.
- Volume loss and displacement: ageing also causes some fat deflation (fat loss) and fat displacement. For instance, the malar (cheek) fat pad deflation and displacement leads to lack of cheek projection, loose skin along the jaw line (jowls) and deepening folds
Non-surgical treatment or minimally invasive treatments (botulin toxin, fillers, peelings, dermabrasion) are also effective and to achieve good results, consistently, it is important to receive unbiased advice. Treatment options should not be excluded just because they are no available for a provider.
The aim cosmetic surgery is to make you look as good as possible, safely. There are many available procedures to accomplish an individual patient’s needs. In other words, cosmetic surgery is tailored to the individual. Surgical treatment can be focused on an specific area, such as eyelids (blepharoplasty), nose (rhinoplasty), face (temporal lift and facelift), neck (neck lift). Moreover, it can consist on combination of surgical and non-surgical treatments, depending on your areas of concern.
The original facelift (rhytidectomy) as described over 40 years ago involved incisions placed inconspicuously in the hair, in front and behind of the ear. It relied on skin tightening and often produced short-lasting and unnatural results. Facelift techniques have evolved over the years and involve dissection and tightening of the suspensory supporting soft tissue of the face (SMAS) and neck (platysma). Newer methods include deep plane facelift and composite facelift. Moreover, results can be enhanced by performing ancillary non-surgical or minimally invasive treatments:
- Skin resurfacing with peeling, laser and micro needling
- Skin facial lines treatment with Botox and Fillers
- Facial volumisation with fillers or fat grafting
- Facial augmentation with facial implants
Before you make a decision to undergo cosmetic surgery, it is important that you be informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects. Despite your surgeon’s experience, the medical literature recognises that complications may occur even with the best surgical care.
Facial rejuvenation and facial surgery require in depth knowledge of the intricate facial anatomy, appropriate training and experience with proven surgical techniques and treatments. Check the credentials of your provider and seek the advice of a plastic surgeon experienced in facial surgery.