Being in my 30’s I am now paying more attention when it comes to regular facials, started getting professional peelings, and I am just a firm believer that you should always take the best care of your skin. While I am personally not getting any kind of injections or liftings (just yet), I think it is important to know what options are out there. Hence today’s feature is in collaboration with Hayley Sloan, medical writer for The Breslow Center.
A facelift is an effective way to keep Father Time at bay, but it isn’t your only option.
If you’re thinking about going under the knife but are concerned about the risks and downtime, have no fear! Advances in the field of plastic surgery have paved the way for several viable alternatives.
Here are six of the most popular and effective facial rejuvenations options that Hollywood celebs go for to stave off the signs of aging.
Botox is the most popular non-invasive cosmetic treatment in the United States. It works by temporarily freezing targeted muscles in the face and neck.
This procedure costs less than surgery, requires very little downtime, and is an excellent option for treating fine lines, brow wrinkles, crow’s feet, and forehead creases. Results can be seen in as little as seven days, though ongoing injections are recommended.
2. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers work by adding volume to areas of the face. This helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smile lines, hollow cheeks, acne scars, crow’s feet, and other scars.
There are several types of dermal fillers, depending upon your needs. Results are immediate and require no significant downtime. Maintenance treatments are generally recommended every six to nine months.
3. Fat Transfers
A fat transfer is an excellent alternative for anyone concerned about the risk of an allergic reaction from dermal fillers.
Fat transfers also increase tissue volume and are great for wrinkles, acne scars, crow’s feet, hollow cheeks and facial depressions. They also yield more natural-looking and permanent results.
While the healing time and side effects are minimal, fat fillers are generally more time consuming and expensive than dermal filler treatments.
4. Energy-Based Treatments
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser treatments use various wavelengths of light to treat dark spots and sun damage. Combined with ultrasound treatments, or Ultherapy, you could get even better results.
Ultherapy is good for treating face and neck wrinkles, using sound waves to stimulate the skin’s production of collagen. The results are very subtle at first, but some plastic surgeons claim that the process can offer permanent results that mimic a facelift and can treat the entire face.
This treatment works by releasing a fat-absorbing molecule into the target area — generally under the chin. The fat is slowly destroyed over time, requiring two to four treatments over the course of three months.
Treatments with Kybella are quick, but there is some discomfort, and you may experience tenderness or swelling.
6. Laser Lift
During a laser lift, a fine laser is used to remove fat and tighten the skin after small incisions are made behind the ears and under the chin. This creates a controlled injury that melts fat and tightens skin, making it ideal for the lower face and neck.
The bottom line
Ultimately, the effectiveness of a procedure depends primarily on the individual’s needs.
There are several possible approaches when it comes to choosing the right facelift alternative. The most effective options are procedures that are long lasting, have minimal downtime, and give patients natural looking results — whether it’s on the red carpet or in everyday situations!