Surgical Facelifts: What Are They Being Replaced With?

Whether it’s a Fraxel, Ulthera or Thermage treatment to tighten the skin, or a filler such as Sculptra,or Radiesse to replace volume and enhance face shape; patients will have plenty of options to meet their goals.

Aging not only occurs at different rates in different individuals, but also on different areas of the body. While no one can prevent aging, there is a variety of non-invasive approaches that are becoming the preferred treatments of choice because they can ensure optimal aging by reducing the effects of volume loss, sagging skin and sinking appearance without the necessity of surgery. The face ages very specifically with a combination of bone, fat, collagen and elastin loss, which results in sagging and sinking of the skin and wrinkle formation.

Tight, firm facial skin is a distinct sign of youth, while the sagging of skin is a known sign of aging. Aging skin loses its elasticity and has difficulty bouncing back, characterized by definition loss along the jaw line, droopy eyes and cheeks, and the development of jowls. The only way to fix this problem is by tightening, with the most dramatic results being a surgical facelift. But for those that are surgery averse, there are several treatments that can provide realistically desired results. In addition, it’s possible to delay or replace an actual facelift by starting non-surgical facelift treatments early on.

  1. Ulthera: Dermatologists are more and more frequently recommending Ultherapy to patients who wish to tighten loose sagging skin in the face, neck, under the chin, along the jaw line and brow. Ultherapy emits focused ultrasound energy below the skin’s surface to lift the layers, essentially tightening and smoothing out wrinkles and sagging skin.

    The ability to treat the skin’s foundation without disrupting the outer layer, as well as creating underlying support from thin side out makes Ultherapy one of the most innovative skin-tightening treatments available today. This 60 to 90-minute treatment will progressively show results two to three months afterwards and continued improvements for up to six months. Ultrasound’s defining feature is its ability to deliver deep treatment through the skin and subcutaneous tissue, which is the deepest layer of the skin and where the connective and elastic tissue lies.

  1. Thermage is another effective non-invasive treatment to smooth, tighten and contour the skin into a more natural and youthful appearing skin. A smooth hand piece delivers treatment with radio frequency technology, which safely heats the deep layers of skin and stimulates collagen while also promoting new collagen growth. The new and tightened collagen will strengthen and tighten the skin’s foundation into a younger face, and results will improve over a two to six month time period gradually following a single treatment session.

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