Getting older is a fact of life — but when you don’t feel old, it can be jarring to see yourself in the mirror and realize that you look old. In the past, the only treatment option was a facelift — and when your skin grew slack, the only option was another face lift. Instead of looking natural, patients would wind up with the tight or pulled appearance that made it obvious they had “had work done.” In addition to not always giving natural-looking results, plastic surgery face lifts are invasive medical procedures that are fairly risky, involve extensive recovery time, and quite expensive. It’s no wonder then that people have long wanted an alternative to plastic surgery.
Now, thanks to advances in lasers, RF devices, injectables such as dermal fillers, we have a wide range of available non-invasive alternatives to plastic surgery/facelifts. But in order to understand how this could help you one must understand what happens when we age.
The Three Main Components of Facial Aging
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1. Loss of fat, muscle, bone, or volume in the face leaves a sallow, hollow or deflated appearance. Areas most commonly affected by fat loss are the tear trough (the groove that forms below the lower eyelid fat bag), the cheeks, temples, lips, and upper eyelids.
2. Sun damage from UV rays physically breaks down the elastic fibers and collagen in the skin, damage skin’s DNA causing cells to grow with abnormal coloration (sun spots and freckles), and causes skin cancer. Those who have spent too much time in the sun will manifest the sun damage as fine wrinkles around the eyes and lips, sun spots and freckles, and a dull leathery texture to the skin.
3. Aging, sagging skin is caused by sun damage and hormonal changes. This increased skin laxity creates large hanging bags under the eyes, drooping eyelids, eyebrows which hang so below the hood of the eyes, hanging jowls, and loose skin around the neck.
Facelifts will always have a place in facial rejuvenation. The results can last up to 10 years, and they give good results for people who have severely sagging skin. But in recent years, there has been an increasing trend away from face lifts and towards non-invasive techniques because they are less expensive, give more natural-looking results, have minimal down time, and are much less risky with fewer complications.
These kinds of treatments are sometimes called “liquid face lifts,” “mini facelifts,” or “lunchtime face lifts.” These treatments are appropriate for patients who are a bit younger, someone in the 30’s to 60s who is not ready for plastic surgery or is not a surgery candidate. Depending on the issues the patient wants to correct and their treatment goals, there are a host of non-surgical facial procedures. In fact, the options can seem endless — Botox,Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra, peels, lasers… the list goes on and on. The big question is, how do you choose?
At your complimentary consultation, Dr. John Tang will discuss your unique problems and will recommend a treatment plan that will meet your goals, expectations, budget, and lifestyle. Dr. Tang has had extensive experience in combining the various treatments and technologies. It is important to remember that non-surgical facelifts are as much an art as they are a science. Getting aesthetically pleasing results requires not only sound medical knowledge and an understanding of anatomy, but also an artist’s eye. With years of experience treating Bay Area liquid facelift patients, Dr. Tang can help you look as young as you feel.
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