There’s never been a more exciting time to be a plastic surgeon—thanks to advancements in non-surgical and surgical techniques and technology, we have so much more to offer patients today than we did just a few years ago. Perhaps nowhere have we seen this more than in the realm of facial rejuvenation.
The current state of the art in facial rejuvenation integrates skin care, minimally-invasive treatments, and, when appropriate, plastic surgery to personalize treatment plans to an incredibly fine degree. This benefits patients in more ways than one:
- Patients have greater control over the visible aging process. They no longer have to wait for aging to progress to a point where plastic surgery is necessary.
- We can address signs of aging earlier in life, postponing the need for surgery.
- We can fine-tune treatment plans to meet a patient’s changing needs over time.
- Improved minimally invasive options allow us to safely and effectively treat patients with any skin type.
Smart skin care is the foundation of an effective anti-aging program
No matter where you are in the aging process, a professionally guided, at-home skin care plan, with medical-grade products tailored to your specific needs, is a good place to start. In fact, we recommend all patients who are seeking advice on how best to address facial aging discuss their concerns with one of our medical aestheticians in a complimentary consultation. This allows them to ask questions and establish a baseline for healthy skin maintenance, which is essential both to improve skin health and maximize the results of in-office facial rejuvenation treatments and plastic surgery.
Patients who need further skin enhancement will typically add non-surgical, in-office treatments to their anti-aging regimen. Popular options at CPS include chemical peels (there are many to choose from), microneedling, and our newest treatment option, the HALO laser, which delivers quite dramatic skin changes in an office procedure.
Of course, BOTOX and filler injections remain as popular as ever among our patients and offer a safe, convenient solution to maintain youthful facial volume and keep unwanted lines and wrinkles at bay. With several new fillers specially designed for specific features, such as the cheeks, lips, and mouth, we can achieve remarkably natural-looking improvements for men and women.
The classic facelift has gotten a facelift of its own in recent years
When facial aging reaches a certain stage, surgical intervention is usually necessary. This could mean a face and/or neck lift to address heavy jowls and folds, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to remove bags beneath the eyes and refresh sagging upper eyelids, or a combination of surgical procedures.
Today’s facelift surgery techniques lift sagging tissues while avoiding excessive skin tension, achieving more natural, attractive results than ever before. Modern anesthesia techniques also allow for safer surgery and easier recovery.
Combining non-surgical treatments with facial surgery gives a dramatic jump-start to help a patient achieve a more youthful appearance that looks natural and lasts longer.
Frequently, we will incorporate dermal filler injections or fat grafting during a facelift to replace lost facial volume, smooth finer lines, and creases, and enhance the overall result. The “icing on the cake” is the addition of a light chemical peel, done at the same time as facelift or eyelid surgery to help the patient’s skin look as good as their rejuvenated facial contours.
Before starting on any treatment path to correct the effects of facial aging, I recommend patients receive a full facial evaluation from a plastic surgeon and experienced skin care professional. Together, you and your team of providers can create a safe, effective plan to achieve satisfying improvements in the short and long term.
Why wait to enjoy a better-refreshed appearance?
It’s never too soon to take steps towards achieving or maintaining a more youthful facial appearance. Start today by calling 877-427-7888 to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation at our offices in Annandale, VA or Chevy Chase, MD. My patient coordinator, Diana Haan, and I will answer your questions and help you design a treatment plan that best suits your needs and goals.