Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery – For centuries, people have searched for ways to halt the hands of time and maintain a youthful appearance, free of wrinkles and fine lines. In modern times, cosmetic procedures ranging from botox and fillers to chemical peels and microdermabrasion have come to the fore providing people with non-invasive ways to rejuvenate their skin and make the most of their natural features.
However, innovations in the field of facial rejuvenation have also led to synergies between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery procedures and some surgeons now practice a combination of procedures in tandem to give their patients a dramatically younger appearance.
If you are considering undergoing plastic surgery to reduce the appearance of aging it is advisable to consult your local plastic surgeons who are board-certified specialists to discuss the best options for you. This article will outline some of the combination procedures that are currently available.
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves the visible signs of aging by lifting and tightening skin in the face and neck. A facelift is particularly effective for improving the lower part of the face and neck including the cheeks and jawline to reduce the effects of sagging skin, jowling, fine lines and wrinkles.
The procedure involves pulling back skin on each side of the face and tightening the tissue and muscles underneath. Facial fat may be sculpted or removed, and the skin is then repositioned over the face and stitched up. The end result should be a more youthful-looking appearance. However, due to volume loss from loss of fat or muscle tone in the face, the results can produce a flatter appearance.
Volume in the face which is lost during the aging process, particularly in the cheeks and midface region, is restored through the use of voluma fillers or with fat transfer to produce a more youthful look.
Facial fillers often contain hyaluronic acid, a substance that is found naturally throughout the body, which helps the skin to stay hydrated by binding to water. As a result, volume is restored to the cheeks and midface. The combination of a facelift procedure with volumization techniques can produce a more natural-looking and youthful appearance to the entire face.
Laser resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure designed to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin by using a laser to target and remove the outer layers of the skin known as the epidermis, resulting in smoother skin that has less wrinkles, age spots and other blemishes. The two types of laser treatment are ablative and non-ablative.
Ablative laser resurfacing destroys the epidermis of the skin while simultaneously heating the layer below known as the dermis. This stimulates the production of collagen over time, resulting in an improved skin tone and complexion. Nonablative laser resurfacing also stimulates collagen production and is a less invasive approach with a shorter recovery time compared with an ablative laser.
When all three of these anti-aging procedures are performed together it is possible to benefit from significant anti-aging results. Depending on your particular skin type and facial structure a combination procedure may help you to achieve the best results.