A “facial rejuvenation” is any cosmetic treatment which aims to return your face to a more youthful appearance. These procedures can be surgical or nonsurgical, and utilize a variety of means to smooth wrinkles, reduce lines, and fill in sagging or depressed areas of the face. Generally, these occur due to the natural aging process, but facial rejuvenation is frequently used to correct congenital problems as well.
Non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments typically involve the use of both neuromodulators and dermal fillers and each has a different role. Neuromodulators, such as Botox, are drugs that act to weaken the muscles that cause deep wrinkles. Whereas dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, are most commonly made from hyaluronic acid, and are used to fill in creases and restore volume loss in the face.
Which option is best for you—surgical or non-surgical—is something you should discuss during a consultation with a plastic surgeon. It’s possible that a dermal filler is more than enough to help you reach your aesthetic goals, though in some situations the surgical options may be more beneficial. Everyone’s anatomy is different, and thus no facial rejuvenation procedure is administered in exactly the same way.
Surgical Options: Facelifts, Eyelid Surgery, Brow Lifts, Neck Lifts
If it’s been a while since you’ve looked into what a facelift involves, or if this is your first time researching it, it’s important to note that the procedure most patients consider a “facelift” these days is significantly different than what it was, say, even two decades ago—at its core, a facelift involves small incisions near the ears, temples, and/or hairlines so that the surgeon can have access to the underlying anatomy of the face to modify and enhance it. However, in many cases, a “facelift” might be considered the combination of multiple targeted procedures, which might include eyelid surgery, a brow lift, and a neck lift.
Speaking of neck lifts, while these are not technically part of a “facial” rejuvenation, many patients find that by having a neck lift in addition to their facial rejuvenation treatments can provide a more cohesive look—in plainer terms, when the face looks more youthful and the neck does not, it can look a little “off.”
Non-Surgical Options Explained
Among the most popular non-surgical facial rejuvenation options are the use of dermal fillers. One of the primary benefits of dermal fillers is that most are impermanent, typically lasting between nine months and two years, depending on the kind used. For some patients, this non-invasive kind of treatment is all that’s necessary to reach their aesthetic goals—without the permanence and commitment of plastic surgery.
Botox is a commonly used neuromodulator, and while it has many other medical applications, it is an excellent choice for smoothing out lines and wrinkles in the face by relaxing the muscles responsible for creating these lines. It differs from facial fillers such as Juvederm, which is often used to directly “fill in” specific lines and volume loss areas in the face, such as the nasolabial folds —these are the lines which tend to develop between the nose and the mouth. Other options for dermal fillers include Restylane or even fat grafts, which involve the injection of fat sourced from another part of the patient’s body. It’s common for younger patients to choose one or more of these kinds of treatments to target problem areas of their face without the need for surgery.