Getting rid of your wrinkles doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, resolving sagging skin isn’t always a surgery away. There are so many facial cosmetic procedures out there that can help reverse signs of aging without surgery. The key is finding what works best for you.
Whether you dislike the brown spots on your face or you’re unhappy with fine lines and wrinkles, there are treatments that will help. Let’s take a look at some of the options available that could help you renew your skin—and your confidence.
It’s a classic, but it’s an option that often gets overlooked when considering facial treatments. Botox is a great option for easing “dynamic” wrinkles caused by repetitive facial movements. It works by limiting the activity of specific facial muscles. The treatment is simple and safe, taking just a few minutes and causing minimal discomfort. The injections last for about 3-4 months on average, and it’s safe to keep the results maintained by repeating treatments every few months. For dynamic wrinkles, there are few options that beat Botox. Furthermore, you’ll see even better results if you combine Botox with other treatments such as dermal fillers.
Dermal Fillers (American Self offers Restylane and Juvederm)
Injectable fillers are extremely versatile yet gentle treatments which can fill in fine lines and “static” wrinkles. Those are wrinkles that are caused by facial volume loss. Fillers can also subtly improve facial contours and provide natural-looking lip augmentation. Fillers are often hyaluronic acid-based, but there are many different formulas meant to help with different aesthetic goals. Just like Botox, the treatments only require a brief injection procedure. After that, you’re good to go for about 6-12 months on average, depending on the filler type. Fillers are great in combination with Botox or facial resurfacing treatments, as all procedures accomplish slightly different goals.
Sagging skin is one of the most common signs of aging—and one of the most distressing. Many people believe that sagging skin requires surgery to fix, but that’s just not the case for minor to moderate skin sagging. Thermage is the gold standard of radiofrequency treatments that lifts and tightens the skin by encouraging collagen production in the skin.
Facial peels are a customizable treatment that are used to resurface and rejuvenate the skin. Newer treatments like the Silk Peel offer a combination of gentle abrasion with chemicals that help to renew the skin. Peels can either be superficial and non-invasive, or offer dramatic results and require a longer healing period.
One of the most popular methods for facial resurfacing, laser treatments have gotten much gentler over the last few years. The light from the laser carefully destroys damaged skin cells, allowing for new, healthy cells to form. New collagen will also form, providing lasting rejuvenation. There is some recovery time involved with laser treatments while the skin heals, but the results are worth the inconvenience to most patients. This treatment can address many issues, including wrinkles, lines, brown spots, sun damage, and acne scars.
Choosing a Specialist
At the end of the day, an experienced facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Ruth Hillelson, MD, FACS, will make all the difference in getting the results you want. During your consultation, she surgeon will evaluate your skin and facial aging, and discuss your goals for non-invasive treatments. You’ll then receive personalized recommendations that will allow you to choose the right procedures for you. Having knowledge about what each procedure can accomplish is great, but remember that Dr. Hillelson has years of experience and can give you a good idea of what will work best for your skin.
To get started, give us a call at American Self to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ruth Hillelson. Dr. Hillelson has decades of experience in helping patients reach their aesthetic goals with the latest most effective facial and body treatments in Richmond, VA. Call 804.290.0060 to schedule your consultation today.