You look in the mirror and aren’t exactly happy about the lines on your forehead, by your eyes or around your mouth. But, you are fairly certain that you aren’t ready for the recovery period or cost of facial plastic surgery. Luckily for you, you live in a time when there are numerous non-surgical options available. Whether you are concerned about the signs of aging on the upper part of your face or the lower part, or are bothered about your nose, there are a few non-surgical treatments that will help you.
The surgical option for a droopy brow or for the lines on the forehead or near the eyebrows is a brow lift, sometimes called a forehead lift. While a brow lift will provide results that can last for years, it’s not for everyone.
If you are just beginning to notice lines between your brows, a much less invasive treatment might be a better option for you. Botox injections temporarily keep the nerves from communicating to the muscles that are responsible for the movements that create the lines between your eyebrows. The treatment process is much quicker than surgery. Most patients are in and out of their facial plastic surgeon’s in about 30 minutes. The recovery period is also much shorter.
Although you’ll want to keep your head elevated for a day and should avoid anything too strenuous the first day after your injection, for the most part, you can get back to your regular life right after a treatment with Botox.
The drawback of the injectable is that the results are very temporary. Many people see results about a week after the treatment, and usually those results last for about three months. You can keep repeating your treatments if you like what they do for you.
Depending on what bothers you about your nose, rhinoplasty might be the only way to correct the problem. Rhinoplasty can reduce the size of your nose, increase its width or adjust the angle of the nose’s tip. The results from surgery permanent, which can make the commitment and recovery time worth it for many people.
If you are a little hesitant about surgery or are unsure how you’ll like your results, it might be worth it to try a non-surgical option first. Non-surgical rhinoplasty uses fillers to temporarily increase the width of the nose or to fill in divots or smooth out humps on the nose’s surface. The treatment can’t make a nose smaller, change the tip of the nose, or correct any issues inside the nose, so it’s not for everyone. Usually, the results from the treatment last anywhere from six months to more than a year. At the point, you can decide that you are fine with your nose as it was or decide to commit to surgery.
Performed on the upper or lower eyelids or in some cases both, blepharoplasty is a surgery designed to remove excess skin and to improve the look of puffiness or bags under the eyes. Although you can’t reduce sagging or drooping skin with a non-surgical treatment, there are several non-surgical options that help improve the look of the eye area.
For example, a filler might be injected under the eye area to add volume to the tear troughs, reducing the appearance of hollow eyes or dark circles. Botox injections can temporarily reduce the appearance of crow’s feet in the corner of the eyes, too.
Lower Face and Neck
When you are just beginning to notice the signs of aging on your face, you might not only not be emotionally ready for surgery. Your skin might also not be ready for a surgical procedure. For example, to really benefit from a facelift or neck lift, you need to have a certain amount of sagging, loose skin.
Before you reach that point, a non-surgical option, such as the liquid facelift might be more appropriate. A liquid facelift won’t tighten or reduce loose skin. But, it will add volume to your facial area, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines. The type of injectables used during a liquid facelift depend on your specific needs. For example, if you are worried about lines on your forehead or crow’s feet, the surgeon will administer Botox. He can also add volume to your cheek area or smooth lines by the mouth using a hyaluronic acid filler. If you are starting to be concerned about your neck, but don’t want a neck lift just yet, your surgeon might recommend Botox injections to ease the appearance of neck bands.
Since every person is different, there’s no way to say when non-surgical options are the best pick, compared to surgical options. Your best choice is to make an appointment with a board certified facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Michael Schwartz in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Schwartz will evaluate your current health, your face and will ask you about your preferences before recommending a treatment for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz, call 561-228-5888 today.