You don’t have to tolerate the unwanted signs of aging, such as facial creases, sagging skin, and fine lines. A face-lift, or rhytidectomy, surgically improves the signs of aging. But it’s not a quick or side effect-free procedure. Your surgeon makes incisions around your hairline or ears (for a mini face-lift) to lift the skin; then, excess skin is trimmed and the area stitched.
You may have notable swelling and bruising following a face-lift. These side effects peak about two days following surgery, but it takes two weeks for you to be able to return to normal activity and four weeks for strenuous activity. A face-lift doesn’t help when you have drooping eyelids or eyebrows, too. You need additional surgeries for those complaints.
Why choose a face-lift
You may want a face-lift to correct some of the most obvious and concerning effects of aging. These include sagging skin on your face and neck that makes you feel self-conscious. You may seek surgery because you believe you look much older than you feel or you’re concerned that your appearance is negatively affecting your career or personal relationships.
To undergo a face-lift, you must understand what it can, and can’t, do for you. It’s also important that you’re healthy and a nonsmoker. A surgical face-lift requires you go under general anesthesia, too.
Liquid face-lift as an alternative
A liquid face-lift uses dermal fillers and Botox to give you many of the same results of a surgical face-lift but with none of the downtime or potential complications. Dermal fillers — such as Juvéderm, Restylane, and Belotero — plump up, relax, and fill in the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.
Plus, a liquid face-lift can fight one of the major contributors to an aged look: loss of subcutaneous fat. When the fat on your face starts to diminish, you lose the fullness and rounded cheeks of youth. Fat plays an important role in filling out your skin, making it look taut and supple. Dermal fillers can recreate this lost fullness in a way a face-lift alone may not be able to.
When expertly applied by our team at Radiance Wellness MediSpa, these dermal fillers can also do much of what a surgical face-lift does without incisions, blood loss, or infection risk. They lift sagging skin by filling it up from the inside out and create youthful contours around hollow eyes or a sunken midface.
Our team adds Botox to offer a reduction in wrinkles around your eyes, horizontally along your forehead, and between your eyebrows. The use of Botox along with dermal fillers may lengthen your results. By slowing the movement of muscles that cause lines to form when you smile or squint, Botox slows the breakdown of dermal fillers.
We want to help you look and feel your best. To find out how the combined treatments of dermal fillers and Botox offer a less-expensive, effective alternative to a traditional face-lift, call the North Central Texas office that’s convenient to you, or book an appointment online. We can also help you determine if a surgical face-lift is a better fit for your aesthetic goals.