If you’ve noticed pesky lines and creases where there used to be none, you may be spending more time researching the latest creams, serums, and beauty treatments. You may even be considering surgical facial rejuvenation. All of these strategies have merit and may work well together rather than independently. Then there is the middle ground. The non-surgical approach to anti-aging that involves a few injections and maybe a light or laser treatment, too. Here, we discuss what non-surgical facial rejuvenation may do for you.
What Is a Non-Surgical Facelift?
Non-surgical facial rejuvenation can include any number of various treatments. For the most part, this protocol includes Botox, fillers, and some type of skin resurfacing.
- Botox is a neuromodulator, which means that this injectable treats lines that have resulted from facial movement. Dynamic lines are normal. They appear when we make an expression like a frown or when we raise our eyebrows. Over time, the repetitive nature of facial movements etches creases in the skin. Botox disables the muscle for a short time, about 4 months, so the skin can return to its smooth, youthful state. Because Botox relaxes muscle contractions, this FDA-approved drug is also commonly used to lift a sagging brow line.
- Dermal fillers also reduce wrinkles but they achieve a more youthful appearance in different ways than Botox. A dermal filler builds volume in the skin. When that volume is created beneath a line or crease, it plumps the skin to erase the wrinkle. Being a volume builder, the average dermal filler can also treat thin, deflated lips, flattened cheeks, undereye bags, jowls, and more. Depending on the products used, improvements can last up to 2 years.
- Laser skin resurfacing is commonly recommended for patients seeking facial rejuvenation, even those who choose surgery. This modality addresses the dermatologic changes that Botox and dermal fillers cannot. For example, our Halo fractional laser resurfacing treatment wipes away dead and damaged skin cells to reveal smoother, brighter, more resilient skin.
Non-surgical facial rejuvenation can be a quick and convenient way to refresh your look this Spring. To consult with an experienced, board-certified surgeon who provides honest, straightforward information about treatment options, contact our Louisville office and schedule your visit with Dr. Salzman.