In the bad old days, once you noticed signs of aging in your face, you had two not-so-good options: ineffectual cold creams or unnatural looking facelifts. Now you have so many different kinds of remedies to counteract the signs of aging, it can feel overwhelming.
When you first notice wrinkling and sagging, does that mean you’re ready for a beautiful, natural-looking rejuvenating facelift performed by an expert Las Vegas plastic surgeon? Maybe so, but maybe not.
In between that first wrinkle and a decision to get a surgical correction, there are many other effective steps you can take to rejuvenate your face. In fact, nonsurgical rejuvenation is now more popular than cosmetic surgery. More than six million men and women in the United States use Botox per year, compared to 120,000 who booked facelifts.
Use this checklist to find out if you are ready or not for the perfect facelift:
I Have Wrinkles
Not ready: Your wrinkles are light, shallow and sparse. Maybe you spent too much time in the sun, or inherited skin that’s thin and inelastic. Or, you could be a smoker or have other habits that are degrading the quality of your skin.
Try this instead: The first option for light wrinkling is to calm down the muscles that cause the wrinkles in the first place. The neuromodulators Botox and Dysport relax those muscles, allowing your skin to smooth out and become wrinkle-free. Julio Garcia, MD — an expert plastic surgeon and artist — removes your wrinkles while still allowing you a full range of beautiful facial expressions. Botox and Dysport last from three to six months.
Not ready: Your wrinkles are deep. You have nasolabial folds, perioral lines, and marionette lines. But you don’t have jowls or sagging on your lower face or neck.
Try this instead: Fill in your deeper wrinkles with hyaluronic-acid (HA) based dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm. The extra volume in your skin also helps create a mini facelift — without surgery. Dermal fillers can last up to 18 months.
Ready: Your wrinkling is profuse and you also have sagging skin, such as jowling and turkey neck. If your skin has lost significant elasticity, you may want to undergo laser therapy either before or after your facelift to strengthen it and revitalize its functions with the production of newer, stronger collagen and elastin.
A facelift raises and tightens your facial muscles and skin, trims away excess skin, and adds volume with fat grafts.
I Have Sagging Skin
Not ready: You can’t quite put your finger on it, but your facial skin looks thinner and you don’t have that youthful glow anymore.
Try this instead: You can plump up your skin and restore lost volume with HA fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm. Fillers can also stimulate your skin to produce a little more natural collagen, helping your results last from 6 months to 18 months or more.
Not ready: You’ve noticed a loss of volume in your midface that makes you look older and gaunt. Your face actually looks slightly lower than it used to.
Try this instead: You can tighten and lift your skin with heat therapies, such as lasers, ThermiSmooth and Thermitight. Just a few sessions with heat-based treatments triggers your skin to produce newer and stronger strands of supportive collagen that contract your skin, making it tighter and minimizing the size of your pores. Laser and Thermi therapies also create more elastin, which restores elasticity to your skin.
Almost ready: You have jowls and loose neck skin.
Try this first: If your sagging is limited to your lower face, has just started, and hasn’t responded to heat therapies, you should consider mini face lift las vegas, also known as a lower face lift as your first surgical intervention. If your neck and chin are sagging too, Dr. Garcia can tighten the skin and underlying muscles with a platysmaplasty and neck lift.
Ready: You have significant sagging in your lower face, jowling, loss of volume in your midface, and a turkey neck. Your best fix is now a full rhytidectomy (facelift) with fat grafting to create more volume and strength in your skin. Dr. Garcia also performs a platysmaplasty and neck lift to fully rejuvenate your face and neck. If you have a double chin, too, Dr. Garcia removes it with liposuction during the facelift procedure.
Whether you are ready for a facelift, are going the nonsurgical route, or want to maintain the benefits of a mini lift, facelift or neck lift, you can keep your skin in optimal shape with the following strategies:
- Using a prescription skincare regimen based on your DNA (iDNA)
- Getting regular chemical peels or laser treatments
- Applying sunscreen throughout the day
- Wearing protective hats and clothing
- Eating a healthy diet with vegetables and high-quality protein
- Exercising regularly
The first step toward getting the refreshed look you want through surgical or nonsurgical means is a consultation with an expert plastic surgeon who has an artist’s eye. Dr. Garcia evaluates the quality of your skin and helps you choose the best options to give you the most natural-looking and long-lasting rejuvenation possible.