As a facial plastic surgeon my expertise lies in facelifts, although I feel fortunate to practice at a time when there are many noninvasive procedures available to rejuvenate the face.
The aging baby boomer population has ignited the innovation of newer and less invasive procedures so that one can continue to look young without having to take any time off of work.
As the number of invasive facial procedures has continued to decline gradually, the number of non-invasive procedures has risen exponentially. Skin care, Botox and fillers are now the corner stone of facial rejuvenation.
Botox is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States today. Botox is a highly purified protein injected in specific facial muscles, causing them to weaken which in turn leads to softening of wrinkles and lines. Botox has many different applications, including the lifting of sagging eyebrows and neck bands.
Fillers are used to reduce or eliminate deep wrinkles and lines and reestablish a youthful facial volume. Some of the most common areas for fillers include the laugh lines, lips, cheeks, temples and lower eyelids. It's exciting to see the use of fillers grow.
In this economy patients are less likely to be able to afford larger facial surgeries that require taking many days off of work at a higher cost. In my opinion, more and more patients will continue to gravitate toward less invasive procedures such as skin care, Botox and fillers. In 2008 our practice experienced a surge in the sales of SkinMedica skin care with TNS Essential Serum™ being the most popular product.
My advice to patients is to research the different treatments that are available and consult a qualified physician to explore your options.