A common question patients ask is if non-surgical facial rejuvenation is an option for them. The answer to that is not so simple. The goal of facial rejuvenation is to look younger, achieve long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing results, and to look natural.
Patients seeking out facial rejuvenation techniques want to minimize their cost as well as the invasiveness of potential procedures, but the problem is that many practitioners take advantage of those that are looking for a quick fix. We’ve all seen the advertisements: “Look younger on your lunch break!” “Look great while staying away from the scalpel!” “Want to look younger without scars?” How true are all of these promises?
Promises of New Technology
The first issue is that device and medication manufacturers are all too excited to jump on this bandwagon. Every year, two to three new lasers pop up claiming to take away a “turkey neck” without surgery, scars, or downtime.
I will admit that the technology of these devices as well as the longevity of filler agents are getting better without a doubt. Compared to even five years ago, the hyaluronic acids are vastly better, and physicians now have a wider spectrum of choices when it comes to filer agents. Certain non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques could be the right choice for some people — but non-invasive options cannot compare to the results one can get with surgical procedures such as a facelift, neck lift, or eyelid lift.
How Are Surgical Options Superior?
In certain areas of the face and in certain patients with moderate to advanced aging, a surgical option can be superior in terms of:
- Return on investment/cost-effectiveness
- Natural appearance
- Overall results
Another factor confusing consumers is the plethora of providers on the market that are not actually professionally trained in these procedures. In today’s world, we have pediatricians, gynecologists, E.R. physicians, and more providing aesthetic services. Since many of these providers are not trained surgeons, they have little knowledge to truly counsel patients with respect to all of their options, both surgical and non-surgical.
Though patients in today’s world research the internet thoroughly, the internet itself is often manipulated through marketing. One of the highest grossing providers offering breast implants in the United States did not even complete a surgical residency. He has an amazing website that appears very professional and inviting — but is it honest or appropriate? Beware of marketing.
Research All Options
Do not be scared simply because your surgeon recommends surgery. Understand that facial rejuvenation is a spectrum with non-surgical options such as Restylane and surgical options such as a facelift. Understand that fillers and Botox is not the solution for every facial aging problem. Take time to find the right solution for your specific needs.
Good luck on your journey toward the fountain of youth (or at least great-looking results)! The fact remains that today’s technological advancements truly make the journey realistic, safe, and a lot of fun.