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When do I get a Facelift? Facelift,  Fillers or Laser? How do you make the tough decision on where to start and what to do? ...
faceliftWhen do I get a Facelift? Facelift,  Fillers or Laser? How do you make the tough decision on where to start and what to do? We get many clients in the office that are asking some very pointed questions about when to embark on to a more serious way to improve their appearance. Many of these clients want to know when they should be taking the first steps into more serious appearance enhancement like surgery, botox, or facial fillers, or other laser devices. Well you should know that there are many options available to you before you need to make the jump into surgery, however, some of the issues you may be dealing with able to be resolved without going under the knife. I have fine lines and wrinkles on the top part of my face: If you are dealing with lines and wrinkles in the forehead, crows feet around the eyes, one of the options available to you will be a muscle relaxer like Botox.  Many clients can achieve a more rested, youthful appearance, with uplifted eyebrows from just these simple injections. Botox blocks the release of a chemical, called acetylcholine, which triggers the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles. It paralyzes the muscles and stops them from contracting. This effect can last for up to 3 months, but it is not permanent, and will need to be repeated in order to consistently maintain appearance. I have some loss of volume in my face: One of the effects of aging is loss of volume in the skin due to the natural aging process which means that you lose collagen and elastin as years go by. Fat loss in the face can make the cheeks and undereyes appear hollow and dark, and the jawline can appear lumpy.  Your wrinkles might be more pronounced if you’re a person that has had lots of sun exposure, weight gain or loss, or smokes. Injecting fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can help to fill in hollow areas like under the eye, restoring volume in the cheeks, and smoothing out a jawline. Many fillers can last for 9 months to a year, and there are also some permanent options as well like Silikon 1000. I have dark spots,  uneven skin tone, or fine lines: Since many topical products cannot penetrate the skin to induce the production of collagen, we turn to lasers to both resurface the skin as well as to help collagen build from underneath. In addition to helping to build collagen which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, lasers can also get rid of pesky old acne scars, as well as sun damage that has been caused over the years.  Commonly used are fractional laser devices, radio frequency, or IPL devices. There are different intensities and varieties of laser services offered, so consulting with a provider is necessary. Finally, being realistic about your goals is something that is important, and your provider should guide you and be honest about what they can and cannot do.  All of these services such as botox, facial fillers, and lasers that we mentioned above can help you to look your best, age gracefully, as well as turn back the hands of time.