3 Non-Surgical Procedures To Try Before A Facelift
Many people experience lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin on their face and around their jawline. Although the immediate thought is to have a facelift, there are other procedures you may want to consider before choosing a surgical approach. In some cases, non-surgical options may give satisfactory results until you are ready for a facelift.
Sometimes saggy skin can enhance the appearance of smile lines around your mouth. A non-surgical solution may be to have fillers injected into your smile lines to make them less noticeable. When fillers are used, they help take up the extra room caused by decreased skin elasticity. Since the skin is filled, it can also create a more youthful and supple appearance in the treatment area. Depending on the exact location of your procedure, the area may be filled with collagen or your own body fat can be used as a filler. Some fillers can also be useful if you have mild sagging under your chin to help fill the empty space, creating a smoother appearance.
If your main problem is sagging skin around the jawline and neck, ultrasound technology might be the best non-surgical option. Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to help tighten loose skin on some parts of the face and neck. The procedure stimulates collagen production, which is the substance in your skin responsible for elasticity. It is not an immediate fix. You will likely notice improvements in the firmness of the treated area over the course of a few months. Similar techniques include the use of radiofrequency to help stimulate collagen production.
Use Skin Resurfacing
When you have fine lines or wrinkles, skin resurfacing can help smooth the area and improve its appearance. Although skin resurfacing will not decrease sagging skin, improving skin texture can make sagging less noticeable. Many skin resurfacing procedures use lasers to remove the outer layer of skin, allowing fresh skin to surface.
You may need several cycles of treatment and recovery before your achieve the desired results. As deeper layers of skin rise to the surface, you should notice a gradual decrease in the number of fine lines and deeper wrinkles may become more shallow. Similar procedures, such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels, are other options to help improve skin texture and diminish lines.
When you are not ready for a facelift, but want to improve the appearance of facial lines or sagging skin, there are non-surgical options available. Many of these procedures can also be used after a facelift to help maintain the original surgery.