Prominent lines, wrinkles and sagging skin are par for the course as we age but facelifts give you the opportunity to freshen up your look and boost your confidence.
Many people considering facelifts are concerned about scarring but since everyone will have a different surgical experience, this can be a tricky question to answer.
Facelift Procedures: Understanding Your Options
Facelifts continue to be one of the most effective ways to combat sagging skin, a loss of elasticity as well as deep lines and wrinkles.
There are two types of facelifts that you can choose from:
Traditional Facelift. This is an ideal option for treating advanced cases of ageing and sagging skin. To complete a traditional facelift, incisions will need to be made along the hairline and at the front and back of the ears. Unfortunately, this procedure will result in some scarring but any scars generally do fade over time.
Thread Lift. This minimally invasive version of a facelift is used to treat moderate cases of facial ageing using fine threads that are attached to facial tissue. The threads used in this procedure are anchored behind the ears or the hairline and cannot be seen with the naked eye. Over time, the sutures can be adjusted if need be. Since skin does not need to be removed during this procedure, there is minimal to no scarring.
The best way to decide which of these options are best for you is to consult with a plastic surgeon from Kogarah such as Dr Zurek. Fortunately, there is a minimally invasive option that doesn’t result in scarring for those who still want to see significant results.
Exploring Non-Surgical Alternatives
If you really feel that you aren’t ready for a facelift, there are other non-surgical options that will reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Cosmetic Injections. Dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections have become very popular and are capable of creating a smoother appearance without the need for incisions.
Facial Fat Transfer. By removing excess fat from other areas of the body using liposuction, patients can plump up their facial features, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
Co2 Laser. This treatment uses a carbon dioxide laser system to inflict controlled damage that encourages the skin to repair itself through the production of collagen. Co2 laser treatments are suitable for fine as well as deep lines and wrinkles.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy. Also known as PRP therapy, this treatment uses growth factors from the patient’s own blood to encourage healthy cell activity. Once the plasma from the patient’s blood is injected into relevant areas across the face, the tissues in the skin will begin to repair and regenerate, resulting in smoother, more radiant skin.
Factor 4. This advanced anti-ageing treatment also uses plasma from the patient’s blood to reduce inflammation and rejuvenate and repair the skin. It can be used to treat dull skin and wrinkles.
While each of these treatments are highly effective, they will not be able to treat the underlying causes of advanced skin ageing.