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Facial aging is a natural and inevitable part of life. These signs of aging can include fine lines, wrinkles, deep creases, sagging muscles, and lost facial fat.
While facial enhancement surgery can restore youthful contours, not everyone is physically and emotionally prepared for an invasive plastic surgery procedure.
This is why non-surgical cosmetic treatments are so valuable. Non-surgical facial rejuvenation provides similar results to facial enhancement surgery without incisions or downtime.
Non-surgical treatments cannot address the same level of facial aging as surgical procedures can and are not appropriate for every individual.
What Can Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation Accomplish?
Non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments target different concerns. While some treatments target wrinkles and volume loss, others address pigmentation issues and acne scarring.
Depending on your specific needs, you may be a candidate for one or more non-surgical treatments.
How Do Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation Procedures Differ?
What Non-surgical Treatments Reduce Wrinkles?
Facial wrinkles are separated into two types: those that are caused by repeated muscle contractions (dynamic lines) and those caused by the natural breakdown of facial tissues (static lines).
Neuromodulators like BOTOX® Cosmetic can address dynamic lines, such as crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines.
These lines are caused and worsened by repeated muscle movements like blinking, squinting, and frowning.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable treatment that blocks the chemical signals between the facial nerves and muscles that are responsible for contraction, and thus responsible for dynamic wrinkles.
This blocking of these signals causes the muscles to relax and the skin to smooth.
Static lines can be addressed by non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers or fractional lasers.
What Non-surgical Treatments Increase Volume?
Facial fat is lost in response to age and sun damage. This loss of facial fat changes the shape of your face and can contribute to a tired and worn-out appearance.
Facial volume can be restored with dermal fillers or dermal fat grafting.
Dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM® and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® instantly add volume to the cheeks and around the mouth. These injectables are made out of hyaluronic acid, which attracts and maintains moisture in the area.
These fillers restore volume and reduce the appearance of static lines for approximately 12 to 18 months.
Dermal fat grafting offers longer-lasting volume replacement.
Fat grafting is a two-step process. First, excess fat is harvested from your body in places like the abdomen, hips, or thighs. This fat is purified and then injected into your facial hollows.
Dermal fat grafting can add volume to the cheeks and reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
What Non-surgical Treatments Improve Skin Tone and Texture?
Unlike injectable or surgical treatments, fractional lasers and intense pulsed light treatments can improve the tone and texture of your skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Fractional lasers, such as the CO2 laser, remove the damaged and dead layers of skin to allow the healthier skin beneath to shine through. This treatment can provide a smoother and more refreshed facial appearance.
Photofacials use intense pulsed light to stimulate collagen production and combat the damaging effects of acne, facial veins, and the sun.
This treatment can improve your skin’s tone and texture by minimizing wrinkles, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and broken blood vessels.
What Can I Do at Home?
While professional non-surgical treatments are an ideal way to rejuvenate your facial appearance, your skin tone and texture can be improved and maintained with a proper skin care routine.
Skin care products from Obagi®, SkinCeuticals, Skinbetter Science®, and NIA24® can help to improve signs of aging and sun damage.
Would You Like to Learn More About Non-surgical Treatments in Mesa, AZ?
If you would like more information about any of these non-surgical treatments or if you would like to set up a consultation, contact Dr. Karl Hiatt by calling Turning Pointe Plastic Surgery at (480) 844-1410 or by filling out our online contact form.