Plastic surgery is more acceptable than ever yet for some it still instills a sense of hesitation of “going under the knife”. This leaves many men and women wondering how they can look younger without resorting to the scalpel, sutures and general anesthesia. At Bloom Plastic Surgery we realize that not everyone is interested in surgical correction and therefore offer a wide range of nonsurgical and minimally invasive anti-aging options. Let’s examine four treatments that can take years off your appearance without the need for surgery.
A natural occurrence with aging is the appearance of undereye bags, flattening of youthful facial contours, and more prominent facial wrinkles and folds. These signs of aging are predominantly due to the depletion of fat and resulting skin laxity. Dermal fillers are next-generation injectable rejuvenation treatments that can deliver powerful, long-lasting facial rejuvenation that can address multiple problem zones. They can be used to fill in the tear troughs to mask the appearance of undereye bags, provide higher, more rounded cheekbones, add definition to the jawline, or mask the depth of nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
Perhaps the most commonly known treatment by name and statistically, the most requested aesthetic treatment to date is Botox® Cosmetic.
As we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity and cannot bounce back in response to repeated movement of the facial muscles. Botox® is a neurotoxin that, when carefully injected in small amounts, temporarily paralyzes muscle activity by blocking the neurotransmitters that enable muscle contractions. Preventing muscle contracts helps temporarily reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles for a younger, fresher appearance. Botox® treatment areas include:
- Forehead: Sagging or creasing at the Glabella (between the eyes, also known as 11 lines) and forehead/brow; horizontal wrinkles of the forehead, asymmetrical eyebrows
- Eyes: Crow’s feet (fine lines at the corners of the eyes)
- Chin: Excessive dimpling of the chin
- Neck: Vertical neck creases
- Mouth: Drooping and sagging at the corners of the mouth; frown lines; marionette lines; upper and lower lip creases; gummy smile, thin lips
Botox® treatments are a quick in-office visit. Onset is gradual and the results subtle making Botox® a perfect anti-aging treatment for men and women who want to correct the signs of aging without obvious signs of treatment.
Morpheus8 RF Microneedling for Skin Tightening
Skin sagging and poor texture are hallmarks of aging. Stimulating the production of collagen through radiofrequency energy combined with microneedling is a non-surgical method of improving the elasticity of the skin and giving new radiance to skin texture.
Morpheus8 RF Microneedling is a fractional skin treatment that stimulates collagen production of the underlying layers of the skin called the dermis. By targeting the deeper layers of the skin, tissues of the face (and body) can be remodeled to reveal a healthier, more youthful appearance. Radiofrequency (RF) energy is a scientifically proven method to remodel and rebuild collagen.
It is recommended to have three treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results. Treatments are performed in the office with no need for general anesthesia. The beauty of Morpheus8 RF Microneedling is that it is safe on all skin types and only minimal downtime is required.
Perhaps the best non-surgical treatment to mimic the results of a lower face and neck lift is FaceTite. Inevitably, with aging, there is a loss of jawline definition, the formation of jowls and sagging neck skin. Some men and women also develop a double chin with excess fat pockets that do not budge with dieting. The FaceTite procedure again uses the power of radiofrequency to heat the subdermal tissues in a controlled and safe fashion to initiate skin retraction and melt fat.
FaceTite is minimally invasive requiring only tiny poke holes for delivery of radiofrequency through a small diameter wand. The entire procedure takes only 1-2 hours and is performed in the office under local anesthetic. When deep wrinkles or moderate skin laxity exist FaceTite combined with Morpheus8 RF Microneedling, produces facelift-like results.
How to get started
Let us help you address the signs of aging. To learn more about any of the above procedures, schedule a consultation. Meet with Dr. Jacob Bloom, lead surgeon at Bloom Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL or Lauren Gardstrom, Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner. We will get you started on a personalized treatment plan based on where you are in the aging process. Contact our office to schedule your consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you!