Non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques are more popular than ever. Since 2000, the number of Botox®-related cosmetic facial procedures performed in the United States increased by nearly 750%. Similarly, the numbers of soft tissue filler and laser skin resurfacing treatments have each more than tripled over the same period. Altogether, these minimally-invasive techniques accounted for more than 60% of the cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States in 2014. But despite the popularity of these versatile procedures, many patients have found that they can achieve much more substantial and long-lasting results by combining them with more traditional plastic surgery techniques. Advancements in surgical technology and technique allow for modern plastic surgery procedures to be tailored specifically to the needs of the individual patient, allowing them to achieve exceptionally natural-looking results with significantly reduced recovery time and cost.
In the more than twenty-five years that I have been a practicing facial plastic surgeon in Atlanta, I have come to believe that patients should begin their treatment plans earlier in the aging process, and only undergo more comprehensive, surgical procedures as they become necessary later in life. It is my facial rejuvenation philosophy that this graduated approach, focusing on each patient’s specific areas of concern, is the best way to address the traditional signs of facial aging and keep the patient looking younger, longer. Early in the process, particularly when patients are in their early thirties, non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures are usually enough. Laser skin resurfacing treatments can help treat skin that has been damaged by excessive sun exposure, and injections of Botox® or facial fillers like Juvéderm® can alleviate the appearance of tiny expression lines early, preventing them from deepening to form more substantial facial wrinkles later on. As the years go by, however, the tissues and muscles that support facial architecture naturally begin to weaken, potentially making these techniques less effective. The effects of facial rejuvenation treatments can generally only last for several months, but studies have found that patients who had undergone facelift surgery still looked younger than they did before the procedure even after an average of five and a half years. Ultimately, minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures do not have the long-term persistence that full plastic surgery can provide.
However, modern facial plastic surgery techniques are very different than the ones that were used even a few decades ago. Long gone are the dramatic, stretched, wind-blown appearances that characterized facelifts in the 1970’s and 80’s. Instead, today’s plastic surgery patient can benefit from highly targeted procedures, specifically designed to address individual areas of concern. Mini-facelifts, for example, can focus on the upper, middle, or lower thirds of the face, depending on which areas of concern the patient would most like to address and which are needed. This increased specialization makes it possible to achieve subtle effects with less extensive surgery, which means less post-surgery recovery time and results that will give you a rejuvenated look without making it obvious that you have had any work done at all.
It is important to note that facial aging can vary dramatically from person to person, and the different areas of the face usually do not age at precisely the same rate. I believe that every patient needs a personal treatment plan to address facial aging in order to achieve the best results. Contact me and schedule a personalized consultation to find out how you can achieve the look you want with a minimum amount of surgical downtime and discomfort.
About Dr. Fernando D. Burstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Fernando Burstein is a well-respected Atlanta facial plastic surgeon with board certifications in both plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery.) With nearly thirty years of experience specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Burstein has served as both the chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery and the director of the Center of Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as well as a clinical professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Emory University. He has authored and published more than 100 articles and book chapters on facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and has been honored as one of Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctors, a peer-nominated award in the field of plastic surgery, for the past seven consecutive years.