Quick Cosmetic Procedures vs. Traditional Surgery: Which One is Right for You

The need for cosmetic anti-aging procedures differs depending on your life stage, the beauty woes you are experiencing, and the degree they affect your daily life and self-confidence.  For example, those who have been saved from deep set wrinkles or loose skin thus far, or patients in their early twenties or thirties will more often than not choose a quick, non-invasive cosmetic procedure over a more invasive procedure. Matched appropriately to your needs, these minimally invasive treatments can provide natural looking facial rejuvenation results on their own or in combination with plastic surgery procedures.facial plastic surgery

If you have noticed your skin sagging over time, a full or partial facelift is often the first place patients look. For those with less drastic drooping, Ultherapy ® is a safe, FDA cleared procedure using ultrasound technology to target sound waves deep into the tissue, resulting in the lifting and tightening of loose skin. Additionally, Ultherapy® tones lax tissues and stimulates collagen production to enhance results, while lifting sagging brows, awakening tired looking eyes, and eliminating loose skin under the skin. In a single treatment, more youthful looking skin can be revealed.

Downtime for Ultherapy® is minimal, just as the case with Sciton laser therapy. The Sciton® procedure uses two lasers in one, Eribium® and Broadband Light (BBL). Erbium removes the top layer of dead, damaged skin cells and stimulates collagen production to create younger, healthy cells on the neck, face, chest, and hands. Sciton ® BBL ™ laser treatment can be applied to any area of body with acne, uneven skin texture, or hyperpigmentation. A 15% TCA chemical peel is an additional option for issues of this variety that requires minimal downtime and can be performed in office. A chemical peel is a non-invasive technique that produces a smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin surface on the full-face or in limited areas by resurfacing the skin.

If sagging and wrinkles are more severe, a facelift may be the proper procedure to achieve cosmetic goals without making skin look too stretched or tight. Dr. Burstein works with patients to determine the best method of facial rejuvenation for them, whether that be a full facelift or an isolated cosmetic surgery, such as an upper-, mid-, brow-, or forehead lift.  Patients who opt to receive surgery need not worry about scarring or noticeability of a procedure, as Dr. Burstein employs either the short scar incision technique or an endoscopic approach. Both of these methods use very small incisions and cause minimal scarring.

Injectables and fillers are also a great option for patients just starting to notice the signs of aging as well as those looking to extend previous facial plastic surgery results. Botox® and Dysport ® use a purified form of botulinum to cause relaxation of targeted facial muscles, keeping them from contracting and forming unwelcome lines.

Juvederm® and Restylane® are composed of a substance naturally found in human collagen, hyaluronic acid (HA), producing little risk of allergic reaction. Perlane® is comparable, but recommended for treatment of very deep wrinkles because of its large particle composition. Injections are now improved and less painful than ever with the FDA-approved inclusion of lidocaine (local anesthetic) within the injection. The effects of injections and fillers typically last 4-6 months with a 15 minute average procedure time from Dr. Burstein’s nurse.

With Dr. Burstein’s surgical expertise and comprehensive consultation process, identifying the right procedure for your needs is much easier.   Call (404) 256-1311 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Burstein. You can also follow Dr. Fernando Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest in plastic surgery news.