As shown in the 2012 statistics of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, facial rejuvenation procedures have soared and surpassed both breast and body procedures. Specifically, minimally invasive facial procedures such as Botox® and facial fillers have contributed to the significant increase. With more patients seeking facial rejuvenation, double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein addresses frequently asked questions about popular non-surgical facial cosmetic procedures.
Both Botox® and facial fillers are injectables, but what is the difference between them?
Cosmetic injectables like Botox® and Dysport® relax facial muscles to smooth wrinkles, furrows, and lines. Botox® and Dysport® can only be used on the upper third of the face near the forehead, brows, and eyes. Facial fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane® are typically made of materials like hyaluronic acid to add volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines. Facial fillers can be used on other areas of the face that Botox® cannot address, like the cheeks, mouth, and nasolabial folds.
How long will results from non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures last?
Most non-surgical treatment results last anywhere from six months to three years. While surgical procedures attain long lasting results, no treatment can truly stop aging. Cosmetic injectables such as Botox®, Juvéderm®, or Restylane® require follow-up treatments to maintain results. Chemical peels and laser resurfacing may require additional treatments to gradually improve skin. Treatments like Sciton® Erbium laser or Matrix RF® can address skin conditions such as acne, scarring, and sun spots that traditional facial plastic surgery cannot resolve.
Are some non-surgical treatments better than traditional cosmetic surgical procedures?
Non-surgical treatments typically address minimal to moderate conditions, while surgical procedures can resolve more complex concerns. However, some patients may prefer non-surgical treatments as they have less or no downtime, or they are simply not ready for a comprehensive surgery like a facelift or browlift.
If you are interested in a cosmetic procedure, please contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your surgical and non-surgical options. Be sure to connect with Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more answers to your frequently asked facial plastic surgery questions.