Are you interested in a facelift but overwhelmed by all the options out there? You’re not alone. My Los Angeles cosmetic surgery practice sees hundreds of people each year who want to learn more about facial cosmetic enhancement, but who find themselves confused by the many overlapping claims and brand names in the medical market today.
So I have prepared this quick primer – a clip-and-save quick guide to the vast lexicon of LA facelifts, and how to distinguish between them.
Cosmetic Fillers and Volumizers
Most minimally invasive options are either injected or implanted in a short amount of time. The category of cosmetic fillers includes substances like Juvederm, Restylane and Sculptra, each of which offers a specific benefit:
• Juvederm adds fullness to the forehead, eyes and cheeks
• Restylane’s softness makes it ideal for lips
• Sculptra, a volumizer, is designed to “fill out” any features you’d like to be more pronounced
And then of course there is Botox, the perennially popular botulism injection that can smooth wrinkles, reduce laugh lines and quite possibly treat migraines and MS. It is a fast and well-established procedure that can nonetheless have an impressive effect, and the benefits last for many months.
Ulthera Ultrasound Therapy hasn’t been around very long, but already it has attracted a huge following in social media and on major shows such as the Martha Stewart and The View. Ultherapy uses ultrasound waves to gently warm the tissues inside your face, stimulating them to produce natural collagen. The advantage is the totally natural appearance: your collagen increases over a few months, creating a subtle effect that lasts.
The Traditional Face Lift
I have called this section the “traditional face lift,” but in truth there is nothing traditional about the way top cosmetic surgeons perform this procedure nowadays. A facelift, or rhytidectomy, involves careful planning and close communication with your surgeon. Incisions hidden in the temporal hairline allow your doctor to gently pull the skin and tissues to a firmer position, following which excess skin and fat may be carefully removed. The key with a facelift, as with any cosmetic surgery, is to avoid the dreaded “operated-on” appearance you get from so many inexperienced physicians. In the right hands, a Los Angeles facelift procedure can be subtle, beautiful, and permanent.
New Outlook, Same Soul
Los Angeles facial plastic surgery is a vast and confusing area of medicine. Navigating your options safely means knowing what each procedure entails, and learning how to choose the best surgeon for your needs. If you’d like a younger appearance today, feel free to contact my LA cosmetic surgery practice for a free consultation.