Facial rejuvenation refers to the combination of cosmetic procedures used to restore your facial features to their previous youthful appearance. While a facelift is often the anchor or foundation for many facial rejuvenations, other procedures can complement and enhance the result. Surgical procedures such as eyelid surgery, brow lift and facial implants can help correct specific problem areas on the face. Nonsurgical treatments including fillers, neurotoxins (botulinum toxins) and fat injections can be used for volume enhancement and wrinkle and fold eradication.
When to Consider Facial Rejuvenation
- If you want to reverse the signs of aging and restore a more youthful appearance.
- If your face and neck are sagging, or if you are losing volume in your cheekbones and contour along your jawline.
- If there are crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes, fine lines and folds around your mouth, and frown lines and furrows in your forehead.
- If there is drooping skin and wrinkling changes in your upper eyelids, upper and lower eyelid bags, and dark circles under your eyes.
Facial rejuvenation refers to the combination of cosmetic procedures used to restore your facial features to their previous youthful appearance.
Detailed Procedural Information
How is a Facial Rejuvenation procedure performed?
Careful planning and sequencing of procedures is necessary for facial rejuvenation. Your aesthetic plastic surgeon will determine the best order of procedures in your particular case.
- If volume enhancement using fat transfer is desired for facial rejuvenation, it is typically performed first with fat grafting to deficient regions. The fat is harvested from other areas of the body and then transferred into the desired regions.
- Depending on the degree of skin laxity (looseness) in the face, either a limited incision (for minimal to moderate laxity) or a more extensive facelift is performed. Eyelid surgery, brow lift or facial implants can also be performed.
- For facelift, the skin flaps are lifted and trimmed or undermined as needed, then the flaps are moved to remove excess skin and secured with sutures.
- Once the incisions are closed, laser resurfacing can be used to improve the quality of the skin surface, erasing wrinkles around the mouth and the eyes, eliminating blotchy pigmentation, diminishing the appearance of bags under the eyes, and helping to reverse skin damage as result of sun exposure.
What are my options?
There are multiple treatments that can be combined to give you a more youthful appearance. The procedures chosen will be tailored to your specific aging problems and concerns so that they provide you with optimal treatment.
- There are a number of fillers and neurotoxins that your surgeon can choose from. For an explanation about some of the popular products visit our section on injectables.
- Laser skin resurfacing also has many different brands and types to choose from, depending on your skin issues. For more information visit our section on laser skin resurfacing.
Preparing for Your Procedure:
Before treatment, you may be placed on a pretreatment program during which you will apply special creams, lotions, or gels to your skin for a few weeks or longer. You may also be given certain oral medications that you should begin taking prior to your treatment. Our surgeon will provide you with pretreatment instructions, answer any questions that you may have, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery.
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:
- Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
- Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
- Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.
Aftercare and Recovery
Our surgeon will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After surgery, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your postsurgical care, including information about:
- Drains, if they have been placed.
- Skin care after laser resurfacing.
- Normal symptoms you will experience
- Potential signs of complication.
Results of this treatment vary greatly from person to person.