You know that you want to do something about the signs of aging on your face. You just aren’t sure what that something could be. When it comes to facial plastic surgery, picking the right procedure is as important as picking out the right surgeon. Different surgeries or treatments are designed to focus on different areas of the face or to correct different aging concerns. When deciding on a procedure, you want to consider what your issue is, as well as what you hope to get out of the treatment.
The Area of Concern
One of the biggest determining factors when it comes to plastic surgery is what area is bothering you? For example, if you are primarily concerned about heavy or drooping eyebrows or about the lines that have appeared across your forehead, a brow lift can be an appropriate pick for you. But, if your major area of concern is the lower part of your face and you want to minimize loose jowls or smooth sagging cheeks, a facelift can be the better option.
The degree of aging you have in a particular area can also influence your decision. If you are still relatively young and are just beginning to show signs of aging, a less invasive procedure, such as a weekend necklift or a Botox injection, can be a better pick than a more invasive, full procedure.
While surgery or injections can help smooth wrinkles or tighten looser skin, they don’t change the texture of skin or correct tone or pigmentation issues. If your big concern is uneven skin tone or a rough skin texture, a laser treatment might be the more appropriate option for you, instead of surgery or an injection. If you have some loose skin and uneven texture, it’s possible to combine surgery with a laser treatment, too.
How Much Time You Have for Recovery
Your personal calendar can come into play when you are deciding which procedure is best for you at the moment. Perhaps you’re concerned about the lines near your forehead or between your eyebrows, but you are unable to take more than a day or two off from work. In that case, an injection of Botox, Dsyport or Xeomin might be a better option than a brow lift. Many people are able to go back to their daily activities the day after an injection, while most need at least a week to recover from a brow lift.
How Long You Want Results to Last
The duration of results might be the last thing you consider when deciding on a procedure, but it is still something worth thinking about. Injections such as Botox or injectable fillers produce results that last for just a short amount of time, anywhere from around three months for Botox, Xeomin or Dysport, to up to two years for Sculptra injections.
In exchange for only lasting for a limited amount of time, you have a shorter recovery period and the cost of injections is generally a lot lower than the cost of surgery. You can repeat your treatment as the results wear off to maintain them or you can decide to try a procedure that provides longer lasting results or that focuses on a different aging concern. Surgery might be the better choice for you if you’re hoping not to have to repeat your treatment, at least for many years, but don’t mind the longer recovery time afterwards.
Schedule a Consultation Today
To learn more about your surgery options, contact Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists. Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein is a facial plastic surgeon that can provide the guidance you need. Please contact us either by email or calling 845-863-1772. Dr. Rubinstein’s practice, Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, has two locations in New York, one in Newburgh and one in Manhattan.
Dr. Rubinstein has been practicing in the Hudson Valley for more than 15 years and specializes in esthetic laser producers, facial plastic surgery, nasal, and sinus disorders. He uniquely combines his medical and surgical expertise to help patients feel better and look better. He holds dual board certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, and is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.