28 Dec Combining Surgical and Non-Surgical Procedures
Do you need a facelift, Botox—or both? In many cases, patients benefit from a combination of therapies, particularly if you are at the stage where surgery is the best option to get the results you want and deserve. At RefinedMD, we are home to double board-certified Dr. Sudeep Roy who specializes in facial plastic surgeries including facelifts, mini lifts, and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). Surgical options are going to give you the quickest, most dramatic, longest-lasting results. Facelifts address skin laxity and sagging on the lower half of the face and neck. This is true of both a full facelift and mini lift. However, it is not going to stop lines and wrinkles from forming. For that, you can opt for Botox.
A facelift is often one of the first facial surgeries a person considers. However, the first facial surgery a person might actually need is often an upper eyelid lift, lower lid lift, or both. It is important to know that a facelift—even a full facelift—only addresses the lower half of the face and neck. It will not fix crow’s feet, sagging eyelids, severe undereye bags, or drooping brows. That’s why combining facial surgeries is also very popular. In fact, eyelid lifts are one of the fastest-healing facial surgeries and are a very popular add-on to a facelift. You will discuss the best surgeries (and non-surgeries) for you and your needs during a consultation with Dr. Roy.
Why Botox Pairs Best
Botox is one of the best add-ons for virtually any treatment, surgical and non-surgical, including a facelift. A facelift tightens by removing the excess skin, addressing the tissues below the skin, and re-draping the “new,” trimmed skin in a way that results look natural yet dramatic. However, it does not address the quality of the skin in many other ways (such as hyperpigmentation) and it doesn’t stop lines and wrinkles from forming. For those effects, you are going to need non-surgical options.
Botox temporarily freezes the muscles that cause lines, wrinkles, and creases. Results last about six months on average. In some cases, all you may need if you have some “laxity” is Botox. The forehead is a prime example. Instead of adding a browlift to a facelift, you may just require Botox in this area. Plus, Botox can be used to provide a slight lift to the brows, which is a fantastic solution for those who aren’t quite ready for more aggressive options like a surgical lift.
Adding a chemical peel to a facelift, either before or after surgery, can be a great way to improve the quality of the skin beyond laxity. Chemical peels are typically either light or medium depth and remove the top layer(s) of skin to both get rid of superficial imperfections and induce collagen production. The results of a chemical peel are immediate after any flaking/peeling, but results continue to improve thanks to the collagen induction element of it. Peels can often be repeated every few months to keep your results.
A facelift together with other facial surgeries or procedures like eyelid lifts, Botox, and peels are just a few examples of some of the most common combination therapies. The exact treatments that are best for you will depend on your skin and goals. For example, dermal fillers, facial tightening via non-invasive procedures like Ultherapy, and in-office facials using medical-grade skin care products might all be excellent complementary procedures for you. Your skin is the biggest organ you have and its needs are always changing, especially with the season. A hybrid approach to how you care for your skin is usually the key to getting gorgeous results that really last.
If you are interested in surgical and/or non-surgical treatments to take your skin to the next level in 2023, it’s time to schedule a consultation with the experts. There is still time to make an appointment for many treatments before the end of the year and just in time for the holiday parties. Many treatments, such as laser skin rejuvenation, fillers, and Botox, require little to no downtime and give you results fast. You may also be able to take advantage of the upcoming holidays for more invasive procedures that require some downtime. To schedule your consultation or appointment at RefinedMD, give us a call during business hours or complete the online contact form now.