Historically, procedures for rejuvenating the face have entailed surgical treatments designed to remove excess fat or skin, and elevate or suspend descending tissues. In the last two decades, great strides have been made in non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques. These advances were guided by our increasing understanding that facial aging involves not only gravitational descent, but also volume loss, muscular over activity, and skin changes.
Non-surgical facial rejuvenation entails the use of injectable fillers, injectable muscle relaxing products, and medical lasers. In younger patients without significant skin sagging, non-surgical facial rejuvenation is an attractive alternative to facelift surgery. In older patients, non-surgical facial rejuvenation may not replace surgery, but it can still have a remarkable effect.
The three main components of non-surgical facial rejuvenation are: injectable muscle relaxers (Botox Cosmetic or Dysport), injectable fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, or Sculptra), and skin resurfacing lasers (Fraxel). Botox Cosmetic and Dysport help erase wrinkles in the forehead and the Crow's feet. Injectable fillers restore volume to highlight the cheeks, plump the lips, rejuvenate the lower eyelids, and erase the naso-labial folds, the marionette lines, and the jowl folds. Resurfacing lasers restore tone, color, and elasticity to the skin.