Top 3 Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Procedures
DECEMBER 10, 2013
Robert T. Grant, MD, MSc, FACS
#2. Soft Tissue Fillers
The second most popular non-surgical procedure is soft tissue or dermal fillers. As part of the aging process, collagen in the skin decreases, causing wrinkles and a loss of fullness and volume in the face. Collagen loss most commonly occurs around the eyes, mouth, cheeks, jaw line, brow, and nose. The injection of soft tissue fillers into the skin can temporarily plump these areas, allowing for fuller lips, softer facial folds around the cheeks/mouth, and even improve the appearance of facial scars received from injury or severe acne.
Leading the pack in soft tissue fillers is Juvederm, with more than 1.4 million procedures performed in 2012. As with Botox, Juvederm and other facial fillers must be injected by a board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure the safest and best possible results.
#3. Chemical Peels
The smooth, even complexion we all are born with can take a beating as we age. Sun exposure, acne, and lifestyle factors such as excessive alcohol intake or smoking can cause the skin to look uneven and blotchy. A chemical peel can help smooth the texture of the facial skin, as it consists of a chemical solution that causes dead skin to slough off and eventually peel away. The regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
Chemical peels range from $150 to $6,000 and can be done in the patient’s home or at a plastic surgeon or dermatologist’s office. However, if the procedure is being performed at home, it is best to seek out medical advice before self-administering the peel.
Robert T. Grant, MD, MSc, FACS, is Chief of the combined Divisions of Plastic Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. For more information about Dr. Grant or to contact him, visit his website at www.robertgrantmd.com.