Sometimes, when patients undergo cosmetic treatments, they’re not fully satisfied with the results. Typically, this isn’t the fault of the procedure. It’s often due to unrealistic expectations or a failure to treat all aging signs at once. Different treatments tackle different problems: Botox works on dynamic wrinkles, fillers are for deep folds and volume loss, lasers resurface and rejuvenate the skin, and so on. Without the right custom combination of treatments recommended by an experienced plastic surgeon, the results can be underwhelming. In order to avoid disappointment, it’s important to not only manage your expectations but also to be realistic about what you need. Combination treatments like fillers or Botox with laser resurfacing can be a great option for patients who are serious about looking younger without surgery.
Common Signs of Aging
You may end up disappointed with your results if you only treat one sign of aging and leave others behind. For example, volume loss can often cause the skin to take on deep static wrinkles which can easily be filled in with soft tissue fillers. However, if the skin is exhibiting another issue, such as brown spots from sun damage, the overall results will still not be ideal. If laser treatments are also performed to reduce brown spots, however, the results will be much better. Some of the most common signs of aging include:
- Dynamic wrinkles (caused by facial movements)
- Static wrinkles (caused by volume loss)
- Sagging skin
- Dull, rough skin
- Brown spots
All of these common signs of aging can be treated with minimally invasive procedures, but they can’t all be treated with one single procedure. Cosmetic treatments can be expensive, but it’s better to go with a plan that will help you reach your goals than it is to treat just one problem and end up unhappy with the results.
Fillers and Laser Resurfacing: A Powerful Pairing
Fillers and laser resurfacing are a great combination for many patients fighting against time for younger skin. This is because fillers work beneath the surface, filling in deep creases and bringing volume back to the face, while laser resurfacing works at the surface of the skin, regulating tone, texture, and softening wrinkles. Let’s take a look at how these two procedures work.
Injectable fillers are typically made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the skin that helps the skin stay hydrated and voluminous. Fillers work immediately, as the gel is injected directly into the area that needs extra volume. This is a temporary solution, but patients love the results and the fact that there is no downtime from the procedure and very little discomfort involved. The results typically last about 6-12 months, depending on the formula. Fillers are extremely customizable. There are several different formulas for slightly different treatments, such as lip lines vs. cheek rejuvenation.
Medical lasers have come a long way in the last ten years. The options on the market today are very gentle, allowing for minimally-invasive treatments that still deliver great results. Laser treatments work by directing a concentrated beam of light on the skin. This precisely destroys layers of skin that are dull, damaged, and dead. The skin’s natural healing processes then kick in. New skin is formed, as well as extra collagen and elastin, which are key elements in maintaining skin’s youthful glow and firmness. Collagen production slows down with age, but treatments like laser resurfacing with Halo can stimulate new production for rejuvenated skin. Gentle laser treatments can be performed in a series for better results, and patients can return to normal life almost immediately. It’s even safe to wear makeup the next day!
Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon
The most important factor in your results is the skill and knowledge of your plastic surgeon. Finding someone you can trust to suggest the right procedures for your specific needs can be difficult, but it’s absolutely a worthwhile use of your time. You want to get a good value from your cosmetic procedures, and you can only get that by turning to an expert.
If you’d like to discuss your anti-aging goals with a board certified facial plastic surgeon in the Austin, TX area, then come to Buckingham Center for a consultation with Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham is well known for his dedication to natural results and minimally-invasive procedures. He will be able to answer all your questions and guide you in picking the procedure (or procedures) that’s right for you. For more information, call Buckingham Center at 512.401.2500 today.