Procedure of the Month: Combination of Surgery and MediSpa Procedures
Posted November 29, 2017
One of the most common misperceptions about facial rejuvenation surgery is that it will eliminate the need for Botox, dermal fillers, and other Medi Spa treatments. The opposite is also a misconception, that Medi Spa treatments and injectables will eliminate the need for a surgical procedure. The truth is a happy medium. Surgery will soften the lines and folds of the face and will also re-establish a more youthful appearance. However, surgery does nothing to treat texture issues, acne scarring, sun damage, discolorations due to hormones or, the dreaded lines around the upper lip or brows. Minimally invasive and non-invasive treatments can actually be the finishing touches or complement to a cosmetic surgery procedure. Laser therapy, peels, microdermabrasion and micro-needling will resurface the skin to produce a much smoother, softer texture.
The use of skin care products and Retin A will help keep the skin vibrant and healthy. One of the easiest, yet often overlooked, ways to maintain a more youthful appearance is to address skincare. A good, medically based skin care line should be a requirement when attempting to rejuvenate the face. Botox will still be needed to soften the lines on the forehead, crow’s feet and upper nose due to muscle activity. Dermal fillers will add another layer in softening the lines around the mouth and adding lost volume to the cheeks. The combination of treatments will produce a younger, more refreshed appearance.
Using non-surgical modalities will certainly maintain a more youthful, healthy skin tone and appearance but will do little to ward off the effects of aging. Therefore, after time, none of the Medi Spa treatments will prevent the development of increasing folds along the sides of the mouth, jowling and neck laxity that come with age. Unfortunately, the only way to effectively treat these problems is through surgical intervention. Consulting a board certified plastic surgeon is important to create a plan of care that meets the individual needs of each patient. After discussing a patient’s concerns and expectations a treatment plan can be established to include both surgical and non-surgical modalities to produce the desired results.