Cosmetic enhancement procedures grow in popularity every single year. That probably has something to do with how these procedures have become more socially accepted over time, but a lot of the recent growth also has to do with the variety of both surgical and non-surgical options. For facial enhancement, in particular, there are several different levels of treatments that people can choose, from a simple light treatment to a face lift. At my Long Island practice, I have found that patients usually fall into 1 of 3 different levels of treatments:
- Lasers and lights: These procedures tend to be best for people with minor signs of facial aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, but they can be used to refresh any person’s complexion. Laser and light treatments also improve the look of uneven skin tone, dark spots, and other pigment issues. Although the results a patient can get from treatments on this level aren’t as extensive, the treatments are well liked because of their lower cost and downtime.
- Injectables: This level includes BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal filler injections, which have boomed in popularity in recent years. These options go further to correct signs of aging such as wrinkles and volume loss than treatments on the first level, but they also don’t require surgery.
- Facial surgery: Facelift surgery, eyelid surgery, and forehead lift surgery primarily make up the final level of treatments that address facial aging. Although these treatments cost more and require downtime, they also result in a dramatic transformation, often taking years off patients’ faces and helping them look more alert and energetic.
Many patients find the most success by combining treatments from different levels. Patients should consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to see which options would work best for them.