Can You Really Avoid Surgery?

Many of my patients hope to postpone the need for surgical procedures such as a face lift in Toronto. But can surgery be avoided through non-surgical measures?

When is Surgery the Best Option?

The answer to that question will, of course, depend on the extent of your facial aging and the type of results you would like to see. Injections and other non-surgical options can create great results for the right patient, but they can’t take the place of surgery for those who need it.

Facial fillers and other non-surgical facial treatments can reduce wrinkles and restore volume on a temporary basis, but many patients will require a more dramatic approach. Non-surgical treatments will not alleviate larger-scale facial aging, such as sagging and drooping skin. A facelift addresses these issues by removing extra skin, tightening underlying muscles and repositioning the remaining skin for a more substantial change.

This does not mean that non-surgical options are not valuable. Even patients who require a face or neck lift can still combine non-surgical treatments with facial surgery to alleviate hyperpigmentation, volume loss and finer lines while the surgery helps with the larger issues. Talk to your cosmetic surgeon to find out which treatments will work best for you.

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