Why Less Isn’t Always Best

Sometimes my patients from around Boston say the plastic surgeons they’ve seen tout minimally invasive or non-surgical cosmetic treatments, such as injectable dermal fillers, as suitable alternatives to facial surgery. Although these products can often make a measurable difference, it’s not quite accurate to market them on the same level as procedures such as facelift or eyelid surgery.

Non-surgical treatments generally work on the superficial levels of the skin, using safe substances, such as hyaluronic acid, to plump wrinkles from the inside. Even so-called “lunchtime facelifts,” which use barbed thread to reduce sagging, only alter the skin and shallow layer of muscles. Although they may be useful for people who don’t show a lot of facial aging, their results are generally neither effective nor long-lasting for those with more advanced symptoms.

On the other hand, more invasive surgery, such as the deep-plane facelift that I offer at my practice, alters deeper layers of fat and tissue. Such procedures are comprehensive, and though they do require a period of recuperation at home, they routinely contribute to very high levels of patient satisfaction. Investing time and money in surgery is just like investing in a more expensive vehicle or home; it’s worth it because of the quality.

If you’re considering facial rejuvenation but aren’t sure which procedure suits you best, consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has plenty of experience is your best option for getting sound advice that respects your needs and wishes.

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