If you’re asking yourself what cosmetic surgery you should get this fall, then you probably know you have lots of options available to you. Whether you’re interested in getting rid of summer sun damage that has caused your skin to look dull or discolored, or you’re finally considering getting a major anti-aging procedure, making the decision can be difficult. Everyone ages at a different rate, and you’ll need to consider several factors, including your goals, budget, and the amount of time you can afford to take off for recovery, if necessary.
Ready to look refreshed? Here are some great options to consider for your autumn rejuvenation.
Non-surgical treatments are often used to improve the skin quality or produce subtle anti-aging results. You won’t get the comprehensive anti-aging benefits of surgical procedures from these treatments, but you won’t get the expense and downtime, either.
C02 Laser Treatments or Arctic Peel (C02 Light)
Laser treatments are popular for a reason—they can effectively rejuvenate the skin and give the face a brighter, healthier, and younger appearance. Laser treatments can improve overall skin quality, treat acne scarring, reduce poor or irregular skin texture, resolve minor pigmentation issues, cut down on the signs of sun damage, and improve wrinkles and fine lines, depending on the treatment.
C02 laser treatments are the classic resurfacing procedure, and the fractional lasers used in this procedure are so advanced that only a few days of downtime are required following the procedure.
An Arctic peel (C02 light) is a laser treatment that uses chilled air to stimulate collagen in a gentle treatment that allows patients to return to normal activities the following day, with minimal redness as the only common side effect. These peels are best for mild signs of aging and are usually performed in a series of 5 treatments.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
IPL uses pulses of broadband light to resolve problems like rosacea, broken blood vessels, brown spots, wrinkles, acne scars, and more. Unlike lasers, which use narrow, focused bands of light, IPL leaves the top layer of skin intact, making the procedure gentler than many other facial treatments. As an added bonus, IPL helps to stimulate collagen production for more youthful, tighter skin with fewer wrinkles. Best of all, IPL treatments do not require any downtime following each session!
There are two basic groups of injectable treatments: those that treat “dynamic” wrinkles (caused by repetitive facial movement), and fillers that treat static wrinkles (caused by volume loss). Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are popular treatments that work by limiting muscle movements in the face enough to ease facial wrinkles, but not enough to prevent normal expression. Fillers like Restylane or Juvederm are versatile treatments that can fill in static wrinkles or add volume to the lips, cheeks, and other areas of the face.
Injectable treatments are non-invasive, easy and convenient, and last several months. Once the effects fade, another session is needed to maintain results.
Chemical peels work by using a chemical solution to remove dead skin cells and reveal vibrant, new skin beneath them. There are many different types of chemical peels, ranging from mild refreshing peels to more in-depth resurfacing options. Peels are great for renewing dull skin or for treating sun damage and other skin issues. If you are considering a chemical peel, you will need to discuss different types of peels with your provider to choose the best one for your needs.
Surgical procedures offer the most dramatic anti-aging results, and they’re best for people with moderate to severe signs of aging. Cosmetic surgeries can be performed individually, or combined for custom rejuvenation. Ready to look more youthful? Check out these popular procedures that have helped many patients reach their goals.
A great procedure for younger people who are just starting to notice signs of aging, there are a few different surgical techniques that can be used to lift and rejuvenate the brow. For patients with less severe sagging in the brow, an endoscopic brow lift can usually be performed, which involves smaller incisions and a shorter recovery time than the traditional lift, which involves a large incision hidden just above the hairline. Either lift will correct sagging tissues and produce a refreshed, more alert appearance.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is an extremely popular rejuvenation procedure because of the dramatic results it can produce. Sagging eyelids and bags beneath the eyes can affect the permanent resting expression, making a person look tired, angry or sad. Repositioning, tightening, and removing fat and skin in the eye area rejuvenates the entire face, and can make patients look years younger. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the lower lids, upper lids, or both.
The ultimate anti-aging surgery, a facelift is a big step, but one that can produce truly amazing results. Facelifts are customizable, but generally involve the tightening of the tissues in the lower to mid face region and the neck. The facelift can involve a combination of techniques and can be more or less in-depth, depending on the techniques used. This procedure typically requires a lengthy recovery process and is fairly expensive, but many patients look at least several years younger following healing.
Which Procedure is Right for You?
Not sure if a C02, Arctic Peel, or facelift is right for you? Dr. Louis DeJoseph is standing by to help you make this important decision. During your consultation with Dr. DeJoseph at our Atlanta (770-457-6303), GA offices, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your goals and ask any questions you have about the cosmetic surgeries you’re considering. Dr. DeJoseph will help you choose the procedure that’s right for you to help you reach your goals. As a triple board certified plastic surgeon, he has the expertise and knowledge to help you get the best result possible. Call either location today to schedule your consultation.