When you want to look and feel younger, your face is the front and center battleground of that fight. And while there are a few ways to surgically make the face look years younger (facelift, neck lift, even a nose job), many people might not be ready for the commitment or cost of a surgical procedure. If not, there are “best practices” for rejuvenating the face without reaching for the scalpel. What are the choices available?
1. Routine skin care by trained, experienced aestheticians is invaluable in producing, improving and monitoring the skin. Let’s face it—beautiful skin always creates a more youthful look. A comprehensive skin-care program that may include professional products and treatments (like microdermabrasion and facial peels) can minimize sun damage, soften fine lines, reduce acne, rehydrate dry skin and brighten dull, aging skin.
2. When we are younger, we’re getting rid of wrinkles with products like Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm. For restoring more volume [in older people] we like Radiesse and Sculptra.
3. Noninvasive radio-frequency treatments and Ulthera on the right patient, can work wonders. We’re fans of Thermage and Ulthera and the newer hand pieces that they have come out with that are more effective at targeting smaller areas. I think you can also count Fractional CO2 in this area. It is an ablative laser, but it’s not as invasive as making incisions. It is a very effective tool in treating fine lines, irregularities and brown spots.”