There are a number of problem spots that you can address without committing to plastic surgery. Modern cosmetic procedures offer a number of minimally invasive options that still make a big difference, without incisions or scars. Instead of choosing face lifts, many people are now opting for nonsurgical procedures to look younger, as well as enjoying other enhancements. Here’s a look at five areas that you can improve without surgery.
1. Crow’s Feet
Crow’s feet, the fine lines at the outer corners of your eyes that crinkle when you smile, are some of the first signs of facial aging. Left untreated, crow’s feet can worsen and deepen, prematurely aging the eyes and face. Since crow’s feet are dynamic wrinkles, caused by the continued muscular contractions around the eyes during facial expressions, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are ideal for smoothing them away. With targeted BOTOX® injections, cosmetic surgeons are able to temporarily paralyze those muscles, erasing crow’s feet for a younger look.
There are a number of noninvasive options for enhancing the lips and mouth. For those patients who feel their mouth lacks definition, injectable fillers can augment and accentuate the lips to bring out the best in your face. The deep lines that run from the nasolabial folds to the outer corners of the mouth can also be minimized with the right dermal filler. Fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, sometimes called smoker’s lines, can be eliminated with injectables as well.
Liposuction isn’t the only solution for addressing stubborn fat. Now, technology such as Exilis™ allows body contouring using noninvasive radiofrequency. If you’ve already reached your target weight, but your exercise routine just isn’t erasing those problem deposits around your midsection, this nonsurgical option can be the answer you’ve been looking for. Exilis™ can also be used to reduce signs of aging on the face.
Although not technically an area of the body, cellulite can be drastically reduced with nonsurgical treatments. Thermage® is a revolutionary approach to evening out the dimpled surface that cellulite causes by using Capacitive Radiofrequency (CRF). These CRF waves, administered externally, help release the tight fibrous connective tissue responsible for pressing fat cells into their characteristic lumpy pattern. There’s no downtime or recovery period, just results that last.
The entire face can be rejuvenated without surgery when you visit the right cosmetic surgeon. A combination of resurfacing procedures, dermal fillers and BOTOX® can all work together to leave you looking younger and more refreshed. Chemical peels can even out skin tone by removing sun-damaged skin, while facials offer the extra nourishment that aging skin needs to stay supple and youthful. Ongoing maintenance treatments can help you maintain your new look, and keep actual surgery at bay even longer.
The Big Picture
Although it’s easy to assume that the only way to improve your reflection is by booking an appointment with a surgeon, the truth is that minimally invasive procedures are becoming more and more popular among both male and female patients. Whether you want to look as young as you feel on the inside, eliminate a problem spot or just want to accentuate a few features here and there, nonsurgical options can give you the results you want, without ever setting foot in an operating room.
Dr. Berkowitz is a board-certified, fellowship-trained oculofacial surgeon focusing on advanced cosmetic surgery procedures to enhance and restore the face. With over 16 years of experience in facial surgery specifically, Dr. Berkowitz has an extensive background in both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to correct an extensive range of concerns ranging from the natural damage of aging to highly specialized procedures to correct for burns and injuries.