The growing trend these days is to take smaller measures to reduce the signs of aging before moving on to major surgery like a facelift. For many men and women, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), facial liposuction, laser skin resurfacing, BOTOX® and injectable fillers are all smaller steps that effectively minimize many of the early signs of aging.
Many of the most popular minimally invasive procedures are also temporary, which gives patients a great way to try on a new look without major commitment. BOTOX® injections temporarily relax the targeted muscles, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles while helping prevent them from worsening at the same time. Injectable fillers replace the volume that’s lost as a natural part of aging, building up deeper wrinkles to make them less noticeable.
Both of these treatments will wear off anywhere from six to 12 months, depending on your specific procedure and your individual metabolism. These cosmetic procedures can extend your youthful look for longer, but without looking overly “done.” Minimally invasive procedures give you the option of aging gracefully, at a pace that you can control rather than leaving it up to Mother Nature.
As part of a graduated approach toward aging, you can also incorporate smaller surgeries along the way, just treating the areas that need attention the most. Eyelid surgery will lift and rejuvenate the eye area, restoring the former placement of droopy lids and smoothing out major wrinkles. Facial liposuction can slim the lines of your jaw and neck, helping you look younger.
For most of my Detroit patients, a facelift appointment is usually scheduled after several years of facial sculpting and other maintenance treatments. Until then, a combination of minimally invasive procedures and smaller surgeries is becoming the standard approach to retaining your youthful look.
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.