Surgery isn’t always the best or preferred method for enhancing your appearance. Non-surgical procedures offer many advantages and can rejuvenate the face and neck to help you look more youthful, slender, and refreshed. Patients who receive non-surgical treatments can achieve a more youthful appearance with quick, noticeable results and minimal to no recovery. Some of the great benefits of non-surgical procedures include:
- • No incisions
- • No surgical scars
- • No general anesthesia
- • Quick treatment (“lunchtime procedures”)
- • Minimal or no recovery
- • Reduced risks compared to surgical procedures
- • More candidates qualify for treatment
- • More affordable than surgery
- • Significantly improve wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging
Treatments We Offer
Here at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery, we regularly perform BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, JUVÉDERM® dermal fillers, KYBELLA®, and Ultherapy® treatments to counteract the visible effects of aging. Each of these non-surgical treatments can reduce the signs of aging in different ways.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator that can minimize moderate to severe forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet. It is made from botulinum toxin type A and has the ability to temporarily paralyze muscle movement. When injected into the forehead and brow area, BOTOX® Cosmetic stops the muscle contractions that cause fine lines and wrinkles so that the area can lie smooth and wrinkle-free. Results are immediately noticeable and last approximately four months.
JUVÉDERM® is a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that benefits the skin. This substance can be injected into the skin to improve volume loss and wrinkles. JUVÉDERM® is primarily used to enhance facial contours, boost cheek and lip volume, and correct moderate to severe lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth, such as the nasolabial folds. JUVÉDERM® injections produce immediately noticeable results that can last up to one or two years. Different formulas of JUVÉDERM® include:
- • JUVÉDERM® XC: corrects moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds
- • JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC: adds fullness and plumpness to the lips
- • JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC: adds subtle volume to the lips and smooths vertical lip lines
- • JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC: used for deep injection in the cheeks to correct volume loss caused by aging
KYBELLA® is an injectable made of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule that assists in the breakdown of fat cells. Once KYBELLA® has been injected into the area beneath the chin, the deoxycholic acid will begin the process of breaking down the excess fat. Over the following six to eight weeks, results gradually become more noticeable and the neckline becomes progressively slimmer. After just a few sessions, this non-surgical treatment can permanently eliminate a double chin. Some patients need only one or two treatments; others may need up to six treatments to achieve their ideal results. Unlike other non-surgical treatments, KYBELLA® produces permanent results and does not require regular maintenance treatments.
Ultherapy® is a non-surgical procedure that uses ultrasonic energy to induce skin tightening and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By transmitting ultrasound waves into the skin, Ultherapy® gently heats the skin tissue so that it visibly contracts for a more youthful appearance. The treatment also stimulates collagen formation to improve the results over time. Ultherapy® can correct fine lines, wrinkles, and minor sagging of the face, neck, and chest. Most patients need only one treatment session to achieve their desired results, with maintenance treatments recommended once a year.
Recovery, Risks, and Results
The recovery after non-surgical treatments is either nonexistent or incredibly minor compared to surgical recovery. Most patients have no recovery period at all and can immediately return to their daily activities, which is why treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic are often called “lunchtime procedures.” Risks are rare and may include discomfort during treatment, tingling, tenderness, numbness, swelling, minor bruising, redness, or unusual allergic reactions. Patients typically have no side effects, no complaints, and no recovery. Those who experience minor side effects will likely have only a few hours in which the treated areas are flushed, tingly, tender, or slightly numb. Results for most non-surgical treatments are immediately visible, with some treatments producing results that improve over time. Treatments can be repeated to keep pace with aging and maintain youthful results, with the exception of KYBELLA® for which repeat treatments are typically unnecessary.
Non-surgical treatments such as those listed above can correct signs of aging, boost confidence, and restore a youthful and refreshed appearance to your face, neck, and chest. To learn more about non-surgical procedures that could make a difference for you, request your personal consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Alex Mesbahi. To schedule your appointment, call 703-287-8277 or contact Dr. Mesbahi online today.