Combating the noticeable signs of aging is a top priority for many men and women. Wrinkles, fine lines, and skin laxity all begin to appear over time, sometimes even among those who have always practiced the most diligent skincare routines. Aging, genetics, sun exposure, and other environmental factors lead to the deterioration of skin quality, and these changes can bring with them a host of insecurities and decreased levels of confidence. Cosmetic surgery has long been an option to addressing the visible signs of aging; however, in recent years, non-surgical procedures, such as Ultherapy®, have been gaining popularity for their ability to provide stunning results without the need for surgery. Although both surgical and non-surgical options exist for addressing wrinkles and fine lines on the face and neck, it can be difficult to determine which procedure may be ideal for you. Here is a closer look at facelift surgery and Ultherapy®.
What Can a Facelift Accomplish?
Both facelift surgery and neck lift surgery address laxity along the mid and lower face as well as the neck. This laxity can include jowls, sagging facial skin, drooping cheeks, and vertical banding on the neck. This is a surgical procedure where incisions are placed along the hairline, down the temples, and behind the ears. When a neck lift is combined with a traditional facelift, an additional incision is made beneath the chin to trim away excess skin and fat and tighten the underlying muscle structure to restore a youthful quality to your appearance.
What Is Ultherapy®?
Ultherapy® is a non-surgical option that uses focused ultrasound energy to tighten skin and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, and chest. This procedure gently heats the underlying skin tissue so that it contracts while stimulating collagen production. The result is the improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, which in turn leads to a more youthful and confidence-enhancing appearance.
Which Is Right for Me?
When comparing these two procedures, there are pros and cons to both. A facelift is an invasive surgery that comes with anesthesia, a recovery period of a few weeks, and the presence of scars (even though they are discreetly placed). Ultherapy®, however, is non-surgical and non-invasive. There is no pain or downtime associated with this procedure, and there are no risks of anesthesia or surgical complications.
While this may seem like a vote for Ultherapy®, it’s important to keep in mind that Ultherapy® is designed to treat minor sagging of the face, neck, and chest; it cannot reach the same depth or level of correction as facelift surgery. If you are a person who is experiencing significant facial laxity, jowls, or deep banding on the neck, then Ultherapy® may not be able to provide you with the results you desire. While most patients only require one Ultherapy® session, repeated touch-ups are recommended once a year; with facelift and neck lift surgery, though, the results typically last for several years.
You will be able to fully determine which procedure is ideal for your amount of facial aging and skin laxity during a consultation with Dr. Mesbahi. Many younger patients may find that they can begin with Ultherapy® to postpone the need or desire for the more invasive surgery, and for patients with significant facial aging, then undergoing facelift surgery may be the best bet.
For more information on either of these procedures or to set up a consultation, contact Dr. Mesbahi today by calling 703-287-8277.