During the past fifteen years, with the explosion of temporary age management solutions, a visit to the plastic surgeon is no longer reserved for celebrities, politicians and the social elite. There are more choices than ever when choosing procedures and products that help with age management. When deciding what method is best for you it is always best to assess the type of results you are looking for.
There has been a great deal of hype surrounding non-surgical methods which help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as restore facial contours and definition, for a more youthful appearance. The most popular method for reducing fine lines and wrinkles is Botulinum Toxin injections. Botox is the most famous brand. The results are for the most part very effective but users should be aware that Botox is temporary and touch ups are need every 6- 12 months. The same can be said for dermal fillers. Filler can be made of collagen, hyaluronic acid, hydroxylapatite and human fat. Like Botulinum Toxin, dermal fillers require maintenance. Hyaluronic acid goes by the trade name Restylane. It is primarily used to pulp up limps, enhance contours of the face and reduce the appearance of scars. While Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers are very effective in soft tissue augmentation, they do not stop the aging process. If an individual wishes to change elements of their face, a more aggressive procedure may be necessary. Age management has come to include temporary solutions like Botulinum Toxin and Restylane as well as restorative surgery with long-term results.
Many surgeons suggest mixing procedures, such as non-surgical chemical peels and dermabrasion, with surgical breast lifts and tummy tucks. Facelifts, brow lifts and eyelid surgeries, known as blepharoplasty, are some surgical options people consider to enhance their face. The facelift, or rhytidectomy, remains the most comprehensive surgery. This procedure helps to improve sagging skin, even out deep creases, redistribute fat on the face, and manage the loss of muscle tone along the jaw. These procedures often come with a hefty price tag, although many doctors offer payment plans to help facilitate access to these procedures for the non-celebrity crowd. Botox will cost on average around $400.00 to treat one area on the face, two areas will run to about $500.00. Restylane injections often go by the milliliter and costs start around $300.00 for a half a milliliter. The surgical procedures are more expensive. The lower average of a facelift costs around $8000.00 but can go up to as high as $30,000.00 depending on the amount of work need and the reputation of the surgeon.