Are You a Good Candidate for a Surgical Facial Cosmetic Procedure?

Congratulations! You have decided it is time to improve the appearance of your face with a cosmetic procedure. Of course, now there are decisions to be made about how best to accomplish your goals.

Dr. Mark Deuber offers his considerable expertise to help you determine the best course of treatment. As part of the consultation process, you will need to consider if a surgical or a non-surgical procedure will better help you meet your goals from the procedure.

While it is true that a non-surgical procedure is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time, there may be instances in which you are a better candidate for a surgical procedure. Read further, as Dr. Deuber explains some cases in which a surgical procedure may be a better option for you to get the results that you want from your facial cosmetic procedure.

Loose Skin and Loss of Elasticity

The skin contains a particular protein, called collagen, which is formed into fibers to help keep it full and firm over the skeletal framework. As a natural result of aging, as well as certain environmental conditions, these collagen fibers break down over time and result in excess loose skin.

Additionally, the skin loses some elasticity, meaning that it will no longer conform back to its original shape if stretched out.

Deep Facial Folds

Both Botox and dermal fillers (such as Juvederm) work to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face.

Botox relaxes the facial muscles around and between the brows to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Dermal fillers reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by adding volume to the skin.

However, these lines and wrinkles become deeper over time. After a certain amount of time, your lines and wrinkles will reach a point at which it is better to address them via surgery, rather than with Botox or dermal fillers.

The nasolabial folds, which run from the bottom outside corner of the nose to the mouth, are one example of an area of the face that is prone to have deep facial folds. In this case, Dr. Deuber recommends a mid-facelift, which only addresses the middle third of the face, including the nasolabial area.

Longer-lasting Results

Although Botox and dermal fillers can provide excellent results, their effects will wear off over time. Depending on the injection site, Botox can last anywhere from three to six months, while dermal fillers usually will last anywhere from four to 12 months.

While you can undergo another treatment session once the effects have worn off, you may eventually want to consider a longer-lasting procedure. This is an excellent time to look at a surgical procedure for a longer lasting improvement to your facial features.

You will not need to make follow-up appointments with Dr. Deuber to undergo further treatments to improve your appearance.

Non-surgical facial procedures do have certain advantages. However, if you are considering a permanent solution to more serious problems with lines and wrinkles, Dr. Deuber strongly recommends surgery to get the best results.


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