Facelifts and Other Rejuvenation Procedures
For older patients who have more lax skin and can afford both the price and the “downtime” of a facelift, this procedure still reigns supreme compared with other techniques. According to most facial plastic surgeons, the newer techniques and materials will help older patients, but they do not achieve the results—in terms of final and long-lasting appearance—that a facelift does.
However, for other people who cannot afford the time or cost of a facelift or, especially, for the large numbers of younger people who are starting earlier in their attempts to maintain a youthful appearance or correct facial defects, there are new, well-publicized options that are much less expensive. However, for lasting results, they must be repeated from time to time.
To Jonathan Sykes, MD, director of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and professor of otolaryngology at University of California, Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, one of them, botulinum toxin type A (Botox), used to relax muscles in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and at the edges of the eyes, is “one of the most significant developments in the last twenty years.”