Fillers and injectables can certainly make a dramatic difference when it comes to facial aging, but they can never be a true substitute for a conventional facelift. One of the appeals of the surgical form of the facelift is that the results can last over a decade. However, it is important to keep in mind that while a facelift in Boston can treat severe sagging and skin laxity, any type of surgery is a big deal and requires healing time.
The Aging Face
An aging face has five main components: fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, loss of volume, gravity, and changes to skin pigment. Signs of aging like age spots, lines, and wrinkles can be improved using non-surgical techniques. The patient may see further improvement using injectables. The loss of facial volume and creases may be responsive to treatments like fillers as well. However, the effects of gravity in the facial area and loss of elasticity can be improved using a conventional facelift.
Would I Make a Good Candidate?
A facelift may be right for you if your facial skin is currently sagging and loose, especially under your chin or along your jawline. Good candidates for a facelift also tend to have a strong jawline and prominent bone structure.
The very first step in getting a facelift in Boston is your initial consultation to determine if you would make an appropriate candidate for the procedure. At this time, we will also discuss with you your expectations and inform you of every step that will be taken during the procedure.
We may suggest that you refrain from taking some types of medicine like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, aspirin, blood thinners, and certain herbal remedies and supplements that may increase your risks. You should inform us about everything you are currently taking, but do not suddenly stop taking any drugs before you first talk with your primary care physician.
Getting Started with the Facelift Procedure
If this procedure appeals to you, talk to our team at the office of Joseph A Russo, MD in Newton to learn more. We proudly serve the greater Boston and New England areas, and we even serve clients all over the country, like in Celebration, Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started!