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7 Ways to Defy Aging without Surgery

Published January 25, 2017 9:54 AM by Mina Grasso

Pushing the Needle

Patients demand a nonsurgical approach with little to no downtime to defy aging and squeeze into their social calendars or their pocket book. Those who fear surgery would prefer the needle to the knife. The following are 7 ways to defy aging without surgery.

1. Neuromodulators

Botox® or Dysport® can be used to relax dynamic facial muscles by blocking the nerves that contract the muscles, resulting in fewer and softer appearance of wrinkles and smoother skin. Common areas that are treated include the frown lines, crow's feet and forehead. A youthful brow lift can be created. Neuromodulators can be used in the lower face to reduce wrinkles around the lips, dimpling of the chin, relax the mental crease across the chin, improve the appearance of the marionette lines and reduce the downward-turned corners of the lips. In addition, a more defined neckline can result with injections of the platysmal bands in the neck. With strategic placement, patient's can look less angry or sad and overall more refreshed, happy and youthful.

2. Liquid Facelift

A variety of tissue fillers and collagen activators used to replace volume can be used in combination with Botox® or Dysport® to relax dynamic muscles. Liquid facelift can erase fine lines and wrinkles as well as recontour, reshape, reposition and lift sagging skin. Liquid facelifts can result in a more youthful appearance and eliminate the need for facial surgery. A non-surgical nose job can be performed in minutes. Asymmetries can be corrected. Ideal facial proportions for men and women with ethnic consideration can be improved. Replacing lost volume in the hands can rejuvenate their appearance to match the face.

3. Kybella®

A "double chin" or fullness of the neck negatively impacts an individual, causing them to often be perceived as heavy or older. This condition is usually associated with genetics, aging and/or weight gain. Kybella® contains a naturally occurring molecule, which destroys fat cells permanently while leaving other tissue unaffected. An average of 2 to 4 office injection sessions can result in an individual appearing to have lost weight and look younger.

4. Microneedling

Microneedling utilizes a pen shaped tool with very fine needles to create micro punctures in the skin. Common uses for microneedling include acne scarring, surgical or traumatic scars, hyper or hypopigmentation, melasma, pore reduction, fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, other skin texture disorders and overall rejuvenation of the skin. Microneedling can be performed on the face or other body parts. The micro punctures in the skin create controlled microtrauma of the tissue and stimulates the skin cells to proliferate. Microneedling prompts the body's repair mechanism. As cells proliferate, new tissue is formed with new collagen, elastin fibers and improved circulation to the area. Microneedling results in plumper, thicker skin, improved texture, reduced pore size, improvement in pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma is a revolutionary procedure gaining popularity in aesthetics. Orthopedic surgery and cardiac surgery are utilizing a patient's own rejuvenating properties with platelet rich plasma for facial rejuvenation, tissue repair and healing. PRP is now being used in a variety of aesthetic applications combined with various skin rejuvenation modalities, for scalp rejuvenation for hair loss, scar rejuvenation, the P-Shot® for men and O-Shot® for women for vaginal rejuvenation, improved sexual function and incontinence.

6. Sclerotherapy

Unsightly leg and hand veins are usually associated with aging. A solution is injected into the veins, which causes the veins to collapse. The collapsed veins usually fade within a few weeks. In some instances it may take several months, but appropriate intervention during the healing process may facilitate more rapid fading. An average of 1 to 4 sessions are required. Patients can return to work immediately. Compression hose are recommended for 1 to 2 weeks. Patients are advised to walk 20 minutes twice a day to prevent blood clots. Heavy lower body exercises should be avoided such as squats

7. Silhouette InstaliftTM

The Silhouette InstaliftTM is a breakthrough facial rejuvenation procedure that lifts sagging facial skin without the need for surgery, scars or general anesthesia.

The Silhouette InstaliftTM procedure involves insertion of resorbable sutures with bidirectional biodegradable cones to lift the deeper layers of the skin and recontour the face. This office procedure takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to perform.

The cones engage with the subcutaneous tissue and create a mechanical fixation with traction, acting as an anchor resulting in immediate lifting of the skin. The regenerative benefits result from collagen stimulation and subsequent encapsulation of the suture. This biological fixation of tissue maintains the lift. Collagen is produced over time, and patients experience a gradual and natural improvement in volume and shape of the cheeks, midface and jowls.

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