No one wants to get wrinkles and fine lines as they age, but it's just part of the natural aging process. For many years now, people have been turning to facelifts to reverse obvious signs of age in the face.
What began as an intense surgical procedure is now a streamlined treatment. Still, a traditional surgery can take weeks to months for full recovery. For people with busy schedules, it's inconvenient to be resting and away from work for a long period of time.
Furthermore, for younger people with only initial signs of aging, a full facelift surgery is overkill. That's the reason behind a new wave of non-surgical techniques promising good results with quicker recovery.
A typical example of a non-surgical procedure is the laser facelift. In this technique there are no incisions or sutures involved. All of the work is done from outside the body. A laser is used to send heat energy past the skin and into the underlying facial tissue. The effect of this heat is to shrink collagen beneath the skin, causing the skin above to contract with it. The result is a smoothing effect that diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.
A laser can also be used to resurface the skin. By turning the laser, the upper layers of the skin can be removed down to a smooth layer of skin without discoloration.
Any laser facelift procedure carries the risk of skin burns. Sometimes a cooling spray may be necessary to keep temperatures at a safe level. The procedure can be done in a surgeon's office as an outpatient procedure. Only a topical anesthetic cream will be necessary. The entire treatment only takes an hour.
After the surgery the face will swell and itch. That's a normal part of the recovery process and should subside within a few days. Most patients can go back to work within the week. There are no scars or sutures left behind like traditional surgery. However, full results of the procedure won't be visible until months later. That's because the underlying tissue must heal first.
The final results of a laser facelift are less pronounced then a surgical one. However, it is an ideal procedure to reverse initial signs of aging in younger patients. This kind of maintenance procedure is becoming popular because it gives the impression of continual youth. The changes are so subtle that no one will be able to put a finger on why you always look so young.
Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon today to discuss the benefits of a laser facelift. You could be on your way to a fresh new look and greater self-confidence a lot faster than you'd ever suspected.
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