Through the decades, plastic surgery has made immense leaps in terms of procedures that reduce downtime and minimizing complications during surgery and post-surgery. The latter being exemplified by the introduction of minimally invasive surgeries that offer patients results hours to days after the procedure is done. Such minimally invasive procedures picked no better time and age to present themselves into the worlds as crowds of people, looking to improve or rejuvenate their faces by clearing age-related wrinkles and sagging of skin, flock to clinics nationwide.
Most procedures nowadays, unlike in the past, use smaller more discrete incisions that reduce the risk and occurrence of post-operation scarring in tissue operated on and leaving unsightly, cosmetically unpleasing scars that serve as proof that one went under the knife. Minimally invasive procedures, specifically those used in plastic surgery, have definitely changed the game for those wanting to rejuvenate their facial appearance from changes that occur with age, UV exposure, lifestyle factors, or scarring caused by trauma.
Some of these procedures that are considered minimally invasive are such as;
Laser surgery – It include removal of the outer most layer of the skin, removing dead tissue and promoting the growth of new vessels and increasing blood flow tighten the skin as a result and reducing signs of aging such as spots and wrinkles such as wrinkles below the eyes and in lower eyelids, wrinkles in cheeks, some of the wrinkles in chin and some of ‘crow feet’ wrinkles around the eyes and forehead wrinkles.
Laser eyelid surgery – Used to improve fine wrinkles in both eyelids, especially lower eyelid and improve the appearance of drooping eyelids that are caused by loss of elasticity in skin and loss of the tissue holding subcutaneous fat tissue in place as we age.
‘Lunch-time’ procedures are also available. These include minimally invasive procedures that involve short appointment durations, some of the short recovery time. hence the name.
Botox – Botox is a muscle relaxant. Thus, it causes wrinkles to reduce as underlying muscles relax. Results last for about 3-6 months. The procedure can be repeated as needed every 5 months.
Fillers can also be used to add volume, reduce creases and wrinkles. Examples of compounds used are such as; Hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, fat, and collagen. Specific amounts of the compounds are injected under the skin, increases around the mouth, cheeks, chin, neck, lips, wrinkles around the eyes and in forehead area or in between the eyebrows (glabella area).
To be completely safe and confident, it is better to make sure that the person doing it is a professional board-certified plastic surgeon. He has a higher degree in cosmetic sub-specialty. He is an expert with long term experience in plastic and aesthetic surgery. He can examine your face and give you some recommendations about what can be done for your face to the best possible result. You can check some before and after photos with him to find the best solution and understand the goals and results of treatment.