Minimal Invasive Treatments To Stay Competitive In the Work Environment
Question: I am in my early 70?s and still work full-time. I enjoy my job but am competing with a generation that is younger. I don’t want to change my appearance but would like my face to look more youthful and refreshed, while still being natural. I’m only interested in minimal invasive procedures since I can’t afford the longer recovery of a facelift. What treatments can I have on a Thursday or Friday and go back to work on the Monday after?
Answer: You have quite a few options depending on what you are a candidate for. In the past, many minimal invasive treatments came with results that were either very short-lived or ineffective. With today’s advanced technologies, one can find effective and longer lasting minimal invasive treatments. While many procedures still exist that don’t work so well, finding a qualified, well-trained plastic surgeon who you trust can be the key to learning the facts about how effective a given minimal-invasive treatment is.
One such minimal invasive treatment is Kybella which is indicated for permanent fat reduction of a double chin in the submental neck. This procedure is performed in 30 minutes or less, allowing the patient to leave the office on their own and with no downtime. While there can be some swelling of the neck, it is typically above baseline for the first week after treatment and below baseline after the first week. Kybella can permanently remove fat not only in your neck but also in those patients who have fatty jowls. I have found Kybella to be very effective on my patients. Of course, proper patient selection by a qualified facial plastic surgeon to perform Infini may be key to a desired aesthetic result.
Infini RF is the most commonly requested minimal invasive procedure in my office for skin tightening of the lower face and neck. Infini is not only effective but also has no downtime. Most patients experience some redness of their face for an average of 3 to 5 days after treatment. However, unlike many laser devices, patients can wear make up to cover any redness the day after Infini RF. Another great benefit of Infini is the improvement patients can experience in aged skin texture, fine lines, crepey skin and large pores.
Injectable fillers have been popular for over two decades due to their immediate results with no downtime. While one can experience some bruising and swelling, this is typically short-lived and can often be covered with make-up within hours of treatment. Short-term fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse are available. Unlike these temporary fillers, Bellafill is a 5-year injectable filler which gives amongst the most natural results with no downtime. Bellafill has a high safety profile and is suitable for volumization of the cheeks, temples, nasolabial folds, mouth corners, chin and hands.
When it comes to Botox, there are currently four currently 4 FDA-approved neuromodulators on the market including Dysport, Jeuveau, Botox cosmetic and Xeomin. In my experience, they seem to work equally well. In addition to the improvement of frown lines, forehead ceases and crow’s feet, Botox is being used in more advanced ways to soften the platysmal neck bands, nasal “bunny lines”, chin lines and other fine facial lines that cannot be improved with laser or fillers.
Given the many minimal invasive options, some of which are used with advanced techniques, it’s important to seek a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon instead of a non-specialist. A qualified specialist understands the intricate anatomy of the face as well as the anatomy of aging. Even if you are only considering a minimal or non-invasive procedure, a plastic surgeon that specializes in the face and neck and performs a high volume of both surgical and less invasive treatments can give you the most objective advice because of their skill and experience in performing both groups of cosmetic treatments.
Look 9 Years Younger in 90 Minutes or Less
Stem Cell Fillers: Using your own stem cells, long-term, minimal downtime
Laser WhisperLift™, 90 Minutes: 1 cm micro-incision surgery, tighten sagging neck & jowls, local anesthesia, minimal downtime.
Bellafill, 60 Minutes: The 5 Year Filler – Dr. Mandal is a BellaDiamond physician in the top 1% of expert Bellafill injectors in the world
Infini RF, 40 Minutes: Non-Surgical Facelift for sagging jowls and neck, no downtime
SculpSure, 25 Minutes: Permanent, non-invasive body fat reduction
Kybella, 10 Minutes: Permanent, minimal invasive neck fat removal
Dr. Anita Mandal is a double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon practicing since 1998. She exclusively specializes in facial rejuvenation and non-invasive body contouring. In addition to being on the medical staff at Jupiter Medical Center, her offices house both surgical and laser suites. Dr. Mandal is committed to giving her patients the most natural looking results.