Facial Rejuvenation

The Ultimate Guide to Facial Rejuvenation

Restore a youthful glow with facial rejuvenation.

The purpose of facial rejuvenation is to restore a youthful appearance using one or several cosmetic treatments. Depending on how far you want to go, facial rejuvenation covers a vast array of surgical and non-surgical procedures which can vary in invasiveness for more dramatic results.

Since time began, people have been judged on their appearance. The most recognizable and individual thing we have is our face which is out there to be inspected, judged, rained upon, tanned, distorted, laughed with, on and at. There are so many tell-tale signs that our skin is aging and it seems that no matter how young we may feel physically, emotionally and mentally our face is always going to tell the truth; whether we want it to or not.

Exposure to sunshine, an unhealthy diet, smoking, late nights and stress will all take their toll on your body, but most especially, your face. Fine lines appear, hairlines retreat, skin loosens, noses droop, ears continue to grow, facial fat loses volume, clumps and shifts to settle in an inappropriate places like under the chin, in eye bags or jowls.

Am I suitable for facial rejuvenation?

Facial rejuvenation procedures include both surgical and non-surgical techniques and are suitable, therefore, for a wide number of people.

Minimally-invasive procedures (surgeries) limit the size of any incisions which considerably shortens recovery time. Techniques which don’t use the introduction of materials or foreign objects into the body or involve incisions or puncturing of the skin are known as non-invasive procedures. Some people opt to have a combination of surgical and non-surgical techniques to achieve the best results.

What treatments can be included in facial rejuvenations?

Surgical Treatments:

For patients with deep lines, cheek wrinkles, loose skin, excessive fatty tissue, folds around the mouth and jowls, the facelift is the most effective treatment. It tightens underlying muscles, removes excess fat and skin and the remaining skin is redraped to improve the facial contours. Facelifts are performed under general anesthetic.

Nowadays there are other surgical treatments if you don’t want to undergo a full facelift, including mini lifts, brow lifts, neck lifts, eye bag removal and nose surgery which target a particular problem area rather than the whole face.

Fat transfer is also known as fat injection or fat grafting and involves harvesting fat from other parts of the body, often the outer thighs or buttocks, and injecting it into the face to plump up sunken or creased areas of the face such as the cheeks.

Non-surgical Treatments:

One of the most popular treatments on the market today is Botox®. These are a series of injections which smooth the skin by immobilizing the muscles which form expression lines.

Dermal fillers run a close second to Botox ® in popularity in the US. They help to restore volume and diminish crow’s feet and facial lines. Most frequently, the injections are used on the lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth. They are effective for up to six months.
Collagen injections have been used for decades to treat minor imperfections and touch up areas where wrinkles have started to appear; around the mouth and forehead.

Laser treatments use concentrated pulsating beams of light in specific wavelengths which are focussed on certain points to reduce wrinkles, liver spots, sun damage, acne scars, blemishes and general irregularities. Laser rejuvenation or skin resurfacing precisely removes layers of skin. The new skin cells which form during the healing process are fresh and give the skin a tighter look and feel. Selected areas or the entire face may be treated according to your requirements and the procedure can be done in conjunction with other treatments.

Dermabrasion uses a diamond wheel or wire brush to plane off the top layers skin to improve to face by smoothing fine lines, accident scars, burns, deep acne scars and irregularities. Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals to sand off the top skin layer and polish the complexion.
An acidic solution is applied to the skin in a carefully controlled manner for a chemical peel which causes the damaged, top layers to exfoliate and peel off. The newly formed skin is tight, fresh and depending on the depth of treatment; scar free.

Spider-vein treatment (sclerotherapy) involves injecting a solution into the angry red clusters of veins, usually found on the cheeks. Over a period of time, the vein will collapse, the blood flow will re-route and the spider veins will fade.

Photorejuvenation is a popular and trusted, minimally-invasive procedure which uses IPL (intense pulsed light) to lighten and reduce the appearance of sun damaged skin, enlarged pores and red, flushed faces. It can also be used to treat the neck, chest and hands.

Thermage® is a non-invasive, revolutionary treatment for aging skin. It uses focussed radio frequency energy which helps to promote natural collagen in sagging skin to leave you with a smoother, younger complexion.

Dermal rolling uses a fine-needled roller to make invisible punctures into the surface of the skin, creating channels to get beneficial products deep into the dermis, as well as stimulating collagen.

There are a myriad of treatments to help you rejuvenate your face - with by perking up the skin, or by changing the structure. A good cosmetic surgeon and/or dermatologist will be able to advise on what is suitable for your requirements.