What is facial rejuvenation?

What is facial rejuvenation?

Ever wonder about the beauty secrets from the celebrities we know and love – well for some the secret lies with cosmetic procedures. Kim K.’s Botox, Angelina’s filled-out lips or Gwyneth Paltrow’s flawless skin to name a few.

From laser therapies to Botox injections, injectable lip fillers, microdermabrasion and chemical peels, these non-surgical options are used by women and even men to refresh and rejuvenate their skin every day. And the ages are decreasing.

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) in 2013, 58 percent of the surveyed facial plastic surgeons saw growth in cosmetic surgery or “injectables” for those under the age of 30.

In 2013, the AAFPRS found that women account for 81 percent of all surgical and non-surgical procedures.

For men, Botox, facial fillers, hair transplants and rhinoplasty were the most procedures performed.

Dr. Niki Christopoulos, board certified plastic surgeon with Advocate Medical Group in Oak Lawn and Chicago, says that the demand for these types of facial procedures is strong and continues to rise.

“Non-surgical rejuvenation refers to a wide range of treatment options used to refresh and rejuvenate the skin with minimal downtime and complications,” Dr. Christopoulos says.

She says that the most common procedures can be categorized into several different groups: laser therapies, neurotoxins (Botox, Dysport and Xeomin), injectable fillers (Perlane, Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, autologous fat) and others which include microdermabrasion, chemical peels and other skin care procedures.

The AAFPRS reports that nearly three-fourths of procedures done in 2013 were minimally invasive, with Botox making up nearly half of those, then hyaluronic acid and peels in second and third.

Most turn to these types of procedures to reduce facial aging, Dr. Christopoulos says.

“For example, laser therapies are used to resurface photo (sun) damaged skin; neurotoxins are used to relax wrinkles that are caused by overactive facial muscles and fillers are used to replace or refill lost volume that is a key component of facial aging,” she says.

Our techniques for minimally invasive facial rejuvenation continue to expand quite rapidly with new and improved technologies being offered every day, she says.

“Every patient is unique and therefore there is no one right procedure for everyone,” Dr. Christopoulous adds. “Young patients with less photo aging may only require neurotoxin injections, for example. Older patients with more sun damage and volume loss may require a multi-modality approach.”

Dr. Christopolous says these procedures can mostly be performed in an office setting, with minimal or no topical anesthesia and often can delay the more invasive surgical options that exist for facial rejuvenation.

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  1. I knew someone that got botox when they were 22 because she didn’t like the forehead wrinkles. Crazy to think that someone so young getting injected with the toxin.

    • Me too! And unfortunately I think she has become obsessed with these treatments and doesn’t even look the same anymore, sadly. 🙁

  2. It would be nice if there were qualifications listed for these therapies to make it “easier” to know what to look for in a physician performing them. I’ve recently lost weight. I know the skin grows continually throughout ones life. I would like some laser therapy on facial rosacea as the various meds do not help me. My sun damaged neck could benefit, to my eye, from some laser therapy as well. I have no idea where to start and even if you have “procedures” done by physicians, there is no guarantee they are good at it, or that you won’t have a problem or negative side effect. I’m very hesitant, with good reason!

  3. Most of the celebrities are interested to do facial rejuvenation surgery to recapture the youthful appearance. But trends are varying every year. Now the non surgical procedures have higher demand than surgical procedures. The non surgical facelift procedure have number of advantages. They can reduce the visible sign of aging in a rapid way, Improves the skin texture,improve circulation,soften the muscles, etc…

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Sarah Scroggins, health enews contributor, is the director of social media at Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care. She has a BA and MA in Communications. When not on social media, she loves reading a good book (or audiobook), watching the latest Netflix series and teaching a college night class.