The current pandemic that the United States is facing has caused an increase in cosmetic surgery procedures as more people are having cosmetic treatments after viewing their appearance on virtual calls for work for months on end. Even though cosmetic procedures are still being performed, the top trends for some cosmetic surgery treatments have remained the same throughout the year due to the COVID-19 related shutdowns many doctors experienced earlier this year. One of the areas of cosmetic surgery that has kept the same trends is facial rejuvenation treatments. Here is a look at the top facial rejuvenation trends for 2020 (and likely into 2021).
Top Facial Rejuvenation Trends of 2020
- Injectables – Some of the most popular facial rejuvenation injectables options for patients include Botox and fillers. When it comes to Botox, the injected botulinum toxin works to block signals that travel from the nerves to muscles on the face so the muscle that was injected during the treatment can no longer contract. If the muscle that was injected is not able to contract, the overall appearance of wrinkles and fine lines begins to lessen so the patient enjoys a smoother facial appearance. Botox helps to smooth out areas of the face such as the forehead and the corner of the eyes that are wrinkled thanks to frowning and squinting on a regular basis. Fillers are used to lessen the appearance of creases and facial lines along with restoring volume that has been lost in the face due to the aging process. Fillers are injected under the skin and are ideal for filling in lines around the mouth and adding more volume and fullness to the lips and the area located around the eyes and the cheeks. Fillers are made of a variety of substances and one of the most popular is hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a substance that naturally occurs in the body. Botox and fillers are both eventually absorbed by the body which means patients will need to have follow-up treatments to maintain their results.
- Microneedling – In this facial rejuvenation treatment, microneedling is performed to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to rejuvenate the appearance and texture of the skin. Microneedling delivers a series of controlled wounds under the surface of the skin through the use of very fine needles. The series of injuries under the surface of the skin promotes the production of collagen and elastin that make the skin look smoother and younger. Microneedling is a good option for patients looking to treat acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and damage from the sun.
- Lasers and Lights – Laser facial rejuvenation treatments can remove wrinkles that are moderate to deep and also improve the tightness, tone and texture of the skin. Laser treatment options include ablative and non-ablative lasers and one of the main differences is the wavelength of the laser that is focused on the targeted area of the skin. Ablative lasers vaporize and remove the outer layer of the skin while non-ablative lasers penetrate deeper into the skin while leaving the outer layers of the skin intact. Photorejuveantion, AKA a photofacial, is a non-invasive facial rejuvenation technique that improves both the tone and tightness of the skin. A photofacial is another name for Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) that uses an intense amount of pulsed light to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin. The brief pulses of bright light are applied to skin using a handpiece. The light causes the blood vessels and collagen below the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin) to constrict and tighten for a more youthful and rejuvenated look.
- Surgical Facial Rejuvenation – While the above treatments provide a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance to the face, there are times when surgical facial rejuvenation is the best option to achieve the desired final results. Some of the most popular surgical options for patients include blepharoplasty which is eyelid surgery that restores vision to eyes that are blocked by an excess of fat and skin in the eyelids. Blepharoplasty also removes bags from under the eyelids. Other surgical options include a facelift to tighten the skin, reduce wrinkles and jowls and also eliminate sagging areas on the face. In addition, a brow lift AKA a forehead lift lifts the tissues that are located above the eyebrows to tighten the forehead tissue and reverse the effects of gravity.
Facial Rejuvenation Trends – Schedule a Consultation Appointment
Before making the final decision to have any of the above treatments, patient should schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified doctor that is experienced in performing facial rejuvenation procedures. The type of procedure performed on a patient depends on the desired final results and the quality of the skin. An experienced and board-certified doctor can examine the skin of a patient to determine the type of results the person can expect to see along with the best facial rejuvenation procedure option to address the individual needs of the patient.