The days of a facelift that cause a patient to have a “frozen face appearance” are over. More patients are turning to minimally invasive options including fillers, Botox and fat reduction. However, there are some options that are growing in popularity that patients might not be aware of at the moment.
Let’s Look at the Numbers
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, out of the 17.5-million cosmetic procedures performed in 2017, a rather large 15.-7-million were minimally invasive. That is an increase of 2\\% over 2016.
Be Careful when Picking a Doctor
While the chance to have a procedure performed at lunchtime is an enticing option, patients need to be sure the doctor performing the treatment is a board-certified physician. It is true that complications such as infections, bruising and bleeding can also happen with the most experienced doctor. However, having a procedure performed at a reduced price by a less than experienced person can increases the risks. Even at a medical spa, patients should make sure the injectors are trained and supervised by a board-certified physician in aesthetic core specialties.
The American Board of Medical Specialties is made up of 24 boards. Patients interested in a certain doctor should ask to see the credentials of the doctor to make sure the person is experienced in performing the treatment. In addition, patients should ask to see “before and after photos” as well as confirm the doctor has hospital privileges in case of an emergency. Once the patient feels confident in the abilities of the doctor, a consultation appointment should be scheduled.
However, even if a doctor is board-certified, it doesn’t mean that person is the best choice for the job. It’s vital that the doctor knows and understands the underlying anatomy of a patient so there isn’t an issue with nerve damage or other medical complications.
What are the Popular Treatments for the Face?
Fat Reduction is Still Popular
Making Changes to the Hands and Nose
Understanding the Goals of the Patient
We asked Dr. Lavinia K. Chong, a Newport Beach plastic surgeon, how vital it is to know the goals of the patient. Dr. Chong shared “It is important to get to know the patient and understand their priorities. We discuss the patient's goals and review pictures of what they looked like before their aging process began because it is not really up to me to recreate the facial blueprint. It is my job to refine the structure of the face and to make it a facsimile of what it used to be."
A Better Understanding of the Human Body
As technology and medical options improve, doctors gain an even better understanding of the aging process and how patients change as they age. In the past, many people simply believed that the aging process involved gravity making changes to the appearance of a person. Gravity was believed to pull on the tissue of a person and make it loose as a person got older. Patients did not understand that there is more to the process such as the loss of volume as a person ages. As a person gets older, the bones of the face, including around the cheekbones and the eyes, start to lose some of their volume. In addition, the face has areas that are filled with fat that lose mass as a person ages. All of these factors combine to make a person look older. Thankfully, cosmetic surgery continues to evolve and the number of techniques available for patients to retain their youthful appearance continues to grow in number each year.