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Facial Rejuvenation: What Combinations Of Procedures Work?

    People of all ages and stages of their lives look into rejuvenating their faces. This interest has become more popular in recent years, as the COVID-19 pandemic has left people bound to their desks at home attending Zoom meetings, leaving long-term effects on their faces, especially the jawline and neck areas. Some people walk into practices looking for a quick fix for one small problem area with one procedure, while others pair multiple facial rejuvenation procedures that work well together to promote their goal results.

    Types Of Facial Rejuvenation Procedures

    There are many facial rejuvenation procedures, which can range from non-invasive to surgical and can target very specific areas of the face and neck that patients are looking to update. Here are some of the most popular:

    Minimally Invasive Facial Procedures

    Botox

    Botox is a neuromodulator that blocks muscular nerve signals, neutralizing muscle contraction. Doing this reduces patients’ abilities to move their facial muscles around, as movement is the biggest cause of fine lines. It diminishes unwanted wrinkles in target areas and is widely used to treat crow’s feet, smile/frown lines, forehead wrinkles, neck bands, and more. Older patients inquire about Botox to correct wrinkles, while younger patients inquire about it to prevent future wrinkles.

    Dermal Fillers

    Dermal fillers add fullness to parts of the face that have become thinner due to aging. Patients most often have problems with thinness in their cheeks, lips, and around their mouths and chins, so fillers are most commonly injected into these spots.

    Laser Skin Resurfacing

    Laser skin resurfacing removes old skin layer by layer. During the healing process, new skin cells form to tighten the skin, leaving a glowing, youthful-looking face.

    Fat Transfer

    Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, can be done to reshape not only your body but also your face. Plastic surgeons use liposuction to remove unwanted fat from certain areas which may then be used as a facial filler to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

    Surgical Facial Procedures

    Chin Augmentation

    Chin augmentation can be an option for some patients when dermal fillers don’t quite do the job when it comes to defining their chin. Some ask for chin augmentation surgery to enhance or reshape their chins, and oftentimes, this procedure includes the insertion of a chin implant.

    Facelift

    Facelifts are most popular with older patients who are experiencing loose, sagging facial skin from the inevitable process of aging and wrinkling. The facelift gives patients a more youthful appearance overall, as it removes and repositions skin to tighten it and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    Neck Lift

    Neck lifts are a surgical cosmetic procedure that corrects signs of aging or weight gain in the neck and jawline area. In the age of ‘Zoom meetings on top of Zoom meetings’ and less physical activity, many people have gained weight on their necks, and many have coined this popular new insecurity as the “Zoom effect.” 

    The neck lift can be done to remove excess fat and skin in the lower face and neck, excess fatty deposits under the chin, and muscle banding in the neck. Many patients opt for the neck lift when they feel confident about the upper half of their faces, but are insecure about their double chins and jowl lines.

    Blepharoplasty

    Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, corrects droopy eyelids caused by weakened muscles from aging. The procedure can involve removing excess skin, muscle, and fat to give patients a more youthful look. Droopy upper lids and under-eye bags can do worse than just age you prematurely in appearance. They can also reduce your peripheral vision, so blepharoplasty is performed not only for aesthetic purposes but also to improve your ability to see clearly from all directions.

    Rhinoplasty

    Rhinoplasty is a popular procedure done to correct patients’ insecurities by reshaping their noses. It is most commonly done to correct bumps, wideness, and uneven nostrils. However, some patients get rhinoplasties for health reasons rather than aesthetic purposes. Some people have conditions in which the shape or size of their nostrils negatively affects their breathing abilities.

    Which Facial Rejuvenation Procedures Work Best Together?

    After getting a better understanding of each of the facial rejuvenation procedures with the highest demand, you may have noticed that some could pair well together to achieve more drastic results. The question that arises from many prospective patients for these procedures is, “which facial rejuvenation procedures would pair the best together to achieve my goal?” 

    Best Procedures To Pair With Botox

    Some surgeons recommend pairing Botox with dermal fillers because it helps them last longer. Fillers break down over time, and if you move your face often, this break-down process speeds up. Botox paralyzes certain muscles, which reduces movement in the face quite a bit and stops fillers from breaking down so quickly. Botox and fillers can be combined in one session or two separate sessions. Older patients would benefit from this pairing best, as the fine lines and wrinkles they seek to target are caused by facial movement.

    Best Procedures To Pair With Facelift

    The facelift is often accompanied by a blepharoplasty, because when people are looking to get their entire faces lifted and rejuvenated, it may not look proportional if their eyelids are still saggy and baggy.

    Another common treatment added to the facelift is filler. Plastic surgeons often recommend adding filler along with a facelift to give the face a complete restoration. Fillers help tighten and rejuvenate saggy eyes/eyelids, sharpen the jawline, and refill the cheeks where fullness has started to sag.

    Best Procedures To Pair With Neck Lift

    Neck lifts can be paired well with facelifts because many patients feel that their rejuvenation process would not be complete by only tightening either the upper or lower half of their faces. This combination promotes a tightened, youthful-looking face from the forehead down to the neck.

    Neck lifts are also often paired with fat grafting to add fullness to the lips and cheeks and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. As the neck lift gets rid of excess fat and skin in the neck, it pairs well with fat transfer, because the excess fat can be put to good use to boost confidence even more, rather than just being thrown away. Some people pair them with a blepharoplasty to rejuvenate aging eyes, as the neck and eyes are the first areas to age for many people.

    Best Procedures To Pair With Blepharoplasty

    Blepharoplasty is often accompanied by a brow lift, facelift or skin resurfacing. It is common for aging to cause not only the eyelids but also the eyebrows to sag, which can cause you to appear older and may worsen your eyesight. Performing the blepharoplasty along with a brow lift gives patients a fully rejuvenated appearance around the eyes, 

    Best Procedures To Pair With Rhinoplasty

    As rhinoplasty is performed to reshape a specific part of the face, the nose, some patients like to pair it with fillers for the cheekbones and/or jawline to give their face a full revamp of reshaping and chiseling. Patients aspire to make their features as well-defined as possible, and many do this by narrowing their nose and/or adjusting the shape of it from the side along with defining other vital parts of the face.

    Although the facial rejuvenation procedure combinations we have listed here are the most common pairings, there are certainly other options for patients who need procedures more tailored to their needs. Contact us to arrange a consultation with Dr. Khaplan who will be happy to discuss your specific problem areas and goals for results, and you can work together to determine which facial rejuvenation procedures would best accomplish your goals and are feasible for your body to undergo.