There is always a tradeoff in plastic surgery that is unavoidable, despite the number of incredible advances that have been made in both technology and technique in the industry over the years. This tradeoff has to do with the strong correlation between downtime and results. Unfortunately, the more effective procedures that produce the most in-depth anti-aging effects obviously tend to involve much more expense, discomfort, and recovery time than simple treatments like Botox and chemical peels. Many prospective patients are trying to strike the right balance for their lifestyle, budget, and needs, and often want something between a temporary or mild refresher and full facial surgery. Fortunately, there are now many different anti-aging procedures available, which allows patients to customize treatment programs to suit their needs. For patients considering minimally invasive procedures, it is important that the results are worth the process. So how effective are these procedures, and are they worth the money?
Minimally Invasive Surgery
There are several different surgeries that are classified as minimally invasive, and as plastic surgery advances, more are likely to become safer and gentler. For now, here are some options for less invasive surgical procedures.
One of the most popular surgeries for early signs of aging, the brow lift addresses wrinkling in the forehead and sagging skin in the area. Using an endoscope (a tiny camera) for visibility, the procedure is performed through small incisions hidden by the hair, allowing the surgeon to lift, tighten, and smooth the area.
Facial implants are simple to place and can be used to add definition and shape to the face. Many patients opt for cheek, chin, or lip augmentation to promote facial harmony and improve aesthetics. Patients who are unsure about permanent augmentation can sometimes elect to have a temporary filler injected to the area as a preview of sorts.
Mini Face Lift
There are many types of mini lifts, but the minimally invasive type is known as a submentalplatysmaplasty. This procedure tightens the upper neck, chin, and jaw area. This technique is performed through a small incision beneath the chin and does not involve any skin removal, making it inefficient for patients with greater skin laxity. The surgery generally lasts 30 minutes to an hour.
Your Needs and Prospective Results
Results of procedures like endoscopic browlifts vary, but they are usually best for mild to moderate signs of aging, and tend to look very natural. If you are looking for dramatic change, a more extensive procedure is probably best, but the only way to get a good idea of what procedure is best for you is to research different options and discuss your situation with a reputable plastic surgeon.
Each of the surgeries discussed has a different recovery time, but most minimally invasive surgeries involve only a week or two of initial recovery before patients can return to work. As with most procedures, final healing takes much longer than a few weeks to complete, but patients enjoy shorter, less intense recovery periods with minimally invasive surgeries than after more extensive procedures.
Is It Worth the Money?
Whether a procedure is “worth it” all depends on the level of aging you have reached and your desired results. For younger patients (around age 45 or younger), minimally invasive surgery is typically a good option, as signs of aging are usually not too advanced. For older patients, minimally invasive procedures will not produce as much noticeable improvement, and a more in-depth surgery, such as a full face lift, may be a better value, despite costing more. Talk with your prospective surgeons about different options; there is a procedure to suit nearly every patient.
Explore Your Options
To get the best advice on which procedure is right for you, you will need to pick the best surgeon. There are many board certified plastic surgeons offering minimally invasive surgery, but each surgeon has varying levels of expertise and experience, as well as a unique style. It is up to you to do your research carefully and choose the surgeon who is right for you. Consultations are the best way to ask questions and get to know different surgeons, so it is best to identify a few top candidates and discuss your options with them.
If you are considering facial surgery in the Boston area, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Worcester(508-363-6500) or Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stuart Bentkover, a renowned facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Bentkover is board certified and has over 25 years of experience in helping patients look and feel their best with solutions that work for them. Call either location today to schedule your consultation.