When individuals want a new, refreshing, youthful look, they may begin to consider cosmetic surgery. For some, however, the prospect of surgery can be daunting. The good news is that there are other alternatives to help you achieve the desired look you want without having to undergo an invasive procedure. These types of procedures are often referred to as nonsurgical procedures or minimally invasive procedures and they generally offer a shorter recovery period which means less downtime after the procedure is completed. That is an awesome benefit considering surgical procedures can require quite a bit of downtime and a longer recovery process. Dr. Bentkover will be sure to discuss all of the best options for you based on your desired results and problem areas.
Injectables: Quick Results, No Downtime
Injectables (facial fillers) are one of the most popular nonsurgical options that patients seek. Dr. Bentkover has over 30 years of experience with various injectables and facial fillers. These are minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatments that require no incisions, only very fine needles. Typically, as people begin to age, the collagen within their skin diminishes and they begin to lose elasticity. This may cause the face to develop creases within the face where the skin begins to “settle.” Facial fillers can help relieve the look of creases, wrinkles and volume loss to restore a more youthful appearance. Loss of volume is typically seen around the cheek area. Fillers such as Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft are perfect options for regaining a fuller appearance by producing the youthful “V” shape to the face. Dr. Bentkover will discuss the options in facial fillers and make the best recommendation depending on where the patient wants filled, the depth of the area to be filled, and how long they would like the filler to last.
Botox and Dysport are wrinkle relaxers which treat dynamic wrinkles, or those caused by the repeated expressions we make, by relaxing the underlying muscles. They can treat frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead creases, chin creases and help to lift the brows. Results generally last 3-4 months. Restylane is a very popular filler that is more commonly used around the mouth and nose areas. This treatment will help provide an overall improved facial appearance with fewer creases and fine lines. Fillers such as Restylane Silk and Juvederm are typically used for lip augmentation to improve the overall size and definition of the lips – but definitely no duck lips! These fillers can offer appropriate and natural-looking results for those seeking a little more volume to their pout. Fillers generally produce results that last 6 months to a year or longer. Injectables are administered during simple, quick in-office visits and have few side effects and little to no downtime.
Skin Resurfacing: Short Recovery, Dramatic Results
Facial skin resurfacing is a very common minimally invasive procedure that patients rely on to remove or help improve fine lines and wrinkles, facial discoloration, acne scars, and skin inflammation. Dr. Bentkover has been performing skin resurfacing treatments for over 30 years. He first started with dermabrasion. The recovery and the amount of downtime is all dependent on the specific procedure. Dr. Bentkover provides two very popular options for facial skin resurfacing.
The PicoSure Laser is a treatment for tattoo removal, but this laser can also offer skin-resurfacing results that helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, facial discoloration such as dark brown spots, and acne scars. The laser removes layers of old, damaged skin, allowing for new, smoother, and healthier skin to form while also stimulating collagen growth within the skin to produce continued tightening of the skin with almost no downtime.
Candela V-Beam is a laser resurfacing procedure that is utilized to help improve the appearance of skin inflammation, rosacea, broken blood vessels in the face and neck area, spider veins of the face, port wine stains, and dark purple spots of the face. There is minimal downtime after this procedure, lasting about 7 days. Applying ice can help to significantly reduce swelling and speed recovery.
The recovery process for these two procedures is very similar and typically lasts 7-8 days depending on the severity of the procedure. Dr. Bentkover will provide his patients with topical creams and ointments to put on their faces daily to help the healing process and prevent any infections from forming. It is very important to take very good care of your face for the week of recovery so you can achieve the best results possible.
During the consultation, Dr. Bentkover will examine your face and your problem areas and discuss your goals. Based on the exam and your desires, he will provide the best recommendation for you. He will also discuss what is to be expected during the procedure, and what to expect after the procedure. If you would like to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Bentkover, we would be happy to talk to you. You can call either of Dr. Bentkover’s locations at 508-363-6500 (Worcester, MA) or 617-247-0033 (Stoneham, MA).