It seems we’re always looking for the next best thing when it comes to anti-aging. But you don't have to go under the knife to reclaim your youth.
Dr. Luis Zapiach, a plastic surgeon and owner of Art Plastic Surgery in Paramus, N.J., said that he sees trends in non-invasive procedures increasing year after year.
“We’re doing many, many more non-invasive treatments, which include the injectables Botox and Dysport – these are by far the most common treatments,” Zapiach told FoxNews.com. “The other treatments that we’re doing are also injectable treatments such as the fillers Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm – and then we’re also doing tightening procedures.”
As a natural part of the aging process, we lose volume in places like our eye sockets, cheeks and jaw line. Fillers and injectables are temporary, lasting anywhere from six months to a year – depending on the one you choose. But a non-invasive procedure that uses a patient’s own fat is permanent.
“I’m actually a big proponent of fat if you have a good result with these temporary fillers,” said Zapiach. “We use it to volumize the face where people have lost that volume and that contour, also in the nasal labial folds we also put it along the jaw line itself.”
For the millions of people that have sun spots and scars on the surface of their skin that become more prevalent with age, Zapiach said laser technology has vastly improved over the past decade, with patients seeing full results in about three months.
“Before we had a solid beam of laser, now it’s fractionated into a lot of different little beams, and that allows for a much quicker recovery period,” he said. “Whereas before, you needed two or three weeks of downtime; now you only have five days.”
Face lifts used to be the way to go for patients looking to tighten up the saggy, loosening of the facial skin that comes with age. But now, patients looking to turn back the hands of time have a non-invasive option that was most commonly associated with pregnancy: ultrasound.
“Ultherapy actually has an indication to lift and tighten that area . . . as well as the neck and also the eyebrows,” said Zapiach. “We'll see results in the cheeks that it will lift and tighten the cheeks and jowls as well.”
Not everyone is a candidate for non-invasive procedures, and Dr. Zapiach cautioned that patients with advanced aging may have to resort to surgical options.
Choosing the right doctor is also important to get the results you want. You can find board-certified plastic surgeons by visiting the American Society of Plastic Surgery web site at www.PlasticSurgery.org.
For more information, visit Dr. Zapiach’s web site at www.ArtPlasticSurgeons.com