One of the main limiting factors for facial rejuvenation remains the quality of the skin. Years of sun damage, weight changes, and second-hand smoke have a large impact on our ability to control the shape and longevity of results. The future of face-lifting is likely going to focus on regenerative medicine innovations. Two great examples are nanofat grafting and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). By using the patient’s own fat, the results are permanent and stem cells encourage skin rejuvenation. PRP is 100% natural, increases collagen and elastin and may be used in all skin types. For some, it means we can rejuvenate without ever making an incision.
And the future is now. Patients with intentional skin care engagement through memberships like MDSkin Club or other programs are coming to us with healthier skin. Even if you have not followed one of these programs, in just a few months, we can get you on a daily and monthly routine to get your skin into the best shape possible for surgery with the latest medical grade skin care routines.
The next advance in face-lift surgery is smaller interventions. By improving the quality of the soft tissues and skin, it allows us to provide you better aesthetic outcomes with shorter scars in more discreet locations. While there is always a scar following surgery, we can now effectively hide these scars to the point they are almost not visible even at a conversational distance. The “overdone” look is out. Drs. Mahabir and Gawley pride themselves on providing you with natural, long-lasting results customized to every patient. The more educated patients will know that their combined 30 years of practice experience are essential to aesthetic judgment and excellence in operation.
And finally, the use of innovative technology like ultrasound skin tightening (Ultherapy) for reshaping the neck and facial skin, and the addition of fat or fillers to the central face, eyelids, and forehead/temple areas—this is the future. Collagen induction therapies like microneedling create finite, minute areas of micro-injury to the skin and stimulate collagen production. Total facial rejuvenation and maintenance without any incisions or recovery. As we continue to unlock safe and reliable skin tightening and fat reducing technologies and therapies—the traditional long scar, long down-time facelift became history. If we can get the next generation started in their 20’s and 30’s, they may not need to ever have a facelift. I believe this exciting future is not far off.
Until then, today’s fast-paced, results-driven people want to look and feel their best. While nonsurgical options continue to play a huge role in the management of the aging face, facelifts are still the gold standard for those wanting to look young and refreshed.