Gravity, sun exposure, and the natural process of aging can be the worst enemies of our faces. As we get older, facial skin and the underlying connective tissues lose their laxity and start to break down, causing the skin to sag. Surgical and nonsurgical procedures offer a variety of options for individuals who want to achieve a fresher, more youthful appearance. With today's advancements in cosmetic procedures, it has never been easier to retain that coveted "fountain of youth" appearance.
If you want to address your aging skin, it may be time to consider which cosmetic procedure can help you reach your aesthetic goals. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Erick Sanchez of Sanchez Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA can help you make an informed decision about your facial rejuvenation options. Read on as Dr. Sanchez compares a traditional facelift procedure to the nonsurgical skin tightening option FaceTite.
What is the difference between a facelift and FaceTite?
The primary goal of any facial rejuvenation procedure is to restore a person's appearance to a more youthful, vibrant look. Dr. Sanchez will assess the loss of skin tone or laxity while taking into account where the aging process is taking place on the face. Is it a loss of facial fat? Is it sagging of deeper facial structures that is affecting certain areas like the jawline, cheeks, and neck? Is it a loss of skin quality or a reduction of thickness that is causing a patient to look older?
Patients with moderate to severe skin laxity, deep lines, and wrinkles are ideal candidates for a facelift. A facelift is a surgical procedure that tightens the outer layer of skin along with the deeper structures of the face. By tightening the facial skin and the underlying connective tissues and muscles that have lost laxity, facelift results today are more natural-looking and last longer, even as patients continue to age.
FaceTite is an innovative new technique that provides skin tightening help without surgery. The patented FaceTite method uses radiofrequency energy as the tightening mechanism for this nonsurgical procedure. The targeted area is numbed before small incisions are made in order to insert a cannula instrument. The cannula will deliver controlled-temperature radiofrequency energy to heat the top layer of skin and underlying connective tissue. As a result, collagen production increases while fat cells are minimized, creating a smoother, more lifted appearance. The incisions are so small, no stitches or visible scarring will occur. Ideal candidates for FaceTite have mild to moderate skin laxity, fine lines, and small pockets of fat around their neck or chin area.
Facelift vs. FaceTite: Which is right for you?
FaceTite is a minimally invasive face tightening procedure that can be used anywhere above the shoulders. It can treat the following areas:
- Brow area
- Eye area
- Nasolabial folds
Working closely with an experienced, qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Sanchez can determine which procedure will work best for your desired outcome. If you have visible creases, fine facial lines, or mild to moderate loose skin on the chin, jowls, and neck, FaceTite could be an effective, less invasive option for you. FaceTite is a fantastic alternative to a neck lift or facelift for the ideal candidate. During a facelift, the underlying muscle structure and excess skin are tightened to reveal a smoother, younger-looking appearance. A traditional facelift procedure can make patients look years younger and is the preferred method for patients with more advanced aging skin.
Choosing the best option for you
In the last decade, anti-aging procedures have been gaining popularity. While some patients start with less invasive options like BOTOX®, at a certain point, they may need more significant help. With today's innovative technology, options like FaceTite offer patients a nonsurgical answer to looking younger. The signs of aging affect each person differently, leaving a FaceTite procedure to work for some patients, while others need the more extensive help of a facelift. With his close attention to detail, surgical experience, and artistic sensibility, Dr. Sanchez will help you choose the right facial rejuvenation procedure for the results you deserve.
Schedule your consultation at Sanchez Plastic Surgery
Dr. Erick Sanchez is an expert in facial rejuvenation procedures. He will listen to your needs, do a thorough examination, and determine the right course of action to give you a fresher, smoother look. If you want a fresh start with your appearance and have further questions about a facelift or FaceTite, we invite you to schedule your private consultation at Sanchez Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA today.