When you want to look and feel younger, your face is the front and center battleground of that fight. And while there are a few ways to surgically make the face look years younger (facelift, neck lift, even a nose job), many women might not be ready for the commitment or cost of a surgical procedure. If not, there are "best practices" for rejuvenating the face without reaching for the scalpel. We went to the experts to find out what they individually believe are the best treatments to get a younger face without surgery.
Ann Arbor, MI, plastic surgeon Richard Beil, MD, says first and foremost, start with a good skin-care routine. "Routine skin care by trained, experienced aestheticians is invaluable in producing, improving and monitoring the skin. Let's face it—beautiful skin always creates a more youthful look. A comprehensive skin-care program that may include professional products and treatments (like microdermabrasion and facial peels) can minimize sun damage, soften fine lines, reduce acne, rehydrate dry skin and brighten dull, aging skin."
If you want to take it one step further and visit a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, there are more options available to make the face look younger. But Beverly Hills, CA, plastic surgeon Ritu Chopra, MD, says before finding the best method for facial rejuvenation, your doctor has to take into account the age demographic of the patient. "When they are younger, we’re getting rid of wrinkles with products like Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm. For restoring more volume [in older patients] we like Radiesse and Sculptra. If the patient needs more volume, we like to use the patient’s own fat and stem cells as fillers," he says.
Beverly Hills, CA, Andrew Ordon, MD, says noninvasive radio-frequency treatments, on the right patient, can work wonders: "We’re fans of Thermage and the newer hand pieces that they have come out with that are more effective at targeting smaller areas. I think you can also count Fractional CO2 in this area. It is an ablative laser, but it’s not as invasive as making incisions. It is a very effective tool in treating fine lines, irregularities and brown spots."