It all depends on what age demographic the patient is in. When they are younger, we’re getting rid of wrinkles with products like Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm. For restoring more volume 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. There is a lot more research that needs to be done but we are on the cutting edge of using fat as a facial filler. Everything is done under the guise that we’re picking the right treatment for the right patient. You see some older celebrities who look overfilled because they are trying to get a lift with product alone. When patients are older we have to take that into consideration so minimally invasive options may not give them the results they want.
Q: What are the best nonsurgical ways to rejuvenate the face?
What our experts say:
Noninvasive radio-frequency treatments can be used on the face in the right patient. 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.
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