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Facelift Alternative - Look Younger Without Going Under the Knife


Physicians combine devices and injectables to give patients a youthful look, without ever needing scalpel or sutures.

Those who are looking to stay competitive in a youthful job market, or those who simply want to look younger now have several non-surgical options. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the number of facelift and eyelift procedures dropped but the injectables Botox and Dysport saw a 3.8% rise. Many aesthetic physicians are offering combinations of non-surgical treatments that can provide patients with a more dramatic result.

Non-surgical facelifts are becoming more popular now as patients are willing to sacrifice long term results for easier healing, avoiding surgical risks and a much lower price tag. Though they come with different names and slightly different combinations, several physicians offer these procedures. Dr. Louis Cole, cosmetic surgeon in Duluth, GA uses laser resurfacing, skin tightening and injectables to tighten and rejuvenate skin. "We use Thermage Fraxel Botox and facial fillers to get a look that re-volumizes the face," he says.

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Many younger patients though may still only be looking for mild wrinkle correction rather than a full non-surgical facelift. According to the Wall Street Journal, though treatments last only a few months they cost only a few hundred dollars and can be done during a lunch hour. Facial fillers and injections "can postpone the threshold for having a face-lift or major surgery for 10 to 20 years," says Jonah Shacknai, chief executive of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp., the maker of Restylane and Dysport, a Botox rival.

Take good care of your skin to help keep it healthy for life. Wear sunscreen to avoid damaging rays an use good moisturizers. A healthy skin regimen can go a long way to keeping the surgeon, and the needle at bay.