Question: I’ve been getting Restylane, Lasers and Botox for years. As I continue to age, I seem to need these treatments more often. Are there longer-lasting options for sagging skin of the lower face and neck as well as my cheek and temple hollows without resorting to surgery?
Answer by Dr. Anita Mandal: Yes!! For years, non-surgical facial rejuvenation was associated with short-term, temporary results. As the aesthetic industry has evolved, and incorporated regenerative technologies, advanced and more natural options exist that are not only more effective but can also last longer.
While temporary, short-term treatments that last 6-12 months are usually cheaper, long-term minimal-invasive options cost more but, in the long run, are also more cost-effective since you don’t need to come back as often for repeat treatments.
Popular non-surgical treatments with longevity and effectiveness:
Bellafill - The 5 Year Filler
Unlike temporary hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers lasting 6-12 months, Bellafill can last 5 years but I’ve seen it last even as long as 10 years. The beauty of Bellafill is that the filling you get is due to stimulation of your body’s own collagen. Because Bellafill acts like a regenerative filler, it offers a more natural filling process than temporary HA fillers which attract water from your body and can make you look puffy. As you age, your body already retains more water due to slower clearing by your lymphatic system. Unlike Bellafill, using HA fillers exacerbates this problem.
Ellacor Skin Removal
Ellacor which is dermal micro-coring is the only non-surgical way to remove sagging skin of the lower face and neck. It works by excising tiny micro-cores of skin that are less than 1/2 a millimeter in size can non-surgically remove as much as 1 to 2 inches of loose or wrinkled skin. Ellacor works in 3 ways by removing excess or wrinkled skin, shrinking the skin surface and also has a regenerative mechanism of stimulating your body’s own collagen. Although you continue to age no matter which aesthetic procedure you have, the skin removed by Ellacor does not grow back.
Nano-Fat Skin Regeneration
Many have heard of using your own body fat as fillers which have given mixed results in the past. With advanced technology, we now have micro-fat and nano-fat. These fat particles are usually harvested from your flanks or abdomen with a local numbing agent and a tiny micro cannula. They are then prepared into smaller, more viable fat particles and injected into the tissues for skin regeneration that can last 10-20. With skin regeneration, one notices thicker, glowing skin, reduction of brown spots, improved skin texture, smaller pores and fewer wrinkles.
Bellafill, Ellacor and Nano-fat technologies are used alone and as combination facial rejuvenation packages for patients who want to restore a more youthful appearance by lifting, filling and tightening more naturally and with surgery. If you are interested in learning more about these advanced regenerative aesthetic treatments, call 561.238.0040 to schedule a consultation or book online at www.mandalplasticsurgery.com.
As a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who specializes in the face, eyes and neck, Dr. Mandal’s philosophy is to reverse the signs of aging without making you look different, unnatural or distorted. She believes that after a cosmetic procedure, a patient should appear rested, refreshed, more youthful but also look as they are simply aging beautifully without obvious signs that a cosmetic procedure has been performed.