When people think of facelifts, images of aging Hollywood stars with their faces pulled as tight as their red carpet gowns might come to mind. In fact, patients considering cosmetic surgery may be concerned about the sometimes pulled, unnatural look that results from facelifts. Now, a growing trend among dermatologists is to combine minimally invasive procedures to tone, tighten, and plump aging skin, creating a more natural, younger look with less risk and recovery time than a traditional surgical facelift.
Speaking at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, dermatologist Michael S. Kaminer, MD, FAAD, assistant professor of dermatology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, and Dartmouth University, Hanover, NH, discussed the benefits of some of the latest minimally invasive cosmetic procedures and how dermatologists determine what combination will work best for each individual patient.
"With new understanding about the skin's aging process--and in particular what actually makes a person look old--dermatologists are now able to combine several minimally invasive procedures to give a final result that approaches and in some cases surpasses that of traditional facelift surgery," said Dr. Kaminer. "From radiofrequency skin tightening to thread lifts that can lift and tighten the face without surgery, these procedures have proven to provide reliable, effective, noticeable, and long-lasting improvements with little downtime."
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