From 2000 to the beginning of the recession in 2009, plastic surgery saw significant growth, but not all procedures grew equally. Breast augmentation and tummy tucks have grown significantly in popularity, but others, like the facelift, have actually seen a decline. Although the overall number of cosmetic procedures has grown by 70% since 2000, facelift popularity actually dropped by 23% from 2000-2009. This is partly due to innovations in nonsurgical cosmetic treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and facial fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm. These nonsurgical treatments have grown enormously in popularity, but there is no nonsurgical cosmetic procedure capable of doing what a facelift does. And it's unlikely there ever will be one.
There are three main factors responsible for changes in the appearance of our face as we age:
- Our skin changes internally, losing glow and elasticity.
- The constant force of gravity, partly combined with these changes in the skin, leads to facial sagging.
- The face loses volume due to changing patterns of fat storage.
Advanced skin care and treatments like laser skin resurfacing can help the skin retain its youthful luster and some measure of elasticity. Facial fillers can restore volume. But no nonsurgical treatment can truly lift sagging tissues.
But this is not for lack of trying. A number of nonsurgical skin treatments promote lifting and firming of the face, including laser skin resurfacing. But the results of these treatments fall short because they only address the surface of the problem: the skin. The skin is only one part of the complex support structures of the face that are affected by aging. A facelift, though, is able to achieve natural-looking results because it operates on all the multiple levels of facial aging, including the deeper tissues that surface treatments can't reach.
This is not to devalue nonsurgical treatments. They have increased the range of treatments available to ensure that we can better target the specific needs of every patient, treating the problems that we see and designing a treatment that adequately addresses all three elements of facial aging.
To learn what procedures can rejuvenate your facial appearance, please schedule a consultation with New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits today.