Facelift surgery is the ultimate solution for facial aging. A lower facelift or necklift is the ideal treatment for improving the jowls, falling cheeks and a blunted neckline. For many people a facelift can turn back the clock 10 years or more. In San Diego and La Jolla the cumulative years of sun exposure are a major factor in premature facial aging. The main advantage of a facelift is that it tightens the skin as well as the deeper muscle and fibrous layers beneath. However, a facelift is not for everyone, and other skin tightening options are available.
The primary benefit of nonsurgical options is that they require little to no recovery period. There is no anesthesia or sedation involved making nonsurgical facelifts cost less. The results will not be as noticeable with nonsurgical tightening procedures.
There are two main alternatives to traditional facelift surgeries. Skin tightening lasers are very common and have demonstrated good results. The primary benefit of a CO2 laser is skin resurfacing and smoothing of pigmentation spots and softening of skin creases. There is some benefit seen in skin tightening, but it is more of a touch up. A laser treatment will not tighten the deeper muscle layers underneath the skin.
A newer nonsurgical skin tightening technology is Ultherapy. This technique uses medical ultrasounds to soften the creases around the mouth and eyes. It tightens the skin creating a refreshed appearance. It does not require anesthesia and is performed in the office. The results are not as dramatic as a lower facelift, but there is minimal downtime.
If you have questions about facelift surgery, please contact Kolstad Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kolstad. You may call our office at 858.859.2563 to schedule your appointment today. We are conveniently located in in La Jolla between I5 and I 805. We serve men and women in La Jolla, Del Mar, San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Solano Beach, Encinitas and Southern California.