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Many of us are looking for ways to turn back the hands of time when it comes to our skin. Whether it simply involves the use of serums or creams or a more invasive surgical procedure, there are more options than ever.

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures ranging from Botox® and injectable fillers to skin resurfacing treatments such as lasers and chemical peels are some of the most popular options today.

Taking Away the Fear of Surgery

These treatments provide women and men with ways to reduce the look of wrinkles and improve the elasticity of our skin over time, repair the signs of aging often resulting in uneven skin tone — all while taking away the fear of surgery. And these procedures allow you to choose what fits best with your lifestyle, time and budget.

“Non-invasive and minimally invasive anti-aging procedures have been a part of facial aesthetic care for many years,” says Washington University facial plastic surgeon Dr. John Chi. “Maximizing improvement while minimizing downtime has become a mantra in our field.”

He explains that the longevity and degree of improvement with facial aesthetic procedures is usually in proportion to the amount of downtime necessary following the intervention. For example:

  • Botox and injectable fillers typically have a downtime of several days to weeks and require repeated treatments every three to 12 months.
  • Lasers and chemical peels have a downtime of two to four weeks, but the results are long-lasting and may not require additional treatment for five to 10 years.
  • Newer non-invasive treatments such as Ultherapy® and ThermiTight® —treatment options that bypass the skin surface and deliver energy to the deeper tissues of the neck and face using both radiofrequency and ultrasound energy — last anywhere from one to five years.

Refresh With Laser Treatments

For patients exploring their options, one procedure that can really give a person a fresh look is resurfacing with a peel or laser — a treatment that can be tailored to the amount of downtime one can afford, Dr. Chi explains.

Completed in about an hour, this treatment tightens the skin and corrects brown spots and fine lines. It gives the skin a smooth texture and finish because it strips away the old skin and stimulates the collagen, which plumps and smoothens.

Choosing What’s Right for You

Most importantly, finding the right non-surgical procedure that meets your individualized needs can be best achieved by consulting with a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Chi or one of his partners — Dr. Gregory Branham and Dr. Emily Spataro — from the Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center.

“Carefully planning any facial aesthetic care will assure the best outcome, shorten downtime and maximize time spent enjoying life,” Dr. Chi says. “A facial plastic surgeon can help develop and implement a plan that best meets your needs.”

For more information or to schedule a consultation with the physicians at the Facial Plastic Surgery Center, call 314-996-3880 or click here.

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