Facelift surgery is the best approach to take 10 to 15 years off the effects of aging in the face and neck. An aesthetic plastic surgeon specialized in facelift surgery can lift the brow, midface and neck, where gravity has led to descension of tissues, creating jowls and an overall tired and unhappy look. 

Incorporating non-surgical therapies, including medical grade skincare, Hydrafacial, intense pulse light therapy (IPL), laser vein treatment, and laser skin resurfacing with facelift surgery, is an essential component to enhance surgical outcomes and reduce healing time after surgery.

Medical grade skincare is the first step in addressing facial rejuvenation. The right medical grade skin care is prescription based and utilizes the best ingredients and technologies to provide clinically proven results. 

Incorporating a morning and nightly routine can help with maintenance, enhancement and correction of various skin concerns, including texture, hydration, pigmentation and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck.    

The newest Hydrafacial Syndeo device utilizes a patented handpiece and various tips and serums for a comprehensive facial treatment that hydrates, exfoliates, provides a light peel, extracts dirt and impurities from the skin and protects the skin with antioxidant protection. The treatment can be customized with skin boosters to target and correct specific skin conditions including pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, elasticity and firmness, hydration, dark spots and redness. 

Coupling Hydrafacial treatments with non-surgical treatments enhances their efficacy. Paired with IPL, there is a 30% reduction in brown spots. When combined with laser skin resurfacing, skin is twice as smooth following treatments. 

Hydrafacial as an adjunct with facelift improves the appearance of skin and promotes circulation prior to and following surgery to shorten healing time. 

IPL, also branded as BBL, utilizes various wavelengths of light to deliver energy to the skin and treat brown and red pigmentation, vascularity, and bacteria that causes acne and congestion. In addition to treating these concerns and brightening skin, IPL stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the dermal layer to tighten skin and treat fine lines and wrinkles. 

Laser vein treatment is another laser technology that targets vascular lesions, including spider veins and cherry angiomas. Spider veins, or telangiectasias, may be small red, purple, or blue vessels that are common on and around the nose and cheek and give a congested look. This technology transmits energy to heat, damage and collapse vascular lesions. 

Laser skin resurfacing improves skin texture, skin discolorations and pigmentation, tightens skin and smooths fine lines and wrinkles. Skin resurfacing uses an ablative laser at targeted skin to remove the damaged layers of the epidermis and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the dermis. 

Non-surgical therapies with facelift surgery enhances your surgical outcome with younger-looking, healthy skin and promotes healing following surgery. Incorporate these techniques, products and technologies for optimal results. 

Mathew T. Epps, MD, MS, DABS is a plastic surgeon, triple- fellowship trained in facial, eyelid, and breast surgery. matheweppsmd.com or info@dreppsmd.com