(This article was published in the August 2014 issue of Southwest Florida Health & Wellness… see the article online here.)
By Kriston J. Kent, M.D., MPH
Traditionally, the term “facelift” referred to a surgical procedure to correct sagging facial and neck tissues. More recently, with the rapidly advancing development of new rejuvenation modalities, facelift is most commonly used to refer to any procedure which addresses and improves facial aging. Likewise, it has been increasingly obvious to specialists in facial rejuvenation that sagging is only a part of the aging process in the face and neck. In fact, in many individuals, sagging may be less important than volume loss, unsightly skin, and overactive facial expression lines.
The term “nonsurgical facelift” is now used to describe any number and combinations of procedures which address volume loss, unsightly skin, and overactive expression lines. Without the need for surgery, significant down time, significant pain, and the potential for significant complications, aesthetic physicians can provide a very significant improvement in facial, neck, Décolletage, and hand appearance.
Today, a nonsurgical facelift commonly involves a combination of the best procedures available to improve the skin, to improve facial volume, and to correct overactive expression lines.
All Natural, Nonsurgical
One very popular, all natural new procedure involves microchanneling and injection of Cytokine Rich Plasma (CRP) (also commonly referred to as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Whether it is referred to as CRP or PRP, this procedure utilizes the ability of growth factors and peripheral stem cells taken from your own blood to stimulate existing stem cells to produce new collagen and other substances which improve facial skin appearance. These powerful growth factors are micro-channeled (using a special device) back into your facial skin and superficial subcutaneous areas. […]