Everything You Wanted To Know About Facing Facelifts, But Were Afraid To Ask

Proudly, like most women in their prime {notice I didn’t list my age but it rhymes with mourtythree}, I am no longer afraid to ask for needs or wants – from directions to an extra slice of cake. However, when it comes to skin care, I find myself burying my head in the sand. I’m intimidated by what is available as well as the cost and the ever-changing technology and science behind the subject. I decided to face reality and ask some pointed questions. Aesthetic & Plastic Center of Atlanta, London Med Spa, Atlanta Face and Body Center, Lux Med Spa and Oculus Cosmetic have come to the rescue. (You’re welcome!)

Daily creams and scrubs

A daily face care regime should include gentle cleansing, toning, moisturizing both morning and night, and SPF.  Dr. Larsen at Lux Med Spa highly suggests medical grade skin products to get quality results because they can penetrate into deeper layers of skin where collagen is, and where skin problems start. London Med Spa advises us to stay away from products with large amount of filler, petroleum, waxes, and even heavy scents claiming quality ingredients are key to seeing desired results.  Stacie Clark at Oculus revealed that the left side of our faces are under attack more, since we spend so much time in the car. Beware and be ready with Reision Skincare Intellishade Original SPF 45 sunscreen, a tinted moisturizer with anti-aging properties.

Dr. Walker and Dr. O’Neil at Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery wisely reveal,  “For both day and evening (skin care), think hydration, because the skin depends on water to be present for healing and balance.” Look for humectants, “A magic bullet for the skin’s ultimate health.”  Humectant acts as a skin barrier to help dry skin, acts as an exfoliant, and helps acne prone skin by fixing a broken moisturizing barrier. Dr. Whitaker at Atlanta Face & Body reminds us, “As your body chemistry changes, so do your skin care needs.  What your regime was two years ago might not be what your regime should be today.”

Facials, peels and treatments

When you want to glow, talk to your aesthetician. Be specific about your goal.  Is your goal to refine your appearance or skin correction?  London Med Spa reminds us as the seasons change, so do our skincare needs. Microdermabrasion and more aggressive peels should only be done as needed, and not during peak sun months. Luckily for me, Lux Med Spa suggested I try one of their MicroPeels.  My aesthetician Denise analyzed my skin and customized the treatment. My skin is still glowing many days after.  Next time I will try the impressive Infini by Lutronic® facial rejuvenation treatment.  I’ve heard it has amazing results!

Budget:  $90 – $225 six to 12 times a year (series or packages offer discounts)

Fillers and non-surgical options

There is a palate of fillers working miracles like: Botox, Juvaderm, Voluma, Restylane and Sculptra. Facial anatomy and aging are better understood than ever before at Aesthetic & Plastic Center. Back in the day the emphasis was on pulling and tightening, whereas today the focus is on augmentation and volumizing.  These products, according to Dr. Larsen at Lux are so popular because they offer instant results.  The docs at London Med Spa add, “Over the past few years, we’ve been able to do with fillers what was once only possible with aggressive procedures.” Dr. Chip Cole at Oculus is the author of “Face Changes” where 12 non-surgical and 12 surgical solutions are immediately listed. He also offers tips for guys and shares nutrition guidance before you bring out the big guns.

Check out Kybella, (injections for contouring the unwanted double chin), Ultherapy (non-surgical skin tightening and lifting), and CoolSculpting (sculpting and contouring). Sign me up for all three!! Dr. Whitaker at Atlanta Face & Body also sings praises for Radiofrequency Skin Tightening, “Protégé and Exilis provide safe and effective facial contouring and skin tightening with no downtime” as well as Pelleve – which she referrs to as the “Cinderella” treatment for a big night out. The staff at Aesthetic & Plastic Center is especially excited about the results they seen in Micro Needling (skin needling), which is a minimally invasive treatment to promote skin renewal by the body forming new tissue and releasing growth factors that promote healing and scar repair.

Budget: Fillers $500 – $1,000 per syringe, Non-Surgical $1,000 – $3,500 a treatment

411 on surgical options

Surgical options seem vast and range from: lipo-suction, fat transfers, eyelid surgery, neck lift, brow lift, midface lift, to face lift. The biggest benefit of a surgical option put plainly is longevity. Where as non-surgical procedures only last 3 months to a couple of years, surgical options generally last for 10 – 15 years before needing an update. Most recovery time is somewhere between 2-3 weeks to get back to life as you know it and about 4-12 weeks to see your full results in all their glory.  All suggest one size is not fit all here, and working with a reputable doctor to create an individualized plan.

Budget:  $3,000 – $25,000

Product secrets

Atlanta Face & Body – Ultherapy – non-invasively lifts the neck, under the chin, and the eyebrows. The only non-invasive procedure indicated by the FDA to improve lines and wrinkles on the chest and décolletage!

Lux Med Spa – Kybella – this procedure is a game changer for the dreaded double chin!

Aesthetic & Plastic Center – Revision’s skin care line, especially their Brightening Facial Wash which has Salicylic and Glycolic Acid’s as well as various vitamins.

London Med Spa – The London – Signature facial includes either a fruit enzyme or hydrating mask, using our London Med Spa skin products, followed by a warm stone massage and facial acupressure.

Oculus: Jan Marini Age Intervention Retinol Plus and C-Esta Face Serum. Don’t forget to book a massage after your facial and complete skin consultation. Magic!