Advanced technology speeds recovery time for these 5 rejuvenating procedures.
September 14, 2009
Plastic surgery technology has advanced in leaps and bounds to help you look as youthful on the outside as you feel inside.
Endoscopy, a minimally-invasive surgical technique in which the surgeon inserts a small tube with a light and video camera into the body, allows surgeons to make much smaller incisions than with previous technology, which allows patients to heal faster and experience less discomfort.
Here are 5 procedures that use advanced technology to help restore the outwardly youthful you.
Endoscopic Brow (or Forehead) Lift
Surgeons typically make small incisions behind the hairline, release and reposition tissue, raise the hairline, eyebrows and redundant eyelid skin and trim the muscles that cause worry lines, frown lines and furrows.
Aesthetic Eyelid Surgery
Surgeons remove and redistribute the excess fat and skin that accumulate around your upper and/or lower eyes, and correct muscle laxity. The small incisions are usually placed inconspicuously in the natural fold of the upper eye or below the lower lashes.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing gently minimizes fine lines, wrinkles, scars and discoloration of the skin around the eyes and mouth and on large areas of the face. The laser removes a layer of skin so new skin can form to fill in wrinkles and lines and reduce scars and discolored areas.
Technological advances that allow surgeons to remove fat deposits from necks, tummies, etc. through much smaller incisions than with previous technology inspired the change in name from liposuction to liposculpture.
The Four Dimensional Face Lift
This relatively new procedure typically combines an endoscopic brow and midface lift, tightening and sculpting the jaw line and neckline, and chemical or laser skin resurfacing (as opposed to traditional facelifts in which surgeons stretch the skin and cut off the excess). Nose surgery, cheek and chin augmentation and eyelid surgery also can be performed.
If you are considering any of these--or any other--anti-aging plastic surgeries, consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to decide on a treatment plan that is right for you.