The Skinny on Non-Surgical Facelifts

happy-ladyNothing could sound better, right? Getting all the benefits of a facelift without the need to undergo cosmetic surgery? But like most things, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually isn’t. The truth is that non-surgical treatments simply can’t replace what a facelift can do. In order to get the best results in your facial rejuvenation, it is often a combination of both non-surgical and surgical options that give you the best result.

More and more, we find ourselves actually combining surgical and non-surgical techniques to give our patients the best results. For example, while a blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck) can tighten the loose skin of the upper eyelid or reduce bagging of the lower eyelid, Botox® can be used to treat the “crow’s feet” at the corner of the eyes while chemical peels, micro-needling, or lasers can help improve the appearance of the lower eyelid skin.

Although a brow lift can create a more open appearance to the eyes, it may not totally address the wrinkles of the brow. Botox® can help here as well, and in addition, dermal fillers can add attractive volume to the brow itself or fill in a temple that has lost volume. In the face, fat grafts as part of a facelift can soften the deeper nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth) but will not help fill in the more superficial lines around the mouth. Chemical peels, lasers, or dermal fillers can be employed to do that.

For a sagging jawline or jowls, only a facelift can predictably help to create a smoother, more youthful jawline. A facelift is the only real tool to tighten loose and sagging skin in the neck. With that being said, it is important not to underestimate the power of non-surgical treatments in this area as well. While they cannot remove the jowls, injectable fillers can camouflage the jowls in younger patients. And while it cannot tighten the loose skin of neck, neurotoxins like Botox® can soften muscular bands in the neck.

In order to figure out what is right for you, it is important that you have a consultation with a surgeon who is an expert in providing both surgical and non-surgical treatments to the face. The options will change depending on your individual needs, your preferences, and your age. At the Emory Aesthetic Center, our board certified physicians are here to help you figure out a treatment plan that is customized just for you.


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About Dr. Eaves

eaves-iii-felmontDr. Eaves recently returned to Atlanta, Georgia, to head the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director, having previously completed his plastic surgery residency as well as a fellowship in endoscopic and minimally invasive plastic surgery at Emory University, The Emory Clinic, and associated hospitals. Before joining the Emory Aesthetic Center, Dr. Eaves was a partner in Charlotte Plastic Surgery for more than fifteen years and served as group president from 2010-2012.

His professional and institutional committee memberships and offices include an impressive list of national, international and local plastic surgery organizations, societies, boards, task forces, advisory councils, coalitions and foundations, including having served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2010-2011 and Trustee (2011-Present).

Dr. Eaves’ primary areas of academic inquiry have been in minimally-invasive and endoscopic aesthetic surgery, patient safety, system and process improvement in plastic surgery, evidence-based medicine applied to plastic surgery and recontouring surgery after massive weight loss. He has received several patents for new medical devices he developed, and has made major clinical service contributions to his field. Dr. Eaves has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and book reviews on plastic surgery in peer reviewed publications, as well as manuals, videos, computer programs and other teaching aids and has coauthored the first textbook on the topic of endoscopic plastic surgery.

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