The world of cosmetic surgery is growing more popular, and with it, new technology to help promote a more youthful appearance continues to emerge. Many companies are pioneering technology to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
While new technology continues to appear on the horizon, it’s critical that consumers do their due diligence while leaning on a plastic surgeon for their honest point of view regarding a novel noninvasive treatment.
The advent of these new treatments is highly popular to patients because in essence they require no downtime. The idea of reversing facial aging with the aid of ultrasound or radiofrequency is incredibly attractive. The thought of lifting and tightening the brow, chin and neck area can naturally spark a great deal of interest. Yet, one must not forget to do their homework.
Following research, one is encouraged to team up with their plastic surgeon in looking at the new technologies that have come along while judging them against what the industry already has. Quite frankly, the field of facial rejuvenation already has a significant arsenal of techniques and modalities to treat different patients in various areas.
As new technology comes forth, in tandem with being FDA approved, it’s important to note that it may not necessarily be better than what is currently being used. And this is where research comes in.
It’s the responsibility of a board certified plastic surgeon to be cautious with new technology and use it appropriately, only when there is sufficient data.
For example, statistical data for newer technology needs to be balanced with the reality of sound research versus what is being driven by the industry. At the end of the day, it’s the responsibility of a doctor to make a truly objective assessment.
The one thing a plastic surgeon does not want on their menu of services is to offer a patient a modality or technique that they do not have the greatest confidence in – even if it is being touted as the next “big” thing.
Conversely, many of these treatments are costly and may require more than one session to receive the full benefit. While these noninvasive treatments may offer a youthful change, one needs to address if they provide more than just a subtle transformation.
Also, some treatments may not be as benign as one thought. Once again, lean on a plastic surgeon for guidance as well as seeking a second opinion. Inquire about any side effects in terms of the underlying tissue.
Some plastic surgeons who perform facial surgery are noticing a variance in the tissue where some of this new technology has been utilized. While it won’t affect the outcome of a facial rejuvenation surgery, there may be changes to the tissue.
For those patients wanting more than an understated aesthetic enhancement, they may very well consider that investing in a limited operative facial rejuvenation procedure to be ideal. When calculating costs and final results, this would provide an immediate and a longstanding outcome.
Cosmetic treatments are a personal decision. When one is ready to embark on a particular modality, please peruse the research data, independent patient reviews and team up with a board certified plastic surgeon for guidance.