Some people shy away from the idea of surgery, instead choosing minimally invasive treatments to rejuvenate aging areas of their faces. While BOTOX® and other injectables effectively smooth out wrinkles for months at a time, they are not always a substitute for plastic surgery procedures. Toronto’s Dr. Wayne Carman understands that a range of factors influences patients’ decisions. Cost and recovery time are two common elements cited by women and men who opt for needles over incisions.
While that mindset is definitely understandable, Dr. Carman works closely with patients so they can understand what they can reasonably expect from the approaches they choose. As an example, even the most ideal BOTOX® results will not duplicate the effects of a forehead lift.
If a person’s goal is to relax the severity of some facial lines to look generally refreshed, minimally invasive treatments are entirely appropriate. Patients expecting a more significant change, however, should know that surgery produces longer-lasting results and visibly dramatic—though natural-looking—results.
The key difference is in how the two options work. Injectables essentially work on a surface level, inhibiting muscle activity and adding volume just below the skin. Surgery, on the other hand, can involve the manipulation of deeper layers, with tissues repositioned and sutured into place to create more youthful contours that will age naturally.
There is no “right answer” when it comes to the question of which approach is best. Each person is different, so each consultation will yield a unique plan. The important thing is to come to an initial appointment with a clear cosmetic goal in mind. Articulating a desired outcome allows Dr. Carman to assess the situation and determine which treatment, procedure, or combination would best deliver those results.
Reach out online to arrange a consultation with Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wayne Carman or call (416) 322-7108 or 1-888-451-1140 to learn more.Written by +Wayne Carman
Dr. Carman is a Toronto Plastic Surgeon practicing breast, body and facial cosmetic surgery.