Surgery or volumizing. What should I do? by Dr. Philip Young of Bellevue | Seattle

Surgery with a Facelift or volumizing. What should I do? by Dr. Philip Young of Bellevue | Seattle: I think ultimately when you talk about facial rejuvenation, at one point you will face this question of whether to undergo surgery to remove extra skin and lift or the other choice of filling up the space to volumize the extra skin and the space around it.  Take for example the eyes.  Traditionally plastic surgery and its surgeons typically took away skin and fat.  That usually improved the situation but often times, in many cases, the person didn’t look younger necessarily.  Aging is predominately a process of losing volume in the face and around the eys and the way to reverse that is to replace this volume.  Here is a pictures of what improvements you can get after volumizing around the eyes: The YoungVitalizer.  I usually say that aging is a process that is analogous of a grape changing into a raisin.  Traditionally plastic surgery would make that raisin into a smaller raisin and not like the younger grape that it once was.  Volumizing returns the person’s face back into the grape it once was.

YoungVitalizer Before After Image

YoungVitalizer Before After Image

So when do you opt for the traditional reductive type of procedures where things are removed such as when you do an eyelift, browlift, facelift and the like? Well it depends on how you looked like when you were young.  If you thought your face was larger than you liked when you were young then some reduction may be necessary. I have a lot of Asian women who used to have much larger faces which they didn’t like.  They like there shape now that it is smaller but they still look aged.  I think some reductive type of procedures for this particular situation may be more necessary.    Reductive type of surgeries are also more indicated when the person gains a lot of weight and changes the face shape from what it was when that person was younger.  In this case as well, reductive type of surgeries would be more beneficial before volumizing.  Ultimately, whatever the face is looking like right now and what changes it needs to reach the ideal is what you would be most beneficial in doing.  I use my theory to find that ideal for people.

Thanks for reading, Dr Young

Dr Young specializes in Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery and is located in Bellevue near Seattle, Washington

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