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Combining Microdermabrasion and Facial Plastic Surgery

By David Passaretti, MD on February 25, 2017


A woman with rejuvenated skinWhen it comes to improving the appearance of the face, patients have many options. Non-surgical treatments improve the skin by reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and skin texture. Patients may also wish to undergo facial plastic surgery, which can tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of deep creases, jowls, and other signs of aging. In some cases, patients opt to undergo non-surgical and surgical procedures in combination to produce the best possible facial rejuvenation results.

At the practice of David Passaretti, MD, we may recommend facial plastic surgery in combination with microdermabrasion. To learn more about the benefits of microdermabrasion and facial plastic surgery, contact our Fairfield, CT practice today.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion treatment exfoliates the outermost layer of skin, revealing the less damaged underlying layer. During treatment, we will apply the microdermabrasion solution, which contains fine crystals that gently removes the older layer of skin. A specialized instrument is then used to buff and polish the face, reducing the appearance of age spots, dull skin, and dry skin. To maintain the best results, we recommend that patients undergo ongoing microdermabrasion treatments.

Patients can pair microdermabrasion treatment with the use of professional skin care products. Products that reduce hyperpigmentation and wrinkles can penetrate deep into the skin after microdermabrasion treatment, improving the results of your facial rejuvenation treatment.

We may also recommend that microdermabrasion be performed in combination with dermal fillers, facelift, or eyelid surgery to provide complete rejuvenation of the face. Microdermabrasion may be performed in the weeks leading up to facial plastic surgery. After surgery, patients should avoid undergoing additional microdermabrasion treatments until the incisions have fully healed.

Facial Plastic Surgery

While microdermabrasion reduces the appearance of age spots and improves the texture of the skin, it will not address deep wrinkles or skin laxity. For these signs of aging, facial plastic surgery may be more appropriate.

  • Facelift: Facelift surgery tightens the skin of the lower and mid face. An incision will be made behind the ear and along the hairline to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of jowls, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines.
  • Eyelid surgery: Patients may undergo upper or lower eyelid surgery to produce a more alert and rejuvenated facial appearance. With upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made in the fold of the upper eyelid to tighten the skin and give the eyes a brighter appearance. During lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the lash line or inside lower eyelid to remove or redistribute fat and reduce the appearance of under eye circles.
  • Injectables: For patients that wish to avoid surgery, dermal fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, or Dysport® can be used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are ideal for crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles, while dermal fillers can be used to add volume to wrinkles surrounding the mouth and nose. Dermal fillers may also be used to plump up the cheeks, lips, or area beneath the eyes.

To schedule a facial rejuvenation consultation, contact Dr. Passaretti’s practice today.

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