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Facelift Surgery Vs. Non-Surgical Facelift

There are many options available today for remedying one of the most visible signs of aging; sagging in the face and neck. While a surgical facelift provides permanent results, injectables are a viable alternative for those who want to test drive a new look or who only need a tune up.

Surgical facelift vs. non-surgical facelift

There are many options available today for remedying one of the most visible signs of aging; sagging in the face and neck. Depending on the degree of correction desired patients can sometimes postpone the need for a surgical facelift using a combination of injectable fillers and Botox® to add lift and fullness.

For those with significant sagging, wrinkling and loss of volume, a surgical facelift is likely the best way of achieving a more youthful appearance. In some cases a combination of both techniques will be the most effective way to reduce deep folds, lift the midface area and tighten up a sagging neck.

Making a decision requires information. As a leading Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Torkian is often consulted by those who are a little nervous about having facial surgery.

Modern facelift procedure

Facelift procedures used by Dr. Torkian are a far cry from those done only a decade ago. The stretched and over processed look seen on some celebrities is a result of trying to correct signs of aging by simply stretching the facial skin back. This does nothing to lift the underlying muscle structure, which is the cause of the problem.

As a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Torkian is intimately acquainted with deep facial structures and how to correct them. His work is heralded as beautiful and natural, providing his delighted patients with a younger version of themselves.

A facelift can be targeted to correct different areas of the face. The mid face area is usually the first area corrected, however, patients can also have wrinkles and frown lines corrected by having a brow lift along with a mid face lift. A neck lift can be done if it is determined that lifting the midface area won’t achieve the correction needed in the neck. Finally, for patients with bags under the eyes or hooded eyelids, eyelid surgery in Beverly Hills can be done either alone or in conjunction with a facelift.


Injectables have revolutionized the field of facial rejuvenation. They are non invasive and can give a patients a preview of what a facelift might do for them. Many patients begin with remedying lost fullness in the cheek area using the appropriate injectable, and adding Botox to the treatment to relax frown lines. There are injectables that have recently been approved for use in the fine lines around the mouth called smoker’s lines. As well, injectables can be used in the back of the hands to restore youthful plumpness. The hands are often neglected in rejuvenation programs, yet the hands can give away age faster than the face.

An exciting non surgical treatment for double chin has recently been approved by the FDA. Kybella® is an injectable that dissolves chin fat over several months, leaving a more defined chin and neck area.

The downside with injectables during a non-surgical facelift in Beverly Hills is that they aren’t permanent. For patients with advanced signs of aging, a facelift is really the best option since injectables would provide only a slight improvement.

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How to decide

Generally, patients in their thirties and early forties may be able to get the correction they want using injectables along with Botox to relax frown lines. Patients in their late forties and up will likely achieve their goals with a facelift designed to their unique needs.

For both surgical and nonsurgical patients, a chemical peel or microdermabrasion can remove dulling layers of skin to restore clarity. This treatment also greatly reduces fine lines and areas of rough skin and adds a final touch of refinement.

If you are wondering which way to go, a visit with Dr. Torkian is the best way of getting all of your questions answered. He can examine your face and neck and assess things like skin tone, volume loss and most importantly, hear what your goals are for the surgery. He will review all of your options, both surgical and nonsurgical so you can make the right decision for your goals.

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