Cosmetic surgery is an excellent way to remove signs of aging and restore vitality and structure to the face, but even the most advanced procedures have limits. Specifically, cosmetic surgery is only able to shape and sculpt existing features.
The texture and tone of the skin itself requires complimentary treatments for a complete rejuvenation. This is why many providers of cosmetic surgery in Toronto also offer additional, non-surgical procedures that can be used to further reduce signs of aging—either on their own or when combined with surgery.
Your face will inevitably lose volume over time as collagen and elastin slowly break down. This leads to the loss of a smooth contour and makes wrinkles more apparent. Dermal fillers, such as collagen boosters or hyaluronic acid, can restore a plump and youthful suppleness along the eyes, cheeks, temples, or naso-labial folds. Treatments take around an hour and offer subtle improvements that highlight natural beauty, making fillers an attractive option for many people.
Dermal fillers are effective but need to be performed annually to maintain the effect. Patients who are interested in longer-lasting results when getting cosmetic surgery in Toronto sometimes get fat grafting (also known as fat transfer) added to their procedures. This procedure takes fat cells from elsewhere in the body and injects them into the face to restore volume and shape. Since the material is from the patient’s own body, there is no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection.
As mentioned earlier, one of the limitations of cosmetic surgery in Toronto is that they can’t affect the surface of the skin so things like discolouration or deep wrinkles can’t be treated with a facelift. This is where laser peels come in. There are a number of different types of laser treatments on the market today, from MicroLaserPeel to Ultrapulse to Fraxel, and they all work slightly differently. Depending on the type of treatment you get, you can expect to even out discolouration and blemishes, treat acne or facial scars, address deep wrinkles, and remove the outer layer of dead skin from your face to expose the healthy, vibrant layer underneath.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
You may have heard of PRP in relation to a, “vampire facelift”, a term that relates to using a patient’s own blood to reverse signs of aging. A small amount of blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to remove the platelets—the healing factors your body uses to repair injuries. These platelets are then mixed with fibrin and other nutrients and are injected into the area to be treated.
What happens next is somewhat complicated, but basically your body detects the sudden concentration of platelets and is tricked into thinking a serious injury has happened. This jump-starts the repair process and spurs the production of collagen, elastin, and other structural elements. PRP is an effective, natural way to restore volume and smooth out wrinkles.