ABC’s 20/20 Profiles Nonsurgical Cosmetic Alternatives

Facelifts are among the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the US, but many patients seeking facial rejuvenation don’t want to commit to surgery. Fortunately, there are a variety of techniques available to reduce wrinkles, even skin tone, and make people appear younger. Barbara Walters recently profiled some of the latest advances in the field of facial rejuvenation on ABC’s 20/20.

“Over 50 percent of Americans would like their appearance enhanced by cosmetic procedures…. In record numbers we are being cut, stretched, and tucked – smoothed, tapered, injected, and filled,” Walters says in the introduction. She moves into an interview with Douglas Steinbrech, a plastic surgeon from New York, who has developed techniques that minimize the impact of facelift surgery.

“The catchphrase in the old days was ‘heal with steel – the knife can do everything,’” Dr. Steinbrech says. “What we’re trying to do with facelifts now is to limit the amount of surgery we’re actually doing… the cutting and the length of the incisions.”

However, not everyone wants to go under the knife. Fortunately, according to dermatologist Dr. Doris Day, author of Forget the Facelift, many of the benefits of facelift surgery can be attained through other means:
“My experience has been that you can treat lines and wrinkles, but that doesn’t always make someone look younger. They just look smoother. What we lose over time is volume, and what we do is we very carefully, naturally, and discreetly, add back volume.”

This can be accomplished through a variety of tools, including light-based therapies, facial fillers, and Botox. Dr. Day uses a combination of targeted techniques that provide optimal results. Thanks to these nonsurgical, minimally invasive alternatives, facial rejuvenation can be accomplished through a spectrum of different approaches.

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