Many people think that the only way to a more youthful appearance is through surgery. While surgery can achieve dramatic results, you don’t need it to erase signs of aging, like loss of elasticity and volume.
Dr. Long offers a variety of noninvasive or minimally invasive procedures that can diminish wrinkles, tighten your skin, rejuvenate your neck, and lift your face.
The Silhouette InstaLift targets your midface, which is one of the first areas to show facial aging.
As you age, the thin cushion of fat under your skin diminishes, skin and supporting muscles lose tone, and gravity exerts its influence. As a result, your cheeks and the area underneath your eyes lose volume and appear droopy.
Dr. Long uses dissolvable sutures with bidirectional cones to lift deep tissues under the skin in the middle of your face. The sutures hold your skin in place initially, but as they gradually dissolve, scar tissue and new collagen develop that hold the lift in place. The procedure is done in the office, takes about 45 minutes, and requires minimal time for recovery.
Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin that Dr. Long injects into the facial muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles. The toxin blocks nerve signals, so the targeted muscles relax and the wrinkles they cause are minimized or eliminated.
Botox treats wrinkles that develop from years of using the same muscles to make facial expressions, which includes crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead furrows, lines at the top of your nose, and bands on your neck.
Your wrinkles diminish in 3-7 days, and your results last from 3-6 months. When the effect begins to disappear, you can get another Botox injection to maintain your fresh appearance.
Ultherapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses ultrasound to lift and tighten your neck, under the chin, and on the eyebrow. Dr. Long places a handheld device against your skin, which sends ultrasound energy to tissues beneath the surface.
As ultrasound energy heats the targeted tissues, it causes existing proteins to contract and stimulates collagen production. You may see an immediate impact due to tightening when proteins contract, but you see the full effect over 2-3 months as new collagen grows in, lifting and tightening your skin.