Question: Are there any natural alternatives to cosmetic surgery for restoring a youthful appearance?
Answer: Well, there are certainly many natural alternatives for facial rejuvenation but, in my personal opinion, they tend to provide extremely limited improvements compared with more aggressive alternatives such as laser treatments or surgery. With that said, leading a healthy lifestyle of eating well, regular exercise, adequate hydration, and sun protection can go quite a long ways towards preservation of the patient’s facial appearance. I would not necessarily say that the aforementioned lifestyle techniques will rejuvenate anyone but they certainly go a very long way in maintaining a youthful appearance. Once someone has features of aging, I feel that they require some sort of an intervention such as Botox, fillers, lights or laser treatments, or the new nonsurgical facial rejuvenation device called Ultherapy, which is an ultrasound-based device that provides targeted treatment to the deeper layers of the face that creates new collagen deposition, which in turn then tightens and lifts the facial features. Though it is subtle compared to a surgical procedure, it is very exciting that a nonsurgical, no-downtime technique can provide lifting of the facial structures. In fact, Ultherapy is the very first device ever to be given a lift indication for facial rejuvenation by the FDA that is a nonsurgical, no-downtime technique.