A non-surgical option for facial rejuvenation in Fort Washington

non-surgical option for facial rejuvenation in Fort Washington

The first rhytidectomy was reportedly performed in 1901. This surgical procedure, commonly known as a facelift, remains popular today, with 125,711 performed in 2015. However, a facelift is not one of the top five cosmetic surgeries in the United States. That is due, in part, to safe and effective non-surgical facial rejuvenation options. Fort Washington dermatologist, Dr. Aradhna Saxena compares and contrasts fillers vs. facelifts.


A standard facelift addresses the mid and lower facial areas. Excess skin is removed and deeper tissues are repositioned to reduce wrinkles and sags. The face can be further re-contoured by combining facelift with neck and brow lift. A facelift alone usually requires 40 to 50 stitches to close incisions around the ears. The operation is performed with IV sedation. The recovery period typically includes a week of rest and incision care. Stitches or staples come out the second week, but bruising and swelling remain. Most patients are ready to return to work or be seen in public within a month. It takes about six months to a year to see full improvement from a facelift.


Dr. Saxena suggests soft tissue fillers, alone or in conjunction with Botox, as a non-surgical alternative to facelift surgery. Fillers are injected beneath the skin. These products add volume to smooth wrinkles, provide lift, and reduce sagging. Some fillers, depending on the formulation, hold hydration for added fullness, and stimulate the body to produce fresh collagen. This fibrous protein helps skin stay thick and taut.

Benefits of fillers

  • Brief treatment time. Injections are precise, but well-planned. Actual treatment at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute’s offices in Fort Washington and Lansdale usually takes only about an hour.
  • Well tolerated. The clinician uses a fine needle and a gentle touch. Many filler products contain lidocaine for added comfort, and topical anesthetic can be applied to reduce injection pinch if you have very sensitive skin.
  • Minimal or no downtime. You may return to work or other activities right after your appointment. There could be some slight redness or bruising at the injection sites, but side effects are typically mild and resolve quickly.
  • Immediate results. The product provides volume as soon as it is injected. Again, depending on the formulation used, improvement may continue for several months.
  • Non-surgical. Facial rejuvenation with dermal fillers involves no anesthesia, cutting, stitches, scars, or extended recovery period.
  • Long lasting but not permanent. Dermal fillers are a terrific solution for patients who are not ready for the permanency of surgical facelifts. Results last several months to a few years, and can be indefinite with periodic touch-up sessions.
  • Natural-looking. In skillful hands, the outcome of injectable facial rejuvenation looks natural and fresh – not frozen, stretched, or phony. The doctor works with you to achieve results as subtle or dramatic as you desire.
  • Versatile. The team at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute utilize a range of fillers to address multiple areas of the face. Appropriate products are used for forehead furrows, crow’s feet, laugh lines, lip lines, cheek volume, lip plumping and definition, and more.

To learn more about non-surgical facial rejuvenation, schedule a consultation at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute today. The number in Fort Washington is (215) 392-6680.

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