Stackable Therapy: The Trinity Skincare Treatments for Staving off Facial Aging
As more patients request for subtle enhancements to their appearance, aesthetic plastic surgeons are staving off the aging process with nonsurgical treatments using the stackable treatment approach, as they deem appropriate.
Chicago-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Julius Few described the stackable treatment approach as a combination of botulinum toxin injections such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin with volumizing dermal fillers like Voluma to smooth out wrinkles and energy-based tools.
“Stackable treatments and hyaluronic acid fillers embodies the concept of restoring volume to the cheeks, which we lose as we get older, with nonsurgical lifting of the face and neck and then combining laser skin resurfacing at the same time. I call it the trinity of treating aging. It does seem to suspend aging or hold it in time,” notes Dr. Few.
The popularity of this approach was reflected in the 2015 cosmetic surgery data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) which showed use of injectables (dermal fillers and botulinum toxin) increased by 21% from the previous year while laser skin resurfacing remained one of the top 10 nonsurgical treatments.
Stackable treatments are the basis of Dr. Few’s current research as he observes particular women in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. He is discovering that these women are looking better as they age and certain parts of their facial anatomy are not aging as quickly.
Eventually with time everything has its limit and everything has its trade off. Sometime surgery can be too aggressive for someone who is only experiencing minor aging changes, but over time the nonsurgical approaches won’t be the right choice anymore. He notes that it’s ideal for a plastic surgeon to find the right balance between surgery and nonsurgical approaches when treating symptoms of aging.
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