published Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Ask a Doctor: Improving your face without a face-lift

Q. I want to improve the appearance of my face and neck but don’t want a face-lift. What are other options to perk up my appearance?

A. There are many options for facial rejuvenation. A face-lift is an excellent procedure but may not be right for everyone. Some patients are not good candidates due to other medical conditions or are not ready to commit to the procedure. There are several options for facial rejuvenation that are less invasive and require less down time. Certain patients may be very pleased with a combination of fractional laser facial treatment and a longer lasting injectible such as Sculptra. Others may benefit from SmartLipo to the neck/lower face or other filler injectibles like Juvederm or Restylane. Fat injections are another option. Botox injections performed correctly may give a very nice lift to the forehead area and open up the eyes.

— Dr. Jimmy Waldrop, The Plastic Surgery Group; member, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society

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about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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