Facelift Surgeon in St. Louis Discusses Top Non-Surgical Alternatives

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Dr. Timothy R. Jones, a Missouri plastic surgeon specializing in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, discusses non-surgical alternatives to facelift surgery, including current popular procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic, soft-tissue fillers, lasers, and peels.

Dr. Timothy R. Jones, a facelift surgeon in St. Louis and founder of Genesis Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center® (http://www.genesiscosmeticsurgery.net), is noticing an increase in the number of patients seeking non-surgical alternatives to facial rejuvenation surgery. He attributes the increased interest to the affordability of these treatments as well as the appeal of a quick recovery procedure.

"My office has been inundated with questions from patients wanting the results of a facelift without the surgery, cost, or downtime," says Dr. Jones. "My practice offers Missouri plastic surgery patients several incredibly effective cosmetic treatments that can delay facelift surgery and rejuvenate the face. However, if they're seeking optimal long-term results, a facelift remains the gold standard."

Dr. Jones sees steady demand for BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments, which can smooth lines and minimize wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the specific muscles that cause those wrinkles. After a careful examination of each patient's facial anatomy, Dr. Jones determines which areas to target in order to achieve the desired wrinkle reduction. Full effects begin to appear after a few days and last for three to six months.

"BOTOX is an excellent treatment for people who want to take years off their appearance, without the cost or downtime of surgery," Dr. Jones explains. "And while BOTOX is always getting attention in the media, they now have a competitor, the FDA-approved product DYSPORT®. DYSPORT® is used for wrinkles, like BOTOX Cosmetic, and we've observed that its effects are noticed more quickly."

Dr. Jones recommends soft-tissue fillers as a perfect complement to BOTOX Cosmetic or DYSPORT for patients who want to rejuvenate their appearance without surgery. Fillers such as JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, or Perlane® work by filling in wrinkles caused by loss of volume and breakdown of collagen within the skin. Another filler, Sculptra®, works by stimulating the body to produce more collagen and the results are more gradual, but last longer. Each of the FDA-approved dermal fillers Dr. Jones uses can address a specific cosmetic need, from plumping lips to restoring lost facial volume or simply smoothing out wrinkles.

"Dermal fillers meet the needs of many patients who are not ready to have facial plastic surgery," says Dr. Jones. "When administered by a licensed medical professional, fillers are safe, effective, and they have a proven track record."

Dr. Jones cautions patients not to focus solely on wrinkles. "Nothing ages a face more than uneven skin tone or pigmentation, which is why I recommend resurfacing treatments to restore a smooth and radiant complexion and encourage the production of new skin cells," adds Dr. Jones. "Resurfacing treatments also work very well to reduce certain kinds of wrinkles." Genesis Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center offers numerous treatments, ranging from microdermabrasion to laser and pulsed-light therapy. Treatments are chosen based on each person's individual skincare needs.

All of the non-surgical options Dr. Jones offers work particularly well to even out skin tone and treat early wrinkles and fine lines, but deeper wrinkles and sagging skin often still require a facelift procedure or a combination of non-surgical and surgical procedures to obtain the best result.

Dr. Timothy Jones is a board-certified plastic surgeon whose St. Louis, Missouri plastic surgery practice (http://www.genesiscosmeticsurgery.net) provides cosmetic and reconstructive enhancements. Dr. Jones is a former professor at Washington University School of Medicine and has received extensive surgical training in both plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology (ENT). He offers a full selection of procedures ranging from laser acne treatments to liposuction and body contouring.

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