In what instances could a chemical peel or microdermabrasion be sufficient in place of a facelift?

Question: In what instances could a chemical peel or microdermabrasion be sufficient in place of a facelift?

Answer: Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are good treatment modalities for mild to moderate facial wrinkles.  These options should be thought of as prior to or in addition to a facelift, rather than in place of one.  Facial rejuvenation can begin with chemical peels or microdermabrasion to resurface fine lines and provide a small amount of skin tightening.  Patients will more severe deformities will achieve little benefit from these options and would likely benefit much more from a facelift.  In some cases, a chemical peel (or microdermabrasion) can be added to a facelift to rejuvenate an area not directly addressed by the facelift, such as the lower eyelids or around the lips.

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