Quick fix wrinkle fillers and injections are rarely the answer for curing deep wrinkles and sagging facial skin for most people, according to Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Stephen Prendiville.
Dr. Prendiville says he sees patients who come to his office for Botox or one of the other facial fillers when what they really need is a facelift.
“There is fake news that fillers and injectables are all you’ll ever need to keep looking your youthful best, but nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “The gold standard for facial rejuvenation is – and always has been – a facelift.”
Dr. Prendiville, who is the Medical Director of the Assuage Luxury Spa in Naples and Fort Myers, will separate fact from fiction at a free seminar he is hosting Friday, March 13, at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club at 851 Gulfshore Boulevard North in Naples. The seminar begins at 11:30 a.m. with a light lunch. The seminar is free but reservations are required by calling 239-437-3900. Space is limited.
According to the most recent data available from the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons, there were 1.7 million cosmetic surgery procedures such as facelifts and eyelid lifts in the U.S. in 2017 The number of non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as Botox and fillers dwarfed that number with 15.7 million procedures in 2017.
“Fillers and injectables work well as stand-alone treatments for women in their 30s and 40s, but cannot be considered the best treatment available after this period in life. Women in their 50s, 60s and 70s will require more substantial treatments to achieve spectacular results. Results obtainable with surgery aren’t possible with fillers and injectables and people need to be honest about that,” Dr. Prendiville said.
There is a cost factor involved. A facelift or eyelid surgery cost more than fillers, but there is a disadvantage to fillers too.
“A filler will only last about six to eight months and then you’ll need to keep repeating it to maintain the same look. A facelift may be more expensive initially but it can last 10 or more years,” he said.
Dr. Prendiville said a patient in her late 60s commented to him recently that she has done fillers for seven years. She realized that for the amount of money she spent on fillers, she could have paid for a facelift. And it would have been permanent instead of temporary.
Using before and after pictures of actual patients, Dr. Prendiville will discuss the latest advances in facelifts, eyelid lifts, nose surgery, lasers, and reconstructive surgery. He also will review injectable wrinkle fillers Botox®, Sculptra®, Juvederm®; Restylane®, Restylane Silk®, Radiesse®, Voluma®, Vollure®, and Revanesse Versa® for deeper wrinkles and lines.
He also will discuss “Genius,” a new non-invasive non-surgical device that can help reduce the depth of wrinkles, tighten skin, reduce acne scarring, stretch marks and improve skin texture.
Dr. Prendiville is the first facial plastic surgeon in Florida to offer the new Genius, which was developed by Lutronic, a global aesthetic laser medical device manufacturer.
Dr. Prendiville is the only Fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon in Fort Myers who is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He has performed more than 3,000 surgical procedures.
He is recognized nationally as a facelift expert with more than 20 articles published in medical journals and he has served as guest editor for Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America.
Dr. Prendiville is one of only 10 doctors in the U.S. to be honored as an Elite Inductee into the RealSelf 100 and RealSelf 500 Hall of Fame for excellent patient service and his willingness to answer patient inquiries on the RealSelf website, which is the leading online community that helps people make confident choices in elective cosmetic procedures. To achieve Elite Inductee status, surgeons must be among the top 1 percent of more than 1,000 surgeons reviewed.
Dr. Prendiville is the past president and secretary/treasurer of the Florida Society of Facial Plastic Surgery, an association consisting of 250 facial plastic surgeons in the state.
Dr. Prendiville graduated with his M.D. degree with high honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and served his residency at Georgetown University.
He was awarded a Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St. Louis University in Missouri, where he was a clinical instructor in the St. Louis University Department of Otolaryngology.
All surgeries are performed at Dr. Prendiville’s state-of-the-art Surgical Center adjacent to his office in South Fort Myers at 9407 Cypress Lake Drive.. The Surgical Center is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF), which is the largest accrediting body for outpatient surgical facilities in the United States. For more information about Dr. Prendiville, please visit his website at www.drprendiville.com.