Facelift surgery is designed to rejuvenate the appearance of the face by repositioning tissue that has lost its elasticity with time. There are many different types of facelift procedures that go by many different names.
What is most important, is defining the important parts of aging and choosing the right facelift procedure to help you achieve your goals.
A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that repositions loose tissue and tightens skin that has lost its elasticity.
A facelift can specifically address the common signs of aging, including:
There are a variety of facelift procedures to accommodate patient needs and desires.
The differences include:
Your surgeon will explain all the options and help you choose the procedure that is best for you.
A full facelift addresses more advanced signs of aging. A long-term solution to sagging tissue and skin, the results last on average from 10 to 15 years.
A typical procedure begins with an incision at the temples, along the hairline. Another incision, under the chin, may be made to tighten excess skin on the neck.
Techniques of removal, repositioning and/or reshaping of the tissues of the face—skin, excess fat and muscle—will be used to create the natural and graceful contours that you had in your earlier years.
This procedure does not address the neck as much and is better suited for patients with aging related issues that are moderate and mainly located above the jawline.
Performed under local or general anesthesia, the surgery provides great results for patients that do not need neck contouring.
If the only area to be addressed is the cheek area, your doctor may recommend an endoscopic facelift. A tiny camera at the end of a tube, inserted in the incision, relays images to a monitor during surgery. The magnification affords the surgeon a much higher level of accuracy as the underlying structure is tightened and repaired.
A cheek lift can address the entire midface area, from cheeks down to the nasolabial folds. It is less invasive and requires less downtime than a full facelift.
Facial fat grafting can add volume to hollowed or gaunt facial areas that appear as the face ages. Fat cells are harvested from the patient’s own abdomen or thighs, purified and injected into the desired area.
Because the patient’s own tissue is used, there is no risk of it being rejected.
There are several advanced, injectable fillers available that can smooth lines, wrinkles, and creases and plump sagging skin. They involve no incisions or downtime and, generally, require just a 30-minute office visit. They are frequently used in conjunction with surgical facelifts to achieve the optimal, sought-after results.
Even a full facelift may not address all your concerns. Just as fillers can be used, along with facelift surgery, so can other surgical procedures, such as a brow lift, skin resurfacing, or lip shaping. When you meet with one of our expertly trained plastic and reconstructive surgeons, he or she will discuss all the options available and create a complete treatment plan that will result in the natural, beautiful, more youthful look you envision.
Choosing a plastic surgeon is no small task. Among the many qualities to consider the following should be considered most:
*Dr. LaBarbera is a board eligible plastic surgeon at Arizona Aesthetics Associates.
The first stage of planning facelift surgery is to schedule a private consultation with one of our expertly trained plastic and reconstructive surgeons. At Arizona Aesthetic Associates, our goal is to provide information, guidance, and results that bring you restored confidence in your appearance with natural and balanced facelift rejuvenation.
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