Facelift surgery has come a long way in recent years. Modernized techniques, experience, and surgeon skill create subtle, natural results for both men and women seeking facelift surgery to turn back the hands of time. Also known as a rhytidectomy, this cosmetic surgery procedure removes excess skin on the face and repositions structures that are drooping. It can be used to address the upper, mid, and/or lower face for a more youthful, revitalized appearance. In addition to outcomes that are smooth and appealing, scarring is now kept to a minimal due to advanced incision approaches. There are many variations to facelift surgery and during your initial consultation with Atlanta area plastic surgeon, Dr. Aisha Baron board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, your skin will be thoroughly assessed and a treatment plan customized to meet your aesthetic goals.
While facelifts are generally reserved for older adults, the common age range for patients is between 50-70. Younger patients may opt for a brow lift or a neck lift, or possibly a mid-facelift before considering a full facelift procedure. In addition, there are numerous nonsurgical procedures that can help delay surgery, such as BOTOX, fillers, laser treatments, and nonsurgical skin tightening. If your skin laxity is in poor condition, if you are older in age, and have droopy features that a nonsurgical approach cannot treat, it is safe to say that a facelift may be a suitable procedure for you. On average, a facelift will allow you to look 5-10 years younger.
What To Expect
Today's facelift surgeries are much different than in the past. There are numerous techniques used, depending on the age of the patient, as well as the condition of the skin, and amount of laxity. Some techniques address the skin's surface only, while other goes deeper into the underlying tissues. In addition, a full facelift will address the entire face, while a forehead lift, cheek lift, or neck lift, addresses the top, middle, and/or bottom sections alone. Some of the more common variations are Skin Only, SMAS Facelift, Deep Plane Lift.
- Skin Only
Also known as a cutaneous facelift, this facelift procedure is less invasive due to the fact that it addresses the skin only. The recovery is much quicker and the results are a bit more subtle than some of the other more invasive facelift procedures. Scarring is minimal as it is placed in the hairline just near the temple. This particular facelift offers the lowest risk to patients.
- SMAS Facelift
This is considered a traditional facelift approach, which in many cases is the gold standard for facelift surgery. It is a process that goes beneath the superficial layer of skin and manipulates a group of muscles known as the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS). This surgery does garner more dramatic results with a longer recovery period. The incision is placed along the hairline from behind the earlobe to the temple so that the skin can be separated and lifted. Once the facial structures are in their new position, sutures are used to tighen and secure the skin for a natural appearance.
- Deep Plane Lift
The deep plane lift is appropriate for older patients with severe sagging and drooping. Facial cosmetic surgeons who are experienced in facelift surgery can create natural results even though this is the most invasive of all facelift procedures. This procedure goes deeper than the other approaches and adjusts the tissues and muscles so that deeper wrinkles can be addressed. Loose skin is removed and pulled gently tight for a rejuvenated appearance.
Eyelid surgery can help to improve your eyes by making you look more attractive and improving your vision. Many patients, both men and women, undergo blepharoplasty to rejuvenate their appearance and improve the physical ailments that come from loose, sagging skin around the eyes. For women, this loose skin can make putting on makeup a burden and may prevent them from achieving the look they desire. If you are considering eyelid surgery schedule a consultation with Dr. Baron at our Atlanta area office to begin the journey toward your rejuvenated youth