Restoring Youthfulness with Facelift Procedures

Facelift patients I’ve worked with in the past have told me their friends and family would be surprised of their decision to get cosmetic surgery.  When I asked why, they’ve shared “because they think I’m too young.” Age is an identifier but take into account that we all mature differently. One woman in her 60s can have the appearance of a 40 year old and a man in his mid-30s can have the appearance of a male in his early 50s. Genetics, lifestyle, and every day environmental factors contribute to how our skin ages and for some people, they experience those tell-tale signs of aging much faster than others. For this reason, I wanted to remind everyone that plastic surgery is a personal and unique experience for each individual. Age is only one way to evaluate it. When it comes to achieving the look that will truly make you happy, a facelift procedure may just be your calling.

As we get older, our faces evolve from being angular to a more squared off appearance. If you think about it, youth is about fullness and aging is about emptiness. The collagen starts to break down and the skin’s elasticity diminishes, the skin on the face appears to sag – creating deep wrinkles (like jowls), droopy eyelids, and more. It’s not only a case of genetics that is responsible, but spending lots of time outside in the sun, tanning beds, poor diet and exercise, and smoking are some of the other contributing factors that wear down our appearance. Cosmetic injectables, like facial fillers and Botox®, offer temporary relief for wrinkles, thinned lips, sunken cheeks, etc., but some men and women prefer to take advantage of the long-lasting results of facelifts.

Here are a few key points to facelift procedures that I perform at Southern Plastic Surgery:

There are in reality two different facelift options: mini facelift (rapid recovery lift) and full facelift. A mini facelift is for the patient with early signs of aging (and haven’t experienced major skin laxity yet) in the lower third part of the face (neck, mid-face area, and jowls more specifically). Full facelifts address the eye and brow area, so patients who are really going for the full rejuvenation package often need to combine their facelift with these procedures to achieve optimal results. Facelifts of either kind can be helpful for both men and women and is even an integral component to the comprehensive combination Grammy Makeover procedure which consists of face, breast, hand, and body contouring procedures.

Patients often complement their results with the help of nonsurgical skin rejuvenation procedures laser treatments at Laser Lights or injectables to prolong their results – not that this is mandatory for facelift candidates, but many like to stay on top of their skincare and add these types of procedures to their regular routine. If you’re interested in learning more about nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, facelift procedures, or laser and skincare treatments to take your results to the next level, don’t hesitate to contact us at 770-622-9100  to schedule a complimentary consultation and find out more.

What’s the Difference between a Mommy Makeover & Grammy Makeover?

Having options is great because in my opinion, it reduces the sense of restrictedness when having to pick among several things that we may truly want. Once women reach the point in their life when they’re finished with pregnancy/childbirth, or after years of waiting to finally decide to reclaim their youthful body from top to bottom, this is the ideal time to consider more comprehensive procedures. Two of the top most popular procedures among the 30 and over crowd (but keep in mind it’s not exclusive to this group by any means) has become the Mommy Makeover and Grammy Makeover procedures. Most notably known for combining multiple procedures into one procedure, these two offer great benefits for helping patients attain a younger-looking appearance, but what’s the difference between a Mommy Makeover and Grammy Makeover?

What’s the Difference between a Mommy Makeover & Grammy MakeoverMommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover got its name because it focuses on common areas of the body that physically change from the effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and weight gain/loss. This procedure combines breast and body contouring procedures and patients can choose from:

  • Breast Augmentation – to increase the overall size of the breasts using breast implants
  • Breast Lift – to reduce excess skin and fat from drooping breasts and raising them to a higher, more proportionate, position on the chest (can also be combined with a breast augmentation)
  • Liposuction – to permanently remove accumulated fat cells and refine the shape of the midsection, thighs, chin, arms, and buttocks
  • Tummy Tuck – to remove excess skin and fat of the abdominal region, and also re-tighten muscles that have weakened or separated during pregnancy

Grammy Makeover

With maturity comes more noticeably greater effects of natural aging and gravity that contribute to deeper wrinkles, perpetually tired-looking appearances, under-eye bags, sagging skin, and more. For this reason, a Grammy Makeover extends beyond the four procedures mentioned above for the Mommy Makeover – this time, combining nonsurgical and surgical options for the face, breasts, and body. In addition to breast augmentation/lift, liposuction and tummy tucks, a Grammy Makeover can include:

  • Hand Rejuvenation w/ Radiesse® – temporarily plumps up skeletal thin skin on the back of the hand instantly with the cosmetic injectable Radiesse® (results can generally last 1-2 years)
  • Browlift – smoothes the skin above/around the eyes & on the forehead by repositioning sagging eyebrows and raising upper lids
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) – removes excess fat, tissue, and skin around the eyes to give a more rested appearance
  • Facelift – tightens sagging skin and smoothes wrinkles on the face (mainly around the cheeks, neck, and jowls) and/or repositions facial tissue
  • Neck Lift – removes excess fat from the chin and neck, eliminates hanging, and tightens what’s remaining for a smoother finish
  • Arm Lift – removes extra skin and fat (targeting the dreaded bat wings) before tightening remaining skin for a toned appearance
  • Fat Transfer – uses liposuction to remove fat from a donor site (typically the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks) that is purified and re-injected into areas of the body that have lost volume, such as the face and buttocks

There are options for how you’d like your groceries bagged, which gas station you’ll fuel up at, what hair color you’d like to choose, and so much more – so why shouldn’t the same inclusion apply to plastic surgery? Not every cosmetic plastic surgery procedure allows the same type of customizing freedom like a Mommy Makeover or Grammy Makeover, but the appeal of being able to hand select the procedures that will go into your final plastic surgery results are something many patients really appreciate knowing they have the ability to do. If you’re interested in learning more about Mommy Makeover, Grammy Makeover, or any of the other facial, breast, and body procedures performed by me, Dr. David Whiteman, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery today.

Want to Look Less Tired? Try the Benefits of Facial Plastic Surgery

There are days when we wake up with dark circles and bags under our eyes after a late night of no sleep, but they eventually fade. As we get older though, the tissues around the eyes weaken and can cause fat deposits that help support the eye to shift into the eyelids – ultimately creating puffier lids. At the same rate, skin starts to thin as gravity, years of sun exposure, and less collagen production are among the main contributing factors when we start to notice the physical toll facial aging has on a person’s appearance. For those who want to freshen up their youthful look, they take advantage of the benefits of facial plastic surgery to get a well-rested, more refreshed appearance.

As a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 22 years of experience with facial rejuvenation, one of the most common gripes I hear from my patients the most is how they’re not happy about friends, family, coworkers, or even strangers at the grocery store telling them how tired they look, even when they’re not. Though it’s impossible to permanently stop signs of aging, two popular facial plastic surgery procedures, eyelid surgery and brow lift, give patients their youthful look back by reviving a once vibrant appearance. Check out why over 244,000 patients underwent either of these procedures in 2015 and how it can possibly give you the remarkable look you’ve been dreaming of.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

If eyelid surgery had a mantra it’d probably be something to the effect of: Reposition. Remove. Rejuvenate. Men and women can’t escape a fatigued look when the skin around the eyes has significant sagging and drooping – creating an almost bunching look. This type of facial rejuvenation procedure addresses fat, skin, and muscle around the eyes to create an invigorated, more awake look. The beauty of this particular procedure is that instead of the results nonverbally screaming “I had plastic surgery,”  they typically provide more subtle plastic surgery results that will have even those close to the patients wondering what’s different about them (but that’s up to you if you share that secret or not)!

Brow Lift

Having an overhang that seems to flop over the upper lids is something many patients frequently exhibit as they get older – yet another contributing factor to a seriously tired look. When a patient comes into my practice, sometimes they think a facelift is the go-to solution for their aging woes, but when it comes to isolated cosmetic concerns, focusing on one specific area (especially if the other parts of the face have some years to catch up) can do the trick. It’s not until a consultation that they can explore the best options to get the most ideal results to achieve their goals. If a brow lift is what’s needed to give them a fresher, younger, less tired look, then here’s how it’s done:

If you’re interested in exploring eyelid surgery, brow lift, or your facial rejuvenation options, both surgically and non-surgically (because they make great combination anti-aging treatments), please don’t hesitate to reach out. To set up a time to see if you’re a candidate or start planning your procedure during a complimentary consultation, contact my office at 770-622-9100. To keep up with my latest cosmetic surgery topics and updates, stay connected with me, David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more plastic surgery news.