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 Exactly Is a Rapid Recovery Lift?

The facelift has been around for a while; in fact, the first facelift was reportedly performed by Eugen Hӧllander in 1901 and paved the way to numerous advancements in facial plastic surgery ever since. There is always a demand for improvement within the plastic surgery field. I’ve noticed that more patients in the 30-40 age range are seeking surgical procedures to help them combat common signs of facial aging like wrinkles, lax skin and unwanted accumulated fat. There tends to be a slight misconception that facelifts are primarily for seasoned patients who are experiencing extensive aging, but that’s not entirely the case when exploring a rapid lift. So what exactly is a rapid recovery lift and who can benefit from this procedure?

As a double-board certified Atlanta plastic surgeon I myself am consistently researching and implementing the most advanced techniques to improve the results for my patients. Some people don’t necessarily want to explore surgical routes and often turn to nonsurgical facial treatments like Botox® and facial fillers for temporary relief of their aging concerns. For others looking for more long-lasting/preventative results, they may want to consider a rapid lift, or a mini facelift, based on key target areas it corrects and the recovery time that comes with it.

Let’s take a look at when you may want to consider a rapid recovery lift/mini facelift:

  • If you’re concerned that you look older than you feel on the inside
  • If you’re bothered by the appearance of sagging/excess skin on your face
  • If you have fat that’s accumulated under the chin and jaw
  • If you experience noticeably deep wrinkling around the mouth

 

One of the main reasons we call the mini facelift a rapid recovery lift is thanks to the shorter recovery time a patient needs to restore their youthful appearance. Sometimes referred to by patients as a “weekend procedure,” mini facelifts can be performed in office, under local anesthesia, depending on the extent of your facial aging. When performing a mini facelift small incisions along the hairline and ear so that they can hide nicely within the natural creases of the face. I focus on the lower third of the face (the neck, jowls, or mid-cheek/face) by removing loose skin, removing fat pockets, and lifting the skin back to a higher position on the face. Recovering from a rapid recovery lift is significantly less than the time needed to recover – generally patients can be back on the go after a few days to a week of their procedure.

The main objective for your mini facelift results is to regain that younger look you once had and feel confident with the reflection you see in the mirror. I’m not trying to make you look as if your face was a piece of rubber that was stretched beyond recognition. My goal is to produce results that are so subtle even your friends won’t be able to figure out what you changed about your look but at least you’ll be able to recognize your new, improved changes. Don’t let age make you think there’s a right or wrong time to undergo cosmetic plastic surgery because it’s all-inclusive.

To learn more about Southern Plastic Surgery and the various facial plastic surgery procedures I perform, don’t hesitate to contact us today to set up your complimentary consultation. Stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, and the rest of the SPS team on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+ for more skincare tips and plastic surgery updates.