Face Procedures | Facelift










The modern facelift responds to each individual's unique aging process and needs. Early facelift operations were essentially a skin lift. The modern facelift incorporates not only skin redistribution and resection, but also repositions tissues beneath the skin, mainly in the muscle and fascial network. This is sometimes referred to as the SMAS which is an acronym for Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System. Using the critical steps of removing unwanted fat and tightening or repositioning the SMAS as well intelligent skin removal, patients now have a longer lasting and more natural face lift. The modern facelift was ushered in during the mid 60's and popularized in this country in the mid 70's. The facial operation has undergoing many evolutionary stages since then, and more recently has reached a level where each facelift is individualized. The operation does not depend on a tight pulling of the skin. Instead the face is rejuvenated from the inside out.


The areas of concern to most patients are loose neck skin, jowls and loss of facial contour (facial flatness). The modern facelift in correcting these problems relies on precise incisions which are hidden when possible. Unwanted fat is removed intelligently; the SMAS layer is tightened or redistributed to areas where it is more beneficial. The cheek fat pad which creates a youthful contour is repositioned and excess skin is removed. Emphasis today is on decreased bruising and an early return to normal activities.


Recent Advances In Facial Aesthetic Surgery

  • Most full Face Lifts are performed using the minimal incision face lift approach or L.I.F.T. (Limited Incision Face Lift Technique) Procedure.  This Technique reduces or eliminates scars behind the ears and removes all scars in the upper neck so that the hair can be worn up with no tell tale signs.

  • The use of biological glue or fibrant sealants represents a major break through in modern facial surgery.  Not only can more natural results be achieved but there is significantly less bruising and swelling.  In most cases bulky dressings or the use of drains is not required.

It is our belief that well-prepared patients enjoy the best surgical results.  Preparation includes the avoidance of drugs and foods which can cause excessive bleeding and bruising, and a homeopathic approach skin care program which is individualized for each patient and which allows for more successful facial surgery.  We prefer at least two weeks to prepare the skin for surgery and then maintain the patient on a skin care regimen following surgery.


Most individuals undergoing facial surgery today are concerned about when they can return to a normal life.  In most cases, patients look reasonably well between 10 and 14 days post surgery and can return to their routine activities such as jobs or their social life within this time frame.  There are, however, changes which can occur for up to two or three months.  We advise patients who have public commitments of critical importance to give at least six weeks between the facial surgery and the event to allow for healing and resolution of the swelling.


For additional information on facelifts visit:  www.surgery.org


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