All you need to know about Facelifts

 Although it may be hard to believe, your face literally makes up a huge chunk of your entire personality. So what can be more exhilarating than a fresh, youthful face that declares you as a timeless beauty and allows you to age gracefully in the coming years?

In today’s age, facelifts have proven to be a gift to those suffering from the blues of worn-out and loose skin which damages their self-confidence beyond repair.

A well-performed facelift caters to the following complications:

  • Decreased skin elasticity
  • Decreased or complete loss of muscle tone
  • Ugly creases at the base of your nose and chin and at the corners of your mouth
  • Decreased neck and chin contours

Benefits of a facelift surgery

  • Facial muscles’ tightening

The Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System (SMAS) of your face is likely to become loose and weaken with time. A facelift surgery will tighten this structure and your sagging skin will gain a better shape with long-lasting effects.

  • Restoration of sagging skin 

Facelifts make sure that your sagging skin is pulled and tightened just right to give you a natural, refreshing look. It should also be kept in mind that your skin shouldn’t be ‘over-pulled’ to give you an uneasy or artificial look.

  • Enhancement of facial contours

A mid facelift will help in restoring a smoother look to the lower eyelids and cheeks, whereas a lower facelift will create a more beautiful jaw line contour, diminishing  jowls and smoothening the neck and chin area.

Suitable candidates for facelift surgery

A number of factors play an important role in deciding whether a person is suitable for a facelift surgery or whether an alternate method might be more suitable. However, the final decision lies with the concerned medical specialist that is handling your case.

  • Skin flexibility

An appropriate candidate for a facelift is one who has retained some of the skin’s natural elasticity. This will help the skin to adopt its new, improved contours after a successful surgery and a faster recovery rate can also be guaranteed.

  • Well-defined bone structure

A suitable candidate for a facelift surgery should have a strong, well-defined bone structure in order to attain the desired results of the surgery, and patients with less distinctive features should opt for facial implants instead, to achieve their desired goal.

  • Well-maintained health

Since facelift surgery happens to be an invasive procedure which requires a proper recovery and healing process, your overall health must be thoroughly examined. The doctor must be aware of all your preexisting and current medical issues prior to the facelift surgery.

Celebrity facelifts gone well

Jennifer Aniston, Megan Fox, Demy Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patrick Dempsey, Jane Fonda, Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale, Kim Kardashian, Cindy Crawford, Gordon Ramsay, Kyra Sedgwick are some of the many celebrities who went through a facelift surgery and have benefitted from it.

Cost of the procedure

The cost of an average facelift is around $6,000, excluding the preparatory tests, anesthesia and prescribed medications but a complete cost of the procedure should be discussed with your surgeon which will roughly lie between $3,000 to $15,000 depending upon medications, geographical location, extent of procedure and so on.

So if you’re not ready to give in to your sagging skin, facial wrinkles and other tell-tale symptoms of aging, a facelift should definitely be your first and foremost choice.

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Common Types of Non-Surgical Face Lift  

HERE ARE THE MOST COMMON METHODS OF A NONSURGICAL FACELIFT

While surgical facelift is still most common choice for reversing the effects of facial aging, the risks and cost attached to such a procedure have resulted in the development of newer non -invasive methods being available. These offer a solution for those afraid to go under the knife, and while they might not be as effective as a surgical facelift, they come with their own set of benefits such as being more cost-effective as well as safer than a surgical facelift. Discussed below are some of the most common types of non-surgical facelifts.

Facelift in a Jar

This is treatment for tightening the skin and reducing fine lines, it is one of the mildest non-surgical facelift, making use of DMAE (dimethylethanolamine). Some might also contain high concentrated solutions of amino acids such as hexapeptide and alpha hydroxyl acid. Many can be applied at home but some products would require the handling of a professional.

Facelift in a Box

Another mild treatment with a misleading name. It involves the use of hand-held electromagnetic device, most of the devices offered on the market are safe enough to be used at home, working at an intensity level that does not require much expertise in handling.

Facelift in a Needle

The traditional Chinese technique of acupuncture has made its way into the world of cosmetics.  Fine needles are inserted into areas of your skin to increases circulation to blood in the face and stimulate collagen production, resulting in a younger looking skin.

Lunchtime Facelift

Just writing the word, “lunch time” makes one hungry but sadly, this treatment does not involve giving you a meal, but rather a procedure to make your face look better but rather makes use of a thread that is inserted into your skin to tug the sagging skin back to the position it was used to be. Sadly the effect might not be permanent but on the other hand, it is one of the few that can give comparable results to surgical facelift minus the downtime.

Liquid Facelift

Botox or dermal fillers like sculptra are directly injected in to your skin in small qualities, resulting in a more fuller, and younger looking skin but the results are never permanent.

Electrical Facelift

Micro currents are used to electrical stimulation to the muscles of the face, simulating cell function and improved circulation, in the process resulting in a more improved skin tone, less lines and wrinkles. The treatment is done by a specialist and can take up multiple sessions but is one of the least invasive treatments available and is known to also improve lymphatic drainage and metabolism.

Radiofrequency Facelift

Using heat on the inner layers of skin causes the collagen structure underneath to contract, making the skin firmer. It is a very popular form of treatment as it is painless and the effects are immediate.

Laser Facelift (non-surgical)

Finally, laser facelift it is similar to the one mentioned above but makes use of lasers for heating. It can take multiple treatments to get the desired results.

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The Facelift Gets a Makeover

The Facelift Gets a Makeover

dr-ma - Facial Surgeonnolis-manolakakisWritten by: Dr. Manolis Manolakakis

Advanced Facial Surgery

Shrewsbury, NJ

 

It used to be that once you reached a certain age, sagging skin and deep wrinkles clearly indicated the need for a facelift—a one-size-fits-all procedure that would nip and tuck everything back into place. At the same time, the high price tag, significant downtime and unnatural-looking, “windswept” results associated with this approach gave the facelift a not-so-desirable reputation.

That, however, was the facelift of your mother’s generation.

Today, the facelift is more than one type of treatment, and it can (and should) be performed before drastic signs of aging set in. Facelifts come in all kinds of shapes and sizes—from the mini facelift to the midface lift; from the brow lift to the neck lift; and can be achieved using both surgical and non-surgical options—all of which create the opportunity to give a lift to your face right where it needs it.

A Lift to the Face

Any one of the variety of facelifting procedures available today may offer a solution for treating signs of premature aging caused by years of unprotected sun exposure and environmental pollutants or genetic predispositions to early jowling, drooping eyelids, or other anatomical concerns:

  • A lift to the face can be achieved by adding volume (Voluma, Sculptra or fat) to the cheeks. This helps to minimize nasolabial folds and can even make improvements to the lower eyelid as well.
  • In some patients, ultrasound energy (Ultherapy) can be used to give a little lift to the brow, neck and jawline.
  • When you need a little more lift than fillers and energy alone can provide, you don’t necessarily need to jump into a classic, full-blown facelift. We know today that there’s more than a single dimension to the aging face. We look at volume, skin and structure. As a result, you may need a surgical procedure to get the results you’re looking for, but a mini facelift combined with volume injected into the midface may be the right prescription for limiting surgery and providing a more natural-looking result.

Science & Solutions

No matter how extensive the surgery, there’s more good news today. We’ve also got the necessary science to improve speed of recovery while at the same time decreasing the risk of scarring.

 

At the end of the day, the idea that a “facelift” is always a drastic surgical procedure and is a solution to think about when you’re old and saggy, is a fallacy. Importantly, the act of aging “prevention” has become widespread, which not only frequently postpones the need for surgical treatments, but also minimizes the extent of surgery. By prevention, I mean the use of neurotoxins (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) and daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

 

A full scope of less drastic to more traditional procedures can effectively give a lift to the face. The key is to have a qualified aesthetic facial surgeon evaluate you individually, listen to your specific concerns, and recommend an approach that delivers the most effective and safest results. In my experience, the most satisfied patient are facelift patients.