This is one of the most sophisticated and finely tuned cosmetic procedures available today. A refreshed, rejuvenated look without appearing’over-tightened’ or bizarre – this is the goal of the modern facelift. Your facial identity is maintained – you just look fresher, rested, healthier, and happy without looking’operated’ on.
The mixing of an artistic approach with solidly based surgical rejuvenation techniques is the key. Smoothing of the neck skin with the elimination of any puffy fat or loose skin yields more of a’right angle” to the throat. When not over-tightened, this produces a youthful appearance in a really unconscious type of way. Restoring of a clean jawline, with no sagginess, jowls or reduced face heaviness produces a healthy, fresher look both from the sides and front so long as the skin does not seem’over-pulled’! Elimination of the deep grooves and lines around the mouth make one look happier, fresher, and less’mad’ or scowling, provided not over-tightened or over-lifted. Combining these changes and done well, it should be tough to tell that anything was done with an overall appearance that is just’better’.
Lesser techniques aren’t necessarily significantly less expensive and are often quite dissatisfying, even short term. The underlying muscles are the basis and support for the appearance of proper smoothness to the skin of the lower face and neck. If these muscles are not restored and elegant, the skin has been asked to’hold’ everything up. Leaving the muscle tightening measures out actually creates an over-tightened appearance – strike one. Strike two – this is unsustainable – the skin will very soon redevelop all its droopiness. With the muscles properly tightened along the sides of the face, and fat removed from under the chin with the neck muscles also tightened, the skin may be artistically re-draped in a gentle, lifted way. And the stage is set for long-term consequences – 10 years or longer is not unusual – as a result.
General anesthesia isn’t needed for a lower face and neck lift. Using specific sedation and local anesthetic methods designed specifically for this surgery, most patients sleeping (as in falling asleep, not’knocked out’) throughout their facelift. No general anesthesia means it is safer overall, with an easier, faster recovery and less potential for complications. The fiscal savings realized are also quite substantial – decreasing the common costs by as much as 50%!
It’s better to have a facelift done in your late 40’s or 50’s than when you’re older. This one might have surprised you! Years before, and maybe even still for those performing the old-fashioned, over-tightened 5 hour surgery, facelifts were sort of withheld as a’last resort’ kind of procedure. This may make sense for a lengthy, complicated surgery with the need to hide out for a protracted, extreme 3-4 weeks of healing. But with modern, sophisticated techniques that is a now a two hour surgery using local anesthetic; it’s a walk-in/walk-out process with a 1-2 week presentability recovery. The ‘need’ to wait is over. Plus, shouldn’t you get to actually enjoy your look for many years? Unfortunately, as we age we also often develop conditions and require medications that might interfere with, or complicate surgical procedures. In general, having a lower face and neck lift is more successful and less noticeable when it is less of a’drastic change’. So if the signs are there, a lower face and neck lift is better done sooner, as opposed to later. That is why we call it the”Look Fabulous Today” Lift!