Benefits of Facelift
The most important fact to know about facelift is that the best results happen with the most experienced surgeons, skilled medical professionals who have performed thousands of successful facelifts and have an extensive record of case studies to prove it.
Below, gifted plastic surgeon Dr. Genaro Valladolid reviews the benefits of facelift, and outlines key variables in surgical technique that can make the difference between satisfaction and disappointment.
Considered the gold standard in facial rejuvenation, facelift comprehensively targets various signs of aging in the middle and lower facial areas. The procedure is a proven solution to sagging skin on the cheeks and jawline, creases and wrinkles, jowls and hollowed-out cheeks.
You may be a candidate for facelift if you have developed:
- Excess fat deposits underneath the chin and jawline
- Wrinkles and fine lines on the middle and lower facial areas
- Sunken or hollowed facial areas
- Loose, excess skin on the face, cheek and neck areas
- Creases along the nose to the corners of the mouth
- Displaced fat
- Creases along the lower eyelids
- Loss of healthy skin tone
In all of these instances, the key to a successful result is to tighten and fortify facial muscles, not simply stretch the skin across the face. When this kind of excess tension is created, the skin puts pressure on the underlying cushions of fat that define and soften your features. It can also create a “frozen” or “windswept” appearance.
Proportion and balance are also essential to ensuring a satisfying result. A first-rate plastic surgeon must be a gifted artist, as each change in your facial profile must be done with an eye to the overall harmony of your features. A surgeon must know how much skin to remove, and precisely calibrate the direction of pull. Overcorrection is common in facelift surgeries.
A surgeon must also recognize that improving the appearance of the lower face is not just a question of removing skin — adding volume in targeted areas is also key to ensuring a natural-looking result.
Stretching skin over areas that have lost volume with the passage of time will create a skeletal look that actually makes the patient look older. When you were younger, your face had a fullness that projected vitality; adding volume and re-contouring existing soft tissue is important to restoring this youthful appearance.
Dr. Valladolid understands the benefits and limitations of facelift, and will work closely with you to match expectations with results. In many cases this means suggesting less-invasive techniques, such as fat transfer or a “mini facelift.” Laser resurfacing can smooth and tighten the skin as well, and injectables are often a practical way to fill lines, wrinkles and hollows while stimulating the production of collagen, the natural protein that adds strength and flexibility to the skin.
In addition, facelift is often performed in conjunction with other surgeries, including neck lift, brow lift or eyelid surgery.
For more information on facelift, please call (480) 770-5015 or email Valladolid Plastic Surgery today.