While many people think of plastic surgery in generic terms, as sort of a “one-size-fits-all” approach, this is simply not the case. In fact, with certain procedures, customization is key to a good result. Rhinoplasty relies on customization to strike the right facial balance between the features and ensure the nose fits the face. The facelift may not seem like a highly customizable procedure, but it is one of the most versatile surgeries available, and can be tailored to suit each patient’s needs and anti-aging goals.
Why Is the Facelift So Customizable?
Facelift surgery is extremely versatile because it is not simply one procedure, but a blend of different anti-aging treatments that are combined for comprehensive anti-aging.Because of this, the surgery can address different areas of the face that patients may be particularly struggling with. No one ages in quite the same way, and the facelift is an ideal way to help each patient look uniquely refreshed and youthful. Here are some of the procedures that may be involved in a facelift:
The cornerstone of the facelift procedure, this is typically the base on which the customized procedure is built. Performed through incisions hidden by the hairline, the basic facelift involves tighteningthe cheek area and redistributing fat as needed for a youthful contour.
As the brow ages, horizontal lines appear, and the skin begins to sag, often creating a sad, worried, or even angry expression when the face is at rest. A brow lift and tightens these structures, smoothing the forehead area as needed.
Often, with aging, dark bags and circles will appear in the eye area. This sagging fat and skin can significantly age the eye area, making the person appear perpetually tired, even when well-rested. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is performed to remove and reposition skin and fat around the eyelids, which can produce dramatic improvement in the appearance of the eyes.
“Turkey wattle” is not something anyone wants to be associated with, but many people suffer from pendulous skin that hangs from the neck, causing an appearance similar to the big bird’s wattle. A necklift is a common part of the facelift process, as many people with significant facial aging also have aesthetic issues with the neck. A necklift is performed to remove and tighten this excess skin for a smooth contour.
When the neck exhibits significant excess skin, the chin and jowls typically do as well. Chin refinement tightens the area and can resolve excess fat causing a “double chin”.
Typical Facelift Candidates
In general, younger patients do not need a facelift, and may benefit from just one of the procedures mentioned above, such as a brow lift or blepharoplasty, to address a single issue. Facelifts tend to be better for patients in their 50s and 60s, though with age comes risk for surgery. Only a plastic surgeon can assess individual candidacy, but patients must be in general good health, non-smokers (or willing to quit for an extended period of time before and after surgery), and have realistic expectations about the prospective results of the surgery. Nothing can stop aging entirely, but a facelift can “turn back the clock” and slow down the process for up to a decade or more, depending on the patient.
Other Combination Procedures
A facelift is not the only way to combine surgeries and treatments for significant anti-aging. If you’re looking for a less intensive and invasive procedure, there’s no need to go for the full facelift. Consider a surgical procedure on the area exhibiting the most extensive signs of aging, perhaps paired with some dermal fillers, Botox, or other minimally invasive treatment. If you know you’d like to get a more refreshed, youthful look, there are many different options to suit nearly every need. A qualified facial plastic surgeon can advise you on what might be best in your situation.
When it comes to plastic surgery of any kind, you don’t want to take chances. The best way to avoid complications is to choose a reputable, experienced plastic surgeon and to be honest about your medical history. Not everyone is eligible for plastic surgery, and you don’t want to risk your safety by being dishonest about factors affecting your candidacy.
If you’d like to learn more about moving forward with a facelift or other facial plastic surgery, it’s time to start meeting with board certified plastic surgeons, like Dr. Robert A. Mounsey of Revesse in Toronto. Dr. Mounsey is a highly qualified facial surgeon offering patients beautiful, natural results. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mounsey, call Revesse today at416.438.2499.