Facelift and Mini-Facelift Specialist Palm Beach Gardens

Facelift:  An Investment for Life

Reversing facial aging often involves repositioning or restoring volume to key areas of the face.  While facial fillers are a good option for some cases, they cannot compare to the results of a facelift, a procedure used to lift and tighten skin and tissue around our cheeks and jawline.  Patients who have had a facelift, even years ago, have an unparalleled rejuvenation of the lower half of their face.  A strong jaw-line, tight neck and high cheeks, provide a subtle but powerful portrayal of youth.
Facelift surgery has evolved significantly over the last 100 years. The greatest advance was to address deeper and stronger connective tissues separately from the overlying skin. In contrast, Less invasive variations with a shorter scar have been marketed heavily in recent years. This is an excellent option in certain patients, but in patients with a significant amount of loose skin, a traditional facelift will more pronounced results. 

Consultations are meant to ensure that a facelift is the right procedure for you. The planned incisions, risks of surgery and post-operative course are reviewed.  The surgery itself takes a few hours and a 24 hour dressing is used to protect the healing skin. Sutures are removed the following week. Most patients are able to return to normal activity between 10-14 days when most bruising and swelling have resolved. Once healing is complete, patients should achieve a natural and long lasting effect that can turn back the hand of time by a full decade. That effect can last throughout a patient’s lifetime. 

 

Mini-lift: Clarifying the confusion

Facelift surgery is intended to reposition tissue that may have dropped and is sagging below our facial bony structures.  With the evolution of minimally invasive surgery, many patients are looking for a great result with minimal down time.  Mini-lifts or skin tightening procedures have gained popularity as a result. Mini-lifts are marketed under various names, but they all have the same concept: smaller incisions with less dissection. This is an excellent option for patients with early signs of aging.  The amount of repositioning gives a good result without the more extensive surgery.
Non-surgical facelifts, using skin tightening machines, have been around for years.  Generally patients are underwhelmed by the results and some come to see us for alternative options. Some before and after photos show that the jawline tends to look worse from tightening the neck and creating more pull of the tissues that leads to more noticeable jowls. 

Traditional facelifts are still the workhorse of lower face rejuvenation. There is more healing time but the results are generally more noticeable. During a consultation, we aim to explore all options related to facelift surgery and by having an open dialogue to determine your goals and performing a thorough examination, we can find the surgery that best fits your needs.  

 

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