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Which Facelift is Right for Me?

April 11, 2013 by

stock-model-wearing-hatBefore you can even think about which kind of facelift is right for you choose a top-notch, experienced board certified plastic surgeon.  See our blog on how to select your plastic surgeon.

The next step in choosing a facelift technique is to analyze your face.  With your plastic surgeon, jointly, discuss which procedure may give you the most youthful, natural result.

Our team of surgeons at LJCSC performs a number of types of facelift surgeries. Your recommended procedure depends upon your aging anatomy and your goals for rejuvenation. The technique that is right for you is influenced by the extent of your tissue and skin laxity. In addition to a doctor examining you, a digital imaging tool can be used to help you better visualize your potential results. The best results are obtained if a patient has clear, realistic expectations of the surgical outcome. Pre-operative planning is a collaborative exercise between the doctor and patient.

To get a realistic idea of which facial procedure may help you, match your concerns with the appropriate procedure:

Considerable loss of elasticity and muscle tone

Hanging jowls, lax loose skin, cheek wrinkles, and slack muscles indicate you’d best be served with a Full Facelift. Deep tissue support is necessary. Recovery time from a facelift usually runs about three weeks, although many people return to work after two weeks. Scars are hidden in your hairline and in the contours of your ears. A Full Facelift is often performed in conjunction with a Neck Lift.

Droopy cheeks, puffiness, and excess skin

A Mid-Facelift tackles the middle portion of your face where you might have the appearance of puffiness or droopiness in your cheeks, or excess skin between your nose and mouth. It also serves to reduce puffiness under your eyes. A Mid-Facelift is ideal if you desire a more proportionate face. Like a full facelift, scars are hidden out of sight. Most of the swelling and bruising from a Mid-Facelift is normally gone within about two weeks.  Often, injectable fillers supplant the need for this procedure.

Slight wrinkles, creases, and a tired appearance

If you think you look tired and you’re beginning to develop face and neck wrinkles, jowls, or slight creases around your nose and mouth, you may be an excellent candidate for a Mini-Facelift. This approach generally involves less work on the neck and the muscles. Like the other procedures, scars are hidden and you’ll end up with a more youthful appearance. Unlike a full facelift, however, you can expect most of the bruising to be gone in as little as a week.

Mild loss of muscle tone, aging contours

The MACS approach, short for Minimal Access Cranial Suspension, is a variant of the mini facelift that is appropriate if you have mild to moderate loss of muscle tone and your neck contours show signs of aging. The MACS procedure is less invasive than the other facelift approaches and relies on internal sutures to hold up sagging tissue. The scar is shorter and recovery time is about 10 to 20 days.

Your complimentary consultation is a great time to begin discussing these issues with our team—and to get excited about your new look! Contact us to learn more about your customizable facelift.

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