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From growing your own bean sprouts, just having finished training for your fifth marathon, to never skipping a day of early bird yoga, you’re the prime example of ideal health for your age. However, maybe you’ve noticed that when it comes to aging signs, there are only so many raw vegan meals you can eat. Unfortunately, there are not enough exercises or diet plans that can magically lift those jowls or smooth out those ever increasing laugh lines.
Many women choose to rectify their aging blemishes with a facelift, which is becoming safer and more popular every day. No one is to blame for their stipulations about going under the knife due to the fear of unnatural looking results. We all want visible results, but not the “you obviously have had a facelift” results. Modern facelift techniques have become quite innovative and can ensure a natural, youthful appearance.
There are a few techniques to consider…
Deep Plane Technique Doesn’t Just Scratch The Surface.
As aging progresses, a round, youthful face become elongated. Therefore, the goal is to mold a rounder appearance by lifting the tissues. Traditional facelifts may sometimes leave patients with an unnatural tightness. However, the deep place technique involves the dissecting beneath deep tissue, and this results in elevation of deeper tissue. This method allows less surface skin separation as the process makes the skin much easier to mold without separation and pulling.
The process results in a rounder jawline minus the lumps. Cosmetic surgeons who are trained in this technique are typically quite knowledgeable and highly qualified to perform more traditional methods as well if the need arises.
This technology is quite beneficial for sagging cheeks, thin lips and lines and involves the insertion of a small camera beneath the skin that transmits facial images to a screen. This improves accuracy and is a popular choice because of the easy to hide incisions. It’s less invasive than the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS)and may require only local anesthesia.
If your trouble spots include jowls or turkey neck, then you may be satisfied with a mini facelift. It’s less invasive since it only works to lift the lower areas of the face. The incision locations are typically at the tragus, behind the ears, or at or behind the hairline. These scars are very easy to hide. Patients usually undergo the procedure with local anesthesia. The results are natural looking, and recipients of the mini facelift report looking younger and healthier as opposed to like they’ve just been under the knife.
This type of lift may sound like the most high-tech of them all. However, the procedure merely requires the retrieval of fat cells from other parts of the body and then injecting them into the area of focus. Fat cells that are harvested contain stem cells, which have a rejuvenating effect. Typically, post-procedure results are more voluminous and youthful.
The injection of adipose stem cells not only initiating cell restoration in the skin, but it also affects the tissue beneath the skin.
Zap Away Wrinkles With Laser Resurfacing
Maybe you’ve witnessed success stories in which patients go into the office for laser surgery, and just one zap away they have improved eyesight or less body hair. Well, laser techniques can also be used minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Laser resurfacing works with just a single light wavelength that boosts collagen, thus slowing the aging process. It’s a great option for those fearful of more drastic measures, but unfortunately only lasts about 3 months.
Even more convenient and innovative is the picosecond laser, also known as PicoSure. As the name suggests, just a short, tiny blast to wrinkles is all it takes for virtually hassle-free skin rejuvenation.
Ultherapy is a non-invasive ultrasound heat therapy that activates reactivates collagen in the skin. Collagen being the major component of skin that dictates elasticity, it can have a profound impact on the skin’s appearance when it is increased. The result is the appearance of lifted, less sagging skin, although results aren’t as dramatic as with typical invasive surgery.
Patients usually experience discomfort as the heat is being applied to the skin, although to say it’s painful is a stretch. Anesthesia is not typically needed.
This lift may not require surgery, but it does require the injection of tiny cones beneath the skin, so it does pose a little more risk than other non-surgical options. Tiny cones that are inserted beneath the skin around the jawline and cheeks are said to stimulate inflammation, which in turn promotes collagen production. More collagen results in more firm and elastic skin giving the appearance of a facelift. It’s a short procedure that requires no anesthesia.
As a final note, non-surgical facelifts may be less scary, but they do usually last for much less time than surgical lifts. Furthermore, they’re less expensive but require frequent revisits, so they can add up and potentially cost more than more permanent results in the long run.
All facelift candidates have unique need and are thus individually evaluated to determine which procedures would work the best. It’s important to plan and know your options.
Dr. Andrew S. Frankel is a highly recognized, board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgeon. He’s only 1 in a handful of Fellowship Directors for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. As a Hollywood consultant, his work can be witnessed in major films, such as X-Men 3.
Are you interested in any of the Facelift techniques listed above? or even better, have you went through with any of the procedures? Inquiring minds would love to know!
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