In the past, plastic surgery was often approached in a “cookie cutter” manner, using the same techniques for every patient to get specific results. While this approach worked for a select few patients, many others ended up with artificial-looking results that did not suit their needs or facial appearance. The facelift has long been known as a dramatic, full-face anti-aging surgery, but the procedure has changed over the years. Let’s take a look at what a modern facelift can accomplish.
The biggest evolution in the facelift procedure has been the changes in facelift customization. Today, patients have a great deal of flexibility and choice when it comes to their facelift procedure. From the light “weekend facelift” that produces modest improvement with little downtime, to the traditional deep, full facelift, the procedure can be tailored to suit each patient. The facelift can combine the following procedures for comprehensive anti-aging, depending on where the patient is noticing the most wrinkling, sagging skin, and facial volume loss:
- Cheek lift
- Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
- Forehead lift
- Neck lift
Recovery time and degree of improvement depends on how in-depth each facelift is, as well as the age and health of the patient. Initial recovery from a full facelift can take several weeks.
More Natural Anti-Aging
Because of the customization that is possible with modern facelift techniques, it is possible to give each patient a more natural look following surgery by focusing on only the areas of the face that really need rejuvenation. While the skin is tightened during a facelift, every effort is made to keep the face from looking stretched and unnatural. Today’s surgeons know that most patients do not want to look “over-operated,” and would prefer that few people know they had surgery.
Safety for cosmetic surgery in general has improved over the years, and facelift surgery is no exception. Reputable facial plastic surgeons will not perform facelift surgery on someone they know is not healthy enough to get through surgery with a low risk for complications. It is important for patients to be honest with prospective surgeons about their medical history, to help prevent dangerous situations and poor outcomes. It is also important for patients to follow other instructions, such as avoiding certain medications, supplements, and substances such as cigarettes and alcohol before and after surgery.
Nothing can stop aging completely, but a facelift can help restore youth to the face and slow the process down considerably. Today, the results from a full facelift should last about a decade or longer, provided the patient leads a healthy lifestyle.
Choose an Experienced Surgeon
An experienced surgeon who has worked to hone his or her skills over years of practice is your best choice for facelift surgery. Dr. Haitham Masri of the MasriClinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery has the designation of being the first board certified plastic surgeon in the state of Michigan. Dr. Masri has been performing facial plastic surgery for over 25 years and is dedicated to giving patients beautiful, natural results. Call Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery at 866-487-3223 today to schedule your complimentary consultation at their Dearborn or Birmingham locations.