CINCINNATI, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The modern facelift tends to be more natural than facelifts 20 to 30 years ago and facelift techniques have evolved to the point where many patients can have long-lasting and predictable results with very little recovery time. Most patients can achieve a more defined jaw line, youthful-appearing neck and sculpting of those facial areas where fat (such as the jowls and cheeks) tends to accentuate signs of normal aging.
Most patients are between the ages of 45 and 65. Younger patients may be better suited for a mid-facelift, which addresses the changes of the eyelid- cheek junction and nasolabial folds, the deep creases that extend from the nose to the corner of the mouth. The technique of a mid-facelift can be accomplished through incisions placed below the eyelid margin of the lower lid or inside the mouth. Implants can also be placed through these hidden and well-disguised incisions to enhance bony features.
The position of the eyebrows is not affected by any facelift technique and this may need to be addressed to restore proper symmetry and balance when one has been performed. A low eyebrow position is a major contributor to excess skin above the upper eyelid and should not be ignored when considering facial rejuvenation.
The recovery process may take as little as a week or as long as three weeks depending on the amount of swelling and bruising. Most patients can resume their normal routine with camouflage make-up if bruising lasts longer than a week.
Newer so-called non-surgical facelift techniques do not actually achieve the desired effects of a properly and skillfully performed facelift. Subtle improvements with the "FeatherLift" have been documented but have not given patients sustained long-term results compared to modern surgical techniques.
Patients should explore all of their options before choosing a procedure and make sure that their physician is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Richard Williams is a board certified plastic surgeon with The Plastic Surgery Group, one of the largest non-academic cosmetic surgery practices in the nation, providing plastic surgery procedures including liposuction, tummy tucks, skin care, hair removal, face lifts and breast enhancement, allowing patients to look great at every age. More information can be accessed at http://www.theplasticsurgerygroup.com/.
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