Why is a Mini Facelift Suitable for Younger Patients?

Facelift surgery is considered the “gold standard” in facial rejuvenation for a reason: It can treat even the most advanced signs of aging, and it produces elegant, natural results that last for ten or more years. Facelift surgery is, however, a complex operation that’s intended for older patients who have obvious loose face and neck skin. Patients under the age of 45 seldom need the extensive alterations offered by this procedure because the skin below their jawline and around their eyes is still fairly firm. That’s why we offer what is known as a “mini” facelift here at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg; this procedure is ideally suited to younger patients who have only just started to notice visible signs of aging.

Understanding the Early Stages of Aging

Though collagen loss begins fairly early in life (the rate of collagen production drops by about 1% per year after age 30), it takes a while for skin to become stretched to the point of visible looseness. Most people don’t experience sagging eyelids, hanging neck skin, and other signs of severe skin laxity until they reach about 55-60 years of age. During the early stages of the aging process, most visible aging is caused by changes in the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS).

The SMAS plays a crucial role in supporting facial skin, the connective tissues below the skin, and the fat pads that give shape to the face. As the SMAS drops, as it does during our 40s, fat pads slide downwards, creating hollows around our eyes and under our cheeks. Sometimes, fat pads on the lower face form jowls and a double chin as they descend into the submental area. The weight of these fat pads can also make creases and folds of loose skin appear more prominent.

How Can a Mini Facelift Help?

The mini facelift is designed to treat just SMAS sagging, thereby reversing undesirable changes while keeping scarring and recovery time to a minimum. To perform a mini facelift, our surgeons make two small S-shaped incisions behind each ear. Through these incisions, they can access and lift the SMAS. This raises fat pads, restoring youthful facial contours, and minimizes the appearance of loose skin.

Mini facelift surgery usually only takes two hours to complete, and most patients recover from this procedure within just one week. Better still, mini facelift surgery produces subtle results that look natural on younger faces. Because no loose skin is removed during this procedure, your skin won’t look “tight” after having a mini facelift.

For best results, we recommend combining mini facelift surgery with one or more injectable treatments. Injectable treatments can target areas of the face not treated by mini facelift surgery, like the brow, lips, and nasolabial folds. BOTOX® injections can relax the muscles around the temples, smoothing out forehead lines and crow’s feet. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are used to fill in creases and add volume to the lips and cheeks. Injectables don’t require any additional downtime, so they’re perfect for younger patients who have a demanding work schedule or active family life.

To learn more about these treatments and how they can help you manage the early signs of aging, just contact our practice; we’ll be happy to arrange a one-on-one consultation for you.

 

 

 

Is a Mini Facelift Right for You?

The facelift is a popular plastic surgery procedure for patients who are concerned about sagging skin around the lower face. However, for patients whose concerns are not too serious, a more minimally invasive treatment like the mini facelift may be a better procedure to consider. Read our infographic below to find out if the mini facelift is right for you.

If you’re interested in a mini facelift, contact us today.

Is it Time for a Facelift?

When you look in the mirror, do you feel like your reflection doesn’t reflect the way you feel inside? It may be time for a facelift. A facelift can lift the sagging skin around the lower face, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Read our infographic below to find out if it’s time for you to undergo facelift surgery.

If you’re interested in a facelift, contact us today.

Why is Fall Facelift Season?

Autumn offers many things to look forward to: Cooler days, the scent of frost in the morning, ripe pumpkins, and cozy socks and sweaters. For those interested in having facelift surgery, fall has the added advantage of providing a convenient, comfortable recovery period.

3 Reasons Why Fall is a Great Time to Have a Facelift

1. Finding recovery time is easier between September and November.

Most Americans feel like they’re busy almost all year long, and for good reason: Between summer and winter holidays, spring break, and peak times at work, finding time for rest and relaxation often proves challenging. Fortunately, for parents, in particular, fall provides something of a reprieve from constant activity. After September, any children you have will be back at school, making childcare help a bit easier to arrange. (You’ll need someone to assist you at home for a couple of days after you have a facelift.) At the same time, both your child’s school and your workplace will be in a post-vacation lull.

Keep in mind that many patients prefer to take one to two weeks off work if they’re having a full facelift. Facelift recovery isn’t usually uncomfortable (as long as patients consume soft foods and take their pain medication on schedule), but some patients experience redness and swelling that lasts from 10 to 14 days. For aesthetic reasons, you might want to remain at home until the signs of facial swelling completely subside. (Note that the recovery time required after a mini facelift is typically much shorter. Most patients return to work just seven days after having a mini facelift.)

3. Covering incisions is easier during the cooler months.

Facelift incisions are usually made along the hairline and around the ears so that visible scarring is greatly reduced. Still, patients need to take certain precautions in order to ensure that their scars fade away over time. Foremost among these precautions is avoiding direct sun exposure: Sun damage is the number one cause of thickened, darkened, and raised scar tissue.

For best results, you should keep your face protected any time you go outdoors, even on cloudy days. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and a medical grade sunscreen with a high SPF value. (You may also want to wear a scarf, both for added protection and to hide any facial swelling you’re experiencing.) You should make sure to limit your sun exposure as long as your incisions are pink. Incisions are still vulnerable to sun damage for several weeks after they have closed up.

3. Having surgery in the fall will help you prepare for the holidays.

Facelift surgery can take up to three months to completely “settle,” but most of this process is completed within six weeks post-surgery. As such, if you have a facelift in September, you can rest assured that you’ll look completely revitalized by the time the winter holidays arrive.

Autumn is already on our doorstep, so if you’d like to have facelift surgery this year, you should act quickly. To begin your personal transformation, contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg either online or via the telephone at (540) 371-7730. If you’re a resident of Virginia, we’ll be happy to help you achieve the youthful, graceful results you deserve.

 

 

 

Facelifts Today: Better Techniques, Better Results

In the past, facelift surgery was seen as being highly effective—but not exactly subtle. In addition to creating visible incision scars along the hairline, historic facelift surgery often produced a dramatically “lifted” look. That patient’s brow-line would appear to be swept upwards and his or her eyes would often have a telltale slant. In short, thirty years ago, you knew when someone had undergone a facelift; even if he or she looked younger as a result, he or she also looked different. Fortunately, times have changed. Just like many medical operations that were once invasive surgeries can now be performed via “keyhole” methods and other modern techniques, facelift surgery has been refined substantially over the last decade.

Introducing Today’s Facelift

Facelifts in 2017 are performed using highly advanced, specialized techniques. As a result, facelifts today produce a more subtle look that promises to be virtually invisible to anyone who did not see the patient prior to his or her surgery. In this sense, facelift surgery is now one of the best-kept anti-aging secrets. Few people realize just how effective it has become, and even fewer people suspect miraculously young-looking individuals of having a facelift.

The advanced techniques mentioned above take two main forms: The subcutaneous musculoaponeurotic system facelift (SMAS) and the deep plane facelift.

Rather than making use of lengthy incisions, the SMAS facelift relies on the careful placement of sutures in the patient’s connective tissues. These sutures tighten the connective tissues that support the muscles of the mid-face area and neck, providing a subtle but effective lift that counteracts the effects of gravity.

During a deep plane facelift, on the other hand, the surgeon will make incisions in order to reach the underside of the muscles that support the face and neck. Doing so allows the surgeon to “re-drape” the skin over the muscles, rather than simply pulling it back and stretching it. This method is extremely good at keeping the patient’s facial proportions intact while also producing a profound increase in skin tightness. Deep plane facelifts look so “natural” that patients who have them are usually thought to possess extremely good genetics—few would believe they’ve had plastic surgery. The results of this kind of facelift are also very long-lasting.

What about Non-Surgical Alternatives?

With the range of nonsurgical facelift alternatives on the market today (such as Juvéderm® and other fillers, and BOTOX®), some people wonder why the facelift remains in use at all. There are a few reasons: First and foremost, nonsurgical alternatives don’t work for everyone. Because many of these treatments use the body’s natural healing response (that is, they stimulate the production of collagen and elastin), their results tend to vary from person to person. Likewise, nonsurgical treatments cannot yet produce the same very profound results that surgical procedures do. This is especially true where skin tightening is concerned. Patients over the age of 50 who have significant drooping in multiple areas of their face and neck will not benefit substantially from nonsurgical alternatives. Moreover, many older patients need specialized procedures incorporated into their facelifts, such as adding an eyelid lift to improve vision clarity.

Finally, there is the matter of longevity. Nonsurgical anti-aging treatments typically wear off within about three to six months. Patients must therefore continually budget for top-up injections, and ultimately it becomes more practical and convenient for them to simply have surgery. The results of a facelift are often apparent for an amazing ten to fifteen years after surgery.

Nonsurgical procedures can, however, enhance the anti-aging effects of facelift surgery. Using fillers to restore lost volume in the cheeks and lips, for example, can round out a facelift beautifully. Likewise, skin resurfacing treatments (like laser, and chemical peels) can remove age spots and other imperfections in the skin that are not targeted by surgery. Ultimately, attacking the signs of aging from multiple angles is usually the most thorough and pleasing strategy.

Facelifts: The Gold Standard in Anti-Aging Procedures

With all of the above information taken into account, it’s unsurprising that the facelift is experiencing something of a renaissance in the USA. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, there was a 28 percent increase in facelifts performed between 1997 and 2015. If you’re interested in combating the visible effects of aging, facelift surgery is clearly well worth considering.

4 Fantastic Facial Procedures

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg created this helpful infographic that includes four fantastic facial procedures such as facelift, blepharoplasty, brow lift, and rhinoplasty. For more information on any of the procedures, please contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg.

Facelift

A facelift minimizes visible signs of aging in the lower portion of the face by reducing sagging facial skin, tightening the jaw line, and diminishing wrinkles around the mouth. A facelift has a 95% RealSelf.com Worth It Rating.

Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can fix droopy eyelids with excess sagging skin or bags. It has an impact on the entire face and can make patients look years younger. Blepharoplasty has a 93% RealSelf.com Worth It Rating.

Brow Lift

A brow lift, or forehead lift, is a plastic surgery procedure that can bring your eyes out of hiding if your eyebrows have begun to sag and hang over your eyelids. A brow lift has an 85% RealSelf.com Worth It Rating.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose in order to improve its appearance. It can reduce the size of the nose, refine the tip, decrease the width, and correct nose asymmetry. Rhinoplasty has an 89% RealSelf.com Worth It Rating.

Am I Too Young for a Facelift?

What’s the prefect age to get a facelift? After your 60s? Before – in preparation for your 60s? A facelift is a great surgery for reducing sagging facial skin, contouring the jaw line, reducing nasolabial folds (creases than run from the nose to the corner of the mouth), and more. But when it comes to a facelift, timing could be everything. It would make sense for someone to wait until they have severe signs of aging before getting a facelift, but a new study in the medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery says otherwise.

What Science Says

According to the a study published in the medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, patients who had a facelift before the age of 50 were actually happier with their results and more likely to maintain their youthful look over the years. Despite the fact that younger patients seeking facial rejuvenation are often redirected to alternative non-surgical procedures, the doctors behind the study say that getting a facelift earlier than the typical age can prevent regression of the facelift and elongate its rejuvenating effects. It’s also important to note that the older a patient is, the more likely they are to experience complications after the surgery.

What Happens in Aging

What we consider typical signs of aging actually start to happen usually around the late 30s. As we age, we lose skin elasticity owing to a breakdown of collagen and elastic leading to sagging, wrinkles and folds, and we lose facial volume because we start to lose fat underneath our skin creating less full, gaunter faces.

Being under 50 is such a critical time when it comes to aging because the amount of aging a person undergoes from 40-50 is so much less than the aging someone goes through from 50-60. According to the study, aging is much too cruel to be a linear progression, so by reversing the effects before aging had accelerated, the patients who got their facelifts before they turned 50 were able to turn back time more effectively than those who waited.

Skin Laxity

According to the doctors behind the study, it’s all about skin elasticity. When a person is under the age of 50, they have enough signs of aging that it’s appropriate to get a facelift, but they still have enough skin elasticity that the effects of a facelift are more likely to keep. As a person ages, their skin laxity increases, and the flaws they want to fix with a facelift become the very things that undermine its results. While older patients can still get amazing results for their facelift, it might be better to get it now rather than wait.

For years, talented surgeons like the ones at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg have been using advanced techniques for facelifts that create subtle, natural looking results that are perfect for younger patients. If you’re bent on getting your facelift now, then contact them for a consultation.

Facelift, Mini-Facelift, or Mid-Facelift – What Do I Need?

Are you hoping for some facial rejuvenation? A facelift can restore a youthful appearance to your face by lifting sagging skin, tightening muscles, and repositioning sagging tissues. You don’t need to wait until advanced aging has occurred to enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of a facelift.

In addition to our traditional facelift, we also offer a mini-facelift and a mid-facelift. Which option is best for you?

Facelift vs. Mini-Facelift vs. Mid-Facelift

A facelift, a mini-facelift, and a mid-facelift all rejuvenate the face, but they vary in the areas they treat and in the extent of aging they can successfully repair. A well-timed mini or mid-facelift can often delay or even eliminate the need for a full facelift later.

  • Mini-Facelift- The mini-facelift–or S-lift—is typically performed on patients in their 50s or 60s. It can be customized to focus on your trouble spots, including jowls. Incisions are shorter. With a mini-facelift, the muscles are tightened but not cut. Recovery is typically easier and takes about a week. Incisions are made in the hairline behind the temples and/or behind the ears.
  • Mid-Facelift- The mid-facelift is ideal for patients patient’s in their 40’s with aging in the cheeks but not in the chin or jowls. There is dramatic rejuvenation with volume restoration in the cheeks. Recovery takes about a week. Incisions are made behind the hairline, above the ear, and under the upper lip, therefore the incisions are completely hidden.
  • Facelift- A facelift provides dramatic rejuvenation to the lower and mid-face. You’ll see changes to the cheeks, under the eyes, chin, jowls, etc. It is often performed on patients in their 60s or 70s. A facelift combines and increases the results you would expect from a mini and mid-facelift.

Do I Need a Mid-Facelift, a Mini-Facelift, or a Full Facelift?

If you’re ready to rejuvenate your face, give us a call and learn about your options. After a consultation, we can help you determine if you need a full facelift, a mini-facelift, or a mid-facelift. We can also recommend other treatments to address your problem areas. Facelift surgeries are often combined with other facial rejuvenation treatments, such as dermal fillers, BOTOX®, eyelid surgery, neck lift surgery, etc.

When it comes to turning back the clock, you have options. Call 540-371-7730 today and schedule your consultation.

Head Off the Signs of Aging with a Mini Facelift

Who do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you look young and vibrant or are you starting to see the signs of aging? You don’t have to wait for advanced facial aging to do something about it. Fight back against Father Time with a mini-facelift. A less invasive procedure early on can save some patients from needing a full facelift later. Ask us about our mini-facelift by calling 540-371-7730.

What Is a Mini-Facelift?

A mini-facelift is a surgical procedure to help reverse common signs of aging. This treatment is highly customized to your problem areas. If you have jowls, we’ll focus on those. If you need treatment in the mid-facial area, we’ll target that. This treatment is designed around your specific problem areas and needs. It is less invasive than a full facelift and often requires a much shorter recovery period. Some people call it the “weekend facelift”.

How Is a Mini-Facelift Different than a Traditional Facelift?

A mini-facelift is a modified form of the traditional facelift. It is sometimes referred to as an “S-Lift” because the incisions are shorter and smaller. We typically place incisions behind the ears or in the hairline behind the temples. With a mini-facelift muscles are tightened but not cut. The surgery takes about 2.5 hours to complete. Recovery is much shorter—typically 5-7 days.

What Is a Good Age for a Mini-Facelift?

Our mini-facelift patients are typically in their late 40s and 50s. The key to a successful treatment is to come in before the signs of aging are advanced. If you have one or two problem areas or general aging, come discuss your options. Although age can help you determine if the time might be right for a mini-facelift, the more important factor is your appearance. During your consultation we can help you determine if you’re ready for surgery and if a mini-facelift or a traditional facelift would be the most appropriate.

If you aren’t quite ready for a mini-facelift, we can recommend injectable products (like BOTOX® and dermal fillers) and laser treatments to address your areas of concern. Our free consultations are one of the best ways to determine your ideal course of action.

Could you benefit from a mini-facelift? Call today and schedule your consultation.

Sagging Lids? Consider a Brow Lift.

If your sagging brows are camouflaging your beautiful baby blues (or browns, or greens, or hazels), come in for a brow lift and bring your eyes out of hiding. Our eyes are often touted as the windows to our souls, so you need to show them off to the world!

What Is a Brow Lift?

brow lift is a surgical rejuvenation procedure that lifts and tightens the skin around the forehead and eyebrow area. It is also known as a forehead lift or eyebrow lift. It can be performed on its own or paired with other procedures, like a facelift or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

During a brow lift, small incisions are made across the scalp and/or temples and the skin is gently lifted and tightened. Your incisions and any scarring you may have (typically minimal) will be hidden by your hair. We often perform endoscopic brow lifts which allow for smaller incisions and an easier recovery. We can help you determine if an endoscopic or traditional brow lift will be the best option for your situation.

What Can a Brow Lift Do for Me?

A brow lift can transform your appearance. The procedure can:

  • Reduce sagging skin above the eyes.
  • Reshape the eyebrows (including low, asymmetrical, or sagging brows).
  • Create or restore a missing arch in the brows.
  • Smooth forehead wrinkles.
  • Reduce wrinkles between the eyes.
  • Reduce wrinkles across the top of the nose.

What’s Recovery Like After a Brow Lift?

Many of our patients are surprised to learn that recovery after a brow lift is easier than expected. The downtime you’ll experience can vary depending on whether you receive a traditional or an endoscopic brow lift. Plan for about one week of swelling. We’ll help you manage your discomfort with pain medications.

Don’t let anything mask your beautiful eyes. Alone or paired with other procedures, a brow lift can restore confidence and rejuvenate your appearance. Schedule your consultation today by calling 540-371-7730.