When you were born, you came into this world with a custom body. Everything about you, about each of us, is unique right down to our DNA. As we age, we don’t lose this uniqueness. No two people age in exactly the same way, though the general signs of aging can be similar. For example, many people develop jowls as they get older. Our cheeks tend to lose their roundness and firmness.
The corners of our mouths may turn down. Still, even these common age-related changes look different on every face. For this reason, facelift surgery is not a cookie-cutter technique. In our Las Vegas and Henderson offices, patients can expect a facelift that is tailored to their unique facial structure. That’s how we get such beautiful, natural-looking results.
Facelift surgery is performed to lift and tighten aging skin. The procedure can address a variety of concerns, from mild skin laxity to deep creases around the nose and mouth to jowls to sagging skin under the jawline. The result of the right procedure is a dramatically rejuvenated appearance. A facelift tends to make a person appear about 10 years younger, with results lasting 10 years or more before the signs of aging become noticeable again. This isn’t to say that a person will need a facelift every 10 years. In fact, the vast majority of facelift patients never repeat this procedure.
Which Facelift Is Right For You?
Several types of facelifts have been developed over the years. Examples of some of the most common procedures include:
The Mini Lift
Some people think that a mini facelift is not as valuable as a traditional facelift, but satisfied patients tell us otherwise. The mini facelift is quite common now that more adults are having facelift surgery at a younger age. The mini-lift may be perfect for the forty- or fifty-something who wants to reduce mild to moderate signs of aging like a softened jawline or downturned corners of the mouth. This procedure is very focused and needs only small incisions. It may be right for you if you have minor sagging in the cheek area, the jawline, or the neck and want a refresher without a lot of downtime.
The traditional facelift is a more comprehensive procedure that reshapes the face by repositioning what is called the SMAS, which is the superficial musculoaponeurotic system. As we age, the muscles that support youthful facial structure become weak. The skin also becomes thin and weak, which leads to more profound sagging and widening of the lower face. Tightening the SMAS and removing excess skin, the traditional facelift achieves more dramatic rejuvenation. The procedure can smooth deep wrinkles and creases, jawline laxity and jowls, and excess facial fat.
A Nonsurgical Approach To Facial Rejuvenation
If you’re interested in facial rejuvenation but do not want to undergo surgery, you have options. The effects of nonsurgical facial rejuvenation can be very gratifying, though they are not as significant or long-lasting as a facelift. The most common form of non-surgical facial rejuvenation is to administer injectable products like BOTOX and dermal fillers. The combination of products doesn’t just soften lines and wrinkles, it can also restore lost volume in areas like the lips, cheeks, and temples. Injectable dermal fillers can also disguise the appearance of mild jowls. A benefit of injectable facial rejuvenation is that there is no downtime needed to recover from anesthesia and incisions. Patients are instructed to take it easy for a day or two just so they do not experience unnecessary swelling and redness. Injectable treatment takes less than an hour and results last from a few months to two years.