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The facelift... For over one hundred years, it’s been the most popular form of cosmetic surgery to rejuvenate an aging face.
A classic facelift removes sagging skin and extra fat deposits in the lower face, revealing the contour of your jaw and smoothing wrinkles in the lower face. The results are often a dramatically younger look.
What most people don’t know is that a “facelift,” technically speaking, only affects the lower face. For total facial rejuvenation, additional procedures can be performed simultaneously, such as a forehead or brow lift, eyelid surgery, nose reshaping, skin resurfacing, fat injections, around-the-mouth surgery and a midface lift.
At Austin-Weston, our surgeons can address only the parts of your face that bother you, or they can recommend other areas of simultaneous rejuvenation. Sometimes leaving a portion of the face untouched while surgery on another area can be the perfect decision, but sometimes this can also upset normal facial proportion and harmony. Your surgeon will give you recommendations based on over 70 years of combined surgical experience as expert facial surgeons in Washington DC.
You and your doctor will work together at your consultation appointment to choose which combination of procedures is best fitted for you and create a customized treatment plan. At Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we consider every aspect of your facial anatomy, desired look and lifestyle, guiding you through the decision-making process every step of the way.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you are a potential candidate for a facelift.
Facelift surgery can improve the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening muscles and re-draping the skin of your face and neck. Facelift surgery cannot stop the aging process, but it can set back the clock.
The classic ‘facelift,’ this procedure most strongly affects the lower part of the face and neck. Incisions are typically in front of the ear and then around the back of the ear in a natural crease. Sometimes this incision is extended under the sideburn and sometimes there is an accessory incision under the chin. This is the only procedure to remove heavy and sagging jowls in the lower face. It is also the only procedure to trim away extra cheek and neck skin.
Saggy and hanging skin under the neck can be genetic, a component of normal facial aging, or an unwelcome side effect of weight loss. A neck lift operation can be performed alone or as part of a facial rejuvenation procedure. Through incisions behind the ears and sometimes under the chin, extra skin can be removed, extra fat liposuctioned out, and loose muscles tightened to refine the neck/jaw contour. The results of a neck lift are often most impressive in profile view.
Brow lift surgery is used to reverse the aged look that accompanies a drooping brow. Depending on how low the brow has become, your surgeon will recommend one of a variety of different brow lifts. For patients with minimal droop, Botox alone can raise the brow and delay needing a surgical procedure.
A mid facelift is designed to correct the area around the eyes and sagging along cheekbones, restoring fullness to these areas. For most patients, this procedure is usually combined with some form of facial rejuvenation. The midface lift is performed through a single incision beneath the lower eyelid lash margin. Mini or MACS-lift
Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) and mini facelifts are terms for shorter scar facelifts. When the incision is shorter, the result is less, and this can be ideal for a patient with early signs of aging, or someone who is willing to accept less result for less scar. This scar is typically limited to just in front of the ear, with minimal extension forward toward the sideburn or backward toward the nape of the neck.
With aging, fat compartments diminish, and this loss of facial volume leaves the surrounding skin envelope looking excess and droopy. Restoring facial volume can lead to a more youthful look.
A liquid facelift is using fillers and Botox to camouflage the signs of aging without surgery. This is certainly not a surgical result, but in some patients who have great skin and tone, but are just missing volume, a liquid facelift can be very powerful.
At Austin-Weston, we pride ourselves on giving a more conservative and natural look after facial fillers. It is our belief that surgeons injecting fillers can often get a less ‘done’ result because a plastic surgeon knows when more filler is not the answer and when surgery can give a better result.
A combination of these procedures can be customized for your facial “problem” areas to achieve the look you desire. Always remember that a major medical procedure should be a thoughtful life choice, and that, if you are a smoker, you must stop before undergoing elective surgery.
If you live in the Northern Virginia or Washington DC area and are ready to reclaim your confidence, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation at (703) 893-6168 or submit a form online to request an appointment.
Our four plastic surgeons have over 100 years of combined experience & work together in our dedicated, luxurious center providing combined knowledge on all procedures. Schedule your consultation today to learn how our surgeons can guide you on your journey to aesthetic harmony.