Traditional facelift vs noninvasive facelift

Traditional facelift vs noninvasive facelift

Father Time is an inevitable being, and when your face begins to show a few too many wrinkles for your liking, you may consider a facelift procedure in order to stave off further changes. You may have noticed the world of plastic surgery, ever-changing and evolving, has adopted novel methods in the realm of injections and fillings. Therefore, many people now have the option to avoid a traditional-style facelift where incisions are created near the forehead line and the facial muscles are pulled taut. However, how is one to decide what procedure best fits their needs and the outcomes that they can anticipate? Read on to find out!

The type of facelift that is most invasive to the body is known as a “traditional facelift”. It has been the go-to for people looking for facelifts for the last several decades. Cosmetically, it simply repositions the skin along the face by moving the fine sinew of muscle upwards. As we age, skin stretches with the forces of gravity because it can no longer repair itself to maintain its stretch and rebound. Over time this can create excess skin as the cells duplicate and form more wrinkles. A traditional facelift has the benefits of removing this excess skin during the process. Despite sounding like an ordeal, several techniques are used to minimize discomfort such as performing an endoscopic-style facelift. Basically what this does is make the incision lines as small as possible along the face to minimize any scarring and to reduce healing time. Traditional facelifts are best for people who are seeking to eliminate excess skin and have already a large amount of wrinkles or creases. Therefore, this style facelift is also more common with an older demographic.

A non-invasive facelift is now possible thanks to modern advances in dermal fillers and other chemicals. Dermal fillers serve to remove facial lines and restore degree of plumpness back to the face. As people age, they gradually begin to lose fat below the skin. Due to the facial muscles moving closer to the skin, crow’s feet and frown/smile lines become all the more visible. What dermal fillers are best at tackling are removing shadows under the lower eyelids, softening wrinkles and facial creases, improving the healing of deep-set scars and plumping up lips. It’s even possible to use dermal fillers to remove or otherwise Contour deformities of the face. Non-invasive facelifts are therefore ideal for somebody who is seeking genuine results while also trying to avoid any chances of pain or scarring that they could possibly experience from a traditional facelift. Generally, non-invasive facelifts are more popular with a younger demographic. However, it’s significant to know that the reasons behind this are mainly because younger patients wouldn’t require the same level of wrinkle-management on average compared to an older demographic. Another potential consideration is that dermal fillers tend to not last longer than two years maximum, with some lasting only a single year.

Regardless of the style of procedure you decide on, always make sure to find a board-certified plastic surgeon who puts you as the patient first!

When Is the Right Time for a Facelift?

When you’re considering plastic surgery, it’s normal to look for easy answers. However, plastic surgery isn’t always so black and white. This can be especially so when you’re looking at your candidacy for your chosen procedure, and it might take a conversation with your plastic surgeon to determine what your options are and whether your chosen procedure will benefit you most. With a facelift procedure, each patient’s unique situation and goals are some of the most important ways to determine this, so here are some factors to consider as you plan your consultation.

Age

It can seem tempting to look for a magic number when it comes to age and plastic surgery, but every patient ages differently, so this isn’t always the best indicator of whether you can benefit from a procedure. Most plastic surgeons would recommend against procedures on patients that are too young or too elderly, of course, but it’s more effective to objectively look at your signs of aging and assess whether they can benefit from tightening and lifting. As a general rule, a facelift can remove a decade off of your features, so you should take that into consideration when looking at your options.

Health

This can be an important consideration for any plastic surgery procedure, but it’s always important to keep in mind. If you’re opting for surgery, you should be in a period of good health and able to recover from an invasive procedure. For this reason, it’s important to discuss any health conditions you might have with Dr. Carpenter so he can assess whether you might be putting yourself at risk. This can include whether you’ve recently undergone childbirth or nursing since some patients opt for a facelift as part of their mommy makeover procedure. If you’re immunocompromised, Dr. Carpenter might recommend you postpone your surgery.

Non-Surgical Options

Although facelift is one of the most effective facial rejuvenation options, it may not be for everyone. If you’re unable to undergo surgery or simply aren’t showing substantial signs of aging yet, you may benefit from exploring non-surgical options like fillers, neuromodulators, or skin treatments. Most patients that opt for a facelift have already undergone some non-surgical treatments before deciding that a facelift will benefit them most, so it’s worth consulting with our non-surgical experts to look at your options.

Whatever your goals for facial rejuvenation, Dr. Carpenter can professionally recommend the best treatment plan for you during a consultation at our Cumberland office. To schedule a private consultation, contact us by calling or filling out our online form.

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