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!