Not Your Mother’s Facelift: How Advanced Techniques are Changing Facial Rejuvenation
Posted March 01, 2021 in Injectables
Facelifts of the past were often associated with an unnatural result. Today, new techniques are continuously emerging to give patients improved results that still meet their goals for rejuvenation. At Gilpin Facial Plastics in Nashville, TN, we offer several procedures to meet our patient’s anti-aging needs.
A deep plane facelift is a technique that is largely responsible for today’s more natural looking facelift results. During a deep plane facelift, your plastic surgeon will make incisions in front of the ears as close to the hairline as possible. Through these incisions, the muscle tissues as well as the skin are lifted and tightened for a more youthful appearance. If necessary, excess drooping skin can also be removed.
In the past, facelift techniques primarily focused on tightening the skin alone. This often resulted in the “pinned back” or “windswept” unnatural appearance. By addressing deeper tissues, plastic surgeons like Dr. Gilpin can achieve a more natural result giving patients an even more rejuvenated appearance.
Some patients are ready for a facelift but have less severe skin laxity, wrinkles and folds, or drooping and sagging than others. In addition, not all patients can afford an extended recovery period. For these patients, mini facelifts are available. Also known as a “weekend facelift,” a mini facelift works in largely the same way as a traditional full facelift, but with fewer and smaller incisions made. Through these smaller incisions, tissue is repositioned more subtly than a full facelift. As a result, patients achieve noticeable rejuvenation to the lower face but require less downtime.
Patients who prefer to have very minimal downtime, have concerns about surgery, are not medically qualified, or have minor aging signs are often candidates for non-surgical facelifts. There are several anti-aging procedures that may be considered a non-surgical facelift.
Botox and dermal fillers are one non-surgical facelift option. A procedure using these injectables is sometimes referred to as a liquid facelift. Botox can be used to soften dynamic wrinkles that form as you make facial expressions, especially through the forehead or around the eyes. In some patients, Botox injections can also be used to give a subtle lift to the brows. Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm or Restylane can then be used to restore volume in areas like the cheeks, temples, or under the eyes and to smooth wrinkles such as nasolabial folds.
For other patients, laser treatments are the best option. Sciton lasers, HALO Hybrid Fractional laser, or BBL (Broadband Light) help to build collagen for improved elasticity, reducing wrinkles and sagging throughout the face. At the same time, pigmentation issues such as sun spots or rosacea can be reduced. Laser treatments may require some brief downtime, and the best treatment option varies depending on the patient’s concerns, skin tone, and skin type.
For some patients, the primary concern is a drooping or sagging brow area rather than signs of aging in the mid- to lower-face like jowls or nasolabial folds. If this is the case, a brow lift may be a better option rather than a facelift. A browlift restores a youthful, natural-looking position for the eyebrows, leaving patients with a refreshed appearance and pleasant expression. In addition to reducing wrinkles in the forehead or frown lines, some patients may even have improved vision if the drooping of the brows was severe.
With so many facial rejuvenation options, choosing the best treatment option for you requires consideration by an experienced, educated plastic surgeon. During a consultation, Dr. Gilpin will listen to your primary concerns, evaluate your aging signs, and review your health history to determine a treatment plan that is effective for you.
To schedule your consultation, call our Nashville office at (615) 551-9621 or contact us online.
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