Facelifts: Which Lift Is Best For Your Face
by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Sept. 20, 2017, 9:12 a.m.
When you’re ready to hit the restart button on aging, a facelift is one of the first methods of reversing the clock that come to mind. As one of the leading forms of enhancement, a facelift uses a comprehensive approach to targeting signs of aging. There are various forms of facelifts tailored to target specific areas of concern on the face. These problem areas are as unique as the facial expressions made by each individual, so many find that one portion of their face appears to age faster than another; however, the effect has an aging effect on the entire face.
Angry Brow: If you’ve noticed your brow looking a bit angrier than usual, you may find that you’re the ideal candidate for a brow lift. A brow lift targets the upper third of the face, focusing on lifting the natural arch of the eyebrows, softening and smoothing the horizontal lines of the brow, erasing the frown line in the furrow of the brow, and the fatty deposits accumulating in the lids.
Constant Frown and Blended Jawline: If you find the corners of your mouth are turning downward and creating a permanent frown, then you may a candidate for a Band Aid Facelift (or mini facelift). This addresses sagging and maturing of the lower third of the face. Because it’s less invasive than a full facelift, the recovery time is shorter and the incisions are small enough to be masked by a Band Aid. The main areas a Band Aid Facelift (mini facelift) targets are the jawline, the nasolabial fold (the smile lines), and the upper portion of the neck.
Sleepy Lids: Many people find as they age, their eyes start looking more and more tired (even after a few cups of coffee!). If you’re finding that your lids are drooping or puffiness is appearing in the lower lid region, this may be due to excess fat deposits. An eyelid lift not only will remove the excess fat weighing down the appearance of the eye, but also address the crows feet and wrinkles around the eye area. It may also help lift the brow to achieve a more alert expression.
Droopy Neck: The neck is a delicate layer of skin that reveals our age through the deepening lines banding across it. As the elasticity weakens, it also begins to drape underneath the chin. If you’re noticing this, a neck lift (lower rhytidectomy) may be the perfect procedure for you. The incision is made in front of the ears and wraps around to the back and around the lower scalp. A small incision will most likely be made under your chin.
Many who opt for these facelift variations will have combination procedures done in order to enhance their results and maximize the benefits, such as saving money on overall cost and consolidating recovery time. If you’re interested in learning more about your options, please contact one of our offices to set up a consultation with Dr. Kassir.