Face Lift Beverly Hills
Face Lift Beverly Hills & Los Angeles – Rhytidectomy Palm Desert
The secret to a great facelift is a combination of several recent advances in other surgeries. Now the face can be lifted nearly vertically, whereas in the old days it was more of a backwards pull. That sometimes resulted in that fake “windblown” look. Thankfully, our results today simply repair what gravity and time took away. The result is a more rested, youthful look.
The face has three thirds. The face itself is surrounded by the neck below and the brow/forehead above. We always have a consult prior to surgery to determine what is “out of place” and how to fix it. Foreheads are often handled with tiny incisions and lifted with the help of a scope, which is a wand with a camera lens running through it.
The operation has improved so much because of the resulting lower impact, faster healing, hidden and minimized scars and improved closing techniques. We now borrow liposuction techniques such as Tumescent to separate the tissues with minimal trauma to the cells. Often, tissue glue is used instead of, or in addition to, sutures. The glue also allows me to permit the patient to be bandage free and return to an active life sooner. Most people just take a week off of work, rather than the two or three weeks that used to be the norm. So today’s facelift is a composite operation, borrowing the best components of other surgical techniques.
Sagging skin, excess fat, and loose muscle tissue are all parts of getting older. Jowls and a double chin may also occur due to the sagging of the skin and facial muscles. If you’re looking in the mirror and noticing any of these unfortunate side effects of the aging process, it’s time to consider a facelift procedure.
Also called a rhytidectomy, a facelift is a way of surgically tightening the face and neck areas. This procedure can make your skin appear smoother and years younger.
Dr. Ordon and Dr. Chopra perform facelifts using the SMAS technique. Typical facelifts only lift the top layer of facial tissue, which can give patients a too-tight, “worked-on” appearance. But the SMAS technique lifts three layers of facial tissue at once, resulting in a more cohesive lift. The SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) layer is a facial tissue layer below the subcutaneous fat layer and the surface skin layer. Because the SMAS layer has fibers that connect to the other layers, lifting the SMAS layer also lifts the layers above it.
Another advantage to the SMAS facelift is the direction of its pull. Typical facelifts offer a backwards pull, another contributor to the “worked-on” look. With a SMAS facelift, the vector of pull is vertical – opposite to the pull of gravity – leading to a beautiful, natural lift.
A SMAS facelift begins with either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. You’ll be able to discuss these options with your plastic surgeon during a consultation.
After the anesthesia, incisions will be made in order to allow the surgeon to raise the skin layers of the area upwards. If it’s appropriate for your procedure and aesthetic goals, your surgeon may use an endoscope, a small tube with a camera and a light, in order to get a better view of the underlying tissues.
Once the SMAS layer is lifted, excess drooping skin will then be trimmed away from the face and neck. Liposuction may be used to take away fatty deposits, and the underlying muscles may be altered and trimmed.
Once this facial recontouring is complete, the remaining skin is redraped over the area. The incisions are then sealed. A bandage may be wrapped around the area, and drains may be inserted in order to safely take out excess fluids. In a day or two after the facelift surgery, you’ll be able to come back in and get these bandage and drains removed.
For one to three weeks following your facelift, you’ll need to stay home from work in order to allow the tissues to heal. It’s best to stay away from any activities that could cause strain and avoid extreme heat during the healing process. You may have some temporary bruising and swelling. Your doctor will instruct on you on how to deal with these.
The beautiful results of your facelift can last for five to ten years. To find out more about the procedure, contact our office and arrange a consultation with Dr. Ordon or Dr. Chopra.
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