The trend in facial rejuvenation over the last ten years has been away from the traditional surgical face-neck lift to a more conservative non-surgical approach. This is partly due to the development of products like Botox®, and the soft tissue fillers such as JuvedermUltraPlusXC® and Voluma®. Terms like the “Liquid Facelift” have been popularized recently by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, but may be very misleading. Using fillers to add volume to certain areas of the face is a very important part of facial rejuvination today, but for many patients with excess skin, it is just just not enough to keep filling, eventually the option to undergo a surgical procedure should be discussed. For some, fillers alone may be insufficient to correct excess skin, saggy jowls, and an aging neck.
The Lunch-Time Facelift
Another heavily marketed facial procedure that has gained popularity in the last several years is the so called “Lunch-time Facelift”. There still remain some companies offering different thread type procedures that currently have FDA approval in the United States. These include the Contour Threadlift® and the FeatherLift®, and the Aptos Thread Lift®. Several companies have recently declared banckruptcy and are no longer advertizing their procedures. The attractiveness of procedures like the “Lifestyle Lift®” and the “ThreadLift®” were the advertised promises of a quick procedure, miraculous results, and a speedy recovery. These procedures claimed to produce the same results as a traditional facelift however, they were most frequently performed in an office setting, in about an hour, and often under local anesthesia. Patients were drawn to this “quick fix” approach without carefully investigating the physician’s training or board certification. Unfortunately thousands of patients were left disappointed by the outcome of the “thread lift”, which was potentially more dangerous when performed by physicians with little or no surgical experience.
The Stemcell Facelift
The latest hype on the internet has been the “Stemcell Facelift”. This procedure is basically a fat transfer or lipofilling procedure to the face and jaw line. Although there is promise on the horizon that we will someday be able to harvest the potential of the human stem cell, both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons have issued position statements that there is no scientific evidence to support the claims that a stem cell facelift is any more effective than traditional fat transfer for volume enhancement.
Face and Neck Lift
A facelift or neck lift is a surgical procedure that is designed for patients who want to improve their neck, jowl area, cheeks, or temples. The extent of the procedure varies with the desires of each individual. Some patients are seeking an improvement in the neck area alone. For these patients, a direct excision of excess skin under the chin is available, often with correction of associated muscle laxity. Localized fat can be removed by the use of Kybella™ alone or with a neck lift. For more extensive aging of the neck and jowel region, a more traditional neck lift may be required. Direct neck procedures, as well as extended neck procedures produce a very well hidden scar and a rapid recovery. For other patients concerned with their mid-face and temple regions, a mid-face lift may be performed with or without undergoing a full face lift. Suture lines can be well hidden in the hairline, and patients can return to normal activities within a few days. The goal of all of these procedures, either separately of combined, is to produce a more youthful appearance, without losing a natural, rested, healthy look. Incisions should always be well hidden along or within the natural hairline, and around the ear if necessary.
Dr. Glicksman – Facelift NJ
Facial rejuvenation procedures are performed at the a fully accredited Surgery Center. Patients may leave the center wearing a light chin-neck compression garment and usually need return for several office visits until all sutures are removed. Most patients are able to return to work and social activities within one to three weeks, depending on the extent of the procedure.
A facelift may be modified to include only specific areas of the face or neck, and products such as BOTOX®, soft tissue fillers, fat, and possibly laser resurfacing may be used to complement a surgical procedure. With the recent advances in both surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation techniques, an individual treatment plan can be developed for each patient that ensures safe, beautiful, and long lasting results.