Every part of the face ages in slightly different ways, and requires slightly different cosmetic procedures in order to make it look younger. For the forehead, there’s the brow lift. For the neck, there’s the neck lift. There are two different forms of blepharoplasty — one for the upper eyelids, one for the lower. And for the midface area, there’s the deep plane minituck. This procedure corrects not just sagging skin, but loss of volume in the midface caused by deposits of fat shrinking and migrating down.
First the surgeon makes an incision around the ear. He or she then lifts the connective tissue under the skin of the cheeks and releases the ligaments, lifting the lines of the jaw, jowl and mouth. The malar pad, the fat under the skin of the upper cheek, may also be lifted. This gives the face a naturally younger look that isn’t stretched or unnatural. You should be able to return to normal activity within two weeks, if you follow your doctor’s advice on how to care for yourself during recovery. Wait for the swelling to go down completely before you decide if you like your new look.
You might be a good candidate for a deep plane minituck if the skin around your mouth and neck is particularly lax. The looseness around your neck should only be caused by skin and muscle, not by excess fat under the neck, looseness of the submandibular glands or both. A facial plastic surgeon can tell you if the procedure is right for you, or if you need a different one.
The endotine face lift is an alternative procedure you might need. It involves absorbable implants under the skin. The effect is only short-term. Injections of fat are another way of restoring volume.
The deep plane minituck is a very challenging form of surgery to perform, and not every surgeon can do it well. The best surgeon to go to for a deep plane minituck in the Charlotte area is Dr. Sean Freeman. He has been certified by two different boards of surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has focused on facial plastic surgery, and he is a pioneer in the use of the deep plane minituck. He has also developed a procedure called the SignatureLift, which is of particular benefit to younger patients and patients who have previously had a facelift. If you live in the Charlotte area and are interested in a deep plane minituck, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.