No two facelifts are alike, but most of the major ones fit into two general categories — deep plane facelifts and deep plane minitucks. When a surgeon is performing a deep plane facelift, he or she adjusts the skin and deeper tissues of the face, and makes an incision under the chin to lift the fatty tissues of the throat. Sometimes the surgeon shaves the backs of the submandibular glands (two of the salivary glands) to improve the appearance of the patient’s cheeks. He or she can tell you if this is a good idea in your case.
The deep plane minituck is similar, with a few differences. The surgeon lifts the muscles, connective tissue and fatty tissue under the skin of the cheeks in order to create a naturally youthful look. This procedure is a good idea if there is loose skin around the midface, neck and near the mouth, and not so much fat around the jowls.
Every facelift is customized for the individual face. Some involve less surgery, and are intended for somewhat younger patients trying to remove the early signs of aging. They are often accompanied by filler injections, BOTOX or procedures such as neck lifts, brow lifts and eyelid surgery.
If you just get a facelfit, you ought to be able to go back to your normal daily routine within two weeks, but it may be several weeks before your face looks the way you want it to. To get the best possible results, look for the most skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon you can find in your area. A good place to look is the Web site www.realself.com.
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte. His “SignatureLift” is similar to the “weekend face lifts” you may have heard about. The SignatureLift is intended specifically for younger patients who don’t need a deep plane facelift, or who have already had one. It can be performed under local or general anaesthesia, and there is minimal swelling and bruising afterward. Sutures may be visible for five or six days — or not, depending on the length of the patient’s hair. It’s individually tailored to the patient, and gives you a younger-looking neck and jowl area with a much shorter recovery time than other facelifts.
Dr. Freeman has devoted himself to facial plastic surgery and nonsurgical cosmetics since 1988 and has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. If you’re interested in a facelift, make an appointment with his office today or schedule an online consultation for a discount on the consultation fee.