Facelift in Denver
A face lift is not a very accurate term. It doesn't lift the entire face. Instead it re-creates the youthful appearance of the lower two thirds of the face and the neck. A facelift with Denver facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Menachof can take years off of your appearance, with better results and smaller incisions than ever before.
Anatomy of the Aging Face
As we get older, specific changes start to occur in the mid to lower face. The muscle and the tissue just beneath the skin start to come down and forward. The full, youthful cheeks descend, making the lower eyelids look older. This also gives a flatter appearance to the cheeks and deepens the nasolabial folds (the creases that go from the nose to the sides of the mouth). This falling tissue builds up in the lower part of the face, causing a bottom heavy, jowly, squared off appearance. The lower border of the jaw loses its definition, as the bottom part of the face begins to blend in with the upper part of the neck. The tissue in the neck begins to sag and bands often form in the front of the neck, pulling the skin down and forward.
The Old Technique
The original face lift operation simply pulled the skin of the face and neck upwards. There were several problems with this operation. First, skin stretches. Since this was a skin-only operation, after several years the skin would usually stretch back out to a point where the results were unnoticeable. Essentially, it gave a result that was temporary. Secondly, as described above, the underlying problem is not with the skin, but rather with the tissue underneath the skin. Pulling the skin upwards did nothing to fix the underlying problem. The result often looked stretched or wind-blown; it clearly did not appear youthful.
A New Face Lift for a New You
At our center in Denver, Colorado, face lift involves moving the muscle and the tissue overlying the muscle back to where they used to be. The overlying skin goes along for the ride. The muscle tends to stay where we put it providing a very long lasting result. Since we are not pulling on the skin, the end result looks very natural and healthy. Also, since we are moving the underlying tissue upwards, the heaviness that was on the bottom of the face is now put back into the middle of the face, which is its youthful position. With just one procedure, we can achieve
- A redefined jaw line
- Restoration of the fuller cheeks of youth
- Softening of the nasolabial folds
- A smoother, more slender neck
- A more youthful appearance of the lower eyelids
Because a facelift does not address concerns related to the eye area, patients may want to consider a complementary procedure in Colorado like eyelid surgery for complete benefits. Also, for some patients in Denver, brow lift surgery may also be appropriate to reduce age-related concerns in the forehead.
The incisions are hidden in the hairline and around the ear, and once healed are very difficult to see. As opposed to previous procedures that could take up to 8 hours to perform, this face lift takes around 4 hours. Subsequently, the recovery is much quicker, and many patients are back to work within 2 weeks. The effects of facelift surgery are often enhanced with laser skin resurfacing in Denver. Also, some individuals may want to combine a facelift with another facial surgery procedure in Denver like rhinoplasty.
To learn more about looking at feeling your best, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Menachof today. Or you can call The Center for Aesthetic Facial Surgery at (303) 792-3838 to schedule an appointment.