Facelift Surgeon in Fort Worth, Also Offering Mini Facelifts.
Aging, exposure to the elements, and stress all create wrinkles and sagging skin on the cheeks, neck, and jawline. Many residents of Fort Worth, Weatherford and the surrounding North Texas areas have rejuvenated their face and erased years from their look with facelift surgery, also known as a rhytidectomy, at Anderson Plastic Surgery. When performed by an experienced Anderson Plastic Surgery surgeon, a facelift can have a significant anti-aging effect that makes you look like a younger version of yourself. With years of experience, renowned surgeons Dr. Anderson can help patients look years younger, more alert, and healthier. Anderson Plastic Surgery takes pride in consistently meeting and exceeding their facelift patients’ expectations. We use a comprehensive approach to facial procedures that addresses not only the skin, but also the underlying muscles, tissue, and fascia in order to create more natural-looking, longer-lasting changes.
There are many ways used to complete a facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy. Facial anatomy, skin laxity, and the overall appearance goal of the patient will determine the best method. Every procedure will be unique for the patient and will change based on the type and location of the incision, the depth of the tissue layers, the plane of elevation, and the degree of impact.
SKIN ONLY FACELIFT
The skin only facelift has been popular among facial surgeons since the early 1900s. Referred to as a cutaneous face lift, this skin only facelift method is minimally invasive because it addresses the skin only. The end result of this method is slighter than some of the more recent muscle tightening procedures. Comparatively, it also offers a slighter risk and grants a shorter recovery time for the patient.
TRADITIONAL FACELIFT (SMAS)
The SMAS facelift is the current go to facelift choice. This surgery, while more complicated, creates end results that are a step or two more impressive and are longer lasting. The method is named from the way it manipulates a muscle group below the skin known medically as the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system. SMAS directs expressions. An incision is placed along the edge of the hairline . The skin is then removed and lifted. The underlying facial muscles and tissue are tightened and secured.
DEEP PLANE LIFT
The deep plane lift goes a step further than the traditional approach. It is better suited for those with severe sagging and drooping — usually reserved for older patients. In addition to the SMAS layer being adjusted, a deeper section, known as the deep plane, is also treated. While this procedure offers certain advantages over a traditional facelift, surgeons must be skilled and act with caution so facial nerves are not damaged during the surgical process.
A mini facelift is geared towards patients who want some of the benefits of a facelift, while at the same time minimizing the cost and invasive nature of the surgery. Some procedures that are considered “mini” include the “Quicklift” or “Lifestyle Lift”. Patients who wish to maximize the outcome of their surgery, resulting in the most dramatic results, will most likely need to turn to having a full facelift in order to meet these aesthetic goals.
All facelift procedures are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The length of the surgery will vary, but it generally takes between 3-4 hours. This surgery is considered an outpatient procedure. However, some patients may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. After surgery, patients will be bruised and swollen and the face and neck will feel tight. This will gradually improve within a few days. It is common for patients to feel anxious about how their face will appear. Patients need to understand it can take several full months for the final results to appear.
BOTOX®, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion and chemical peels are examples of some non-surgical procedures that can assist in smoothing out wrinkles, improving fine lines and adding facial volume. These procedures also help to even out skin tone. However, these are treatments that will only affect the skin’s surface. Patients with loose skin, drooping jowls or a sagging neck will need to consider surgery if they want these features improved.
In the days immediately following facelift surgery, patients will feel tight and pulled. These are some short-term effects, but they will subside. It’s important to find a reputable surgeon skilled in facial surgery. Surgeons who know what they are doing will make every effort to work within the confines of the patient’s bone, skin and muscle structures so a younger, more natural look can result.
Facelift surgery does require a long incision. However, in almost all cases, these scars are well hidden as they fall just along the hairline and around the ears in the natural folds of the scalp. In most cases, the scars should be barely visible to the naked eye.
The common age range for patients who undergo a facelift is between 50-70. It is safe to say most patients will look 5-10 years younger following a facelift procedure. Younger patients (40-50 years old) generally have stronger skin elasticity so their results may last longer than those of someone older. However, older patients may have results that appear more dramatic and, for them, this can be very worthwhile. Patients should think of a facelift as a process to turn back the aging clock. You will still age, but you will appear a few years younger.