Your face is one of the first things that people notice about you. As the years pass by, your face tends to collect the hallmarks of aging. You might start to notice more fine lines and wrinkles along with sagging skin. Fortunately, there has been a significant evolution of facelift procedures and not surprisingly it started in our home state of California. Now there are even more options to help reverse the effects of time. A Beverly Hills board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon can help you navigate the world of facelifts to help give you a more youthful and vibrant appearance.
Why You May Need a Facelift
There are certain things that just come with the territory of aging, but they can often be corrected with the right procedure. One of the main complaints that people have about their aging skin is that it loses its elasticity and volume. As a result, one tends to develop jowls on the lower part of the face, loose skin on the neck, and deep wrinkles all over. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then you are an ideal candidate for a facelift.
Types of Facelifts
Many people believe that all facelifts are created equally, but this is far from the truth. A good cosmetic surgeon knows how to tailor their approach specifically to your needs. There are a number of different types of facelifts that you can undergo. While most people are familiar with the standard variety, there are also less invasive procedures that can still rejuvenate your appearance.
A standard facelift is designed to address moderate to advanced aging. It is a more invasive procedure that does require major recovery and downtime before you are back to normal. The goal of a standard facelift is to reposition tissues underneath the skin to smooth out deep wrinkles and get rid of sagging skin but cutting and pulling the skin. The doctor will do so by making small incisions behind the hairline near the temples and continuing down around the ear.
Many people hesitate at the thought of going under the knife for a standard facelift, but there are many benefits to this type of procedure. For example, it can really improve the contours of your face. The overall effects of this procedure can last for many years, making it a true investment in your appearance. However, traditional facelifts can be very costly and involve a significant amount of recovery time and possible scarring.
If your aging has not advanced to the point of needing a traditional facelift, then a miniature version of the process may be the best fit for you. It is less invasive and requires shorter incisions than a traditional facelift. The small cuts will allow your doctor to reposition structural tissues to revive your appearance. It may only require local anesthesia or it may require general anesthesia, with sedation, depending on your unique needs.
If you do not relish the idea of a doctor making incisions to your skin, then you may want to consider opting for non-surgical facelifts. These are becoming more popular with time as a superior and less costly procedure. It is entirely possible to have a non-surgical facelift in the morning and go out for dinner that same evening.
There are a lot of benefits to going with a non-surgical facelift. They are more cost-effective and require a shorter procedure time and much shorter recovery time. For good reason, many find the results to be superior because the focus is on restoring youthful volume and the 3-D proportions to the face rather than carving it to remove loose skin and wrinkles.
Stem Cell facelifts have become the most popular alternative to traditional facelifts for many of the reasons already cited. This procedure begins when your doctor takes fat from a place that has some extra stored up, like in the abdomen or the legs - in effect performing a mini liposuction as part of the overall procedure. A qualified and skilled doctor who offers this service separates the stem cells out of this fat and then injects these stem cells and only the necessary amount of fat as a natural filler into the facial areas lacking volume, like the hollows of the cheeks or around the eyes and temple area.
This more natural option for a California facelift has been attracting people from around the country and around the world for many years now! It may very well be the right option...and time for you!