FACE LIFT / RHYTIDECTOMY
A face lift, or rhytidectomy, can "turn back time" by adjusting the fat, muscle and skin on your face to create a smoother and more youthful appearance. For best results face lift surgery is often performed alongside eyelid surgery or a neck lift.
Because the face is a strong indicator of a person's age, many men and women consider visiting Dr. Smiley to remove wrinkles around the eyes, nose, and mouth, as well as improve the appearance of sagging skin around the chin and neck to improve self confidence or gain an advantage in the workplace. Although it is recommended to maintain a daily skin care regimen and seek non-surgical face lift treatments to prolong the time before undergoing a face lift, surgery is the only way to tighten deep tissues and remove excess skin.
Regardless of whether you are a man or woman, getting a face lift can help boost your self-confidence by rejuvenating your face and giving you a more youthful appearance. Although face lifts are most commonly performed on patients in their forties to sixties, individuals in their seventies and eighties can still have a successful face lift. The key to a successful facelift is having skin that, while it may be sagging around the face or neck, still possesses some elasticity. Having a bone structure that is well-defined and strong is the other important factor for being able to undergo a successful face lift.
TYPES OF FACE LIFT SURGERY
There are many different techniques used for face lifting procedures which range from non-surgical to minimally invasive to deep tissue face lifting. Dr. Smiley will discuss which type of procedure is best for you and your goals.
Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening is performed using Cool Touch technology. This non-surgical face lifting procedure is non invasive and non ablative. Our advanced laser targets the deep levels of the dermis, stimulating collagen production and resulting in improved texture, tone, color and elasticity. Laser skin tightening also greatly reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine line and acne scars.
Botox & Dermal Fillers
Minimally invasive procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers can provide a more rejuvenated appearance without surgery. Botox is used to relax muscles around the forehead and around the eyes to address concerns with fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Dermal fillers such as Restylane and Radiesse are used to provide additional volume in the cheeks. As you age, fat pads diminish and move lower on the face. By injecting dermal fillers into the cheeks, patients achieve a more youthful appearance by improving the aesthetic of the nasal labial folds. Dermal fillers are also used in lip augmentation to restore fullness to the lips which often diminishes with the natural process of aging.
Endotine Face Lift
An endotine face lift is a minimally invasive procedure utilizing FDA approved Multi Point Technology. Addressing concerns with sagging fat pads in the cheeks and/or a sagging brow and forehead wrinkles, an endotine face lift can achieve positive anti-aging results for patients with mild to moderate signs of aging. Endotines are bioabsorbable low profile devices that provide face lifting results for 6-12 months. Benefits to this minimally invasive procedure include, less swelling, less bruising and less downtime. Face lift scars are also much smaller and more discrete. Placement of endotines are individualized and determined by Dr. Smiley during your exam and consultation.
Liquid Face Lift & Stem Cell Face Lift
The liquid face lift, also known as a stem cell face lift, is an increasingly more popular face lifting procedure. One’s own fat is used to provide a natural living filler to enhance volume in the cheeks and under the eyes to correct asymmetry, sagging fat pads, mild to moderate jowls, a long or flat faced appearance and to restore a more youthful heart shaped face. During a liquid face lift, fat is taken from a donor site utilizing liposuction - most commonly the abdomen or love handles. Fat is processed in a centrifuge and purified. Fat is then strategically injected into the face. Because adult stem cells are injected with the purified fat, a stem cell face lift will also provide additional anti-aging benefits such as decreased pore size, improved pigmentation and reduction of wrinkles. Mild bruising and swelling may occur but will dissipate over just a few weeks. A liquid face lift is ideal for patients who are looking to improve volume and correct mild to moderate sagging. A stem cell face lift will not rid of excess skin.
Mini Face Lift
The mini face lift addresses concerns with mild to moderate sagging in the cheek and jowl area. The mini face lift can be performed either under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Incisions are hidden in the hairline, along the natural fold of the ear and behind. Excess skin and tissue is removed and the skin is tightened to improve the appearance of nasal labial fold and jowls. This technique is also known as a short scar face lift or an “S- Lift”. Many patients choose this procedure because recovery is significantly shorter than that of a full face lift, it results in less scarring and the cost of face lift is significantly lower. It is important to note that a mini lift does not address concerns with forehead wrinkles or lines, as well as crow’s feet next to the eyes. These concerns can be addressed by a full face lift or injectable treatments such as Botox, depending on your unique anatomy. Dr. Smiley will discuss this with you at your complimentary consultation.
Mid Face Lift
Like the mini lift, the mid face lift is performed by creating incision from the hairline, along the natural fold of the ear and behind. Because the mid face lift targets deeper tissues for moderate to significant sagging, it is only performed under general anesthesia. After the incision is made, fat pads and tissues are lifted using permanent sutures; skin is then tightened and the excess removed. After a mid face lift, patients experience tighter more youthful skin, and an improved appearance of nasal labial folds and jowls. However, like the mini lift, the mid face lift does not address concerns with the forehead and around the eyes. Botox can help correct concerns with forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. For moderate to significant concerns with forehead wrinkles or forehead folds, Dr. Smiley may recommend a full face lift.
Full Face Lift