Wrinkles, dark spots, sun exposure, smoking and other lifestyle factors can make us look older than we actually are and begin to appear as early as our 30s or 40s. As our skin loses collagen and becomes lax, sagging skin, fine lines and deep creases can leave the face looking perpetually tired. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein offers a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures to target inevitable signs of aging, including the most popular facial anti-aging procedure, facelift surgery (rhytidectomy). Just as with any elective surgery, when deciding to have a facelift there are important questions that you should personally address. Below, Dr. Burstein touches on notable considerations you should think about before your facial rejuvenation procedure:
What are my goals? Your main objective should be a youthful looking appearance without over-tightening the skin. Having a wind-blown look after a facelift is not going to have a person guessing your age but rather the name of the surgeon they should avoid. You should want your facelift results to look like a naturally rejuvenated version of yourself.
What type of facelift is best? Depending on your areas of concern, Dr. Burstein can address the entire face with a full facelift or with a “mini” facelift to address specific concerns on the mid, upper and lower sections of the face. During surgery, excess skin is removed, underlying fat is repositioned and muscular attachments and skin are tightened. As the name suggests, mid facelifts focus on the middle portion of the face, specifically the areas between the corners of the eyes, under the eyes, down to the corners of the mouth. An upper facelift involves eliminating wrinkles on the forehead, in between the eyebrows and around the eyes. Lower facelift addresses the lower third of the face including jowls and excess skin and fat on the neck area. Dr. Burstein also combines autologous fat injections with facelift for added rejuvenation. By using fat from a predetermined donor area and transferring it to areas of lost volume such as the cheeks, nasolabial folds and under the eyes, Dr. Burstein is able to enhance your natural results while providing additional lift.
What downtime and results can I expect? Generally most traditional facelift patients are back to their regular routines within 14 days, while mini facelift patients can expect less downtime time due to the less invasive nature of the procedure. Facelifts can give you a new, youthful appearance but it cannot fully stop the aging process. While they do provide long-lasting results, facelift results should be combined with preventative non-surgical and cosmetic treatments if you want to prolong your rejuvenated look. Dr. Burstein offers cosmetic injectables and facial fillers, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels to help maintain your facelift results.
Combining your goals with the expertise of a surgeon that has a complete understanding of the intricacies of the face is key for producing the best results for your facelift. If you are interested in facelift surgery or other cosmetic procedures Dr. Burstein performs, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also be sure to connect with Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.