Is a facelift something you have been thinking about lately? You are not alone. After reaching their 30s, 40s, and even 50s, many men and women start to wonder if a facelift is something they should consider.
A Deep Plane Facelift Lasts Longer
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is an invasive cosmetic operation. A deep plane facelift involves repositioning tissue, releasing specific ligaments and remodeling deeper facial attachments to achieve a younger, more natural appearance. Excess skin is removed and wrinkles are smoothed out, giving the patient a more youthful look without any obvious signs of surgery.
The deep plane facelift improves the neck, jawline, midface and lower lids for at least ten years (longer than a traditional facelift). In addition, the plastic surgeon can lift certain regions of your face without over-tightening the surrounding tissues and can move the fat pads inside your cheeks to give your face a more balanced lift.
Candidates for a Deep Plane Facelift
Those who encounter the following conditions are good candidates for a deep plane facelift:
Wrinkles Forming Prematurely
Wrinkles, which appear as we age because our skin loses its flexibility and collagen, are unavoidable. However, too much time in the sun causes your body’s collagen and elastic fibers to degrade faster than usual, leading to wrinkled skin years before it would otherwise appear.
Diminished Skin Elasticity
The skin is incredibly flexible, so it can move with you as you go about your day without causing any noticeable changes. Unfortunately, this skin elasticity decreases with aging. Many factors, both internal and external, influence how quickly your skin loses elasticity, including your genes, food choices, stress levels, smoking and how much time you spend in the sun.
Optimal Physical and Mental Health
There are many compelling arguments in favor of prioritizing your health, including the avoidance of chronic sickness. In addition, maintaining a healthy lifestyle ensures better mood and energy levels and improves your ability to get quality sleep at night. These factors also affect your skin.
To be a candidate for a deep plane facelift, one must also be in good health. A rhytidectomy may not be allowed if the patient has poor health, maintains unhealthy habits, or smokes – all of which might slow the healing process.
Consult with a Plastic Surgeon Once You Decide You Want to Look Younger
Patients commonly question, “Do I need a facelift?” This question has no easy answer. First, ask yourself, “How much do I care about facial aging and do I wish to fix it?” Our facial plastic surgeons help by evaluating candidates for surgery throughout the consultation phase.
You are ready for a facelift consultation when you have explored your alternatives, have a strong desire to look younger and have selected a trusted facial plastic surgeon like John M. Anastasatos, M.D., of Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgery. Schedule a consultation to speak with him and know you will be in good hands.
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