Over the last 30 years, facelift techniques have developed from limited skin elevation with no manipulation of the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) to more extensive skin and SMAS elevation. At the same time, techniques have become less invasive as surgeons strive to make it easier for people to recover from cosmetic surgery. Minimally invasive facelifts (scarless facelifts) are also less risky and ideal for those who are just beginning to show signs of aging.
The Percutaneous Facelift is the Ideal Minimally Invasive Procedure
The percutaneous facelift by Dr. John Anastasatos is the perfect example of how far facelift techniques have evolved to be as minimally invasive as possible. This scarless facelift is an innovative procedure developed to avoid visible scarring and reduce pain and risks. In fact, the surgery takes only one hour, and the patient is awake and given just a small dose of local anesthesia.
Unlike conventional facelifts, no incisions are made in front of or around the ears. Instead, a single one-inch-long incision is created on the temporal scalp, where the hair is thickest. The hairline conceals the small incision.
No skin separation is involved, so there will be minimal swelling and a swift recovery. Patients can return to work after a few days’ rest; usually, a weekend is enough time.
What is Unique About This Scarless Facelift Procedure?
Dr. Anastasatos uses a needle explicitly designed for the scarless percutaneous facelift. The knitting needle served as an inspiration for this surgical needle’s design.
This minimally invasive facelift is called “percutaneous” because the lifting is done by putting a special needle under the skin without leaving a mark. Thus, the needle allows the surgeon to lift without detaching any skin.
The results are not as extreme as a traditional facelift but are more effective than a mini-facelift or non-surgical treatments like Botox® and facial fillers. As such, it acts as a bridge, filling in the gap between the available facial reconstruction options.
Are You Interested in Getting a Minimally Invasive Facelift?
The percutaneous facelift is an excellent solution for those who do not have enough skin laxity but are beginning to notice a loss of cheek fullness and jowls. It is also suitable for those who need a facelift touchup. Contact Los Angeles Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation and see if this procedure suits you.