Minimal Incision Face Lift Orange County
The main Minimal Incision Face Lift Dr. Aiello performs is simply as the name implies. It still is a true Face Lift that tightens the underlying facial musculature to correct the sagging muscles prior to tightening the overlying skin. This version of a Face Lift procedure is reserved for patients not requiring as extensive of a lift to the face, so it is possible to shorten their incisions. The goal of every type of Face Lift procedure is to give the face a rejuvenated, natural restoration. This page will review some of the most common topics related to Minimal Incision Face Lift surgery. To view Before & After photos of Dr. Aiello’s Face Lift patients, click HERE to go to the gallery.
Is this the same as the ________________ Lift?
Insert catchy name here! There are a number of types of procedures that get classified under the title of Minimal Incision Face Lift. It is important to understand the differences, as many highly marketed procedures with slick advertising often mislead patients into procedures with less than ideal outcomes. A Minimal Incision Face Lift should just means exactly what the name implies: There are just fewer or smaller incisions than a regular Face Lift. But companies and physicians themselves often brand their own minimally invasive style Face Lift procedure giving them all sorts of catchy names, “Mini Lift”, “Short Scar Lift”, “Quick Lift” and many, many more. The techniques used for these procedures can range greatly, some only removing extra skin or using a thread to temporarily tack skin back. Unfortunately many are not effective long term, the skin re-stretches quickly, often returning patients to their original condition in less than a year. Our goal is to always recommend the technique that will provide you with the best, most long lasting outcome. Dr. Aiello will discuss all of your options during your consultation.
How minimal is the scar?
A Face Lift is intended to correct laxity in the mid-face where the cheeks sag and there are prominent nasolabial folds and jowls.To achieve this with a standard Face Lift an incision is created that runs about 2.5 inches into the hairline at the temple, down in front of the ear and around the earlobe and up the back groove behind the ear and then back into the hair for about another 2 inches. When less extensive correction is needed, this scar may be lessened by shortening the incision starting from the side burn of the hairline to just behind the ear lobe.
When do you use a Minimal Incision Facelift instead of a Standard Facelift?
Patients who exhibit a mild degree of jowling and sagging skin are often good candidates for a Minimal Incision Face Lift. This is technique allows tightening of facial tissues through shorter incisions. The Minimal Incision technique will strictly focus on lifting the mid face. A standard Face Lift will have more jaw line and upper neck lifting potential. Other factors like the degree of your skin laxity and whether there is fat and muscles bands in the neck may determine which type of lift is most appropriate. Dr. Aiello will recommend the best option for your individual needs. For younger patients, a Minimal Incision Face Lift can help you address unwelcome signs of aging before they become too pronounced, postponing the need for more extensive surgery for many years. For patients who have already undergone a previous standard Face Lift and need a “refresher” may also utilize this technique.
Why can’t I just get a skin only face lift?
Unfortunately, as appealing as it sounds, this technique just doesn’t work well. We see many patients that have gone this route, looking for a quick fix with low cost and no downtime. After less than a year, most seek to correct this procedure. A skin only lift just pulls on skin and does nothing to correct the underlying loose muscle and SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System). As a result the correction you achieve, if any, is very short lived. Our skin is like elastic, without correction of the underlying facial musculature, it will very quickly stretch back over sagging muscles.
More information on Face Lifts in greater detail may be obtained from the references listed below:
- American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery www.surgery.org
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons www.plasticsurgery.org
- Smart Beauty Guide www.smartbeautyguide.com/procedures/head-face/facelift
We understand the importance of having well-informed patients, and will take the time to thoroughly review all of your options for a Face Lift so that you are confident with your choices. If you would like to learn more about Face Lifts at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center, CLICK HERE to contact us! We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your complimentary consultation with Dr. Aiello.