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A Closer Look at Today’s FaceliftUpdated May 17, 2018
Perhaps more so than any other plastic surgery procedure, facelift has undergone a number of significant changes throughout the past few decades. In my Eugene plastic surgery practice, I’ve adopted many of these changes—much to the satisfaction of my patients. Today’s facelift has the potential to create truly incredible, lasting results that preserve the character of your face.
When I see a prospective facelift patient for a consultation, I keep customization at the forefront of my mind. During this initial appointment, we discuss many things, including lifestyle habits, long-term goals, and the patient’s specific concerns. Getting a full understanding of each patient as an individual helps me create a treatment plan that precisely matches his or her goals and is most likely to create the best results possible.
Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation
One of the first things to understand is that for some people, a surgical facelift may not be the best option. Depending on the condition of your face and certain other factors, you may be better suited to a nonsurgical approach. Nonsurgical treatments, such as Ultherapy® or dermal fillers, often can be combined with one another to create a custom treatment.
If a surgical facelift is the best approach, some patients are attracted to the enhanced results created by the addition of another surgical procedure, such as blepharoplasty or brow lift. This is because facelift surgery targets the lower portion of the face. Although this is enough for many patients, those with significant signs of aging around the upper face can create a complete transformation with the addition of another procedure. In most cases, these can be performed during the same surgery, for a reduced overall recuperation time.
In my practice, I typically employ the MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) facelift technique on eligible patients. Unlike the more superficial facelift of previous years, which merely tightened the skin of the face, MACS facelift surgery uses a special suturing technique to pull up deeper layers of the face as well as the skin. This creates a deeper, more natural outcome with the added bonus of being quite long-lasting. Patients who undergo this type of facelift can expect to enjoy their results for up to a decade—an incredible return on their original investment.
In addition to offering the MACS option in my practice, I also train my peers on the technique. I’ve spoken extensively on this approach during industry conferences and meetings, and have led training courses to offer other plastic surgeons hands-on experience. I’m also proud to have published textbook chapters on the MACS facelift, ensuring surgeons around the world have access to this innovative options.
When performed with care and consideration, a facelift can be one of the most rewarding procedures I perform. Providing patients with the gift of their younger selves is truly fulfilling.