With a name like “facelift,” it is easy to assume this procedure is designed to treat a patient’s entire face. However, a facelift generally only targets the lower portion of the face and neck and does not address the wrinkles between the eyes or creases on the forehead. To effectively treat those specific trouble areas, a brow lift, which targets the upper portion of a patient’s face, would be the more appropriate choice. For patients who have widespread wrinkles and loose skin, combining these procedures will treat both the upper and lower half of the face, providing the optimum results they are seeking.
What exactly does the facelift procedure entail? Your cosmetic surgeon will begin by making incisions along the hairline, starting at each temple. The incisions will extend down and along the back of the ears to the lower scalp. This allows the surgeon to access the underlying muscles and tissues of the face to reposition and tighten them according to your needs. As a result, this can improve the jowls, the appearance of double chins, wrinkles around the mouth, and mid-face sagging.
A facelift procedure can make an ideal candidate look years younger, especially when combined with other procedures or treatments, such as a brow lift, or even injectables to restore one’s facial volume.
The ideal candidate: Good overall health is expected of an ideal candidate seeking a surgical procedure. An ideal candidate for a facelift procedure should also have skin that has retained some elasticity and flexibility and has excess loose skin that can be trimmed during the procedure to help remove wrinkles. Lastly, it is important for potential patients to have realistic expectations of what this surgery can accomplish.
The Brow Lift
The brow lift is one of the most common procedures patients choose to lift the tissues of the forehead. It also requires only minor incisions behind the hairline. In fact, the incisions necessary for this procedure are so small that surgeons often use a camera to enhance visibility. Despite the small size of these incisions, the impact of this coveted procedure is noticeably great, correcting deep wrinkles between the eyes and addressing droopy upper and lower eyelids, making one appear more youthful and well-rested.
The results of a brow lift can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years.
The ideal candidate: When undergoing a surgical procedure, one of the primary requirements for any candidate is that he or she be in good health and free of medical conditions that could potentially increase the risk of complications. Additionally, a candidate should have realistic expectations regarding the results of the surgery and must be willing and able to devote the necessary time to recover and adhere to all post-surgical care instructions. A brow lift candidate should be seeking to address vertical lines between the eyes, droopy forehead skin, low and saggy brows, horizontal creases and lines across the forehead, and the appearance of being tired or worn down.
Facial Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas
Whether you are interested in smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles or seeking to give your face a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance, at Smith Plastic Surgery, our Las Vegas plastic surgery team will help you gain a renewed sense of self-confidence. We provide both facelift and brow lift procedures and, through a consultation with our surgeons, you can determine what will best address your aesthetic goals. Dr. Myint is a Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and publish author of Non-surgical Periorbital Rejuvenation. He’s been hand-select and overseen by Dr. Lane Smith, world-renowned for his ability to perform facelifts and is one of only a dozen surgeons who has completed fellowships in both plastic surgery and facial plastic surgery.
Contact our office today at (702) 838-2455 to begin your path toward the best version of yourself.