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THE WEEKEND FACELIFT

Friday, November 30th, 2012

 

So you probably have heard the term “weekend facelift” and you’re having a difficult time imagining what it is.  Could it be a facelift that’s done on a weekend or is it a facelift that is easy to recover from in a weekend?  The procedure is remarkably effective at improving the jaw/neck line and removing the double-chin deformity.  There are some caveats that one needs to know and understand that it is not a procedure that can be carried out in all patients.  In order to have a so-called weekend facelift, typically our patients need to be under the age of 55, and have a weak (recessed) chin.  Many of these people have a family history of double chins, they are quite familiar with fatty tissue in the neck at a young age in their family and they begin to have issues in the mid thirties.

 

The procedure is carried out through a very small incision, typically smaller than 1 inch, right underneath the chin which is not visible. Through this incision, the fatty tissue in the neck area up to the jaw line is removed and sometimes a small amount of fatty tissue can be removed from the jowl area.  Through the same incision, a tight pocket is created just in front of the jaw to place chin implant. This portion of the procedure is referred to as a mentoplasty.  Through this same incision the muscle structure in the neck area is tightened.  The result is a neck, which is svelte with good definition in the jaw/neck line area, and an improvement in the facial symmetry because the lower third of the face is better represented, more proportionate after the procedure.

 

Those people who are not good candidates for a weekend facelift are typically people above the age of 60 and people who have a very significant amount of loose skin in the neck area with significant wrinkling in the neck and/or folds. These individuals are usually better candidates for a traditional facelift.

 

The term minimally invasive surgery has been used to describe this procedure because there is little interference with the tissues during the procedure and it is easy to recover.  Usual side effects are mild pain in the chin area for 2-3 days, bruising in the lower portion of the neck, some swelling in the anterior jaw area, and the neck area as well.

Doctor, Am I Ready For A Facelift?

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

A number of our patients present with the above question and related similarities, like am I too young for a facelift?  Is it better to do it when I have significant sagging?  Is it better to do it when I’m younger because my tissue will respond better?  Etc.

The first thing to remember is that when one has an issue with their appearance and considers a facelift, it’s typically because there are some jowls, some loose tissue in the neck, a double chin, facial wrinkling, etc.  The idea that we are aware of one or more of the above issues does not necessarily mean that other people realize or notice those things in our faces.  It is often only us that notice the problem and are quite self conscious about it.  It is because of that particular issue, and that is, that there is something that is bothering us and it affects the way we relate to other people because we are quite self conscious about it, that the answer lies 100% within ourselves.  No other person, that is, a physician, a loved one, a friend, or anyone else can truly advise someone when to have a facelift.  We need to take care and correct any and all of those issues when and if they bother us, because the truth is that once we have them fixed it may be that some people notice it, it may be that everyone notices it, or it may be that no one notices it.  Where it will have a significant and dramatic effect is in how we react to the surgery itself and the positive effect that it has in our attitude and in our self-esteem.

 

It is also helpful to remember that you can have one of two ways of thinking.  The first one is you may want to take care of issues before they become quite noticeable.  The reasoning behind this is that you will never really truly show the signs of aging because you have taken preventive measures and corrected those issues before they became noticeable.  On the other hand, you may have the train of thought of I am going to wait until I truly have issues because I may be able to take care of all issues at the same time.

 

There is no right or wrong answer.  The idea here is that in a competitive society where youth is valued over many other qualities.  The idea of remaining youthful and presenting an active, energetic figure makes sense to a lot of people.  In the final analysis, we always must remember that the effect of a facelift impacts one person alone – and that person is ourselves.  The positive effect that it has in interpersonal relations due to the increase in self-esteem makes us the direct beneficiaries of the procedure.

 

G.D. Castillo, M.D. FACS
Facelift Expert

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