Face the youth you never lost
A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy (literally, surgical removal of wrinkles), is an extremely effective type of cosmetic surgery procedure used to give a more youthful and fresh, naturally looking appearance. The traditional facelift involves the removal of excess facial skin, with the tightening of underlying tissues, and the re-draping of the skin on the patient's face and neck. At our clinic we are a step closer to perfection…
A unique technique
In the facelift assisted by SEL, an incision is made in front of the ear extending up into the hairline. The incision curves around the bottom of the ear and then behind it, usually ending near the hairline on the back of the neck. After the skin incision is made, the skin is separated from the deeper tissues with scissors (also called undermining) over the cheeks and neck. At this point, the deeper tissues (SMAS, the facial suspension system of the face) is tightened with sutures. At this moment, your own fat enriched with your own stem cells, obtained from liposuction, is used to rebuild your face, to replenish what has been naturally lost over time with what was naturally there. There is no need any more to use excessive amounts of fat to overfill the face. Using the modern SEL procedure, we are transplanting fat drop by drop, guaranteeing sufficient blood supply for the stem cell enriched fat to survive. The skin is then re-draped, and the amount of excess skin to be removed is determined by the surgeon's judgement. The excess skin is then removed, and the skin incisions are closed with sutures. The three-dimensional contour of the face is restored by rebuilding the youthful proportions of the face and avoiding excessive skin pulling that produces the usually seen stigma of traditional face lifting patients.
Contraindications to facelift surgery include severe concomitant medical problems. While not absolute contraindications, the risk of postoperative complications is increased in cigarette smokers and patients with hypertension and diabetes. Patients are typically asked to abstain from taking aspirin or other blood thinners for at least one week prior to surgery.
Patients can expect some swelling and bruising after face lifting assisted by SEL surgery. These side effects will dissipate as the face continues to heal. The head will need to be elevated for a few days after surgery, and bandages will need to stay in place for 1 day. Any residual discomfort from the procedure can be managed with medication. Scars from the procedure are typically barely visible and well hidden within the natural creases of the face and ears. Strenuous activity should be avoided for about 2 weeks after facelift. Patients can usually return to normal daily routines about 10 days after the procedure. The full results of facelift should become apparent in the first month after surgery. By then your freshness and vitality will be visible to anyone.