Invisible Age, Behind The Facelift

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Invisible Age, Behind The Facelift
August 11
12:38 2016

Some of the most expected signs of aging are visible in our faces. From wrinkles and deep folds to loose skin and neck jowls, the changes can be clear at an early age, but you can squash expectations that you will succumb to an age you don’t feel.

The question is: is it right for you?

Dr. Jamil Asaria is a facial plastic surgeon at FACE Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. He believes an exceptional facelift surgeon needs to be extremely comfortable with the anatomy of the face, also noting that they must be technically proficient while having an impeccable artistic sense.

“A facelift procedure involves a well-hidden, fine incision that hides around the creases of the front of the ear and wraps around behind it,” said Dr. Asaria. “The incision varies slightly in women and men due to the difference in facial hair. The most important part of a facelift involves tightening and repositioning the muscular layer of the face (the SMAS).”

He explains that he almost always uses the Sub-SMAS, deep-plane facelift technique where all of the lifting is done on the muscle. This technique produces an incredible lift without any pulling or distortion of the skin.

Invisible Age, Behind The Facelift

Invisible Age, Behind The Facelift

The procedure, which he primarily conducts on patients over 40, needs to be tailored for each individual patient. Dr. Asaria highlights that for young patients in their 40s, he might do a short-scar technique with limited incisions, an excellent option when the main issue is jowls along the jawline. For patients with loose neck skin, a neck lift is required with the facelift.

For younger men and women at the lower end of the age spectrum, a limited-incision/short-scar facelift is all that’s necessary. This provides a quick recovery and it can help alleviate sagging and loose skin.

Those at highest risk for complications are heavy smokers, as they tend to have more problems related to healing and infection. For the majority of patients, incisions should heal as very fine and hidden scars that are almost imperceptible. Most patients are prescribed antibiotics for five to seven days, and though the chance of infection is less than one per cent, Dr. Asaria does everything he can to minimize the risks.

Invisible Age, Behind The Facelift

Invisible Age, Behind The Facelift

“I usually tell my patients that they will be able to resume most of their social activities in about two weeks with a full face and neck lift,” said Dr. Asaria. “That means they will be able to go to the mall, go grocery shopping, and get out of the house and do their errands. Most patients also go back to work after two to three weeks.”

Aftercare is minimal, with an elastic dressing removed the day following surgery. He also suggests that patients plan surgery a month in advance of a major event.

The most common worry that Dr. Asaria hears from patients in their consultation is the possibility of unnatural result. When done right, this should never be an issue. Rather than looking pulled or stretched, they should appear like themselves; only healthier and more well-rested.

“The face is all about balance, and the degree of lift, longevity of the result, and the naturalness of the outcome is dependent on your surgeon’s talents,” he said. “Aside from the actual procedure, a good surgeon needs to be able to listen to his patient. Before any incision is made or any knot tied, your surgeon needs to understand your goals and your expectations.”

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