Twenty years ago, doctors in Tampa were hesitant to recommend a facelift for anyone younger than 50 years old. This was because the traditional facelift surgery at that time necessitated a high lateral pull and often caused an elevation of the hairline. It was not uncommon for patients to experience a loss of hair that would cause them to look older, rather than younger. Now, new facelift techniques make a world of difference and allow younger women to reduce wrinkles without the need for extensive surgery.
New Facelift Techniques
There have been many advances in facelift surgery that make the procedure safer and less invasive for women of all ages. An accomplished surgeon can now perform a facelift that does not involve excessive stretching of the skin and will not negatively change anatomic features. Dr. Dominic Castellano, a facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, uses a new facelift technique called the Simplicity Lift that requires only two small incisions above and behind the ears to perform a complete facelift. The Simplicity Lift offers many of the same benefits of traditional surgery but takes less time to perform and cuts the recovery time substantially.
The Simplicity Lift was a break-through in facelift surgery. Dr. Dominic uses a special pulley stitch that helps to lift and hold the outer facial skin as well as the underlying muscle and tissue. Unlike other “mini-facelift” procedures such as the Lifestyle Lift which only address the dermal layers, the Simplicity Lift provides a long-lasting reduction in facial wrinkles and looks entirely natural.
How a Simplicity FaceLift Improves Appearance
The Simplicity Facelift procedure will lift and tighten the cheeks and neck. It will minimize jowls and create a defined jaw line. It reduces wrinkles in the mid to lower facial region and can restore the appearance of youth. The patient needs only local anesthesia and the recovery time is relatively quick compared to the more extensive traditional surgery. Once completed, the Simplicity Lift leaves minimal scars that are usually well-hidden by the hairline.
According to Dr. Dominic, the procedure can be safely performed on women of all ages without fear of adverse effects. However, a facelift may not be the only option for a woman who wishes to reduce wrinkles and improve appearance. There are non-surgical facelift options available as well as treatment with injectable fillers that can mimic the results of surgery. He recommends an initial consultation so that he can examine the patient and discuss all the available options before scheduling any procedure.
Choose Your Facelift Surgeon Wisely
As with any medical procedure, it is important to work with a well-qualified physician that has many years of experience performing the procedure. Always be sure to seek a plastic surgeon that is willing to discuss the options in advance and gives time to answer any and all questions. Look for a surgeon that works in an accredited medical facility and who specializes in the type of surgery you seek. Ask for testimonials from prior patients and take a look at before and after photos to get a better feel for what you can expect from your surgery.
As to the optimal age for facelift surgery, that is up to you and the doctor to decide. Whether to undergo a facelift depends not on the age, but rather on the condition of the skin and the degree of aging that has already taken place. For those that have had a lot of exposure to the sun, or who are affected by premature aging, a facelift can greatly improve appearance and provide a naturally younger countenance. The actual age of the patient is not as important as the condition of the facial skin and the extent of the wrinkling.
Dr. Dominic notes that he has seen some patients in their early 40’s with jowls, severe wrinkles and midfacial descent that could be helped by a Simplicity Facelift procedure. Other patients in their 60’s may have better skin tone and not need a surgery to reduce wrinkles. It simply depends on the degree of facial aging to determine what procedure is best for the patient and on the patient’s desires for improvement.
If you are interested in determining if facelift surgery is for you, please call Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dominic. Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility located in Tampa Florida. Medical Director, Dr. Dominic Castellano, is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. The medical team is well trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures. Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information www.EliteTampa.com