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What is Facelift Plastic Surgery?

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Facelift surgery, known medically as rhytidectomy, is a popular plastic surgery that is capable of reversing the facial aging effects by several years and offers an appealing, youthful look.

Facelift cosmetic surgery can be performed in combination with a neck lift or procedures of the upper face such as eyelid lift or brow lift surgery to produce more comprehensive outcomes.

This type of surgery removes loose facial skin and excess fatty pockets. In certain cases, the surgeon may also reposition the underlying muscles of the face. A judicious and outstanding surgeon will combine art and science in a manner that generates cosmetically desirable yet safe and natural looking outcomes.

Reliable board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roger Tsai provides facelift to patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and other cities and neighborhoods in this area of SoCal.  

Ideal Candidates

An ideal candidate for facelift plastic surgery is a person who is unhappy with facial aging signs, sagging skin or depleted volume in the face. Most people who seek a facelift surgery range between 30 to 65 years of age, and undergo this procedure to restore a youthful facial appearance.

A good facelift candidate will have some level of elasticity and suppleness in their facial skin. This will enable the results to look more natural. Furthermore, the candidate should have a strong facial bone structure to be able to undergo a deeper facelift.

Surgical Techniques

The surgeon will choose the most appropriate facelift techniques for the patient depending on their unique anatomical and aesthetic needs.

Endoscopic Facelift

The endoscopic facelift has grown in popularity as a facelift technique as it is less invasive. The surgery involves the use of a small camera that will be placed deep into the facial tissues via a tiny incision. This technique usually involves three small incisions to eliminate excess skin and tighten sagging muscles in the face.

Cutaneous Facelift

The cutaneous facelift is a limited procedure that is suitable for cases where the patient requires only the elimination of excessive facial skin.

The surgeon will place a long incision discreetly along the hairline. Then they will delicately lift the skin through the incisions and suture it at an elevated position. The procedure does not involve any muscular changes which reduce the risk associated with the surgery.

SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) Facelift

The SMAS technique enables the creation of more complete outcomes less invasively. The surgeon will eliminate excess skin, and lift and tighten the weak muscular structure to produce a more youthful facial contour. The SMAS technique produces more natural looking and longer lasting results.  

Patients who require only limited correction of minor wrinkles and fine lines on the face or a maintenance procedure are suitable candidates for a partial or mini facelift. The surgeon may use dermal fillers or Botox injectables as a part of the mini facelift surgery.

The patient will experience downtime of around a week to ten days. However, the recovery is much quicker in a mini facelift. Prudent cosmetic surgeon Dr. Roger Tsai receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and other neighborhoods and suburbs in this part of the nation for a facelift.  

For more information on cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and treatments by Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Roger Tsai, MD please click here or call us at 310.276.1190. Taking patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, Southern California and other surrounding cities.