When it comes to aging, your face can make all the difference. Lines that used to show up only when you were tired are now beginning to remain permanently. You might notice your cheeks are beginning to sag or that your chin is puffier than in previous years.
Whether your loose skin is due to heredity, weight fluctuation, environmental factors or the natural pull of gravity, the time has come to consider your options for slowing down the aging process and restoring your face to its youthful, radiant appearance.
When you hear the word facelift, you might instantly think about the pulled and stretched skin so common during the frontier years of the facelift. You might be afraid to even consider the option because you’re afraid everyone will be able to tell. Luckily, with a natural facelift procedure, you’ll get the tightening results you want without any of the awful pulling effect.
Let’s take a closer look at this procedure and why it may be the perfect choice for you.
Understanding the aging process in the face
As the face ages, the muscles and ligaments of the face get lax. It is not as much a skin problem as a structural problem. As we get older, the muscles and ligaments get “tired” and begin to droop and sag.
Understanding the lift
A facelift is a surgical procedure that helps address these issues with the mid to lower face and the neck, not the entire face area. The procedure is completely tailored to your needs but is generally performed by a surgeon under sedation or general anesthesia. Incisions are made along the hairline and in the folds of the ear so that they are discrete to outside observers. This allows the surgeon access to the muscles and ligaments of the face in order to adequately correct the aging process.
The pulled look
During the development of the facelift, the surgeon simply pulling the skin tight while ignoring the muscle, fat and tissue below the skin. This led to the pulling effect or the ”pulled look” as that is exactly what they were doing. Today, Dr. L. Scott Ennis knows that a true, natural facelift encompasses all the skin and muscles of the face to get a truly rejuvenated appearance all while avoiding the pulled look.
“We have to correct the underlying aging process by tightening the muscles and ligaments of the face in order to undo what time has done by tightening the structural support of the face, affording us a very nice natural younger appearance without looking pulled!” states Dr. Ennis.
Reaching new heights
Dr. Ennis’ facelift procedure today will tighten tired and sagging muscles, contour areas of the face like the cheek pads, and provide a lifted more natural look to the lower facial area. By taking care of the loose muscles under the chin (sometimes called the jowls) it will help make crisp the appearance of the jawline. After the procedure, you can expect:
- A reduction in facial creases
- Firmer jawline
- Less fatty deposits
- A reduction of the folds around the neck
- More contoured areas around the lower face
- Tightened jowl area
- Structural age correction
- Tighter underlying muscles
A bevy of facial procedures
There are several non-surgical facial procedures available that can help rejuvenate the skin and ward off aging. Both injectables (like Botox and Juvederm) and heat therapies are topical treatments that are less invasive, though these procedures limit the scope of what’s able to be done for your skin. However, they can help rejuvenate and prevent damage from the future. It’s better to do these in conjunction with and not in place of your facelift surgery. Think of it as a two-part system: The actual facelift will be responsible for the underlying structural system which helps provide the support needed to correct the sagging look of your facial area. The non-surgical techniques added with your facelift will help prevent future damage and reduce the appearance of sun damage. Together, they will give you a polished outcome.
While thinking about the total package, you’ll also want to talk to Dr. Ennis, sometimes referred to by his patients as one of the best facial plastic surgeons in Florida, about pairing your facelift with other small procedures that will give you an overall difference that will last. Because a facelift only addresses the lower third of the face and topical treatments only address the outer areas, you may want to consider other options in conjunction with the facelift procedure to get the best results imaginable:
Sometimes referred to as a rhinoplasty, the procedure will ensure your nose matches your newly contoured face and gives you a nasal shape that you’ll love.
A brow lift will reduce the sagging and wrinkling of the forehead and brow area to correct the tired eyes. Your skin will be lifted from the side to ensure you don’t get a pulled look. In women, some brow skin may be removed to achieve a more youthful appearance.
The eyes are truly the windows to the soul and the eyelids are one of the areas hit hardest by aging. To conquer the puffiness, Dr Ennis may want to address these areas to offer an overall more rested look.
Performed in a similar manner to a full facelift and often referred to as the same procedure, it provides a shapely and toned jawline and neck. It works when excess skin is removed. Then, sagging skin is tightened and underlying muscles and soft tissues are restructured. A neck lift can reverse the effects of gravity and restore a more youthful, defined neck and jawline.
You may have heard about a little buzz surrounding the mini facelift not providing long-lasting results. The problem comes if the mini facelift focuses on the skin and not the underlying muscle, tissue and fat. Anytime you are receiving a facelift, whether full or mini, the underlying muscles and support structures need to be addressed. When this is done correctly, the only difference between a mini and full facelift, is a technique that provides less scarring for a less invasive procedure or the amount of work that needs to be done based on your age.
Finding Your Surgeon
The most important step to your facelift surgery is finding a surgeon you can trust. Dr. L. Scott Ennis at Ennis Plastic Surgery in Boca Raton understands that you want your face to have a natural appearance while still getting the results you crave. Many of his patients have referred to him as one of the best plastic surgeons based on the results they have seen and send many of their friends and family to him.
What sets Dr. Ennis apart from the rest is that he understands the logistics of what’s going on under the skin and how that ties into the big picture for your transformation. Dr. Ennis is highly renowned and has been named one of America’s top plastic surgeons by Consumers’ Research Council of America, one of the 10 best plastic surgeons in Florida by the American institute of Plastic Surgeons based on patient reviews, RealSelf’s Top 100 cosmetic surgeons in the country, and his practice has been recognized and listed by the Leading Medical Clinics of the World.
You can count on Dr. Ennis and the Ennis Plastic Surgery team in Boca Raton to give you the expectations of your surgery and listen to any questions you might have about your facelift procedure. Whether shooting for an non-surgical or surgical facelift procedure, you want to know you’re in the hands of an expert who cares. His Google reviews speak for themselves.
This post is sponsored by Boca Plastic Surgery.