Facelift: A facelift (or rhytidectomy), is the most comprehensive approach to treating facial wrinkles and sagging caused by aging. The surgery varies in range from minimally invasive ‘lunchtime lifts’ to more extensive, sophisticated surgery. A facelift removes excess skin, tightens underlying tissues and muscle and redrapes skin on the face and neck. It can correct midface sagging, marionette lines, jowls and a double chin, maintaining its reputation as the ‘gold standard’ for facial rejuvenation.
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL…
Everywhere I look…brush my teeth, there’s the mirror. Wash my face-ditto. Put on my makeup, do my hair, take off my makeup, cleanse my face, the mirror is always there. And what I see, isn’t fair. I’m in a battle with gravity, and it’s winning. It’s like my face is deflating. And it’s depressing. I look like an old version of myself that doesn’t reflect how young I actually feel. When I laugh, what I see is nothing to laugh about. The lines just seem to be getting deeper and more pronounced. Are those actually jowls?
WHO KNEW THE SUN WAS MY ENEMY?
I admit it. When I was young, I was a sun worshipper. Goddess of the tan. Baby oil and iodine, hold the SPF. My mother never told me how the sun could ravage my skin. She was out there frying to a crisp herself. We could never have imagined what it would do; fine lines, deeper wrinkles, a thickened skin texture and easy bruising on sun-exposed areas. Then there are the dreaded brown spots and the incessant dryness you prayed outrageously expensive creams would make all disappear. Sorry. Just won’t happen.
FORGET TRYING TO HIDE IT.
Scarves, turtlenecks and dangling your hair over your face is absolutely not a solution. People tout all types of remedies that can’t and will never create a healthy looking, more refreshed you, that can actually make you look like you did 10 or even 20 years ago. Different hair color, new makeup, a brighter smile or revamped wardrobe can’t reverse or correct:
- Sagging skin in your midface and/or jawline
- Deep creases extending from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds)
- Lines extending from each corner of your mouth down your chin (marionette lines)
- Facial fat (volume) that has fallen or is displaced
- Sagging and loss of muscle tone in the lower face, resulting in jowls
- A double chin, resulting from loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw
- Creased and sagging skin in your neck
Only a facelift can do it all.
I STILL WANT TO LOOK LIKE MYSELF.
O.K. You’ve heard horror stories; skin pulled unnaturally tight, looking like you’ve had some “work done”, screaming “FACELIFT!”. It’s not the dark ages of plastic surgery, here. A facelift, when performed by a board-certified surgeon who has “before and after’s” that speak to his or her artistic eye and experience, is a safe and proven way to not just make you look younger, but feel better. It isn’t meant to make you look different, to change who you are. After a facelift, your skin will look youthful, “fitting” your face rather than pulling it ear to ear. With the right surgeon, it won’t look like a “facelift”. With subtlety, you’ll get your old look with a beautifully fresh new attitude.
PEOPLE THINK I’M CRAZY.
If you do let friends or family know you’re thinking about getting a facelift, don’t expect a cheering gallery. “You look fine…we’re all getting old…you’re being too hard on yourself…”. Most of them won’t really understand how you feel. All they think about is the cost, and “going under the scalpel”. Getting a facelift should never be made on impulse. If you think it’s going to stop time, replace the batteries in your internal clock, think again. Your thinking is also a little flawed if you believe a facelift will make your husband, wife or ex-significant-other come running back. Or get rehired with both a promotion and a raise. But crazy? There isn’t anything crazy about wanting to both look, and feel better. The decision is all yours. What’s your heart telling you?
DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
The single most important thing in getting a facelift is finding the right surgeon. Facelift surgery is a complex procedure that requires extensive knowledge of anatomy, a very specific skill set of surgical techniques, a highly-developed eye for aesthetic detail, and the drive to keep up with the evolving field. Exactly what you’ll find with Dr. Thomas A. Narsete. Go ahead, get other consultations, but when you meet with Dr. Narsete, you’ll know he’s the one. He treats every patient like his only patient, making you feel comfortable, carefully explaining your options, and giving you all the time you need to answer any questions. Above all, look at the amazing results of his work. Don’t wait, make an appointment now. You’ve got a beautiful future to face.