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Face Lift – All This Skin’s Gotta Go.

Face Lift – A face lift (or rhytidectomy), is a surgical procedure that is the most comprehensive approach to treating deep facial wrinkles and dramatically loose, deflated sagging skin caused by aging.

“IT’S LIKE BAM! GRAVITY GOT ME.”

I know that as you age, your skin gets thinner and droops in a way that could make anyone scream. But I also know (my friends and I always talk about it) that the problem isn’t just the curse of gravity. It could be heredity. Could be. But it could also be how you’ve lived. I admit it; I was a sun worshipper — baby oil and no SPF anything. Now, SPFs are going through the ceiling. So I got way more than a healthy dose of damaging rays. Now it’s like my whole face has deflated. My husband says he doesn’t see it. “You look fine.” Fine? Maybe that’s why they say love is blind. Time to visit Dr. Narsete about a Face lift.

“DON’T CALL ME MA’AM.”

“Whhaaat?” Did some unknowingly cruel Millennial just call me “ma’am”? My heart sunk. I got home and flew to the mirror, rose colored glassed tossed to the floor. What’s wrong with this picture? I smile and the wrinkles deepen. I try to laugh about it, but my laugh lines make me want to cry. And stress? It’s impossible to hide your emotions; you just got divorced, maybe lost your job, your son moved halfway across the country taking the loves-of-your-life grandchildren. You do look like a ma’am. You feel like one. No one wants to age, but the point is, our faces tell a different story. If that’s the case, I want my ending to be a happy one. No, ecstatic.

“DID HE OR DIDN’T HE?”

Why in the world don’t people get it that men age, too.? That we look in the mirror and don’t recognize the person with the sagging skin looking back at them. My skin sags, my ego sags with it. If I tell anyone I’m thinking of getting a face lift they think I’m crazy. Which make me crazy. My daughter is getting married and I don’t want to walk her down the aisle looking like the Grandfather of the bride. And have you ever looked at those wedding albums? Not flattering. Age really stares you in the face. “Alexa…play my ‘young’ mix, and while you’re at it, take some years off, will ya?” If only.

“YES, I’M TIRED. TIRED OF LOOKING THIS WAY.”

I hate when people telling me I look tired. They say there’s nothing a good 8 hours won’t do for you. I can get a solid 10 and wake up looking like an insomniac. I certainly don’t look relaxed, refreshed or rested. I just look old, my old tight skin and contours gone. Even though I hate it, I’m realistic about it. I’m never going to be 20 again…or 30…you get the idea. It’s just that I look a lot older than I feel. Young? I’d just go for more youthful. What I desperately need, is an outlook upgrade. The lift you get from having a facelift. I’ve seen what a good one can do, and I want it. For me. Believe it, this isn’t the face I want to face the future with.

“I DON’T WANT MY AFTER TO MAKE ME LONG FOR MY BEFORE.”

O.K. The decision is made. I want to get a facelift. But the real decision is the plastic surgeon I want to do it. Face lift surgery Is a complex procedure that requires extensive knowledge in facial anatomy, a very specific skill set of surgical techniques, and a highly-developed eye for aesthetic detail. Which narrowed it down to Dr. Thomas A. Narsete. When I went in for a consult (and in truth, I went to get several others) I knew he was the surgeon I could trust not to make my face scream “Face lift!” He explained the differences between fillers and face lifts (believe me, I asked) and answered all my questions. The biggest of which, was “When?” I scheduled my surgery immediately.

Call for an appointment now. Your beautiful “after is waiting.

Facelift – Can’t wait until I see how I look

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.

Lip Augmentation in Conjunction With Facelift

Preliminary Report: Lip Augmentation in Conjunction With Facelift: Preliminary Experience With A New Permanent Implant

Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 29, Issue 5, 1 September 2009, Pages 356–359,
Published: 01 September 2009

Primary facial rejuvenation surgery has often neglected the perioral area, instead using injectable fillers1 and secondary minor surgeries to address lip fullness. The fillers are temporary, expensive, and require fluid or tissue in-growth for their effect. Autologous fat has been used as an injectable filler with reasonable but temporary results that are marred by noticeable imperfections. Ersek et al2 showed good results in facial rejuvenation treatment (including lip augmentation) from layered fat injections with eight months of follow-up. Temporalis and superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) grafts3,4 have been used with some success, but these grafts do not produce long-term results. None of these treatments show a permanent benefit for the senescent lip.

Numerous minor advances in lip augmentation techniques have been made, but they fall short of full correction of the aging lip. Aiache5 described lip augmentation using a running W-plasty incision inside the mouth and vertical advancement of the flaps. The junction of the moist and dry vermilion is easily identified and avoided. His technique achieved a natural appearance without noticeable scars. The amount of augmentation, however, was limited and lip curl restoration was minimal.

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