Could a facelift in Miami, FL be right for you?
Have you started researching a facelift in Miami, FL and are beginning to wonder if it is right for you? Are all those years of sun worshiping catching up to you? Has the word jowls recently entered your vocabulary? Like the necklace but not the neck it draws attention to? Maybe you have tried Botox, collagen and every other filler, but your face and neck are still succumbing to age and gravity. Your thoughts may now be turning to more radical solutions like face-lifts, but you have qualms about surgery. You should, because although many patients think face-lifts are routine, they do actually carry some risk, such as infection, a lopsided appearance, or temporary or permanent loss of feeling. More serious nerve damage to motor and sensory nerves may also result in weakness or loss of facial movements. In other words, a face-lift can be a very big deal.
Fortunately, you have other choices. The evolution of skin treatments over the past 10 years has been dramatic. But first, let’s talk skin. Your skin and face are delicate structures. The outer skin layer, or epidermis, is a translucent, protective layer of cells that is constantly shedding. Beneath it lays the dermis, full of blood vessels, nerves, hair roots, and sweat glands. It also houses a dense concentration of collagen and elastin fibers, which give the skin strength, elasticity and tone. Beneath the dermis lies subcutaneous fat, woven with fibrous threads called septae. The threads connect the fat layer with underlying muscle. The jowl or turkey wattle that’s bothering you owes much of its charm to subcutaneous fat deposits and the loosening of these fibrous threads. Anything that affects the structure and tightness of either the collagen fibers or the deeper threads in the fat affects your skin as well. All of these reasons may have been what prompted your initial search for a facelift in Miami, FL and we can help! You can learn more about our face-lift procedure by contacting us today!
Worried about surgery and are wondering if a non surgical facelift in Miami is the best choice?
If you are scared of knives, or really do not want to go through the surgical procedure, you can choose to receive a non surgical facelift in Miami. Non-surgical face-lift treatment options used to be limited to natural or synthetic chemical peels that usually affected only the most superficial layers of skin. Peels are still used, often in combination with a surgical face-lift so that the topical chemical application is done under anesthesia. In the right hands, peels can firm up your skin, erasing years. Another older option was dermabrasion which is known as a facial sanding technique introduced in the 1950s and refined over the next 40 years. Results (and complications) depended on who wielded the sander, and some patients gained not youthfulness but permanent scars. In the early 1990s, medical lasers radically altered skin treatment options. Ablative (tissue-destroying) laser resurfacing, which involves burning off the upper layer of skin with laser energy, offered better, more consistent results than peels and dermabrasion. Effective for wrinkles, age spots and even skin looseness, the treatment can also be very uncomfortable and leave a large burn wound. The open, oozing wound requires meticulous care for days and can scar or cause pigment changes. Later in the ‘90s, medical laser technology introduced non-ablative laser resurfacing. This technique uses laser wavelengths that target skin components without destroying all of the surrounding tissue. So long to open, oozing wounds. The lasers are particularly effective at improving skin blemishes and skin texture, as well as at tightening the skin. Although laser resurfacing required multiple treatments, discomfort and care afterward are minimal, allowing patients to quickly return to their lives. Since 2001, refinement of laser technology and the use of radio frequency waves have offered even greater leaps forward in skin treatment. This means that a non surgical facelift in Miami could be the best option for you if you are trying to avoid surgery all together.
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What is the process for a facelift in Miami, FL?
A traditional facelift in Miami, FL consists of an incision made in front of the ear extending up into the hair or hairline. The incision stretches downward in front of the ear, comes under the ear and then upward behind the ear. It then ends in the hair or hairline behind the ear. If necessary, the deeper tissues of the face can be tightened. The excess skin is removed. The incisions are then closed with sutures and staples. In some cases a drain is placed under the skin behind the ear to drain off any excess blood and fluids. This drainage tube is removed a day or two after the procedure. Then at this point, bandages are applied. The incisions in front of and behind the ear are usually not noticeable. For a satisfactory and pleasing result, the adequate techniques are required in each individual case.
If skin is removed in excess, the face can assume a pulled-back or startled appearance. Incisions and bandages must be kept dry and the patient should follow the specific instructions about bathing and washing. Vigorous activity should be avoided for some time. Following doctor’s directives is crucial and will speed the healing process, allowing for the best possible result. Full recovery takes about two to three weeks while bruises heal and swelling diminishes. Some numbness and muscle stiffness is normal for some time. We do want you to know that scars from a facelift in Miami, FL could take up to a year to completely heal and vanish.
When you contact us today, we can schedule you a consultation with our doctor so that you can talk with him about any concerns or worries that you may be having. We want you to feel confident in your before and after!
Final information about a facelift in Miami, FL
Additional procedures to supplement the facelift in Miami, FL may be necessary for optimal results, including neck lift, eyelid surgery, liposuction, fat injection, removal of cheek fat, forehead lift, brow lift, chemical or laser peel, and cheek or chin implants. Complications of facelift surgery are infrequent, cosmetic procedures are generally safe. However, any surgery comes with some risk. The following points should be thought about, discussed, as well as considered before going forward with a facelift procedure:
- Undergoing a facelift surgery is not recommended for anyone with serious medical problems
- The individual who is considering undergoing the procedure should be in good general health
- The risk of postoperative complications is increased in cigarette smokers
- There is a higher risk of complications for patients with high blood pressure and diabetes
- The patient should have reasonable expectations. Surgery will not detain the overall aging process
- Patient should be psychologically stable
- For best results, patient should have good skin elasticity and bone structure
- Patients should abstain from taking aspirin or other blood thinners for at least one week prior to surgery
Genetics and lifestyle factors play a role in aging and the appearance of skin. A healthy lifestyle, including not smoking or drinking alcohol, limiting stress, sun exposure and contact with pollutants can help extend the beneficial effects of the facelift surgery.
Prior to surgery, the plastic surgeon will review the patient’s medical history. There will be analysis and evaluation of blood pressure, blood clotting, medications, cigarette smoking, drug use, allergies, scarring, and skin condition. Moreover, the plastic surgeon will discuss with the patient what the surgery will involve, where it will take place, the type of anesthesia used, the recovery, and potential complications that may develop. Most patients are very satisfied with the results of their facelift. They feel that they have recovered a more youthful appearance. Both men and women enjoy their rejuvenated look. The results of a facelift in Miami, FL can last approximately 10 years when done by the competent staff with our wonderful Dr. J. Salomon.