Q. I’m 45-year-old female. Good health & of Italian decent. No prior cosmetic surgeries. I have had fillers. Would I be an ideal candidate for an S- lift OR full face lift surgery?
A. The art of facelift surgery like any surgery is to match the needs of the patient with the best option possible. Current technology and techniques offer non-surgical face enhancements (such as volume filling, skin tightening and soft tissue lifting) when there is minimal or no skin excess. It is the amount of skin laxity that determines the need for an incision and the length of the incision to best lift, remove and redrape the redundant tissues.
The “S”lift (a longer incision) followed the “C”lift of the early 1900’s when excess skin folds were remove in front of the ear. From the 1950’s onward, advances in facelifting included multi-layer suspension of the soft tissues and redraping of the skin excess. Younger patients and those needing a secondary tuck after a prior facelift may need a smaller “cut” called a “short-scar” facelift. Add a pull on the fatty tissues under the skin in different directions using different nuanced techniques and the surgeon can get caught up in as many different labels to name their procedure.
You will need a personalized facelifting procedure based on your skin excess, soft-tissue descent, cost, recovery time, personal medical health and many other factors. Please consult with a talented and experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who may provide surgical, minimally invasive and non-surgical options by which to decide on what is best for you.
I hope this is helpful! All the best!
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