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Three respected plastic surgeons had different opinions. Any suggestions?

Dr. Dean Kane Q & A. 7K0A0075

Q. Three respected plastic surgeons each had different opinions. 1. Facelift, neck lift, upper eye lift both eyes, fat grafts/transfers and dermabrasion around mouth. 2. Facelift, neck lift, upper eye lift on right eye only (said not enough extra skin on left eye), lower eye lift on both eyes and full face laser, 3. Facelift, neck lift (with very small incision under chin to liposuction), fat grafts and temple plasty for right eyelid. We did not discuss laser or dermabrasion. What should I do? A.  ​​​​Various options for facelifting, minimally and non-invasive facial enhancements and skin texture improvements are available according to the skin laxity and areas of lift or tightening you wish or need. Both surgical and minimally invasive / non-surgical options are listed below and offered according to your anatomy, recovery time, budget, skills and availability of services offered by the surgeon. ​The 2 basic foundations to rejuvenation include:
  1. ​Lifting  and suspension (with removal of skin excess if needed), and
  2. ​Texture improvement (lines, pigment, laxity).
Surgical lifts would be likened to pulling the bedspread and or top-sheet of your bed up to the head-board and removing the excess material. Minimally invasive procedures such as fillers provide volume such as adjusting a pillow under the bedspread. Botox and Dysport act by pulling the top-sheet which drags the bedspread upwardly. If the bedspread (or skin) continues to fall to the foot of the bed despite fillers, Botox or Dysport you will need to consider a facelift. Non-invasive options such as laser and light therapies, skin tightening products and technologies perform their tightening and smoothening of the skin similar to sending your bedspread to the dry cleaners. A more refreshed, even colored, glowing smoother and tighter spread covers the surface of the bed. The most popular of the fillersRestylane and Perlane, a jelly-like clear skin filler is used to fill lines, wrinkles and folds. Juvederm and its longer lasting “cousin “Juvederm Ultra Plus are similar skin fillers, used to soften and fill the nasolabial (“parentheses”) and marionette folds, the brow (“number 11”) lines and fill and lift the cheeks and lateral brow or chin.Voluma is the longest lasting, up to 2 year duration HA filler. Each one is used to expand or volumize the loss of tissue associated with expression, weathering or aging. All the fillers come with numbing anesthetic!. Fat grafting is a wonderful option but consistency in survival of the fat and need for multiple procedures to achieve your “filling” results may disappoint. Non-surgical facial contouring is possible with fillers such as Radiesse, a bone mineral for the nose or cheeks, jaw and chin as well. Sculptra is the latest of the injectibles stimulation collagen at different levels of the skin adding volume but primarily firming and adding resistance to the formation of wrinkles, folds and descent. Botox and Dysport too have been found to rebalance excessive facial expression, provide a non-surgical brow lift and lip lift and reshape the nose, as well as reducing wrinkles! Dr. Obagi’s new, second generation ZO Skin Health programs may be added to personalized chemical peels, light and laser resurfacing and tightening and will, smoothen and even the color of your skin. IPL and fractionated lasers such as CO2 and erbium and now RF (radiofrequency) are additions to smooth the texture of the skin, tighten and reduce red and brown uneven pigmentation. Dermabrasion is a older but tried and true technique to improve lines and tighten skin. If you can pinch more than an inch of skin along the jawline in front of your earlobe, you should consider a surgical option to redrape and remove extra skin. You may consider: a traditional face and neck lift, short scar face and / or neck lift. The recent resurgence of the S-Lift (created in the early 1900’s), also called by other names as the Quick-Lift, Lifestyle-Lift, Swift-Lift, Soft-Lift, MACS-Lift and others; are a single modification of the S-lift targeted to elevate sagging lower cheeks jowls and lateral upper neck. ​ ​SMASplasty of the face and platysmaplasty of the neck will further enhance the suspension of deeper tissues. ​ ​The 3 opinions you have received are very close in recommendations. Asymmetry or anatomic variations between one side and the other are adjusted for by well experienced surgeons. Face lift and / or neck lift or any of the other procedures and their combinations should be discussed following a proper examination by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who performs all of these options so you will not receive a biased approach because he or she is limited in their skills. Choose who you trust will deliver a level of care you wish to receive. ​ ​I hope this has been helpful. All the best!
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