The traditional notion of a “facelift” is far different today than it was even a decade ago. The thought of lifting the “entire” face with long incisions and wide undermining of the skin is archaic. This type of procedure will lift the face, but it lifts all of the face. If areas of the face do not need lifting and they are lifted those areas then look overdone and unnatural. Today we have smaller procedures that are directed to specific areas of the face. This allows for much faster healing and a markedly more natural look. Most patients return to work in one to two weeks. For instance, the most common concern we see today from someone desiring a facelift is laxity of the lower cheek and neck. These areas can nicely be corrected with a S-lift procedure using small incisions and minimal skin elevation. It can even be done under local anesthesia. It takes about 2 ½ hours to perform. It should be looked at as a mini-face or mini-neck lift. However, don’t misled let the word “mini”. The results (please see our photo section) are remarkable. There is a very natural look and it is long lasting (about 10 -12 years). If the concern is the middle of the face over the cheekbones or in the forehead (with wrinkles and droopy eyebrows) there are procedures specifically directed for theses areas as well. Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to facial rejuvenation.
Franklin Richards, MD