The (New) Fountain of Youth for Facial Rejuvenation?
When you get right down to it, every plastic surgeon in the world is searching for a fountain of youth. Not necessarily for themselves (although a lot of plastic surgeons do invest in procedures for themselves), but for their patients. Cosmetic surgery procedures are evolving rapidly, which is why it’s more essential than ever that the plastic surgeon you choose regularly invests in their own professional education by attending courses, conferences and symposia taught by the best of their peers, sharing the very latest advancements in plastic surgery techniques and technology. ISAPS facilitates over 30 different courses and symposia for our members every year around the world, taught by a world-class faculty!
Throughout the 80s and 90s, the most popular “fountains of youth” were the more traditional neck and facelifts. The most common signs of aging are, of course, wrinkles and sagging skin. The best way to fix both problems was by tightening the skin. In most cases, the vast majority of patients ended up with excellent results, but some overdid it, resulting in an overstretched or tight facial appearance. Fortunately, modern facelift techniques have evolved considerably, so that today’s facelift requires very minimal downtime and offers very natural-looking results.
So what’s changed, exactly, with the modern facelift? Many of the surgical techniques themselves have changed, resulting in much more subtle manipulation of tissue, very minimal scarring and faster recovery times. But the most modern approach to the facelift today means combined “therapies” — namely, incorporating dermal fillers to add volume back to the face, or using fat transfer, resulting in a far more harmonious “lifted” and natural-looking result.
The quality and texture of a patient’s skin also has a lot to do with a pleasing end result. Techniques that stimulate the growth of collagen in the lower layers of the skin, such as micro-needling, have become popular ways to restore the loss of natural facial volume due to age. Skin resurfacing techniques, like microdermabrasion and laser treatments, can give patients a smoother, younger complexion that nicely complements restored facial volume. And if there are deep wrinkles to be eliminated, then Botox is used to provide a smoother skin texture and more relaxed look.
Despite the many advancements being made with non-surgical facial rejuvenation, the modern facelift still remains as the gold standard — both in terms of the amount of lift it can provide and in how long-lasting the results are. If you are considering having a facelift, be sure to ask your surgeon about not just their experience and qualifications, but about their ongoing education, and what additional therapies they can provide in conjunction with your facelift!