Rhytidectomy or more commonly known as facelift is a cosmetic surgery performed for a more youthful and radiant look. In the past few years facelift has been one of the most in demand cosmetic procedures in the world and it has come a long way. Before this very costly beauty enhancement is almost exclusive only to the rich and famous, but as time passes by, it has become accessible to both men and women regardless of their economic status, race and profession. Not only that it has become available and reachable by almost all people across the globe, the techniques and methods used by cosmetologists and surgeons also became advanced. And after years of practice and series of tests, they are able to introduce different types of facelift that suits every person depending on their needs and wants.
Deep Plane Facelift
There are many techniques used in facelifting and one of the most traditional ways is the deep plane facelift. This method was developed in order to correct the deepening of the nasolabial fold. This method addresses the dilemma that as we age, we do not grow more skin, instead, the muscles in our faces and in the neck area continuously sag and lose their tone. Making things worse, the fatty deposits are also developing in our jaw area and under our eyes as well. The sagging and drooping of our facial skin causes the limited and remaining amount of skin to stretch and lose elasticity. In this procedure, which involves a limited and predominantly dissection beneath the muscle-fascia layer or directly under the facial skin, the skin is re-draped and stitched under no pressure. This is done after tightening and fixating sagging muscles and removing unnecessary fat pads in the face and neck area. The effect will then be more natural in appearance and reduces the pull on the sewn areas – so the scars are not strained, as compared to the older style face lifts.
This type of facelift involves a lesser invasive surgical option. The thread lift or also known to others as the feather lift, is frequently the type suggested for those people who only try to find minor improvements to treat their sagging skin especially if it only involves small facial parts like in the eye, and forehead. One advantage of this type of lift is that it can be performed with only using local anesthesia instead of the general anesthesia.
In this type of facelift, a more profound and deeper layer of muscle-fascia tissue is moved and repositioned, as compared to the other types of facelifts. The difference between composite facelift and deep plane facelift is the extra repositioning and fixation of the orbicularis oculi muscle, which is only done in the former. The malar crescent caused by the orbicularis oculi ptosis can be addressed in this type of facelift. Skin-only facelift. This type of facelift does not involve lifting any parts of the Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System or SMAS. As the name suggests, the skin-only facelift only lifts the facial skin, and not the muscles, skin or any other parts of SMAS.
Advancements in cosmetic surgery can be viewed in Channel 9-KUSA TV’s Colorado & Company wherein Board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Raval of Raval MD discusses those topics.
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