When you choose a facelift, there is a lot on the line. Patients make a tremendous emotional investment in the procedure, trusting their hopes, health, and lifetime appearance to a surgeon. That is why it is so important to choose wisely, from among surgeons and surgical options.
Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Hause has the depth of experience to ensure a beautiful, natural-looking result. Here, he explains some of the critical variables that make the difference between a successful outcome and an artificial-looking facelift.
Precision and Proportion
The starting point for a successful result is the experience and judgment of your plastic surgeon. A surgeon with good judgment understands the needs of the patient, and will never push someone to try an unwanted or unnecessary procedure. That type of moderation and restraint is key to preventing a “pulled” or “windswept” facelift result that will turn heads for all the wrong reasons.
Good judgment also involves considering the patient’s entire facial profile, and understanding that each area of the face contributes to an individual’s distinctive look. Treating one area only, such as the jowls or neck, can upset the aesthetic balance of the face, making a person look unnatural and even unrecognizable.
An experienced surgeon knows how important it is to pay attention to the muscles and ligaments under the skin, not simply stretch the surface layer, creating tension with deeper tissue. Pulling facial features out of alignment, such as raising the brow, pulling back ears or improperly placing incisions, is also a prime cause of unnatural-looking facelifts. In addition, a skilled surgeon knows that removing fat below the surface during a facelift can result in a skeletal look that will actually make the patient seem older.
Trusted and Proven
Equally important is a surgeon’s track record of successful surgeries on various facial types. This level of experience, combined with a commitment to keeping abreast of the latest techniques and medical best practices, will ensure the most natural-looking result.
The best surgeons also understand the limits of facelifts and will recommend alternatives when appropriate. In many cases, this means suggesting less invasive techniques, such as fat transfer or a “mini facelift.” Laser resurfacing can smooth and tighten the skin as well, and injectables are often a practical way to fill lines, wrinkles, and hollows while stimulating the production of collagen, the natural protein that adds strength and flexibility to the skin.