Enhance Your Facelift: Common Procedures to Combine with a Facelift
- 04 August 2016
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
A facelift can make you look a lot younger for your age, but it cannot magically eliminate every imperfection on your face. You might need to further enhance your droopy eyelids or plump up your thin lips.
Your facial skin might also need some work done to make it flawless.
Fortunately, there are some procedures--both surgical and non-surgical--that you can undergo together with your facelift. Read on to find out more about these treatments.
Some additional facial treatments can help enhance the results that you get from your facelift. Though the following procedures require additional surgery, they can be combined with a facelift so that you can reduce the recovery and preparation time as opposed to getting these procedures separately. Facial liposuction, lip augmentation, eyelid surgery, and facial implants are just a few of the most commonly combined surgical procedures with a facelift.
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Along with your facelift, you can get a facial liposuction to remove fat that has accumulated on your cheeks and under your chin, thereby reshaping and contouring your face. That is why it is also sometimes called as lipocontouring or liposculpture. This is best for unwanted facial fat deposits that remain unresponsive to diet and exercise. However, it is important to remember that facial liposuction should not be used as an alternative to weight loss.
Just like any other form of liposuction, your cosmetic surgeon will insert a small precision microsculpture cannula into your problem areas and gently suction the fat cells out. Together with the facelift, facial liposuction can get rid of both excess fat and saggy skin on your face.
Those who have thin lips may want to get a lip augmentation on top of their facelift. With full, sensual lips now considered as an aesthetic ideal, it is no wonder that a lip augmentation is often paired with a facelift.
Your cosmetic surgeon may use several techniques to give you fuller and plumper lips. One of these is the use of dermal fillers, which is a popular way to undergo a lip augmentation as it is considered to be less invasive compared to other methods. Others opt for lip implants, which provide more refined and long-lasting results than dermal fillers. Still, those who are not keen on injecting foreign substances into their lips can get a lip augmentation through fat transfer. You will surely find a method that best fits your needs.
This minor cosmetic surgery is a perfect complementary procedure to a facelift because the latter can enhance the area around the eyes, but not the eyelids themselves. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can dramatically improve the appearance of tired and droopy eyes.
In eyelid surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will lift your sagging eyelids, excise drooping skin, and remove fat pockets from your eyelid area to give you brighter eyes and a more alert appearance. Other treatments that you can combine with eyelid surgery include brow lift, and crow’s feet treatment through the injection of dermal fillers.
Facial implants are designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your face, hence bringing it better balance and proportion. If you are bothered by a small chin, a weak jaw, or simply an overall lack of facial contour, then you might want to get facial implants together with your facelift.
The most common implants are usually inserted in the chin, jaw, and cheeks. They are mostly made of solid silicone rubber measuring four millimeters, which produce natural augmentations in most patients. Depending on your desires, the shell implants may be customized in order to better fit your facial contours.
The non-invasive procedures that patients love pairing with a facelift almost always have something to do with the texture of their facial skin. After all, a facelift can enhance sagging skin and deep creases, but it cannot address fine lines, sun damage, and other surface blemishes. The procedures that can target these concerns include chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, and microdermabrasion.
A chemical peel involves the application of a chemical solution--usually glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, trichloroacetic acid, or carbolic acid-- on your old and damaged skin to make it peel off and eventually improve your appearance. It can be done on your face, neck, and hands.
Some of the skin irregularities that a chemical peel can treat include the certain types of acne, mild scars, fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging, and age spots, freckles and dark patches due to pregnancy. If you suffer from any of these skin problems, you may want to undergo a chemical peel together with your facelift.
Laser skin resurfacing
Just like chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing can help rejuvenate the skin and reduce the effects of the sun, aging, and some facial skin disorders. Also known as a laser peel, this non-invasive cosmetic procedure removes the damaged outer layers of the skin and stimulates the production of collagen and new skin cells in the underlying skin layers. This results in a smoother, younger, and healthier-looking skin.
In a laser peel, your plastic surgeon makes use of high-power beams of light to gently and accurately remove damaged skin one layer at a time. In addition to removing normal skin complaints like wrinkles and blemishes, laser skin resurfacing can also improve large oil glands and give life to yellowed and pale complexions.
Microdermabrasion is pretty similar to both chemical peel and laser skin resurfacing, as it removes the top damaged layer of the skin, thereby revealing the healthy layer underneath. It helps reduce or eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, age spots, light acne scars, and undesired pigmentation that may appear on the skin over time.
In this procedure, your doctor directs a stream of tiny aluminum oxide crystals through a hand piece placed against the skin. These crystals exfoliate the skin by gently scraping away the damaged skin cells, and the mild suction created by the microdermabrasion system removes the skin debris and crystals.
If you are considering getting a facelift together with any of these procedures, then Schedule a Consultation with one of our highly experienced and board-certified plastic surgeons here on Face + Body Cosmetic Surgery.
They will strive to answer whatever questions that you may have regarding these treatments.