The stigma of cosmetic surgery has finally lifted. Well, almost. For years, there was a certain vibe out there about cosmetic surgery. That it was only for the rich and famous, and it was usually badly done. Mention a facelift and the average person might picture an older celebrity who had a bad one back in the 1980s and whose face was then plastered over every tabloid in America. Sadly, stereotypes tend to stick, but thankfully that impression of cosmetic surgery has faded a great deal since then. Current procedures, like the modern facelift, are lightyears away from where they were thirty years ago. There is far more to it than most would expect. Here are a few things that you may not know about facial cosmetic surgery today:
A facelift isn’t about the entire face. The procedure is specifically designed to lift sagging skin and reduce excess fat in the lower half of the face. There is a heck of a lot more to it than just pulling the skin back tighter on the face, as the stereotype would have you believe. Modern facelifts, like our Azul Natural Lift, are designed to give you a rejuvenated and renewed appearance. Dr. Flaharty’s technique sculpts fatty tissues, tightens the skin, and gives the patient long-lasting and, most important, natural-looking results. Though the use of Fat Transfer, Dr. Flaharty can naturally smooth out areas of the face and restore lost subcutaneous fat volume. Old fears of surgical scarring are unnecessary — the incisions will be hidden and are nearly invisible once they are healed.
What About the Upper Face?
Because face and neck lifts only involve the lower part of the face, having those procedures alone can actually accentuate the aging appearance in areas that weren’t treated. That is why Dr. Flaharty suggests having a number of different procedures so all areas of the face are renewed, a harmonious result. Endoscopic Brow Lifts work remarkably well in conjunction with a lower face or neck lift. This procedure lifts and reshapes the brow while reducing forehead furrows and frown lines. The procedure also improves the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin around the eyes. Not unlike the facelift procedure, there is very little scarring with the brow lift as the incisions are just above the hairline.
Hmm… What Else Could We Do?
By performing both the a Facelift and the Endoscopic Brow Lift, you can get closer to that harmonious result. However, there are still a few areas of the face that could be targeted and rejuvenated. Take, for example, the area around your eyes. Eyelid Surgery, also called a blepharoplasty, takes care of that area by reducing wrinkles, eliminating fat deposits and getting rid of any loose skin. This is a procedure that goes incredibly well with dermal filler treatments such as Cheek and Chin Enhancement. It is the loss of facial fat and soft tissue in your face that can cause dropping skin and also, for example, the bags under your eyes. Though the use of dermal fillers, you can fill in those dark circles under your eyes and appear more lively than you have in years! Similarly, you can use dermal fillers to fill in depressions and frown lines along the jaw. Dermal fillers, however, are temporary, lasting around 1-3 years or so. A more permanent solution would be through the use of implants. Though requiring surgery, these subtle and soft implants can easily fix a weak chin and create a balance in your facial features. Regardless of the procedures you have, a CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing is an excellent method to get rid of sunspots and irregularities on the skin, while tightening the deeper layers of the skin and eliminating wrinkles.
This Much Info Is a Bit Overwhelming?
That is completely understandable. For many people, surgery can be a big step. We offer a number of alternative non-invasive treatments for those who are not ready for surgery. But the surgical option is almost always the best for the most natural and long-lasting results. If you are interested in learning more about any of our treatments and finding out which ones are right for you, please visit our website at www.azulbeauty.com and fill out a consultation form. Or if you know you’re ready, and just want to book an appointment, give us a call at (239) 415-7576.