For most people, the idea of plastic surgery to make them look younger immediately makes them think of a facelift. While this procedure can be highly effective, many patients don’t realize how many other options there are that can take years off their appearance and may actually be a better fit for their needs than a facelift.
Just as a facelift reduces the sagging excess skin on the face, a neck lift applies the same principles to the chin, jowl, and neck area. However, the procedure can vary based on the individual patient. If excess fat is contributing to your aesthetic concerns, liposuction can often be used to remove the localized fat, and for some patients, the neck lift may also involve tightening the muscles of the neck to produce a more comprehensive, rejuvenating improvement.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
A brow lift does just what its name suggests it does—lifts and firms the skin of the eyebrow and forehead area to address expression lines and other signs of aging. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Franklyn Elliott uses an innovative technique called the endoscopic brow lift to perform the procedure with smaller incisions, minimal scarring, and less downtime than a traditional brow lift.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) targets signs of aging around the eyes to provide results that are subtle but can make you look years younger. Upper eyelid surgery reduces excess skin that has given the eyelids a “hooded,” tired appearance, while lower eyelid surgery can remove the fat deposits and sagging skin that create “bags” under the eyes.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
For some patients who are looking for facial rejuvenation, laser skin resurfacing is the best fit. This procedure uses precisely-controlled lasers to remove damaged outer skin while helping the deeper layers of skin to produce more collagen (the protein that gives young skin its firmness and elasticity). The result is a complexion that is more radiant, youthful, and with fewer signs of aging, sun damage, and scarring. Laser skin resurfacing can be a great option for patients who are not yet ready for a facelift, as well as for patients who want to further enhance and maintain the results of their cosmetic rejuvenation procedures.
In the end, choosing the right plastic surgery procedure (or, for many patients, the right combination of procedures) is an essential step in attaining the results that will help you be more confident in your appearance. To begin discussing your cosmetic options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Franklyn Elliott or join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay up-to-date on the latest plastic surgery news.