Facts about Surgery to Reverse the Signs of Aging
- Aging continues as long as you live. Surgery cannot stop the aging process. It can only reverse accumulated signs of aging. The excess skin and fat removed during surgery is discarded. Any sagging or bagging is the result of continued aging or fat herniation or accumulation and the loss of tissue elasticity.
- Facelift, forehead, or eyelid surgery does not “fall”. However, because the elasticity of the skin diminishes with age, the tissues weaken over time. Progressive aging is not a sign that the surgery is failing or was not effective. It is the result of your loss of skin, muscular and connective tissue elasticity and is a fact of life. Remember, after surgery, you never look as old as you would have, had surgery not been done.
- Sometimes other procedures are needed to support the result of surgery. For instance, brow lift surgery may be needed to not only correct severe brow droop, but also to restore or support the improvement of the eyelid surgery.
- Procedures are used to treat specific concerns. They will not improve areas they are not designed to address. For example, upper eyelid surgery can help reduce the excess skin and fat of the upper eyelid. However, it cannot stop brow sagging, continued aging, or wrinkles. A brow lift, additional eyelid tucks, or skin exfoliation may help these concerns. Mini-facelift procedures such as the Daylift™ are not as extensive as a facelift and cannot be expected to achieve the results of a facelift. Likewise, a lower facelift is designed to improve sagging jowls and neck tissues. It does not raise the forehead or high cheek area, and it will not flatten smile lines. A forehead lift, high cheek lift, injectable fillers, and/or other procedures might be advised to help with these concerns. The lower facelift, eyelid surgery, or forehead lift will not remove wrinkles. Laser resurfacing, chemical peel or the face skin exfoliation and rejuvenation program might be advised to address the wrinkling and loss of elasticity.
- Facelift, eyelid surgery, and forehead/brow surgery cannot re-inflate the face. Fillers may be required in the “tear trough” area (the groove between the lower eyelid and the upper cheek), the “oblique check groove” (a depression that extends obliquely down the mid cheek), the “naso-labial and mento-labial” folds (groove or fold between the mouth and cheek/groove between the chin and cheek), and the “pre-jowl depression” (between the inside edge of the jowl and the chin).
- Facelift surgery can often produce very pleasing results in the jowl and neck, but the results may be somewhat limited in those patients with heavy (or fat) tissues.
- We all possess a certain genetic potential, but there is growing evidence that the way we age is not a certainty and the process might be delayed. Proper nutrition with limited refined carbohydrate intake, vitamin supplementation, exercise, rest, stress reduction and hormone restoration may impact and influence the aging process. Our health and aging is also affected by practicing good health care through the avoidance of injury and disease, sun exposure, tobacco use, excessive alcohol intake, and drug use.
- Doctors use different surgical techniques. We use techniques designed to provide a natural, un-operated appearance.