Bringing The Happy Back to Your Face
I consult with a number of patients every week about their facial aging. A frequent thread to the discussion centers around a patient looking “tired” or “angry,” but not feeling that way. She wants her facial expression to better reflect her true feelings of happiness and contentment.
What Causes Facial Aging?
There are a number of factors at play in facial aging, but key to the discussion is the loss of volume to the face as we age. To illustrate the example, I point out that if you look at the back of your hand and compare it to a baby’s, 20-year-old’s, 50-year-old’s, and a 90-year-old hand, the noticeable difference will be the obvious loss of volume that occurs, as we grow older.
As we age, we lose the fatty-layer that lies underneath the skin. It’s that fatty layer that gives our skin a smooth, supple, healthy appearance. As the layer recedes, you begin to notice the underlying bony structures in the face and hands. Add the affects of gravity and you can understand why people feel like they look tired or angry when they see themselves in the mirror.
How Can I Add Volume Back to My Face?
In fact, when I perform facelifts the majority of time I will graft fat from my patient’s hips or abdomen and place it into their cheeks, nasolabial folds, lips and any area that is lacking volume. The addition of fat grafting to traditional face and neck lifting has produced superior outcomes compared to simply removing excess skin alone.
The thing to keep in mind is that every patient has distinct features –your face is unlike any other. So I would need to spend some time with you discussing what would be optimal for your particular features. In addition to your clinical evaluation we can use our 3D imaging system to simulate your post-surgical outcome. If you would like to see some face lift before and after photos, please click here.
Where Can I Learn More?
Review this section for more detail about the procedure. When you’re ready to talk in person, let’s schedule a consultation about the treatment and procedure and the kind of results you can expect. Call our office at (775) 398-4600.