Facelift Procedures | Miami, FL
Feel you look too old for your age. Should you get a facelift?
Shadows — the culprits behind looking older…
Facial plastic surgeons and physicians in the cosmetic specialties have come to a new appreciation as to what makes our faces ‘look older.’ The common paradigm was the thought that solely gravity played a role in facial aging (or at least the culprit that could be helped). However, we now appreciate that it is not merely the ‘sagging of our skin’ that makes us look older. Our faces appear to age as a result of multiple factors—those due to gravity, sun damage, and volume loss.
If you notice pictures of yourself from years past you will notice how your face has aged through early childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and on through your forties and beyond. As children and adolescents we have very full faces, commonly referred to as, “baby fat.” Yet, as we age we lose this fullness to our faces typically reaching a youthful medium in our twenties and thirties. As we continue to age, however, we begin to notice more “shadows” where there once were none. You may see these shadows below the eyes, in the temples, and around the mouth. Shadows form within crevices and wrinkles in our faces as a result of the volume which is lost. You may notice, for instance, that your cheeks are not as full as they once were or your temple area appears hallowed. Shadows are caused by loss of volume and not solely from sagging skin. It may take the trained eye of a facial plastic surgeon to notice what is causing you to ‘look older’ as it may be a combination of factors in different areas of the face. The goal of any facial rejuvenation procedure is to subtlety ‘turn back the clock’ on your appearance in order to provide natural results.
Lifting procedures, when performed exclusively, may not provide these results. A facelift, necklift, or browlift may need to be complimented with fat transfer or a filling procedure to help restore more youthful volume to our faces. Volume, when restored in specific areas of the face, helps to eliminate “shadows” in areas of our faces which makes us appear older. Fat transferred from other areas of the body like the lower abdomen, flanks, or outer thighs provides a long-term restoration of this volume lost in our faces.