A face lift is a cosmetic procedure designed to refine and rejuvenate the appearance of the face and neck by treating visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles, creases, excess fatty deposits, and sagging skin. The surgical methods used to accomplish this can vary. When evaluating a patient for a possible face lift, Dr. Daniel Greenwald, a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon at Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, might recommend any of several different techniques. Dr. Greenwald bases his recommendations on several key factors, including a patient’s medical history and overall health condition, as well as his or her needs and goals.
First and foremost, during a personal consultation, Dr. Greenwald might determine that a patient can achieve his or her aesthetic objectives without a face lift. For example, some patients – particularly those who are concerned only with mild wrinkles and other early signs of aging – are able to achieve very good results with non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques, such as minimally invasive injectables like Botox and/or dermal fillers like Restylane and Radiesse.
For patients who are surgical candidates, Dr. Greenwald performs several types of face lift procedures in Tampa, Florida. These include:
- Traditional facelift – This technique targets lax skin in the lower face and neck areas. In general, Dr. Greenwald makes an incision that begins above the ear that extends into the hairline behind the ear. After detaching the skin from the underlying fat and muscle, Dr. Greenwald uses sutures to lift and reposition the muscle layer and tighten the skin, and then removes the excess skin.
- Mid facelift – This type of face lift addresses sagging cheeks and deep creases that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth. To accomplish this, Dr. Greenwald might make incisions in the hairline, the lining of the mouth, and/or in the lower eyelid before tightening and removing excess tissue.
- MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) lift – Also known as a mini face lift, this procedure involves a short, shallow incision near the crease of the ear and/or in the hairline. Dr. Greenwald then lifts the skin and muscle to smooth and tighten the facial surface.
Depending on a patient’s specific requirements, Dr. Greenwald might recommend one or more other cosmetic procedures instead of or in addition to a face lift. For instance, a neck lift can address a “turkey neck” by removing excess skin and fatty tissue to redefine the jaw line, while an eyelid lift can tighten and remove excess skin and fatty tissue on the upper and lower eyelids to create a more youthful appearance.
If you’re interested in a face lift and would like to meet with Dr. Greenwald to discuss your goals, please call Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 1-888-840-3199 to schedule an appointment at our clinic in Tampa, FL.