Dr. Balikian’s philosophy with all facelift surgery is for you to look like yourself, only better, without the signs of aging. You will look naturally lifted, and will not looked pulled. This procedure can often be performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation, negating the need forgeneral anesthesia.
As we get older, changes occur on our face. The natural aging process causes loss of elasticity of the skin. As we are exposed to the sun and pollutants, deeper wrinkles start to form. The effects of gravity cause underlying facial muscles in the cheeks and neck to become loose. Skin folds appear on the cheeks, and fatty tissue can appear around the neck and jowls, causing the jawline to lose its definition. Weakened platysma muscles of the neck separate and form a “turkey wattle.” Deepening lines andwrinklescan form, especially between the nose and mouth.
Patients who choose a facelift usuallyhave twomotivating factors: either they want to halt the advance of the aging process, or they seek to reverse the already present signs of aging. A facelift will “set the clock back” to enable you to look like you did several years ago. It rejuvenates the face by reducing sagging skin, lifting and tightening weakened muscles of the face and neck and removing excess fat underneath the skin, which smoothens out and improves wrinkles. The facelift is typically divided into three components and most patients require treatment of all three areas during a standard procedure:
- Liposuction: Reshapes the neck by removing loose excess fat deposits of the jowls and neck
- Cheek-jowl lift: Lifts sagging cheek and jaw line tissues. Softens the marionette lines.
- Neck lift: Tightens the major weak neck muscles, removes bands running down the neck, creates a sharper chin-neck angle and takes away excess skin.
Not all facelifts are created equal. By using deep-plane techniques and SMAS muscle elevation, Dr. Balikian is able to reposition the underlying facial tissue, rather than just the skin. By setting the architecture of the facial tissues back to were they were previously, Dr. Balikian can prevent unnatural tightening or pulling of the facial skin, avoiding the “pulled” or “wind tunnel” appearance. By using time- tested techniques, Dr. Balikian can give each individual patient the natural, long lasting, beautiful result they desire, with imperceptible incision lines. Dr. Balikian uses computerized imaging during consultation to help create the natural look that you want to accomplish.
Dr. Balikian is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who focuses solely on the face and neck. For more information on his advanced facial rejuvenation techniques call Balikian Facial Plastic Surgery today at (951) 719-2950 or use our online appointment request form.