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Constant advances in cosmetic surgery are making it even easier to rejuvenate our appearance. From the latest technology to the simplest procedure, the wide array of enhancement choices makes looking better even more accessible. Letís take a look at the latest:
Instead of the relatively long, continuous incisions typically made during a conventional facelift, the typical endoscopic facelift will require three or more short incisions which are concealed in the hairline and/or behind the ears. Because the incisions used in an endoscopic facelift are significantly smaller than those used in a traditional facelift, the risk of sensory loss from nerve damage is lessened. Endoscopic facelift patients also have significantly reduced bleeding, bruising and swelling. They also tend to recover more quickly and are often able to return to work and other activities within a week of the procedure.
An endoscopic mid-facelift can be performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia with deep sedation, or general anesthesia, and may take 1 to 2 hours. A mid-facelift is performed through tiny incisions placed inconspicuously within the hairline of the temple area and on the inside of the mouth. During the procedure the fat pads of the cheeks are repositioned up and over the cheekbones. This re-draping will improve the nasal furrows caused by drooping fat pads. The convenient size and placement of the incisions result in virtually scarless facelift results. The best candidates for an endoscopic facelift are people with moderate facial imperfections caused by excess fatty tissue and facial muscles that have begun to loosen.
Because an endoscopic facelift involves a few very small incisions, it tends to produce less bleeding and swelling and requires fewer stitches than a conventional facelift. The recovery period following endoscopic surgery is often shorter and more convenient than the downtime required for a traditional facelift. Recovery may also go more smoothly, since this often scarless facelift approach reduces the risk of many complications associated with similar cosmetic surgery.
A variety of options are available for the improvement of skin through photo rejuvenation, which is the use of an energy-based device to improve skin in thermal, mechanical, and chemical ways. Thermage is an example of a thermal energy-based device and was recently FDA-approved for the improvement of sagging skin and facial lines. Recovery from laser skin resurfacing will involve redness and swelling, but this can be controlled with ice packs and medication prescribed by your doctor.
To decide which facial rejuvenation method is right for you, speak with a certified cosmetic surgeon.
ē American Society of Plastic Surgeons ē plasticsurgery.org