Many potential facelift patients come to my Naples practice with concerns about looking overly pulled or appearing as if their skin has been blown back in a wind tunnel. The good news is that the surgical techniques I use minimize the risk of looking overly “done.” Instead, my facelift patients are delighted to see that their surgical results still leave them looking like themselves, only younger. I use the following methods to ensure a beautiful, natural-looking outcome for each patient:
- Short incisions: I’ve pared down traditional facelift incisions to minimize scarring. My technique makes use of a thin incision just inside the hairline, above the ear, then around the earlobe and back into the hairline. This incision doesn’t require shaving the hair, and the resulting scars are well-hidden and very discreet.
- SMAS approach: SMAS stands for “superficial musculoaponeurotic system,” and this technique does more than simply tighten the skin. During an SMAS facelift, I manipulate the deep layers of tissues, manually restoring them to more youthful positions and adding support. This helps the results to look much more natural and last longer than a traditional facelift, too.
- Fat transfer: Wrinkles and loose skin are only part of the problem when it comes to facial aging. Another common concern is lost volume, which makes the face appear gaunt or sunken. To help fill in these areas, I rely on the addition of a procedure called fat transfer. I harvest fat from another part of the body, such as the abdomen, and inject it into targeted areas of the face. The result is a subtle boost in plumpness and volume. And because fat transfer uses your own tissue, it is very safe.
By taking a multifaceted approach to facelift surgery, I can help my patients ensure that their results are refreshed, renewed, and just right.