During the process of a facelift a surgeon will pay close attention to the skin that is on the cheek areas of the face. Undermining this area allows access to the muscles underneath that can help lift the cheeks and jowls. Stretching out the remaining skin will give a tighter appearance. Excess skin can even be removed. This process is very beneficial for someone who is looking to achieve a youthful appearance. It is important to realize that a facelift will change the appearance of the face. What is not affected is the quality of the skin. This is when something like a laser treatment is useful. Laser treatments don’t treat the face deep down at a muscular level. Lasers don’t penetrate much more than the top layer of skin. They are used to get rid of things like scarring, discoloration, age spots, sun damage, etc. These two procedures are very different, but laser treatments and facelifts can be combined together. There are a number of benefits associated with coupling these two dermatologic procedures.
Laser treatments can be used along with a facelift within the same procedure day. Dermatologists will only treat certain areas of the face though. There is limited blood supply to the face after a facelift. If you used laser resurfacing or chemical peels during this time the recovery could be affected. You do have the option to have laser treatments done on other areas of the face that have not been touched. This includes around the lips, around the nose and on the forehead. As long as skin has not been touched during the facelift then it can be treated with a laser that day. Blood flow to the skin will return after the healing process has occurred. You have the option to wait for laser treatments if you would like. This will allow more areas of your face to be treated. You can undergo multiple laser treatments over the course of a few months. It is better to do a little bit at a time.
Not everybody is a good candidate for a facelift or laser treatment. People who take care of themselves inside and out will benefit from these procedures and recover well. People who have abused their bodies won’t be cleared for surgery or laser therapy. People who are current smokers are not eligible for facelift procedures. Smoking one single cigarette can lead to constriction in the blood vessels. This can cut off blood supply to the skin and result in scarring. Recovery can also take a lot longer for people who are smokers. Secondhand smoke should also be avoided before and after a procedure. Be sure to eat a healthy diet, remain hydrated and protect your skin from the sun. Sun damage can really affect how your face looks, but the sun can also put you at risk for skin cancer.
Maximizing Your Results
As we age there are a number of things that can happen. Our skin can be affected by things like the sun, extreme temperatures, and products. The soft tissues along with muscles, bone structure and fat can all lose their strength and quality. It is important to find a professional that is well versed in addressing multiple parts of the face to produce beneficial results. Sometimes this means using more than one procedure. A facelift works great when it comes to fixing the neck and lower areas of the face. You won’t be able to get rid of fine lines around the eyes this way. Lasers will help with more minor issues. You don’t want to have too much done at once. Your cosmetic surgeon will tell you what procedures are appropriate to have done. Be sure to follow that advice so you get the final results that you are looking for.
Speeding Up the Recovery
Recovery time is an important factor to consider when thinking about a facelift. Nobody wants a long recovery time. You have the option to shorten your recovery by combining procedures. You won’t have to take two separate vacations from work to recover. You can get everything done in one shot and recover all at once. Recuperation is very important and can help with your final results. Make sure that you follow all of the guidelines that were given to you by your surgeon. These rules are designed to keep you safe during recovery. They also ensure that your body will heal properly. If anything goes wrong during the recovery process then you could end up with botched results.
Choosing a Professional
Take your time to find a professional that you trust to perform your facelift and laser treatment. Certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery is very important. You can also ask questions about past surgeries and past results. Dr. Andrew Frankel is a professional at the Lasky Clinic. He specializes in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Frankel is board certified and focuses largely on brow lifts, blepharoplasty surgery and facelifts in the Beverly Hills area in California.