The aging process is most apparent on your face. Lines, wrinkles, creases and folds develop and detract from your natural attractiveness and personality. Today’s face lift techniques allow plastic surgeons to carefully and precisely address cosmetic concerns while maintaining a natural, age-appropriate appearance. Dr. Christopher Killingsworth, a double board-certified Atlanta plastic surgeon, offers facelifts for men and women who live in Forsyth County, Cumming and other areas near Atlanta.
Surgery to Lift the Face
More than any other body part, your face is the gateway for everyone you meet and whether you want it to or not, it reveals a lot of personal information about you, reflecting your age, heritage, and personality. It is understandable that you want your face to mirror how young you feel on the inside but too often: as you age your face loses volume and elasticity resulting in deep lines and wrinkles, sagging cheeks, jowls that distort your jaw-line, folds and fat deposits that appear around the neck, and deep creases that form between your nose and mouth. Besides the natural aging process, stress, sun damage, gravity, environmental factors, and even your genes are some of the factors that make you look old and fortunately, thanks to modern technology and advanced medical techniques there are many options available today that reduce the signs of aging on your face.
Benefits of a Facelift (Face Lift)
A facelift can address many of the physical transformations that change your appearance as you age and at Atlanta Aesthetics; Dr. Killingsworth offers many types of facelifts that can have a dramatic effect on your lower face and jawline, midface, and neck. Facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, is designed to restore a more youthful appearance by tightening and lifting the deep tissues of your face enhancing your facial contour and profile. “Rhytid”
means wrinkle, and “ectomy”
means removal but the fact is a facelift does not remove wrinkles. Instead, a facelift removes excess skin and fat, re-draping the skin of your face and neck, before tightening and repositioning the underlying muscles and deep connective tissues (known as the subcutaneous muscular aponeurotic system—SMAS) and the platysma neck muscle.
Evaluation for a Facelift
Each facelift procedure is a highly individualized procedure and during your consultation with Dr. Killingsworth, they will examine your skin’s elasticity, underlying muscle tone, and bone structure to determine if your goals and expectations are realistic. After evaluating your medical history and current health, you will be encouraged to ask questions and voice your concerns before Dr. Killingsworth recommend a personal treatment plan to meet your specific needs. Because a facelift does not improve skin texture, in some cases, the possibility of adding additional facial procedures performed in conjunction with your facelift will be discussed so that all of your concerns are addressed providing the most satisfactory outcome. Defined facial features, visible contours, and natural angles that are proportionate all create structural balance in your face and with the many different types of facelift techniques available, Dr. Killingsworth will work with you so that you are comfortable with the facelift procedure (s) he has chosen for you.
The Facelift Procedure
As leading Atlanta plastic surgeons, Dr. Killingsworth is experienced in the most advanced techniques for facelift surgery. During your consultation, they determine the technique that will optimize the aesthetic results while minimizing scarring and downtime.
Facelift Surgery Options
Some of the facelift techniques available today include:
- Traditional Facelift: A traditional facelift, also referred to as the SMAS facelift, addresses the lower face and neck and it involves an incision in the hairline, starting above the ear, continuing behind the ear, curving around the ear, and ending in the hairline behind the ear. Through the incision, Dr. Killingsworth will extract skin from the underlying fat and muscle and they will then use sutures to lift and reposition the SMAS muscle layer toward the ears. This muscle tightening provides longevity to the surgical results and to complete the procedure, the excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed.
- Deep Plane Facelift: The deep-plane facelift is a modification of the traditional facelift and during this procedure; Dr. Killingsworth will dissect to a deeper plane in the face before lifting and repositioning the muscle. Additionally, they will separate certain muscle layers off of deeper muscles and/or other facial structures. This method is believed to offer better rejuvenation for droopy skin although the deep plane facelift technique has a higher risk of facial nerve injury.
- Subperiosteal Facelift: The subperiosteal facelift is a facelift that is performed at the very deepest layers of the facial structure. The procedure is deeper than a deep plane facelift, and the term “subperiosteal” refers to the area directly on top of the facial bones.
- Mid-Facelift: The midface lift is a relatively new procedure and is designed to lift soft tissues in the cheekbone area in order to alleviate the appearance of nasal labial folds and hanging skin in the middle of the face. Often, a midface lift is combined with a traditional facelift.
- Mini Facelift: There are many types of mini facelift techniques and. in general, they involve smaller incisions than traditional facelifts making the healing time shorter. Because Dr. Killingsworth cannot dissect the skin and tissue as extensively as with a traditional facelift, this procedure is not a good choice for patients with extensive skin looseness or skin wrinkling, making the best candidates for mini facelifts younger patients with good skin elasticity.
- Short Scar Lifts: The short scar facelift is an umbrella term for several facelifts that involve abbreviated scars. One such lift is an S-Lift and it is a type of mini facelift that has been modified so that the incision in an “S” shape named after Dr. Zia Saylan (the inventor’s last name). The S-Lift has the advantages of quick recovery and short incisions. However, it is only a good choice for those with mild looseness along the jawline. Unlike other types of facelifts, the short scar lift incision does not extend behind the ear, however, Dr. Killingsworth can still re-suspend the tissues that support your smile lines and jowls and tighten a moderate amount of your loose skin. Another example of a short scar lift is the minimal access cranial suspension lift (MACS) and the Quick Lift. The MACS lift and Quick Lift are modifications of the S-Lift technique, and they involve more risk, recovery, and invasiveness than the S-Lift but less than a traditional facelift. These techniques are a good choice for mild-to-moderate changes of the face. This procedure is also ideal if you have no visible signs of aging on your neck. Short scar lifts, whether the S-shaped, MACS, of Quick Lift may be options for people in their 40s or 50s who want minimal scarring and have minimal to moderate excess skin.
- Temporal Facelift: This type of facelift targets the eyebrow area, and this technique is used for patients with slightly drooping or lowered eyebrows. During this procedure, Dr. Killingsworth will make an incision and lift the skin on the sides of the brows.
- Platysmaplasty or Submentoplasty: A platysmaplasty is a procedure that targets the platysma muscle, which is located beneath the skin on the neck. As part of the aging process, these muscles begin to protrude from the neck resulting in two neck “cords” or bands running vertically down the neck and during a platysmaplasty, Dr. Killingsworth will separate the skin from the platysma muscle directly to treat these cords.
- Endoscopic Facelift: During an endoscopic facelift procedure, Dr. Killingsworth will use a probe with a tiny camera attached to it (endoscope) to transmit video images of your internal facial structures to use as a guideline for your facelift surgery. The endoscope is inserted through small incisions that are often less than one-inch long and can be easily hidden. The smaller incisions will result in a lower risk of nerve damage.
After your facelift, the healing process is gradual and varies from patient-to-patient. You will need time to allow time for your face to settle into its new shape and in some cases it can take up to six months to appreciate the final results. Most patients feel they can return to work in approximately two weeks, but this is totally dependent on your healing capabilities, as some people take longer for all bruising to fade and stiffness to disappear.
Regardless of how careful you are throughout your life, your face registers the stresses of day-to-day living, and although a
facelift cannot stop the aging process, it can significantly turn back the clock. It is important to know that a facelift will not change the look of your face or its features, but, instead, it will diminish the effects of the passing years, meaning that you will still be you: just more refreshed and younger-looking. While injectable fillers can help to reverse the early signs of facial aging, for more advanced signs and for longer lasting results, a facelift is the better choice. It is also important to understand that a facelift will only treat the lower portion of the face and neck and to change upper areas such as the eyes or forehead, additional facial cosmetic surgery procedures may be necessary and can be combined with your facelift.
Just a few years ago, most facelift procedures were basically the same but today with the many different variations, Dr. Killingsworth will customize your surgery to meet your individual lifestyle. Today, more and more women and men are choosing to have facelift surgery because they want their appearance to reflect their vitality and positive outlook for living a longer life. If you feel a facelift might be right for you, please call Atlanta Aesthetics and let us schedule your consultation. We thank you in advance for choosing us to help you achieve all of your cosmetic goals.
Atlanta Face Lift Surgery Cost and Financing Options
The cost of face lift surgery is based upon the technique that is recommended by Dr. Killingsworth as well as the personal cosmetic needs of the patient. After your consultation, we provide you with a detailed cost of your face lift procedure. We accept cash, personal check, major credit cards and CareCredit® financing
Don’t let the aging process take away your self-confidence any longer. Contact Atlanta Aesthetics to schedule a personal facelift consultation with Dr. Christopher Killingsworth, a double board-certified plastic surgeon with our office in Atlanta.