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Getting A Facelift - When Is It Time?

By Jaime Perez on December 24, 2012

There are many factors that go into the apparent age of a person's face; of course, age and gravity are usually the largest factors, but other criteria are going to determine how much those two things affect you. This will have to do with your personal habits, such as drinking and smoking, your family's health history and genetics, and your exposure to the sun. Weight gain and loss and other factors can also play a role in how fast your face is 'again'.

It is when people start seeing wrinkles and folds that most of them begin considering a face lift. As we grow older, the bones in our face may lose some mass, and there can also be a loss of fat tissue in parts of the face that can cause the skin to sag and wrinkle. Static wrinkles, which are apparent on the face when the skin is not being moved, can often be treated effectively with skin peels and a better skin regimen.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF AGING

Mimetic wrinkles, or what most people would call laugh lines or smile lines can also sometimes be treated with non-surgical techniques such as Botox and dermal fillers but may also be addressed with surgery, depending on the severity of he wrinkles.

Folds are the most severe of the facial signs of aging. They are a result of overlapping skin due to bone and fatty tissue loss, and usually occur surrounding the nose and upper lip, around the eyes and the chin and down the neck. This type of aging skin can usually only be helped by surgery that tightens and repositions the skin, fat and muscle.

A facelift is done in sections which may be accomplished individually or completed in one procedure; they are the brow and upper eyes, the lower eyes and cheeks, or mid-face and the lips and jaw which are the lower face. It will depend on exactly what you want to achieve as to how the surgery is handled. Facial surgery is one of the most complex plastic surgeries. The exact techniques used will vary from patient to patient.

WHAT PROCEDURE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Dr. Perez is an expert at determining and diagnosing the underlying cause of an aged appearance, and all plastic surgery works better and for a longer period of time when lifestyle changes are made by the patient prior to the surgery.

It is best to start with very subtle procedures. Dr. Perez has trained with some of the most well respected face lift surgeons in New York and New Jersey, and he has continued to refine the lessons he learned there. With every patient that comes through the door, any doctor should design a surgical plan that is unique to that individual. It is in this way that the patients face retains a natural, youthful look. The last thing that you want is to look like some Hollywood people who have had too many bad surgeries.

If you are embarrassed by the aging appearance of your face, you may be the ideal candidate for a range of face lift and non-surgical options; you can regain a youthful countenance, and maintain one for longer. Call today for a free consultation, and see what can be done for you!

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