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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

How to Get the Best Results With a Facelift

Posted July 13, 2017 in Facelift

Messa Facelift patient Many people are apprehensive about choosing facelift surgery because they feel that the results are too far out of their control. While it’s true that the patient cannot be involved in the surgical details that determine the outcome, they actually have a lot of say in the way their facelift turns out. Here are a few tips on what you can do to receive the best results with a facelift:

Trust an Experienced Surgeon

While surgical expertise and experience are essential prerequisites for any elective surgery, these qualities are especially crucial for improving the face. Loose clothing can disguise botched results from a breast augmentation, liposuction, or a tummy tuck, but very little can be done to hide a bad facelift. Choosing a well-seasoned surgeon who has performed hundreds of successful facelifts increases the likelihood of a great outcome. Dr. Messa has many facelift before and after photos on his website and plenty more he can show you during your consultation to prove his experience.

Avoid the “Overdone” Look

You can avoid the exaggerated or “plastic” look by choosing a surgeon who performs the deep plane facelift technique, which tightens the facial skin as well as the facial muscles. While this technique has become more commonplace in recent years, there are still surgeons who perform facelifts that tighten the skin only, which leads to an unnatural-looking result. Poor results can also occur when a surgeon applies the same surgical technique on every patient. Your surgeon should customize your facelift based on your unique attributes: your skin thickness and elasticity, facial fat placement, and bone structure. Many times the most optimal results may require additional treatments or procedures.

Complement the Procedure With Dermal Fillers

The facelift improves wrinkles and sagging skin on the lower third of the face and on the neck. It improves jowls and lines around the mouth, and it can provide a more defined profile in the chin and neck area. The facelift can remove facial fat that has descended, but only facial fillers can restore the fat to areas of the face that can make it appear more youthful. For this reason, many patients will choose fillers in addition to a facelift. A brow lift or eyelid lift can also be performed to create a more cohesive result and harmony among the facial features.

To schedule your consultation for a facelift, contact Dr. Messa by calling (954) 659-7760, or by filling out our online contact form.

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