Facelifts Survive Test of Time
May 17, 2013 - 2:33:26 PM
And despite the excessive skin tightening or stretching, patients rarely gained that younger look they wanted. All that has evolved since the temporary procedure Dr. Eugene Hollander first initiated back in 1901 in Berlin, Germany. Over the years, techniques have been improved, allowing patients a longer-lasting, healthier and more natural-looking facelift result with less recovery time and fewer complications.
Patients Outliving Their Lifts
The enduring problem is that facelifts often don't outlive patients, who are constantly struggling against natural aging processes. That said, second and even third facelifts are more common practice today than they were in earlier years because more middle-aged individuals are having facial rejuvenations at a younger age and people are living longer. The good news is that thanks to techniques that reposition deeper layers of skin -- first introduced by Dr. Erich Lexer in 1904 and advanced thereafter for some 60 years -- multiple facelifts have become better looking with time.
Cosmetic researchers have found that second and third facelifts may not add to the longevity of the initial procedure, but they can refresh the appearance without leaving behind the harsh, superimposed effects of multiple lifts that they once did. In fact, many secondary facelift surgeries can correct any shortcomings of the first procedure. The key, doctors say, lies in addressing volume loss as well rather than simply tightening or stretching.
Later procedures advanced in the early 1970s. One technique, in particular, was perfected by Dr. Tord Skoog, in Sweden, which combined tightening of both the outer layers of skin and the underlying muscles and deeper tissues for a much more natural outcome. This was the beginning of today's more modern facelift techniques.
In some circles, cosmetic surgery has endured a bad rap. Patients who once may have been perceived as superficial and shallow are now less likely to be greeted with a raised eyebrow from spouses, family members and friends and may, in all likelihood, be encouraged to seek second and third procedures down the road.
For a pressure-free consultation and information about facial rejuvenation, contact renowned Chicago facial plastic surgeon Dr. George T. Moynihan of Gold Coast Plastic Surgery at (312) 988-9300.
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