What is the best procedure for me and the estimated costs associated with them.
I Am Trying to Decide What is the BEST Correction of Jowls Caused by Premature Menopause Due to Autoimmune Illness? (photo)
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Lower Face Lift And Neck Lift Best For Jowls
Thank you for your question. The most important issue is to see the physician who is taking care of your autoimmune disease and ask if you are a candidate for elective surgery. In particular facelifting and neck lifting requires good blood supply to the face and if your autoimmune disease is interfering with your blood supply then you should not have this procedure.
Assuming your primary physician does give you medical clearance for surgery then a consideration of a lower facelift and neck lift is the best option for correction of gelling and early neck laxity.
You have several options that depend on several factors.
You have several options that depend on several factors.Your medical history will determine if you are suitable for surgical versus non-surgical options.The most common surgical procedure for improving the jowls is a facelift.Non-surgical options include procedures like Ultherapy or other non-invasive lifting procedures.I would recommend you consult with a board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon to discuss your specific concerns.
Facial cosmetic surgery and auto-immune disease
Thank you for asking about a face lift when you have autoimmune disease.
- The face lift depends on your auto-immune disease and medicines. Hashimoto's hypothyroidism treated with levothyroxine is no problem.
- In an ideal world, have a lower face and neck lift.
See a Board Certified Plastic surgeon, explain your illness, plan the surgery - then your surgeon and auto-immune specialist should discuss details. Best wishes.
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I Am Trying to Decide What is the BEST Correction of Jowls Caused by Premature Menopause Due to Autoimmune Illness?
Let's first discuss your health as patient health and safety should always be the first concern with any treatment or plastic surgery procedure. If you are cleared for any surgery by your rheumatologist, you would also need to off medications that thin the blood and promote bleeding as these can endanger facial skin after a facelift.
If you meet those criteria, based on the photos provided, a minimal incision and dissection Facelift should be the only type in consideration as an added safety factor. Using this type of facelift, excess fat can be removed from the face and neck, the SMAS dissected/lifted/trimmed and re-sutured and excess skin removed all with a 90 minute procedure, done under local injections, using smaller incisions with a rapid recovery measured in days compared to the more invasive traditional facelift. The chin is weak and could be augmented with either a chin implant or a filler (I prefer Radiesse) if approved by your rheumatoligst.
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE AND FACELIFTING
Your case necessitates careful discussion with your primary doctor or rheumatologist. As long as your endocrine system is in balance, you should be an acceptable candidate for a procedure. Also, immune-altering medication used to treat many connective tissue disorders can affect your body's ability to heal -- as such, these need to be examined. Judging by the photograph, I would perform a lower facelift with platymaplasty and fat removal in the neck and jowl region.
Correction of premature jowling from autoimmune disease
This is a tough one! The key is if your endocrine system is in balance now - if it is, you may consider a procedure. Lower facelift may be considered if you are a satisfactory surgical candidate. Another option may be injectibles, either using an off the shelf product like Sculptra for the jowls or fat grafting. A completely accurate answer cannot be provided without an office visit with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who can assess your physical findings as well as your medical history and status. Best of luck!
Lower face neck lift for jowls and neck fat
A comprehensive lower face/neck lift will elevate the jowls, tighten up the SMAS, tighten neck muscles in 3 locations, and remove fat in both the submental and subplatysmal areas. Skin tightening in the face and neck is also accomplished. It is probably best to get medical clearance from your rheumatologist prior to embarking on elective cosmetic surgery. Please see the link below to our facelift photo gallery for examples
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