At 66, what would be the best treatment for lower face? I have read so many negative articles about thread lift. Fillers will not be enough; I need a lift. Do I need a lower face lift or is there an easier way to fluff this area up?
Lower Facelift and Other Options for a 66-year-old?
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Facelt is the best way to tighten up the neck and jawline
The only option for effectively tightening up the neck and jawline is by doing a lower Facelift. Fillers and threadlifts and lasers will all be a guaranteed waste of your money and time. Facelifts, when done by a skilled surgeon, are extremely safe, predictable and effective.
Facelifts for a 66 year old
There are many names for a facelift - I prefer to call it a cheek and neck lift for example because many patients are afraid of a "facelift." However, that is probably what you need. Just don't fall for a mini procedure as it will not give much result and won't last. See many examples on my web site.
Web reference: http://www.randcosmeticsurgery.com
Lower face and neck lift to reverse signs of aging
There isn't a best treatment for all patients, as each patient is unique. Only after a comprehensive evaluation in-person, can a plastic surgeon advise what treatment may be best for you.
Facelift refers to aesthetic surgery of the neck and lower face (jowls). Even though patients are confused with many different face lift procedure terms, there are really only a few different types. These basic face lift types are the SMAS, deep, or composite. Face lift surgery may be combined with other cosmetic surgery such as a neck lift, fat transfer, or others.
The amount of tissue tightened or adjusted depends on the specific approach & the requirements of a particular patient. The minimal access or minimal incision lift that leaves a short scar is more appropriate for younger patients (less than 60) or patients with little/moderate skin aging. All of these types of face lifts are variations of SMAS lifts. Older patients or patients with severe & excess skin sagging will require a more traditional facelift procedure. By far, a majority of plastic surgeons who perform face lift surgery do a SMAS lift variation. This face lift type generally has the quickest recovery with great results.
There isn't one face lift type for all patients. Each cosmetic surgery is specific for each patient. Keep in mind, many companies or plastic surgeons may market face lifts by different names, which confuses patients. Speak to a plastic surgeon to determine which facelift is right for you.
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Lower facelift options and alternatives
With any surgical procedure, patients make choices. One of the most important is how good a result the patient wants. Most of our patients want to achieve the best result possible.
In almost all 66 year old women, there are many changes in the appearance that cause the face to appear to sag, the jowls to form, the face to lose volume, and neck to appear indistinct.
The most effective way to rejuvenate these areas, and to do so with the least amount of.artifact (the "done" look) is with an expertly done facelift and necklift. To do just the neck alone makes it impossible to do the beautiful restructuring of the face. It can also create a bizarre if the neck but not the face are rejuvenated.
Statistically, many patients are in a position where they cannot spend money on an initial surgery, then pay even more to redo unsatisfactory work.
So my advice to all patients is to do it right the first time. Choose an experienced facelift expert whose board certification, reputation and results you have researched.
Facial rejuvenation at 66
Hello! You have not included a photo, so it is hard to say what would be best for you. Depending on genetics, sun exposure, prior procedures, all 66 year olds do not benefit from the same approach. Thread lift has gotten a "bad rap" and this is for a reason. Lifestyle Lift is similarly questionable as the level of surgical provider is not standard and might not be a Board Certified plastic surgeon. The best recommendation is to meet with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to investigate all of your possible options. There are more fillers out there which may give you the results you desire, balanced by cost, longevity of outcome, and degree of result.
Other options than lower face lift
There are ALWAYS options offered by someone as an alternative to a lower face lift procedure. They may not work at all or may be only mildly effective. They may be costly, and they may be painful, but these options do exist and include radiofrequency units and ultrasound machines with fancy sounding names and websites. Consider speaking to an experienced facelift surgeon who may successfully alleviate your concerns about having a mini lift procedure.
Web reference: http://www.kassmd.com
Lower facelift for a 66 year old
Facial Rejuvenation for age 60+
More the major improvement will likely come from some sort of lift procedure. However you may also require fillers. Forget about the threadlift as this is a temporary solution without lognevity in my opinion. First consider how you age and what components you need to turn back time.
The aging process involves 3 things ; downward decent from facial soft tissue laxity, skin surface aging characterized by wrinkles and discoloration, and loss of volume especially in the cheek area and lower lid cheek junction. Failure to treat all three factors may make you more aware of what is not treated.
If it is mainly the lower face and upper neck you may be a great candidate for one of the mini-lifts. Most have brand names such as LifeStyle Lift, S-Lift, Quick Lift, LiteLift, MACS and others. However, if you have a large amount of redundant skin and fat or turkey waddle defromity, you may benefit more by liposuction and a traditional facelift which does better with lower neck skin redundancy.
Probably most important is the skill and experience of the surgeon. Always check out his/her before and after photos and ask to see long term results and most of all that he is trained and a board certified plastic surgeon.
Lower facelift and necklift
Tightening of the skin of the neck and lower face can only occur with a well executed lower facelift and necklift combination. Skilled Plastic Surgeons should be able to perform this surgery for you. Fillers or lasers will not accomplish this. Trust your surgeon.
Best of luck to you.
Frank Rieger M.D. Tampa
Facelift for 66-year old.
You are correct in assuming that fillers and threads will be inadequate in solving your issues. In most 66-year old women and men the muscular support of the lower 1/3 of the face including the jawline, jowls and upper neck has weakened. The only way to restore that muscular support is a conventional Facelift. The good news is that the procedure has consistently nice results. Often chin implants, liposuction, and other small procedures add to the overall result.
Web reference: http://www.thedoctorforfaces.com/photos_facelift.htm
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