Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery “Tip of the Day” from Dr. Francis R Palmer, III Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery “Tip of the Day” from Dr. Francis R Palmer, III Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Midface Lifts versus our “Celebrity Lift”. (my opinion)

We have been receiving quite a few e-mails about the various types of minimized face lift procedures. Let me share with you my thoughts after almost 20 years of performing Face Lifts.

1. Midface Lifts are performed at a very deep tissue layer. Under the facial skin, muscles and nerves just above the facial bones. This entire layer is lifted upward and backward towards the temple and uses incisions under the eyes, inside the temple hairline and inside the mouth (optional). The tissues are sometimes secured using sutures, threads or fixation devices…some dissolve in a year or two while others are made from permanent material and never dissolve.

It turns out that the tissue covering the facial bones, at which this lift is performed, is very adhesive and tends to stick tightly to the bone at the newly elevated position. Some patients don’t like the tight look and feel that can result from this happening.

The tissue, of the face, can build up over an area of the cheeks that aesthetically should be thin, resulting in an almost distorted wide-face appearance. This can be avoided with proper patient selection and patients with full nasolabial folds or cheeks may wish not to have this procedure in order to avoid this occurrence.

Although this seems like a minimally invasive procedure, it is not. The extent of tissue dissection, the incisions and the depth at which the tissue is operated upon all cause prolonged hardness, swelling and tightness. Some patients are reporting distortion of facial movements from the tissue shifting that does include the facial muscle….so their action of pull may be distorted.

This is a very difficult type of Face Lift to undo. The tissue layer tends to stick very tightly and a complete repeat operation would need to be attempted to try and position the tissues in a lower more relaxed position.

2. Our “Celebrity Lift” is truly a minimized version of a full face and neck lift with all the benefits of these tried and true procedures but with none of the disadvantages. Much smaller incisions, much less tissue dissection, tissue dissection above the sticky layer described above and a rapid very easy recovery with limited bruising and swelling.

The Celebrity Lift relies more on aesthetic adjustments to your face that result in a soft, natural more youthful face and not a tight, drawn appearrance as can result from the mid face lift.

There are no incisions inside the hair which can result in hairloss nor are there incisions inside the mouth which can introduce bacteria into the surgical area and the tissues of your face. The incision below the eyes which is required with the mid face lift and can result in pulling the eyes downward after the surgery is absent with our Celebrity Lift.

With our Celebrity Lift, the cheeks are full and round in women or narrow and angular in men…not flat and tight as can occur with the mid face lift.

And finally, our Celebrity Lift can be done in 90 minutes or less without a general anesthetic unlike the midface lift which must be done under a general anesthetic and is typically a much longer plastic surgery procedure. The healing and recovery time is a day or two with our Celebrity Lift versus many weeks or months with the mid face lift.

OK, I’ve given you the skinny on these face lift procedures. Do yourself and your friends and family a favor and spread the word about our “Celebrity Lift”. It so speciual it was featured on ABC’s hit talk show “The View”. People write us all the time and say, “If I only knew about this procedure before….”. Well now you do.

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Dr. Francis R Palmer, III