Many men and women who notice signs of aging on their faces aren’t sure if they can solve these concerns with injectables or if they would be better served by a surgical facelift. As a plastic surgeon in Burlington, Dr. Weiglein often consults with prospective patients who are curious about whether it’s time for them to consider surgical options. The choice to pursue a facelift is a deeply personal one, but checking for a few common signs may help guide your decision.
In this blog, we’ll discuss 3 concerns that often signal the need for a facelift procedure.
Skin Laxity in the Lower Face
Sagging skin from the cheekbones to the jawline is a common indicator that a facelift may be a helpful solution. While skin laxity in the upper face can typically be addressed on a temporary basis with BOTOX COSMETIC® and dermal fillers, significant drooping in the lower face is best addressed surgically. This method also creates longer-lasting results.
Deep Nasolabial Folds
These lines extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth. They’re caused by skin and tissue sagging that requires deeper correction than most nonsurgical treatments can achieve. A facelift provides long-term support to these tissues to help minimize the appearance of nasolabial folds.
Rectangular Facial Shape
If your face has stopped appearing oval and now appears rectangular, it’s a sign you could benefit from tissue recontouring to address jowls. Drooping in the lower cheeks and along the jawline causes the lower face to appear wider. A facelift raises these tissues to create a younger, more ideal facial shape.
The MACS Technique
Dr. Weiglein performs Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) facelifts. This method uses incisions that run in front of the temporal hairline and down to the earlobe, requiring no scars behind the ears. It secures the lifted tissues to the immobile tissue just above the cheekbone with invisible sutures. This technique creates long-lasting results with minimal recovery downtime.
Dr. Weiglein prefers this approach for a few key reasons:
- It creates a natural-looking rejuvenation.
- The operating time and recovery period are both typically shorter than those associated with traditional facelifts.
- The tissues are supported long term by sutures holding the lift in place.
Choosing a Facelift
Dr. Weiglein understands that the choice to undergo a facelift involves many personal factors, so he makes it a priority to discuss all available options with patients during the consultation process. His goal is to help each patient choose the most effective approach for their desired results, whether that involves a facelift or other procedures such as a brow lift.
Looking at before-and-after photos may be a helpful way to determine whether a procedure is right for you. To see photos of Dr. Weiglein’s facelift patients, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to discuss facelift options with a plastic surgeon here in Burlington, please contact us online or call (905) 634-5573 to request a personal consultation.