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“Hi I’m Dr. Corey Maas, a board certified facial plastic surgeon in San Francisco and associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco. I want to talk to you about an area of special interest that I have and that's facelift surgery. Traditional methods of face-lifting surgery and a lot of the rumors and wives tales that are out there are largely inaccurate.
Today we can do a variety of different types of facelift surgery from minimally invasive small incision surgeries to more extensive surgeries, all in the same day, all under a light type of anesthesia that requires no long term recovery, and we can have people back in their normal social functioning within a couple weeks after the procedure. The procedure itself is pain-free and the recovery is very comfortable. Most people don’t even have to take pain medications. Let me tell you a little bit about how we do it.
For the average patient by the time we're 40 and getting into our early 50's, we see significantly jowling, the effect of drooping right along the jawline and sagging of the mid-face area here, and we see the neck become lax, and you just lose your neck angle here, this goes completely away and it looks like a turkey gobbler.
What a lower facelift, or a cervical facial rhytidoplasty, in fancy terms does, is restores the facial contour.
A lot of people have the misconception that face-lifting is about pulling the face real tight, or that we're coming up on the brow head, those are not accurate. What face-lifting does, whether its minimally invasive, minor techniques, or the more expensive SMAS techniques, is restore facial contour.
When we do the procedure, these incisions are carefully hidden. They're hidden back behind the hairline, a little incision is made, a little incision behind the front part of the ear here, all hidden behind the cartilage and then back behind the ear and into the hairline.
This gives us, as you can see, an incision that's not visible to the average eye that's all hidden in special areas. That allows us to leave the loose tissue in this area, skin in particular, elevate this, and restore contour by pulling back and restoring the normal or youthful position of the deeper SMAS layer that's underneath the skin. We're not pulling the skin real tight, we're restoring contour by adjusting the SMAS layer.
Let's take a look at a couple of examples of patients who have these facial aging changes and what they look like after a lower facelift or a minilift.
You can see a dramatic improvement in the patient’s jawline, a natural improvement to their face. An important concept about lifting is that people look natural. Face-lifting makes you look better, it does not make you look like you have plastic surgery.
So if you're interested in this procedure for facial rejuvenation or any of the other services we offer, please visit our website or call our office for appointment.”