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Full Facelift vs. Partial Facelift: Is One Better than the Other?

Facial rejuvenation continues to grow in popularity as the number of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical anti-aging treatments multiply. Once reserved for the wealthy, facelift plastic surgery has evolved to treat not only overall facial aging, but also isolated concerns like emphasized jowls, lost volume in the cheeks, and furrowed brows.  Drs. Ed Pittman work with Pittman Plastic Surgery’s patients one-on-one during a consultation to educate you on all of your cosmetic options.

Traditional, full facelift surgery (rhydectomy) addresses lax facial skin and lose muscle of the upper, mid, and lower face. Because the effects are dramatic, full facelift surgery is best reserved for those patients with more noticeable signs of facial aging not isolated to a specific region. Completed in Pittman Plastic Surgery’s AAAHC Accredited Surgical Center, Drs. Pittman utilize inconspicuous incisions behind the ears and within the hairline to address the multiple treatment areas. According to a study published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, most patients report that their facelift results make them look an average of 7 years younger than their actual age.

For those patients concerned more about a specific area of the face, Dr. Pittman also offer partial facelift surgery like upper facelift (brow lift), mid facelift, and lower facelift/ neck lift surgery. These techniques are designed to target the muscles that can become lax and the skin that can begin to sag at varying rates as we age. As with the full facelift, a partial facelift is completed using carefully hidden incisions to minimize noticeable scarring. A partial facelift is most effective in producing natural facelift results for those patients with cosmetic issues that are isolated to a particular section of the face, and aren’t in need of the overall rejuvenation of the traditional facelift.

If you’re just starting to notice the signs of aging with fine lines and wrinkles, but aren’t yet in need of a full or partial facelift, dermal injectables like Botox® and Dysport® may be able to remedy these concerns. Using a purified form of Botulinum toxin, Botox® and Dysport® relax wrinkle-causing muscles for 4 to 6 months following treatment. Oftentimes, if patients only receive a partial facelift, other non-surgical treatments like dermal injectables may also be used to complete a natural looking rejuvenation of the areas not treated with surgery.

To determine which facelift or non-surgical skin treatment is best for your cosmetic needs, contact our office today to schedule your consultation. Don’t forget to also join Pittman Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +for more plastic surgery news as it becomes available.

By |2018-09-17T08:51:07+00:00November 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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