Facial Rejuvenation: Eye Lift, Brow Lift, Botox
Come to our Wilmington Office for any Facial Rejuvenation Procedures
Eyelift, facelift, MACS lift (which is similar to the Lifestyle lift), BOTOX Cosmetic®, Restylane®, and Juvèderm™ injectable fillers are some of the treatments available at our Delaware Plastic Surgery center which can give you a more youthful appearance. Many patients are able to achieve excellent results by having a less invasive procedure such as a MACS lift along with nonsurgical procedures such as injectables or laser treatments. Fat Injection is another option that can dramatically rejuvenate the face without having surgery.
Surgical treatment of the face can provide natural, long lasting results that enhance your appearance making you look younger and fresher. Eyelid procedures remove excess skin and fat from the orbital area. Lower lids can sometimes be treated with no external incision. If an incision is needed, it is placed very close to the lower lashes so it generally becomes invisible. An upper lid incision is placed in the upper lid crease. This will also generally heal with no visible scar. These incisions are sutured with very fine stitches that will come out on their own within about a week after surgery. Eyelid procedures can be performed alone or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures.
If the brow position is low, a brow lift may be recommended. Brow lifts are most often performed using the endoscopic technique. This involves inserting a surgical telescope through very tiny incisions placed in the hairline to lift the eyebrows. In some cases just the lateral brow is lifted, giving a more defined arch to the brow. A brow lift can also treat the vertical lines between the eyebrows, or glabella. The muscles that cause this expression can be weakened or removed.
A MACS lift is a minimal incision procedure that dramatically rejuvenates the lower face and neck by lifting underlying tissue in an upward fashion. This upward lift provides a long lasting, natural, youthful appearance with minimal recovery. A MACS lift can be done with a local anesthetic and takes just 1 -2 hours. Patients are generally back to work within a week.
Many patients in the “35 plus” group are starting to look a little tired or hollow in the mid face areas, but are not candidates for surgery. Injectable fillers can be great for some areas, but injecting fat into the face can deliver much longer lasting results and provide the extra volume needed for a soft, young appearance. Your own fat is transferred into your face from another area, such as the flank or hip. Fat transfer can be done with a local anesthetic and takes about an hour. Most patients will have little or no bruising after this procedure and can return to most activities right away. Fat injection is a safe, affordable way to get a more youthful appearance without having surgery.
What about the creases from my nose to the corner of my mouth?
These creases are called the nasolabial folds. They are improved or eliminated by a facelift. In some cases they may be treated by injecting filler material such as Perlane or fat into the area.
Can I treat my whole face at the same time, or do I need to have each procedure done separately?
These procedures can be done simultaneously.
Will a facelift help my fine wrinkles?
A facelift will not help fine wrinkles, but laser resurfacing can. Fractionated CO2 laser treatments may be combined with a MACS lift to produce outstanding results.
Can fat be used to fill in hollows or lines in the face?
Long term restoration of fullness in the face and filling of wrinkles and depressions can be achieved by transfer of an individual’s own fat by liposuction and reinjection. This procedure is frequently successful but may require more than one procedure to achieve good results. Depending on the extent of the treatment, it may be possible to have fat injection as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.
How long is recovery?
We recommend that you apply ice (frozen peas work well!) for the first 48 hours after surgery and sleep with your head elevated. Following these instructions will reduce swelling and promote quicker healing. In addition, we provide Arnica and Bromelain nutritional supplements to reduce swelling and bruising and promote healing. Most patients can return to work in about 7 -10 days after surgery.
Is this procedure painful?
Most patients are surprised at how little discomfort they experience with facial surgery. We provide pain medication, so if you experience discomfort, we encourage you to take your pain medication. Most patients tell us that Tylenol or Motrin provided adequate pain relief.