Salvaging the Unsatisfactory Facelift
A person may be dissatisfied with a previous facelift for a number of reasons. This dissatisfaction can lead to extreme self-consciousness with the way that person looks, negating one of the main reasons facelifts are undertaken in the first place. Our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark E. Richards, can often help by revisiting the previous facelift and correcting the problems brought on by it.
Problems that Create a Need for Revision of Facelift Procedures
When a proper facelift is performed using the traditional technique, sagging features of the lower face are tightened upwards, not backwards, toward the ear. This tightening effect is coupled with the elimination of excess skin, which creates a more youthful aesthetic to the lower third of the face. Problems arise with facelift techniques that are not designed to address issues that arise in the mid-facial features, particularly the cheeks and eyelids. These features tend to droop due to aging. A traditional facelift – which attempts to pull these features, can actually cause a distorted appearance. With the natural aging process, the mid-facial features are pulled down by gravity, which can ultimately lead to mid-facial incongruity if they were not addressed at the same time as a facelift. In other words, mid-facial features will look much older than lower facial features. This result can even occur if the facelift was properly performed. A revision facial rejuvenation procedure may be necessary in order to reverse these effects.
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Facelifts using older techniques can distort other features. For instance: the earlobe is stretched forward, resulting in a typically undesirable appearance that necessitates a secondary facelift to correct the problem. Another issue that can occur is the ignoring of the upper facial features, typically resulting in an older-looking upper eye region and forehead, contrasted with a youthful neck and jawline.
How Revision of Unsatisfactory Facelift is Accomplished
Patients who have had an unsatisfactory facelift may feel they are left with results that are even less attractive than if they’d had no surgery at all. The good news for these patients is, facelift and facial rejuvenation revision surgery is frequently possible – and Dr. Richards is highly adept at this delicate procedure. Dr. Richards has lectured internationally on secondary facelift surgery, and understands the concerns of those patients who need it.
Identifying and correcting the fundamental issues that lead to a patient’s dissatisfaction with his or her facial appearance in the first place is the key to revision facelift surgery. Dr. Richards will typically apply a vertical suspension technique that will restore natural curves to the face. The cheeks and brows will be pushed up to counter the flattening effects of horizontal pulling and the gravity that causes dissatisfaction with facial appearance. As a result, the aesthetics of the eyelids and brows are improved by creating gentle curves in those areas, reinforcing the youthful oval shape of the face. Dr. Richards also makes use of “hidden” incisions, such as in the inside of the mouth and in the scalp. This minimizes the chances of visible scarring.
Dr. Richards has been acknowledged as one of the world’s experts in revising previous facelift surgeries. He has been named and quoted in such press as the New York Times newspaper, Parade Magazine, USA Today Weekender magazine, and discussed on Larry King Live, among other media accolades. Professionally, he has lectured to plastic surgeons at academic meetings both in the United States and Internationally on one of his favorite topics – “Salvaging the Unsatisfactory Facelift”.
Dr. Richards finds his revisional facial rejuvenation work to be very rewarding due to the improvements that can be made in people who have all but given up.
Revision surgery on a previous facelift procedure can not only provide facial rejuvenation more suited to the patient’s goals, it can also yield long-lasting. If you are dissatisfied with the results of a prior facelift surgery, please contact our facelift surgeon in the Washington D.C. area and schedule a consultation. Dr. Richards will be happy to meet with you and discuss the revision facelift procedure in detail.