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A face lift is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the lower face and neck. A face lift smoothes loose skin on the face and neck, tightens the underlying tissues and removes excess fat.
Yes. A facelift is a comprehensive procedure to rejuvenate the face and neck. Isolated neck lifting and tightening procedures are available. However, most patients needing significant neck tightening benefit with the full facial improvement a face lift provides.
There are many examples of unnatural and odd appearing celebrities that have had face lifts. Dr. Connall performs natural face lift surgery. Dr. Connall’s goal is make you look younger, not different or “operated on”.
A face lift is a significant surgical procedure and must be approached with the utmost caution, expertise and respect. Dr. Connall performs full face and neck lift surgery, meticulously treating multiple areas of the face. Because Dr. Connall performs full face lift surgery, there is a significant recovery. But, a recovery with some bruising and swelling is necessary to give you real, lasting results.
There may be some patients with minimal skin excess and aging that might benefit from a minimal procedure. However, generally a minimal procedure will yield minimal results. To achieve meaningful and lasting results a full face lift is usually needed.
After three to four weeks most of the swelling has resolved and you can return to many activities. You may want to use aggressive cover-up makeup during the first month after your face lift.
A brow lift elevates the eye brows into a youthful position. A brow lift opens up the upper eyelids.
Dr. Connall performs most brow lifts using small incisions in the scalp and an endoscope. Therefore, the scarring is minimal and usually not noticeable. In some cases a traditional brow lift is needed, leaving a scar along the front of the hairline.
Dr. Connall performs natural brow lift surgery and avoids locating the eye brows high on the forehead.
A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids.
There are many approaches to rejuvenation of the upper and lower eyelids and Dr. Connall will tailor his approach to meet your needs. With the upper eyelids excess skin and sometimes a small amount of fat are removed. The scar is hidden in the natural eyelid crease.
The lower eyelid is approached with an incision along the lower lid margin. The fat is rearranged or removed and the excess skin is removed.
The iGuide® has FDA clearance, for soft tissue approximation and elevation of sub-dermis and underlying muscle. In properly selected patients iGuide® provides a technique to improve the neck, jawline, and brow with minimal incisions as compared to traditional techniques—with minimal swelling, bruising, and scarring and decreased recovery time. The iGuide® was developed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Mueller to improve neck, face, and brow contours resulting from aging and inherited through genetics.
The iGuide® is packaged in a sterile kit that is comprised of five unique surgical tools which allow surgeons to elevate and define any soft tissue areas by weaving a suture trampoline® underneath the jaw line. This is achieved through a series of needle punctures with one continuous thread, instead of cutting and repositioning muscles and soft tissue that can cause damage to the nerves and blood vessels of the neck, face, and brow. Using these unique tools, the system creates a trampoline-like structure that provides dynamic low tension support, elevating the skin, muscle and soft tissue as one unit.
The iGuide® provides patients with a minimally invasive surgical option that delivers consistent, natural-looking results, while leaving minimal to no swelling or bruising, and reducing the possibility of muscle or nerve damage that can occur with traditional necklift procedures. Additionally, the iGuide® allows procedures to be performed quickly and in many cases using local anesthesia alone.
Recovery times with iGuide® are short. Generally, patients are able to return to work within a few days and can resume physical exercise in a week or two. Your physician will be able to give you a clear idea of how short your recovery time will be.
The iGuide® is intended for soft tissue approximation and elevation of subdermis and underlying muscle. iGuide® can be used as a stand-alone procedure or as a complement to a facelift or brow lift. It can also improve neck contours in patients who have undergone conventional neck and face procedures, can help conceal visible muscle banding that may become apparent after liposuction of the neck, and can be used to touch-up traditional face, and neck to improve contours of patients experiencing early recurrent or residual platysmal bands.
iGuide® can also be used as a “bridge procedure” to sustain attractive neck, face, and brow contours, avoiding the necessity of more frequent invasive procedures. It is as well, a minimally invasive system that allows younger patients to improve abnormal or unattractive neck muscle contours acquired through genetics.
In properly selected patients iGuide® provides a technique to improve the neck, jawline, and brow with minimal incisions as compared to traditional techniques—with minimal swelling, bruising, and scarring and decreased recovery time. Adverse effects associated with the use of this device include wound dehiscence, infection, minimal inflammatory tissue reaction, bleeding, nerve injury and transitory local irritation at the wound site.
As with any surgical device it is important for the surgeon to have proper surgical training and an understanding of how to utilize the iGuide®.