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In a previous post, we talked about the top three cosmetic procedures in the United States—breast augmentation, liposuction, and rhinoplasty. Not only these three procedures, but all cosmetic treatments and procedures are on the rise. As more people opt for cosmetic enhancements, surgeons are motivated to develop more innovative techniques. Facelift and tummy tuck are two procedures that have dramatically evolved through the years.
Often, when people think about facelifts, they picture an elderly woman with a windswept face. These unnatural results are what sometimes deter people from getting the procedure. However, the simple “pull back” technique used in prior years is outdated and has been replaced by more advanced approaches. If you choose an experienced and board-certified facial plastic surgeon, you can avoid this unnatural look.
The biggest change in facelift technique is that rather than simply pulling back and cutting away sagging skin, surgeons now lift and reposition the skin and the underlying muscles. This more refined process allows a surgeon to re-drape the skin without just stretching it back. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel uses these updated facelift methods at his plastic surgery center in Dallas, TX. He says that keeping the tension on the underlying muscles instead of on the skin creates a natural look and longer-lasting results.
Surgeons also now better understand the nuances of facial anatomy. They know how much skin needs to be lifted and removed, so they can be more precise and delicate during surgery, which helps avoid excessive post-op swelling or bruising.
Another benefit of these advances is that facelift scars have become more discreet. Most facelift procedures only require small incisions around the ears, behind the hairline, and sometimes under the chin.
Lastly, facelift surgery is now often done in conjunction with other rejuvenating facial treatments to achieve optimal results. It is rare to have a facelift without also having some sort of volume replacement, such as dermal filler injections.
Ultimately, today’s facelift surgery is highly individualized to meet each person’s specific needs. Your surgeon will evaluate your skin during consultation and create an individualized treatment plan that will help you reach your desired results.
Tummy Tuck Advances
Abdominoplasty is another procedure that has changed dramatically since its invention. It was originally developed over 100 years ago and has been refined over time.
In the 1980s it was fashionable to wear high-cut swimsuits, so surgeons placed the incisions higher up on the abdomen. Unfortunately, these types of scars are frequently visible with today’s lower-cut fashions. Surgeons today make sure to discuss scar position with their patients and try to plan around their lifestyle. Most patients want a low scar that can still be concealed by low-rise pants and bikini bottoms.
Also, surgeons now use a tummy tuck to not only address loose skin, but also loose abdominal muscles. During pregnancy, the six-pack muscles are stretched apart. For many women, these muscles do not return to their original position—a condition called diastasis recti. Plastic surgeons can correct this issue during a tummy tuck. Many women are pleased to know that tightening the abdominal muscles also often improves posture and reduces back pain.
Another major advancement is that a tummy tuck is now frequently combined with liposuction, breast augmentation, and other procedures. This combination procedure is known as a “mommy makeover,” and it allows patients to choose from an array of breast and body contouring procedures that can all be performed during one surgery. Combining procedures minimizes cost and recovery time and provides patients with truly transformative results.
From techniques and treatment to tools and trends, the cosmetic industry has changed a lot over the years. These changes have minimized risk and maximized reward. Even so, plastic surgery isn’t for everyone; there are also many non-surgical alternatives. It’s important to do your research and discuss your options with a few skilled and experienced plastic surgeons in your area. Being informed increases your chances of achieving your dream aesthetic.
This post was sponsored by the office of Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, a board certified plastic surgeon.