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Types of Facelifts

A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that rejuvenates the appearance of the face and neck.  Depending on the objectives of the patient, the procedure can affect several parts of the facial anatomy.  This is illustrated below. Types of FaceliftTypes of Facelift

The figure shows four separate areas, and the patient and surgeon decide together which zone or zones should be treated to achieve the desired result.  The areas affected can be the lower face, the mid face, the forehead and brow, and the eyelids.

The objective of a facelift procedure is to tighten saggy and lax soft tissues of the face and neck to produce a crisper jawline as well as tighter, smoother skin.  The operation repositions various tissue layers of the face and neck, sutures it into place, and excises excess skin.  Incisions and sutures are made so that any resulting scars are hidden, as much as possible, behind the ears, above the hairline of the scalp, and in the natural creases of the face.

There are several approaches to performing facelifts, and the optimal method is a balance between costs, recovery time, and patient expectations.  Factors that must be considered include age, gender, degree of skin laxity, skin thickness, as well as external factors related to lifestyle.   

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What is a Vampire Facelift?

The so-called Vampire Facelift has been in the news recently, and this article explains more about what this approach is, and the benefits it provides.

Platelet enriched fat combined with synthetic dermal fillers for tissue loss replacement is an approach gaining in popularity amongst cosmetic doctors, and the Vampire Facelift is just one of a number of procedures based on these Anna-PaquinVampire Facelift Seems to be Working for True Blood's Anna Pacquintechniques.

Platelets are blood cells rich in biologically active Growth Factors (GF) that stimulate and control cell growth, division, and repair.  The best known are Platelet Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) and Transforming Growth Factor (TGF). The former acts as a signalling mediator for chemotaxis – purposeful migration of cells specialising in repair to the site of an injury. TGF stimulates synthesis of inter-cellular matrix proteins, which provide a support scaffolding for cells. Other GFs produced by platelets include Basic Fibroblast GF, Insulin-Like GF, Platelet derived Epidermal GF, and Vascular Endothelial GF. All of these are involved in promoting tissue repair and growth by controlling cell proliferation.

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Thread Lifting FAQ

What is a Thread Lift?

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A thread lift is a type of face lift that is often referred to as the “lunch hour lift”.  This is down to its simplicity and the time it takes to carry out the procedure. A tiny notch will be made behind the ear or behind the hairline and then fine threads are then advanced along pre-marked contours.  These threads have fine filaments that become fixed to the tissue and are then gently smoothed down.  Your body then starts to produce new bundles of collagen which surround each filament and this in turn creates a subtle yet effective lift.  The results differ for each person, but look very natural giving a rejuvenated and refreshed look.  There is no scarring and recovery times are a lot less than those associated with traditional surgery.

 

What areas can be treated with a Thread Lift?

The thread lift can be used to enhance and improve the appearance of a sagging neck, sagging cheeks and jowls and droopy eyebrows.  You can personalise your surgery to suit your exact needs and your doctor will also make recommendations for improvements.  The procedure can be tailored to suit your exact needs to ensure you are totally happy with the results.

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