The face is made of multiple layers: the skin, an extracellular matrix, and muscle. The extracellular matrix is made up of elastic and collagen fibers, which keep the skin elastic. The muscle layer is made of a combination of muscle and tissue and is also known as the SMAS (superficialmusculo-aponeurotic system). Underneath the skin of the neck is a muscle layer called the platysma, which acts like a sling to keep the neck taut and youthful.
As aging occurs, the skin on the face loses collagen and elastin due to sun exposure, gravity, and constant muscle contraction caused by talking, smiling, laughing, and other expressions. The skin loses its elasticity causing deep wrinkles, jowl formation, and sagging skin in the face and neck.
As aging occurs, the skin on the faces loses collagen and elastin due to sun exposure, gravity, and constant muscle contraction caused by talking, smiling, laughing, and other expressions. The skin loses its elasticity causing deep wrinkles, jowl formation, and sagging skin in the face and neck.
The primary goal of facelift surgery is to tighten tissues which have started sagging due to age and gravity. A facelift will tighten the jowls and cheeks, the skin of the neck, tighten the neck tissues, and soften the smile lines. Advances in surgical techniques and materials allow tailoring facelifts for individual patients.
Some surgeons who perform facelifts in Houston only tighten the skin. The skin itself has no strength, and, as a result, these types of facelifts do not last more than a few months. At Athré Facial Aesthetics, all facelifts lift the muscle and tissue layer, leaving no tension in the skin; therefore, the effect lasts longer. In addition, incisions are hidden in order to produce a flawless final outcome. Dr. Athré also performs a mini facelift procedure called the RT Lift that is more affordable and requires less downtime than the traditional procedure.
The incision generally is made in the hair around the temples and around the ear. A small (less than 1/2″) incision is made right under the chin to sculpt and tighten the neck tissues. After the skin is lifted, the underlying muscle layer is tightened, and the excess skin is trimmed. Meticulous technique, attention to detail, and microscopic sutures all contribute to a natural, non-operated look.
The goal is to restore a very natural appearance and to have patients look like themselves—just refreshed. No two patients are identical, so no two facelifts Dr. Athré performs are the same. Tailoring the surgery for each patient is the only way to prevent a “pulled” or windblown appearance.
Facelifts are performed under sedation or general anesthesia. A facelift can be combined with other procedures such as eyelid surgery, fat transfer, or even brow surgery. The surgery itself takes approximately 3.5 hours, and patients are generally back to work in 7 to 10 days.
The best way to prevent photoaging or the breakdown of elastin and collagen is prevention. A medical grade sunblock can block the sun’s harmful UV rays, which causes the breakdown of collagen, uneven skin texture, and age spots. A full medical grade skin regimen can lightly resurface skin, remove fine lines, even skin color, and reverse existing skin damage.
Other nonsurgical options to help with facial anti-aging include laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels,and injectable fillers such as Juvéderm® and BOTOX® Cosmetic in Houston.
Athré Facial Aesthetics offers a wide range of facial plastic surgery options and non-surgical cosmetic and skincare treatments. Find the right one for you by contacting our office at (281) 557-3223 or by clicking the button below to request a consultation.
Dr. Athré is one of the few cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in Houston who is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, certified in Otolaryngology and Head/Neck Surgery.Read more