Facelift | 360 Facelift® | Beverly Hills | Los Angeles | Santa Barbara
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360 Facelift® Overview
Dr. Moelleken defines a facelift as a technique to tighten the skin of the face. He says beyond that, every facelift is different and the skill and training of the surgeon performing the facelift is crucial to a successful outcome. One important feature of the modern facelift is the ability to hide scars effectively. In his practice, incisions are very rarely, if ever, performed in front of the ear. Rather, they are placed inside the ear and typically; the scars are invisible even the day after surgery. This results from advancements in anchoring techniques and the ears should appear unaltered and not pulled down because this will change the shape of the face. Dr. Moelleken feels the deep layers should be restructured and elevated, not just tightened, because this gives the face a fresher, more youthful look. The many extra procedures that go along with the facelift such as brow elevation, eyelid surgery, cheeklifts, laser resurfacing, grafting to hollow areas and lips, chin implants, lip lifts, neck tightening, and earlobe reduction are different for every patient. They are as important as the facelift itself however because they enable Dr. Moelleken to rejuvenate your entire face harmoniously rather than just in one area.
The 360 Facelift® combines Dr. Moelleken’s signature procedures including:
- LiveFill® graft insertion into your lips, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and other customized areas that need volume
- His signature Neck-Lace procedure for additional neck tightening, nasolabial folds, and marionette regions
- His signature USIC (Ultrashort Incision Superficial Cheeklift) procedure for the under eyes and the cheeks using fat preservation or redistribution of lower eyelid fat or LiveFill® grafts in patients with lower eyelid hollowness
- A complete bidirectional face and neck lift procedure with 100% volume retention with no SMAS removed
- Cheek augmentation with superior vector SMAS transfer
- An upper lip lift (gull wing)
- Subcutaneous minimally invasive brow lift
- Central minimally invasive nerve-sparing brow muscle reduction
- Upper blepharoplasty
- Conservative laser resurfacing if required
The incisions will come down from the hair into the temple area, curve inside your ear canal so it will be hidden, curve down around your earlobe into the crease behind your ear, and then backwards and upwards into your hair. There is no scar at the base of the hairline so you will be able to wear your hair up without the fear of a scar showing. Through your incisions, you skin is elevated and released from the underlying muscles. Fat may be removed from the area under your jaw and the fascia that is supported by the facial muscles of expression is undermined as a separate layer and pulled in an upward and backwards direction where it is finally trimmed and sutured. Upon the completion of your surgery, a large soft compressive bandage is applied to your head to maintain the pressure. This should be worn to reduce swelling and protect your wounds. Incisions are the same as for the face and neck lift with Neck-Lace. There are approximately 3 cm incisions in the widow’s peak for the subcutaneous nerve sparing brow lift and no additional incisions for the frown muscle reduction.
A person’s opinion of beauty may be influenced very early, as beauty seems to be looked upon with interest even by infants. Babies who do not know what an ideal weight or hair color is will gaze upon a symmetrical face longer than an asymmetrical one. Even if that face does not belong to its mother, children often stare at beautiful women, even showing favoritism towards more attractive individuals. It is obvious that children are not born knowing the perfect symmetry or ideal cheek placement. Instead, they are born instinctively knowing what pleases the eye.
In the animal kingdom, preferences are centered around those with the best plumes, manes, or horns. Studies show that mother birds will feed the most brightly colored of their offspring first, fearing the other may be sick so more energy is spent on the pretty, healthy ones. Unattractive peacocks will stand next to the showier males in the hope of gaining attention from the peahens. In most cases however, the female peahen is excited and attracted by the rich plumes of the colorful, attractive peacock only. The lioness will choose the stronger, more attractive males to contribute to their genes so it seems each species chooses the best of the group to produce their offspring. Although we are not animals or infants, no matter how we are brought up our eye favors the attractive because it is instilled within our very core.
The general topic of attractiveness is important to members of virtually every culture. In society, attractive people tend to be more popular and better adjusted which is described as the halo effect due to the perfection associated with angels. Research confirms that attractive people also have more occupational success and dating experience than their unattractive counterparts and one theory is that being attractive raises one’s confidence.
The face is the focus of much attention when it comes to physical attractiveness because this part of the body represents your identity and is most exposed to public view. Thus, whether a person is in general considered beautiful or not depends much on facial beauty and this extends to every other impression a person makes. Attractiveness to a psychologist means how others perceive and the rate the desirability of a person’s features. Such opinions depend partly on inherent physical attractiveness of the facial features and partly on other factors such as how the features are presented.
Given the importance of physical beauty, wanting to improve or maintain your facial attractiveness is a worthwhile goal. Each person may have individual issues about what specific facial feature or features they consider attractive or unattractive but the important thing to remember is: if it is something that bothers you there is a cosmetic solution. Modern facelifts incorporate numerous ancillary procedures not just to tighten but to replace volume as the paradigm of just tightening a face and not restoring lost volume is outdated. If you are tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a face that is older than you feel on the inside, call Neo Surgery Center today. Dr. Moelleken’s most commonly performed procedure is the 360 Facelift® so schedule a consultation and let him give you a healthy head start in understanding all of the possibilities right for you.