Where facelifts do produce a younger look, in most cases scars both in front and behind the ears leave a very prominent telltale sign of plastic surgery.
Furthermore, relaxation of the skin and recurrence of the laxity of the tissues in the neck and jowls after a face lift is inevitable and it is part of the continuing aging process and the effect of gravity. Sometimes this occurs after months from the procedure, more often after a few years, depending of the face lift technique and the type of skin of the patient, her/his racial and genetic background, diet, smoking habits and overall state of health.
Face lift scars have always been a dead giveaway for facial rejuvenation.
A new and revolutionary concept and technique has been developed by which not only the duration of the original face lift is longer but and fore most reduces drastically face lift scarring.
Traditionally, when a face lift is completed, the skin is pulled tight, the excess skin excised and the edges are sewn up in front and behind the ears. These may result of unsightly and hypertrophic scarring from the tension applied in the closure in the effort to create a tighter look. Later on, after the swelling has resolved, there may be a recurrence of the skin laxity which, unfortunately, may occur sooner than later.
The suspenders face lift shifts the tension from the scar’s edges to the suspenders, not only minimizing scarring but also allowing more tension on the closure and therefore a longer duration of the results.
Here Is How It Is Done
At the point of redraping the skin, at the completion of the face lift, the excess skin is marked in front and back of the ears. Traditionally this excess skin is simply excised and then the edges brought together with sutures. In this procedure, instead of the full skin, only the epidermis or top layer of the skin is excised, leaving the dermis and subcutaneous tissue fully intact, both in front and behind the ears. Two suspenders are, in fact, created, made not of suture material but of your own natural tissues. Then a few centimeters apart, in the scalp, two pockets are created trough two small incisions, small tunnels are developed, and the suspenders (or flaps) are inserted in to the tunnels and brought up at the level of the new pockets previously created. Then one important step follows: one absorbable suture is used to anchor the suspenders in place to the fascia. The suspender carries all the tension of the procedure which is usually sustained by the skin edges creating bad scarring, allowing the incision to heal with minimal scarring but also allows more tension and therefore longer lasting result then traditional face lifts.
Due to increased interest in this procedure, which Dr. Calabria feels may eventually replace the traditional facelift. Beverly Hills’ facial surgery specialist Dr. Calabria is now scheduling initial Suspenders Facelift consultations to interested parties. He is able to provide additional information during that time. Following this appointment, you may wish to schedule a procedure at our practice. If this is your choice, the consultation fee will be applied toward your surgical costs.