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Surgical & Non-Surgical Facelift & Neck Lift Procedure
Dr. Nguyen, a facelift specialist in Beverly Hills, favors the “deep plane” technique also referred to as a “SMAS Lift” or “Composite Lift”. Unlike procedures that simply address sagging skin, the deep plane facelift repositions the underlying tissue called the “SMAS layer.” Pulling this layer taut allows the redraped skin to sit naturally in its new position. It also alleviates tension on the incision lines which allows for better healing. Before the wound is closed, a fibrin glue is sprayed beneath the skin. This technique greatly minimizes bruising and swelling, reduces the risk of hematoma (bleeding under the skin) and alleviates the need for drainage tubes. When choosing a Facial Plastic Surgeon, patients should seek out a Board-Certified facelift specialist who is well trained in this advanced surgical technique. The overall effect is a more natural appearance as opposed to only tightening the skin.
Skin tightening treatments for the neck and face have become more popular because they are very effective for improving skin laxity as well as improving skin quality. Dr. Nguyen, a surgeon in Beverly Hills, prefers the “deep plane” approach, generally known as “SMAS Lift” as an ideal skin tightening procedure for the face. The reason for that is, unlike other procedures that only address aging skin, a deep plane facelift works in a way where the inherent tissue called SMAS is repositioned.
How It Works
The SMAS layer is pulled to the point that it enables the redraped skin to sit directly on top of its original position. Through this procedure, it also lessens the stress on the incisions which can lead to a faster recovery.
Prior to the wound being closed, the specialist sprays fibrin glue beneath the epidermis. This ingenious strategy lessens the swelling and bruising within the area. There’s no need to worry about suffering from hematoma if you undergo this procedure and drainage tubes will not be necessary.
The surgeon raises the skin from the cheeks, temples, and neck. The skin is lifted and repositioned together with the underlying connective tissue.
There are instances where a neck lift is also ideal. This procedure uses a tiny incision under the skin– usually where there’s a natural crease. Then, the muscle underneath the lower jaw is spread apart to tighten the area. During neck lift surgery, the muscles are coiled and the unneeded fat and skin are taken out. Those who want to restore their jawline and create a more youthful look should consider a neck lift and facelift together as these procedures usually go hand in hand.
When to Consider This Procedure
– Those who are suffering from loose skin are perfect candidates for skin tightening.
– Those who would like to enhance the quality of their skin without having the need to undergo invasive procedures.
– Those with excess skin after significant weight loss.
What Are Your Options
There are a lot of approaches to facelift surgery. A board certified facial plastic surgeon can recommend an approach based on your facial characteristics, such as the shape of your face and what you want to achieve. As for the placement and length of incisions, this will depend on the facelift technique suitable for you. The specialist might consider you as a candidate for a “short scar” facelift procedure where a short incision would be made in the area around the ear.
What Would the Facelift Incision Scars Be Like?
It doesn’t matter what type of facelift procedure you undergo there will be incisions around the ear.
Traditional Facelift: For this procedure, the surgeon would make incisions in the hairline at the temples, hiding the incision in the natural creases within the ears.
Limited-Incision Facelift: The surgeon would make short incisions in the hairline. This usually starts at the temples, also hiding the incisions within the ears.
Neck Lift: The surgeon would make incisions that would start in front of the ear lobes and this would continue behind the ears in the lower scalp. In some cases, there’s an incision underneath the chin.
When it comes to procedures like this, it’s important to choose a surgeon with superior training, quality, and experience.
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About Dr. Nguyen
Davis B. Nguyen M.D. grew up in southern California, where he graduated from the University of California (UCLA), Summa Cum Laude. He then earned a Whipple Scholarship to attend medical school at the University of Rochester in New York. While in medical school, Dr. Nguyen completed a one year research fellowship in General Surgery at Harvard Medical School. This was followed by an internship in General Surgery and a five year residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Yale University.
Dr. Nguyen then completed a fellowship at the USC affiliated Lasky Clinic with Dr. Frank M. Kamer in Beverly Hills, under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
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