The Facelift: A Recent Innovation in Science and Art

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The facelift is a very recent discovery in plastic surgery.  Nose and ear reconstruction were practiced in ancient India.  Eyelid surgery was successfully practiced in the sixteenth century.  Abdominoplasty (without navel reposition), what we would call rhinoplasty, breast lift, and breast reduction were all well-accepted procedures by the mid-nineteenth century.  But facelifts were not invented until well into the twentieth century. At first, facelifts were only made by repositioning the skin on the face.  These could reduce sagging and wrinkling as a result of excess skin, but their effects were short-lived.  It was not until the 1970s that the secret to longer-lasting facelifts was discovered.  Plastic surgeons realized that by repositioning the Superficial MusculoAponeurotic System (SMAS), a thin layer of muscles and connective tissue just under the skin, plastic surgeons found they could increase the lifespan of the results.  However, they also found that the SMAS facelift had a longer recovery time and could lead to some change in your appearance. Over the years, plastic surgeons have continued to innovate new facelift techniques and have learned how to get long-lasting results without a radically altered, tight, or pinched appearance.  However, the facelift remains one of the more difficult procedures performed by a cosmetic surgeon, depending heavily on the artistry and experience of the surgeon. If you are considering a facelift, choose your surgeon carefully.  At the very minimum, you should have a board-certified cosmetic surgeon performing your facelift.  Select one with in-depth training, years of experience, and good results.  Dr. Lefkovits is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who has received in-depth training not only in plastic surgery, but in the deeper anatomy of the face, throat, and ears.  He has taught plastic surgery, and is a member of numerous regional, national, and international plastic surgery societies. If you are interested in learning more about how Dr. Lefkovits can put his training at your service to get you the best possible facelift, please contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery today to set up your consultation.

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