Aging is anyone’s worst nightmare: wrinkly skin, drooping jowls, and the increasing awareness that the clock is always running. For decades, if not centuries, there has been heated debate about the best way to preserve youth, but few remedies are as effective as the facelift, which has been around since 1916 and, since then, has advanced to a point that results are impressive and natural-looking. The facelift, professionally known as a “rhytidectomy,” is in fact the 3rd most popular plastic surgical procedure; in 2020, over 234,000 Americans opted for one.
However, with so many kinds of facelifting techniques out there, it can be tough to determine which is the best for your particular needs.
The Traditional Facelift
Originally, the facelift consisted of cutting the skin along the hairline and down to the front of the ears. The facial skin was then lifted and pulled tightly to smooth wrinkles and lines before the incisions were closed. The problem, however, was that this process resulted in an overly “done” or “plastic” look that was not only obvious but could leave the patient dissatisfied.
This method, now called the “traditional facelift,” does not provide long-lasting results and is largely considered obsolete, as today, there are far more reliable and altogether exceptional approaches that provide safer and better results.
The SMAS Lift
The SMAS Lift is a major improvement on the traditional facelift. Rather than cutting and pulling the skin, surgeons manipulate the SMAS (Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System), a region of musculature and fibrous tissue that begins around the ears and stretches down the neck. The SMAS is a thin but sturdy layer of facial architecture that connects the facial muscles and is responsible for facial expression, and by tweaking it, surgeons are able to give patients strong, natural-looking results.
Still, the SMAS Lift is not as successful a procedure as the Deep Plane Facelift.
The Deep Plane Facelift
The Deep Plane Facelift has been around since 1990. Similarly to the SMAS Lift, it does not cut and pull the skin, but focuses on deeper layers of facial anatomy. The Deep Plane approach, however, actually dives into a more complex anatomical space, called “the deep plane,” which is between the SMAS and deeper muscles. By releasing key ligaments and layers of muscle and fat, surgeons reposition the deep plane and lift the face to a more desirable position. Because everyone’s anatomy is different, this method is unique for each patient.
One of America’s leading plastic surgeons, Dr. Andrew Jacono, is renowned for his role in pioneering and improving the Deep Plane Facelift. Currently, he operates out of his New York City office to provide stunning results for anyone who is hungry for the gold standard of cosmetic surgery, including celebrities like Sonja Morgan, star of ‘The Real Housewives of New York City,’ and Dr. Paul Nassif, star of ‘Botched.”
Dr. Jacono’s Deep Plane Facelift is highly regarded for its results, which appear subtler and more natural than any other facelifting procedure. His expertise in facial anatomy also allows him to hide incisions in the natural folds and creases of the skin to minimize any scarring.
The MADE Lift
Dr. Jacono has also pioneered the MADE (Minimal Access Deep-Plane Extended) Lift, a hybrid procedure that combines the technique of the Deep Plane Facelift with the less-invasive Mini Facelift. Although the MADE Lift focuses on the lower half of the face rather than the face as a whole, its results are just as dramatic as those of a complete Deep Plane Facelift.
As the MADE Lift focuses on a smaller facial area, the incisions are also smaller and more difficult to detect. This procedure is therefore a great option for those who do not want a complete makeover, but still crave a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
You do not have to be uncomfortable in front of the mirror. Consider the reliability and consistency of top New York facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Jacono, whose attention to detail and dedication to science are proof that anyone can place their total trust in his hands. Schedule a one-on-one consultation today by calling (212) 570-2500 and start on the path to improving your self-image with the best facelift in New York City.
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