There are currently more than 46 million Americans age greater than 65. By 2050, there will be more than 90 million, according to Rural Health Information Hub, Inc.. That means that 1/5th of the entire population of the United States will be greater than 65 years of age. Typical undesirable signs of aging include; loss of neckline and jawline definition, loose skin of the neck and face, deepening of the lines from the nose to mouth, lengthening of the upper lip, and hollowing of the the under eyes and temple area.
Starting in the early 1800’s, minor procedures such as chemical peels and skin tucks were being performed in a clandestine manner; hidden from the public and professions. The medical specialties involved included otolaryngology, general surgery and the not yet formed specialty of plastic surgery. These procedures were risky as well, in a period before sterile technique and antibiotic treatment. With the advent of anesthesia, including ether and subsequently local anesthesia and antibiotics, the modern era of rejuvenation began in the early 1900’s. Not until the 1960-70’s did surgery again make major leaps with the anatomical discovery of layers to the face and the benefit of lifting rather than pulling on the skin alone to improve longevity and results.
Today, modern facial rejuvenation may include surgical and non-surgical treatments. Although currently there is not a non-surgical technique that comes remotely close to the results of surgical outcomes, it has its place in the continuum of care for aging faces. Chemical peels, various lasers and radiofrequency treatments can be used to improve the thickness and texture of skin. Structurally, the deeper layers must be modified for long lasting change and value. Advances in techniques have led properly educated and trained surgeons to use more minimal incisions for access to achieve results that were previously not possible without longer scars. Placement of incisions can be well hidden by hair and heal well in nearly 100% of cases. Complications can and do occur but in far less than 1.0% of all patients. Temple area brow lifts, eyelid lifts, cheek lifts and neck lifts can be combined with other minimally invasive procedures to limit the stigma of surgery and achieve outstanding patient satisfaction.
Our recommendation is that you only consider visiting with surgeons properly trained and experienced in modern techniques of facial rejuvenation. At Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates, our physicians are the only triple Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons in this region of the country. We have performed many thousands of facial rejuvenation’s and we would be please to meet for private consultation