Jan 30 2009
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When a woman or a man chooses a facelift, the usual motivation is a desire to get rid of wrinkles and sagging skin.
These facial changes are the result of aging, during which both the skin and the subcutaneous tissues undergo a marked transformation, as collagen, the skin’s supporting material, fragments. However, deeper alterations also take place. With less elasticity, the inner skin layers sag, and fat deposits appear under the skin.
Therefore, a facelift usually involves removing excess skin, as well as ‘lightening up” the tissue that has become inelastic. Chemicals that cause shedding of the skin’s outer layer are often used lo smooth out tiny wrinkles,but they have no effect on subcutaneous tissue or fat. Before giving a specific answer to your question, I’d have to know the reasons you decided on a facelift. If you are troubled merely by excessive wrinkling, a chemical peel would be appropriate.
On the other hand, if you are like the rest of us oldies, wrinkles are only a part of the problem - and a small one at that. Hence, plastic surgery, may be necessary to achieve the results you desire. Not being a plastic surgeon, I’m not qualified to offer specific advice. In most cases, chemicals alone will not do the trick without some surgery to re-sculpt the face and neck. I suggest thai you seek a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon, who can provide the particular, technical information you require, describe the procedure, explain the possible drawbacks, and give you an idea of the cost.
This last point may not seem important, but it is. Plastic surgery is expensive, and most insurance plans do not coverpurely cosmetic operations. Therefore, you may be stuck with thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses. Carefully examine your options before committing to a procedure, and get a second opinion if you have any doubts.