The harsh realities of aging are perhaps more visible on the face than anywhere else on the body. The aging process leads to a coarse skin texture, loss of youthful facial fat, and a lack of defined and angular facial contours. The skin and fat descend from the cheeks, jaw, and neck, creating jowls and bags of sagging skin. Facelift surgery offers immense value in that it can counter these effects of aging and give the face and neck a more rested and youthful appearance. While many surgeons perform an extended SMAS technique for facelift surgery, Dr. James C. Grotting has developed a simplified facial rejuvenation procedure known as the delta facelift, a surgical evolution inspired by the results of a patient-oriented questionnaire/survey tool known as FACE-Q. With patient feedback, Dr. Grotting has been able to refine the facelift procedure to produce even more desirable results.
What Do You Desire?
Youthful Facial Contours
In recent years, we have come to understand that the face ages not only by gravitational descent, but also by a noticeable “sinking in” due to the loss of volume. This volume depletion has led to the popularity of dermal fillers to restore facial volume. However, the most widely available “filler” for use during facelift surgery is a patient’s own fat. Dr. Grotting commonly uses small amounts of tummy or hip fat to smooth out some of the creases and depressions around the mouth, the dark circles under the eyes, and even the temples and lips. The use of fat has revolutionized facial rejuvenation and gives patients a youthful and soft appearance.
Youthful Facial Definition
Skin that is healthy, youthful, and plump contains ample amounts of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins that help the tissues maintain their strength and ability to contract after being stretched. Due to the natural depletion of collagen and elastin over time, aging skin becomes progressively more lax and is unable to retract as it could in its youth. Sagging jowls, a turkey neck, and an ill-defined jawline are just a few of the manifestations of facial aging with skin and tissue laxity. Facelift surgery removes the skin that is in excess and tightens the remaining soft tissues to improve facial definition, refine facial lines, and rejuvenate the appearance.
Smooth, Soft Skin
Fine lines, wrinkles, creases, and folds have long been despised as being the first definitive signs of facial aging. As the skin loses elasticity, soft tissues of the face droop, and fat deposits shift and diminish, facial lines inevitably develop and betray the passage of time. Using a unique surgical approach that repositions the soft tissue and tightens the skin, facelift surgery corrects wrinkles and produces smoother skin. The incorporation of fat with the delta facelift surgical technique improves the quality of the skin, helping it to appear soft, full, and healthy.
The confidence of youth can gradually become replaced by discouragement and self-deprecation as time goes by. Unwanted changes to your physical appearance, endurance, strength, and mental clarity can subdue youthful zeal and replace it with insecurity and diffidence. Restoration of a youthful appearance allows the face in the mirror to reflect a younger version of yourself, and this can foster a positive self-image, a powerful sense of self, and unwavering self-confidence.