The best age for a facelift is highly variable, depending on a person's history of sun exposure, facial bone structure and many hereditary factors.Â The aging feature which is usually the first to appear is generalized skin laxity in the lower cheeks, adjacent to the corners of the mouth.Â This laxity often appears first in the forties. The next aging change to develop is jowl formation, characterized by loose skin bulges along the jaw line.Â Skin laxity in the neck occurs at various ages and to different degrees with skin textural changes, wrinkles and visible looseness.Â Each of these aging features can be addressed by plastic surgery and results are typically very rejuvenating.
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If you have saline implants, the saline leaks out of the ruptured implant and is harmlessly absorbed by your body.Â Eventually, all of the saline leaks out and your breast returns to the same size it was before the surgery.Â If you have silicone implants, the silicone is not absorbed so the size of the breast remains the same.Â Usually a mammogram or, more likely, a MRI would need to be performed to determine if your implant is ruptured.
The longevity of a facelift depends upon many factors, including facial bone structure, skin thickness and elasticity, the extent of environmental damage and heredity. Some patients will begin to demonstrate some further aging features 7-10 years after an initial facelift, but these can be readily improved with a repeat procedure. For other patients, those changes may not be noted until 12-15 years after the initial facelift. Most importantly, however, after any facelift procedure, the face still looks better, even after 25-30 years, than it would have looked without the facelift surgery.
FACT: While a suntan gives the appearance of health and vigor, chronic sun exposure produces premature aging by breaking down the elastic fibers and thinning the layers of the skin. While ultraviolet rays from the sun improves skin complexion temporarily, the long term detrimental effects of the sun far outweigh the short-term positive benefits.
Botox acts by relaxing the muscles. If a muscle does not fully contract, the skin over the muscle does not wrinkle. Repeated contractions of the muscles can cause deep wrinkles in the skin, which eventually will produce a permanent crease. After that happens, even Botox will not fully eliminate the crease. If Botox is injected at the first sign of wrinkling, a deep crease will never develop.
Approximately 25 years ago, drawing upon experience gained from post-mastectomy breast reconstruction patients, plastic surgeons began placing the implants behind the pectoralis muscles of the chest for cosmetic breast augmentation. The technique gained popularity, and is now the most commonly used placement for implants, largely because of two advantages: 1) post augmentation mammograms are more reliable, because less breast tissue is obscured when the implant is positioned behind the muscle; and 2) placement behind the muscle lowers the incidence of capsular contracture, a post-surgical hardening of the tissue around the implant, which can make the breast feel undersirably firm.
Botox, which has been widely used for several years in plastic surgery to minimize deep lines and wrinkles, is now being used to minimize scars. In a study from the Mayo Clinic, plastic surgeons injected Botox into the skin of the foreheads and upper cheeks of patients following excision and closure of skin lesion sites. As expected, Botox minimized general movement of the area. Since the movement of the skin surrounding the surgical site often adversely affects the healing process, they found that the Botox-injected wound sites, which had minimal motion, produced superior scars.
A lot is being written in the lay press about Lipo Dissolve (Mesotherapy) for removal of unwanted fat in the hips, thighs, abdomen and elsewhere. Various agents are injected into these areas of unwanted fat and this is sometimes done by unlicensed practitioners. Injecting these solutions are designed to dissolve fat in the subcutaneous layer of the body, but to what degree and with what accompanying side effects, no one knows. Lipo Dissolve is not a substitute for weight loss or for the more effective procedure of liposuction of larger volumes of fat. Unfortunately, very little is known about the safety of the solutions and the technique is not endorsed by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and is not FDA approved.
Both Restylane and Juvederm are frequently mentioned in fashion magazines and the lay press as fillers which can effectively soften folds and wrinkles. Many people are asking about the differences in the two. Restylane and Juvederm are both hyaluronic acid products. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body. Restylane and Juvederm are very similar in composition but there are importance differences which have made Juvederm the treatment of choice for many plastic surgeons. Juvederm is somewhat more concentrated and is more "cross-linked" which produces a smoother result. Proponents of Juvederm point out that these differences have distinct advantages including less bruising, milder pinkness and decreased swelling following the injection.
A recent survey was performed in order to identify the ages of women who are having breast augmentation. 50% of the women were between the ages of 19 and 34; to the surprise of many people, 40% of the women were in the 35-50 age group.