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S.SEAN YOUNAI, MD,FACS Board Certified Plastic, Cosmetic, & Reconstructive Surgeon

Beverly Hills Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon


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My mission is to help you look and feel healthy, happy and youthful. To accomplish this, it takes more than just surgical skills - it takes having an eye, an imagination, and compassion. Your satisfaction is my reward; therefore, my full attention is yours, and I am committed to making you feel comfortable during this transformation. With this philosophy, along with my expert staff, I hope to make your plastic surgery endeavor a safe, comfortable, and successful experience.

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Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Los Angeles

Aging is unavoidable, but a youthful look is a choice. Looking at our face in the mirror every morning reminds us of aging- sagging of the cheeks, deepening of the cheek folds, jowls or loss of a well-defined jaw line, and wrinkles.Everyday, many men and women choose to erase these signs of aging with a facelift.

Whether it is Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, or anywhere else, patients always ask me if it is better to get a facelift at a younger age or at a later age. Good skin elasticity results in a better and a longer lasting facelift result. Therefore, it is generally better to consider a facelift surgery before you get too old. But remember, a facelift or a Rhytidectomy can only “set the clock back, but it can not stop it”.  

faceliftRhytidectomy or a facelift rejuvenates the neck, jaws, cheeks, eyes, and the forehead. A facelift re-drapes the facial skin, tightens muscles, and reverse the effects of gravity, aging, and loss of facial fullness or volume. This gives you a firm neck and cheeks, with well defined jaw lines, and smoother skin.

The word Rhytidectomy comes from the Greek word "rhytis," which means "wrinkle," and "ektome," which means excision. It actually refers to a group of procedures from the cheeks down to the neck which, in the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon won’t make you look "different" as much as they’ll make you appear more relaxed, rested and rejuvenated.

 

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What A Facelift Does

Facelift rejuvenates the face by lifting the sagging cheeks to highlight the cheekbones, by tightening the face and neck muscles, by reestablishing the tight and smooth jaw line, by lessening the cheek folds, and by removing excess face and neck skin. Facelift techniques include making of fine incisions in the temporal hairline and by following it in front of the ear, and then behind it and into the lower scalp hair. Through this incision face muscles are tightened, cheek pads are elevated, and redundant skin is removed. The neck is also tightened by making a small incision under the chin crease where the neck muscles are tightened in order to remove neckbands and loose hanging skin. It is common to correct aging of the eyes and/ or the sagging of the eyebrows along with a facelift. In doing these procedures my emphasis is to have a patient look natural and not plastic or “over-done”.

Most facelift patients are between 40 and 60 years of age. However, Rhytidectomy is successfully performed on people in their seventies and eighties as well. Many plastic surgeons consider the ideal candidate to be a middle-aged woman, with a strong underlying bone structure and a minimal amount of fatty tissue.

In addition to those who have strong bone structure, the best facelift candidates are men and women whose face and neck shows signs of sagging, but whose skin is still elastic.

faceliftWhat to Avoid Before & After A Facelift

Smoking, chewing tobacco, or nicotine patches are detrimental to your surgical outcome. Nicotine causes severe constriction of the small blood vessels that keep the facial skin alive. Therefore, using nicotine during the week before and two weeks after surgery can potentially cause irreversible damage to your facial skin and you loose your face.

Rhytidectomy like many surgical procedures carries potential risks and complications. There is a risk of bleeding or forming blood collections (hematoma). This can be treated well when found early. There is a risk of weakening facial nerves but it is usually reversible. Some incision or areas of skin can potentially not heal. This risk is significantly increased by using tobacco before and after surgery. Although, these are most of the common potential risks of a facelift, you should thoroughly discuss this or any other surgical procedure of interest with your surgeon before proceeding with surgery.

In summary, facelift can truly rejuvenated the face and in doing so return to you a sense of youthfulness, confidence, and energy and all over lift your spirit.  

Candidates for a Facelift

Men and women who are considering Rhytidectomy or Facelift surgery are troubled by a variety of their aging facial features such as:

Nasolabial Folds — the deep lines or folds that run from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth. Loss of a well-defined jaw line or the development of "jowls". Sagging of the "highlight" areas of the cheekbones and deep wrinkles in the cheeks. Loose hanging skin folds, wrinkles, vertical "cords" or excess fatty tissue in the neck, also known as "turkey neck".  

The factors that contribute to a successful Facelift outcome vary between individuals. Your skin type and elasticity, the degree of sun damage, whether you are a smoker will all have an impact on the outcome of your surgery.

Many plastic surgeons consider the ideal candidate to be a non-smoking middle-aged woman, with a strong underlying bone structure and a minimal amount of fatty tissue. Likewise, those who are very overweight, who suffer from chronic sun damage and who have very thick or very thin skin are less likely to have an optimal result.  

In addition to those who have strong bone structure, the best facelift candidates are men and women whose face and neck show signs of sagging, but whose skin is still elastic. Because of this, it is not wise to wait until your early sixties to have your Facelift. By that time you would have lost more skin elasticity as well as facial volume, which makes it more difficult to achieve an optimal and lasting result. Therefore, most men and women elect to have Facelift surgery in their late forties and up to late fifties. However Rhytidectomies are still successfully performed on people in their seventies and eighties as well.   

 

Dr Sean Younai, Board Certified Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon