As time begins to change the face, tight necks and well defined jawlines are replaced with marionette lines, jowls and fullness in the neck. As this process unfolds, bright, youthful faces often become tired and grumpy looking. A facelift is the procedure that helps to lift the neck and cheek area restoring the youthful features back to the face. I typically see two groups of patients for facelifts. The first group often has a strong family history of double chins. These patients are usually in their late 30s to early 40s, and elect to have the lift so it is a more subtle change, but they get to enjoy it longer. The second group is usually in the 50-80+ year-old range. With these patients, the facial skin has relaxed significantly and the results are more dramatic.
The best way to understand the aging of the face is to think of the face as having several layers, similar to a cake. The aging process not only affects the outer skin layer, but the underlying fat, muscle and bone layers. Every face is unique to start with, and ages differently. Therefore, every facelift should be customized to help restore that individual's natural look.
Over the years, different types of facelifts evolved to address different features of the aging face. Some practitioners muddy the water for patients by creating cute marketing names for their procedure. Often, the more aggressive lifts lead to an unnatural, pulled look. As an educator, I explain to patients why their face is aging and propose appropriate options to help them achieve a natural look.
Because loss of volume is also a factor in making the face look hollow and older, the facelift procedure is commonly combined with fat transfer to help restore the youthful contours to the face. Patients should make certain that a facelift procedure is performed in a fully licensed and accredited facility with board-certified anesthesiologists. Recovery for most facelifts is about a week. Depending on heredity and skin type, the results of most facelifts are generally still being enjoyed
10-15 years later.
Q & A with Dr. Maloney
WHAT FACELIFT EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE?
I chose to specialize in surgery and rejuvenation of the face and neck. As a result, in my 27 years of practice, I have performed thousands of facelifts. I have detailed some of the advances of my cosmetic procedures in over 80 book chapters and articles which I have authored. I have also taught facelift courses across the country and internationally.
WHAT ARE ALTERNATIVES TO A FACELIFT IF I AM NOT READY?
There are lots of great options to explore. Everything from fillers to liposuction and ThermiRF can help to restore a more youthful look – right in the office. During consultation, we will discuss your goals and use computer imaging to illustrate potential outcomes. We will work together to find the right "fit" specifically for you.
The "Beauty" of Giving Back
Dr. Maloney, and each member of his Maloney Center team, is committed to treating patients as "family." Patients from all over the world come to see Dr. Maloney because of his artistry and genuine compassion. It's a culture of caring that naturally spills over into the Atlanta community. Each year, The Maloney Center is pleased to host Charity Days to benefit local, Atlanta organizations.
Dr. Maloney is an award-winning, internationally recognized, double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is the founder of the world-renowned Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery located in Atlanta. Dr. Maloney is a National Trainer for Allergan, the maker of Botox Cosmetic,® Juvederm,® Voluma,® and Latisse.® He instructs doctors from all over the world on the latest facial cosmetic surgery procedures and has been regularly featured in national media including Discovery Health, The Learning Channel, CNN Headline News, ABC News and more.