Candidates for A Facelift
The ExpresS-Lift is particularly well suited for physically healthy patients with sagging lower facial and neck areas. These changes are the result of gravity causing the soft tissue layers (fascia, muscle, and skin) to stretch. The facelift suspends these droopy tissue layers and repositions them to where they were ten or twenty years ago. This lift results in a more youthful face and neck profile. Results are expected to persist for ten or more years after surgery.
In healthy patients, an ExpresS-Lift can be performed at any age and can deliver remarkable results.
*Individual Results May Vary
The ExpresS-Lift procedure is designed to improve the most visible signs of aging and restore a more youthful appearance to the face and neck. The procedure can improve the appearance of sagging facial skin of the lower face as well as jowls and loose neck skin.
The emphasis is on lifting sagging fascia in a more vertical direction than is used in conventional facelifts. Gravity is the cause of sagging and is a force that pushes straight down. Lifting in a more vertical direction results in a natural look and avoids the obvious “wind tunnel” or “swept back” look of traditional facelifts. In most cases, Dr. Langdon uses a minimal length of skin incision that is relatively short compared to traditional facelifts, resulting in an inconspicuous scar.
Only local anesthesia is used during an ExpresS-Lift. The local anesthetic affords the following advantages: the procedure is painless, there is very little bleeding, and subsequently little bruising and swelling (thus a rapid recovery).
Similar to a conventional facelift, an ExpresS-lift rejuvenates the lower two-thirds of the face and neck. The ExpresS-lift also lifts the cheeks (mid-face region), thus improving the nasolabial and marionette folds.
Unlike “mini-facelifts” that only tighten the skin, the ExpresS-Lift is a real facelift, with tightening of the connective tissue layer beneath the skin (this is called the “Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System” or SMAS). Because of the tightening of the SMAS, it is also necessary to remove some of the skin just in front of and above the ear. Minimal tension on the skin reduces visible scarring.
*Individual Results May Vary
The most remarkable feature of the ExpresS-Lift is the rapid recovery, with relatively little bruising and swelling. The key is Dr. Langdon’s use of local anesthesia, which constricts small blood vessels during the procedure.
After an ExpresS-Lift facelift, some numbness, bruising and swelling will occur. Bruising typically takes 7-10 days to fade. Many patients will return to work within one to two weeks of their ExpresS-Lift procedure.
Every surgical procedure carries certain risks and the potential for complications. Potential complications associated with the ExpresS-Lift procedure may include the following: bruising, swelling, sensitivity to anesthesia, asymmetry, infection, nerve injury, and poor healing.
Benefits of ExpresS-Lift Face Lift include:
- Smoother neck area
- Reduced jowls
- Refined jawline and chin
- Improved appearance of sagging lower facial skin
- Restoration of the lower face and neck to a more youthful appearance