Non-surgical treatments such as Botox and fillers will improve facial rejuvenation. However, according to the team at W Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a facelift is the most effective procedure once significant laxity has developed. If you’re needing a bit of a lift or rejuvenation, the good news is there are now much better and more natural-looking facelifts available. It might be a good time to have a consultation.
Traditional facelifts are largely a skin-excision procedure. The skin is usually tightened without addressing the underlying changes that come with ageing, often resulting in a stretched and unnatural appearance. Thankfully, recent technological advances in the area of facelift surgery have resulted in an improvement in both the quality and longevity of results, while minimising downtime after surgery.
The improved natural-looking facelift
With a better understanding of the natural skin ageing process, there is now a focus on the support layer of the face, scientifically known as the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). Various methods have been developed to tighten the SMAS from a deeper level. One is the composite facelift, which has been gaining popularity in recent years. Also known as the ‘deep plane facelift’, this technique tightens the skin, soft facial tissue and SMAS as a single unit. Because the tightening isn’t done directly on the skin, the natural shape and contours are restored. This reduces the risk of an overdone, pulled appearance commonly associated with traditional facelifts.
“A well-done facelift remains the best procedure for facial rejuvenation. The composite facelift is a technique that would predictably deliver a more natural result,” says Dr Wong Chin Ho of W Aesthetic. Tightening at the SMAS level also gives the longest-lasting outcome attainable with a facelift. Recovery is shortened, too, because of the less invasive nature of the procedure compared to a conventional treatment.
What it does
The composite facelift can lift droopy cheeks and jowls, smoothen out nasolabial lines and tighten loose skin on the neck. It’s popular among those over the age of 40, as well as younger people who might be suffering from sagging and laxity as a result of significant weight loss.