Advances in Facelift Surgery: A Three Dimensional Approach To Restoring A Youthful Look
The stigma around facelifts has changed drastically over the past decades. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Richard Baxter who is based in Seattle, WA, explains how a facelift procedure has advanced over the years and the limits of nonsurgical facial treatments.
Dr. Baxter attributes the increase in facelift procedures in his practice to the decrease in plastic surgery stigma. “I think the biggest difference between facelift procedures twenty years ago and today is there is more emphasis on three dimensions which include: volume restoration, moving the tissues to where they need to be to shape the face and re-draping the skin rather than pulling of the skin,” explains Dr. Baxter.
“The first manifestation of aging is loss of volume, and while nonsurgical procedures can help a patient maintain a more youthful look for a longer period of time, they won’t replace the effect of a facelift,” he notes.
“As plastic surgeons, our mission is to help our patients feel better about their overall appearance. A person’s appearance can have an impact on their self-confidence and their performance at work and life. If you see an ASAPS member, you know that they’ve made aesthetic surgery important. It is what they do. They’re going to take a comprehensive approach, so I think that is a good place to start for anyone considering plastic surgery,” notes Dr. Baxter