The stigma around facelifts has changed drastically over the past decades. A facelift (also known as rhytidectomy) is the most comprehensive approach to treating facial wrinkles and sagging caused by aging. The surgery varies in a range from minimally invasive ‘lunchtime lifts’ to more extensive, sophisticated surgery. A facelift removes excess skin, tightens underlying tissues and muscle and redrapes skin on the face and neck. It can correct midface sagging, marionette lines, jowls and a double chin, maintaining its reputation as the ‘gold standard’ for facial rejuvenation.
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ASERF President and ASAPS member, Julio Garcia, MD explains what the research arm of The Aesthetic Society is and what they do to help both patients and surgeons. ASERF (The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation) is the educational and research foundation arm of The Aesthetic Society. Its mission is to identify and pursue those issues relevant to the advancement, effectiveness and safety of aesthetic surgery through directed research and education for the purpose of benefiting patients, physicians and the entire field of medicine.
Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Isaac Starker shares how plastic surgery has changed from being almost exclusively surgically based to now having an array of treatments options that don’t require surgery and that can be started earlier in life. From treating skin to helping delay signs of aging – with skin care products, energy or light-based treatments, with injectables and fillers. These advancements allow surgeons to continue along the spectrum of care to include some minimally invasive surgical procedures and the moving to more traditional surgical options.