As science advances and we learn more about how the human body works, the health, fitness and beauty industries thrive. Today, fifty is the new forty and Americans are more concerned than ever before with health, wellness and looking their very best. This fact is reflected in that despite the current economic conditions, thousands of U.S. citizens continue to undergo cosmetic surgery. But one universal concern that is independent of which procedure you choose is the risks involved in the procedure.
As we age, our skin begins to sag and deep creases form around the eyes, mouth and other areas on the face. While non-invasive treatments like fillers and Botox injections can often help smooth wrinkles, facelift plastic surgery goes a step further to remedy the following visible signs of aging (courtesy American Society of Plastic Surgeons):
- Sagging in the midface
- Deep creases below the lower eyelids
- Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
- Fat that has fallen or is displaced
- Loss of muscle tone in the lower face may create jowls
- Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can make even a person of normal weight appear to have a double chin
Dr. Frederic Barr of Palm Beach Plastic Surgery reviews the risks of every procedure with each and every patient prior to surgery. So what are the risks associated with facelift surgery? Hematoma (post-operative bleeding) is the most common complication, as well as seroma (collection of fluid), infection, sloughing of skin and scarring at incision points. There are risks and benefits associated with every form of cosmetic enhancement, whether it is Botox or a more invasive procedure.
Not everyone wants or needs a “full” facelift procedure. Dr. Barr also offers the mini-facelift procedure to improve the neck, jowl, cheek and brow areas in-office with local anesthesia only. Because the minis are limited in scope, there is limited bruising and swelling which makes for rapid recovery. For more information and to schedule your consultation, call 561-833-4122 today.