“Sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and I am shocked at the old person looking back at me.” Does the above statement ring a bell? You’re not alone! Many of us feel young, lighthearted and content, yet our face tells a different story. Aging happens regardless of how much exercise you do or how many green foods you consume (although practicing a healthy lifestyle may help to slow the aging process). Inevitably wrinkles form and become deeper while skin becomes thinner and looks deflated. Your once sharp jawline starts to blend into your neck and your mouth may look permanently downturned when at rest. That is when you look in the mirror and realize that you don’t recognize the person who is looking back. What can be done to recapture your youth?
A Facelift may be the answer! Facelifts are the sixth most popular plastic surgery procedure according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). A facelift restores a youthful, natural appearance by returning fullness to the cheeks, lifting the jowls, and smoothing the neck. A facelift in Santa Barbara by Dr. Perkins involves the cheek and neck area. Dr. Perkins will do deep tissue work that provides support, contouring, tightening and adds longevity to the procedure result. Mid-facial implants might be suggested for some people to add balance and fullness to the cheeks. The saggy, “turkey” neck bands will be sutured to provide a continuous sling of muscle support.
One question that Dr. Perkins gets asked often is “When is the right time to have a facelift?” Obviously this varies by how much a person ages and the condition their skin is in. In general, though, having a facelift earlier may really help delay the aging process later. If you are seeing wrinkles, sagging, and an overall “deflation” in your look, and you are in your 50s, you may want to consider having something done about it instead of waiting ten more years. There are benefits to having a facelift surgery earlier in life which includes faster healing (for most people, the younger they are when having surgery, the easier the recovery) and preserving the structure of your face before it really starts to fall. In addition to this, younger skin has more elasticity. The more elastic your skin is, the longer the results will hold up. Your face will age slower and you will, most likely, look ten or more years younger than you really are.
However, don’t be discouraged if you are in your 60s or older and are considering have a facelift for the first time. Many patients who have a facelift in their senior years are very happy with the result. It’s never too late to turn back the clock.
Dr. Terry J. Perkins is an expert in performing rejuvenating cosmetic surgeries that give a natural, “non-operated” result. For a facelift surgery consultation, call his office at 805-563-0000.