An emphasis on a healthy lifestyle, including a regular exercise routine and mindful eating practices, has allowed many people to live into their 80s and 90s. As a result, many people feel like the fountain of youth . . . until they look in the mirror. Unfortunately, the aging process is not dictated by how a person “feels”! But there are proactive ways to delay the aging process and one of them is to have a face lift by Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins.
A youthful face resembles an upside down triangle, with lots of volume around the eyes and cheekbones. As people approach their 50s and 60s, their skin begins to sag, fine lines and wrinkles become more pronounced, and the face shape changes and droops. Often an aging face can make people look sad or upset, even though they are not.
A face lift can restore a youthful appearance by returning fullness to the cheeks, lifting the jowls, and smoothing the neck. Some people may consider mid-facial implants to further add balance and fullness to the cheeks. The deep tissue work of a face lift will provide contouring, support, tightening, and add longevity to the final result thus turning back the clock and slowing the aging process overall.
When Dr. Perkins does a facelift, the incisions are hidden within the natural creases and contours of the ears and hair, so there will be no obvious scarring. General anesthesia is not needed; instead a combination of local anesthesia, oral and IV sedation provides relaxation and lack of awareness through the procedure. Pain is usually minimal, easily controlled by Tylenol or Ibuprofen, and most patients are able to return to work in 8 to 10 days (depending on job requirements).
If you are interested in restoring your youthful appearance – with a natural, “non-operated” look – contact Dr. Perkins at Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara at 805-563-0000 for a facelift consultation.