Both men and women are likely to experience signs of aging due to genetics, lifestyle choices, and age. While traditional facelift techniques can produce lasting facial enhancement, several factors may compromise the results. Noticeable scarring in front of and behind the ears, along with the effects of the natural aging process, often leads to dissatisfaction and the need for a secondary facelift. Dr. Calabria performs the modern and innovative suspenders facelift to provide his patients with conservative and enduring facial rejuvenation.
Benefits of the Suspenders Facelift
- Long-lasting results
- Minimal risk of visible scarring
- Additional tissue support for optimal healing
Ideal candidates for the suspenders facelift can relate to the following concerns:
Distinct nasolabial folds, or “smile lines”
Loose skin along the jawline and neck
Skin laxity of the lower face
The suspenders facelift begins the same way as a traditional facelift. First, anesthesia is administered to ensure patient comfort throughout the surgery. Incisions are then created on either side of the face along and behind the ears. At this point, the tissues are redraped, and excess skin is excised.
Unlike the conventional approach, however, this facelift technique involves removing only the top layer of excess skin, leaving the dermis and subcutaneous tissue fully intact. The underlying tissues are used to create the suspenders which are then passed through two tunnels placed within the scalp and anchored to the fascia with two absorbable sutures. This method ensures that the suspenders carry all of the tension of the procedure rather than the epidermis, which minimizes the risk of hypertrophic scarring and poor healing.
Patients who undergo a suspenders facelift can expect a similar or easier recovery to that of a traditional facelift. Because the deeper tissues carry the tension of the procedure, the incisions can heal faster. Most patients resume working after two weeks of recovery, but physical exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least three weeks.
Any residual bruising or swelling should resolve significantly three weeks into recovery. Due to the lack of tension on the incision sites, patients can expect minimal visible scarring, if any, after this procedure. The results of a suspenders facelift are meant to be long lasting.
To learn more about the suspenders facelift or to schedule your facial rejuvenation consultation with Dr. Calabria, please call (760) 836-0077.