Advancements in the Modern Facelift
The classic facelift has remained one of the top procedures performed in the U.S. with 121,531 procedures in 2018 alone. We are all familiar with the “windblown” look associated with a sub-par facelift procedure. Luckily many advancements have been made in the world of plastic surgery, and surgeons have aced the ideal natural aesthetic desired by most.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is beneficial for combating the signs of aging in the face and neck. As we age the pulls of gravity, sun exposure, smoking, thinning of the skin, loss of facial fat, stress, and hereditary factors can cause skin, muscle, and fat in the face to sag. People who have problems with unwanted wrinkles, jowls and sagging skin often opt to have this procedure to help achieve a more youthful, natural look. 
Oxygenetix Medical Advisory Board Member, Mr. Christopher Inglefield, describes a facelift procedure performed at his clinic in London, “In this procedure, our plastic surgeon uses masterful techniques to reposition the skin, fat, and muscles of your face to combat sagging and restore you to a more youthful and natural appearance.”
Facelifts in the Past
Back in the day, facelift procedures worked by wrapping the skin tightly around the muscles and features of the face. The ideal methods for achieving natural-looking results had not yet been discovered so it often resulted in a fake, skin taut look.
The noticeably unnatural “windblown” look from facelifts of the past has caused many to have reservations about getting the procedure. Luckily many advancements have been made to achieve the natural results desired.
Advancements in Modern Facelifts
Oxygenetix Medical Advisory Board Member, Dr. Ordon has made great strides in Facelifts at his clinic Ordon Chopra in Beverly Hills, California. He explains, “Now, the face can be lifted nearly vertically. This approach is ideal because aging and gravity pull the skin of the face downward, creating noticeable sagging, wrinkles, and folds. The goal is to repair and restore what gravity and time took away. This results in a more rested and youthful look.“
Dr. Ordon adds, “The secret to a great facelift is a combination of several recent advances in the approaches and techniques used in other popular surgical procedures.”
For the facelifts performed at Ordon Chopra, they combine facelifts with the best components of other surgical techniques. They use liposuction techniques such as Tumescent to separate the tissues with minimal trauma to the cells and to make the draining of fat from the body a much easier and quicker process.
"Many surgical and minimally invasive procedures are performed in conjunction with each other," said Alan Matarasso, MD, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. "For example, a facelift procedure is often complemented with injections of soft-tissue fillers. When these procedures are combined it not only provides optimal results, but it can be more economical for patients."
Today a facelift can be performed with fewer and smaller incisions and a lower impact on the patient’s body, which results in a faster healing period. At Dr. Ordon’s clinic, “often, tissue glue is used instead of, or in addition to, sutures as a way to provide enhanced reinforcement during the healing period to ensure that the wound does not re-open or cause any complications. The glue also allows the patient to be bandage free and return to an active life sooner.” Healing occurs must quicker than it used to with these advancements and patients can return back to work within a week as opposed to the two to three weeks it used to take.
Oxygenetix pro-healing topicals can be found at Dr. Ordon’s clinic in Beverly Hills and in clinics around the globe as post-procedure protocol. With doctor recommendation, Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation can be applied to the skin after the procedure to aid in the healing process while covering up undesired redness, bruising, and signs of the procedure. Patented Ceravitae® in Oxygenetix topicals supports oxygen uptake to the skin cells to aid in the healing process while aloe barbadensis soothes the compromised skin.
Aging is inevitable, but looking your age doesn’t have to be. With advancements in facelifts, it is now possible to get the natural youthful look you desire. Find a board-certified plastic surgeon near you on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.