Wednesday, 01 April 2015

The rhytidoplasty, or facelift, is indicated when the soft tissues of the face and neck are flaccid and dropped.

In the first consultation Dr. Escobar will perform an adequate diagnosis to decide if you are a rhytidoplasty candidate or not.

IT IS BETTER TO REPOSITION THAN TO STRETCH

A rhytidoplasty is not only a matter of stretching the skin and removing its excess. A good rhytidoplasty is a surgery that mainly tries to reposition the tissues located under the skin and eliminate the excess skin as a complement after this step. To help you understand, and without using complex language, with the years not only does the skin lose tension, but the other face tissues start dropping also.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SMAS

One word that you should know to understand this better is the following: SMAS (sub muscular aponeurotic system). This complex abbreviation simply defines a fibrous tissue whose function is to connect the skin with the facial muscles responsible for expression.

HOW IS THE RHYTIDOPLASTY DONE?

According to this, the key to a facelift is to give back the tension to the SMAS and thus reposition the dropped facial musculature. Consequently, the skin of the face recovers its tension.

Through a series of internal sutures we will manage to recover the lost tension, so the location, path and orientation of these sutures are very important. This point is the key to good results.

Last, Dr. Escobar will develop a special technique during the surgery that will take care of the good design of the incisions on the skin and their subsequent sutures, thus obtaining an almost invisible scar because there will not be any tension during the healing process.

ADVANTAGES OVER OTHER TECHNIQUES

A rhytidoplasty performed by Dr. Escobar is superior in results than the techniques that only stretch the skin, because in these cases the skin will overstretch again, and when there is a lot of tension on the area of the incisions the scars will be very apparent. Sadly this is not so infrequent, and it can only be solved with another surgery, correctly performed, of course.

Likewise, Dr. Escobar will be able to work on the face and neck in the same intervention, if necessary. In these cases we will be performing a cervicofacial rhytidoplasty, which will be very useful to improve the aspect of the facial mid-third, but above all of the lower third of the face and the neck, giving back a youthful aspect to these facial areas.

IT IS BETTER IF IT IS COMBINED WITH OTHER TECHNIQUES

In many cases, only getting a rhytidoplasty is not enough to obtain good results. This is why it should be combined with other techniques, such as a facial Lipo Injection to return the volume that has been lost in the mid-third, or an eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, obtaining a rejuvenation of the entire face. Last, in the cases in which the eyebrow is dropped, it would be necessary to add an endoscopic frontoplasty or brow lift.

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