A facelift can make you look incredibly more youthful by making your skin more taut. But what about when loose, sagging skin is not the only cosmetic issue you're suffering from? These other procedures can be "added on" to your facelift to give you more dramatic results and address all of your issues at once.
The incisions for a facelift are made along the hairline by the ear. The skin is pulled up, tightening the skin of the lower face, but leaving the upper face rather unaddressed. So, if your eyelids have begun to sag, a facelift alone won't fix the issue. However, your surgeon can perform what's known as eyelid surgery, or a brow lift, at the same time as your facelift. During this procedure, a small incision is made along the forehead near the hairline, and the skin is lifted up and tightened. Your eyelids will be less droopy and your under-eye circles should be less pronounced.
Liposuction is commonly thought of as a procedure for larger areas, such as the thighs, but it can be performed on small areas like the face as well. If you have some extra unwanted fat in areas like under your chin or along your cheeks, the perfect time to have this removed is during your facelift. The instrument used to suction out the fat can be inserted into the same incisions used to perform your facelift, so you'll have fewer scars than if you were to have the procedures done separately. Plus, if you have excess fat removed, your surgeon may be able to "lift" your face even further, giving you an even younger, more taut look.
A facelift should smooth out many of your wrinkles and fine lines, but there may be a few—such as those laugh lines between your nose and mouth—that it does not completely erase. To complete your new look, your surgeon can inject a filler into these remaining wrinkles while you're in for your facelift. There are a number of fillers to choose from, and your plastic surgeon can help you choose the one that's right for you. Collagen, for example, yields natural-looking, long-lasting results, but some patients are sensitive or allergic to it. Botulinum toxin injections work well for deeper wrinkles, but make some patients look overly "plastic."
Facelifts yield dramatic results, but sometimes a facelift alone is not quite enough to give you the new look you crave. Talk to your doctor or visit sites like http://www.myplasticsurgerygroup.com to learn more about these or other add-on procedures.