When we think about getting to know someone we tend to think in terms of “face to face.” Our faces are the point at which we become known by others and it is also where natural aging tends to appear in pronounced ways in the form of small lines and wrinkles. While it is natural, these outward signs often do not reflect our inner age. Facelift surgery has allowed millions of people to look the way they feel. However, sometimes these procedures need to be revised over time, or even corrected if there was a problem.
A Customized Approach to Revision Facelifts
Dr. Phillip Chang of Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center specializes in revision facelift surgery and corrective face lift surgery. Patients who consult Dr. Chang for revision facelift procedures have significantly different needs than the patients who have not had prior facial rejuvenation surgery. Because of the complexities and differences involved in every facelift revision, Dr. Chang uses a customized approach that deals with the unique issues specific to each patient.
Unacceptable Results in Previous Facelifts
In some cases, a facelift revision is necessary because the previous surgery produced unacceptable results, including:
- Areas of the face may have been undertreated. The patient may have continued jowls, neck laxity, drooping of the cheeks and/or midfacial area.
- The results of the procedure did not last as long as the patient had anticipated.
- The procedure may have been overdone, and now the patient’s face has a tight or stretched appearance.
- There is scarring and/or distortion around the ears (pixie ear deformity) or hairline problems (loss of sideburns).
Facelift Revision (Secondary Facelift)
There are many reasons why people seek corrective face lift surgery, also called secondary or revision facelifts. The most common scenario is when the person has had a successful facelift which has naturally aged over time and now it is time to repeat it to maintain a youthful appearance. A facelift procedure reverses the aging process at a point in time, but it can’t halt the process. Revisions are often be needed as more time passes.
A Natural Approach to Revision Facelifts
Facelift surgery is the most effective way to treat jowls and loose neck skin. The procedure significantly turns back the clock of facial aging; however, the clock of facial aging continues to turn forward even after facelift surgery. As a result, individuals may eventually choose to have a secondary or revision facelift. Additionally, while today’s state-of-the-art facelift techniques leave individuals looking refreshed and more youthful, some older facelift techniques may result in an unnatural appearance. Many people have come to believe that facelift surgery always results in a certain unnatural or pulled appearance, but that is not true. You don’t need to compromise between a saggy neck and jowls and an “operated” look. In patients who have undergone a previous facelift that has left them with tell-tale signs of “having work done”, Dr. Chang can design revision facelift surgery to erase these problems leaving them with a natural, refreshed appearance.
A Detailed Approach
Many patients who have undergone previous lifting procedures have thinner skin and require special treatment to avoid having complications from secondary procedures. Dr. Chang thoroughly evaluates your skin, your facial balance, and the balance between your upper, middle and lower neck as it relates to your face. He creates a detailed plan on how to address imbalances and explains all of your options completely, making sure to listen to your concerns and help you make the best choice to achieve your desired results.
An Expert Approach
Patients who have had an unsatisfactory facelift may feel that they are now less attractive than if they’d had no surgery at all. Dr. Chang understands the complex concerns of his patients and is deeply invested in helping to correct all of the issues that have led to the patient’s dissatisfaction. Revision surgery on a previous facelift procedure can not only provide facial rejuvenation more suited to the patient’s goals, it can also yield long-lasting results and boost self-esteem. A different and more challenging surgery than primary facelift surgery, the revision facelift procedure requires specialized training and extensive knowledge of facial anatomy. A board certified cosmetic surgeon with a great deal of expertise in performing revision facelifts, Dr. Chang has given talks nationally on facial reconstruction and many other topics. He believes that most procedures, particularly as they relate to the face, can be performed through smaller and more hidden incisions.
If you are dissatisfied with the results of a prior facelift surgery, please contact Dr. Phillip Chang at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center in Leesburg, VA, to schedule a consultation. He will be happy to meet with you and discuss the revision facelift procedure in detail.