Facial Rejuvenation

Facial rejuvenation may involve a number of different treatment strategies, but nothing is more effective or longer lasting than a face lift or neck lift (rhytidectomy). Dr. Cross performs well over a hundred face and neck lift procedures a year. This close to 20 times the number of facelifts performed in a year by the average plastic surgeon and is one of the chief reasons he was named one of the nation’s 30 best beauty gurus by Town and Country Magazine.

As we age, the face loses volume, and the tissues of the face become more lax and descended. This creates the appearance of loose and heavy skin in the lower face and neck. The face tends to become more square with aging versus the more conical shape of youth, where volume is greatest in the cheek region and the chin and jaw appeared tapered. These changes are seen when comparing the features of this daughter and mother comparison.

female patient before and after Facial Rejuvenation - front view

This mother and daughter comparison shows the squaring of the face during the aging process.

Furthermore, excess fat deposits in the neck add to the loss of a defined neck region. Whether addressing changes in the mid portion of the face, the neck, or both, a good surgical correction will restore tissues to their proper location, secure the tissues under the skin, and get rid of excess skin and fat. This helps define the jaw line, achieve a more contoured neck, and give back lost volume in certain areas of the face as seen in this patient.

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Dr. Cross’ Technique

Patients are often familiar with marketed techniques such as the “lunch lift” or the “style lift”. These techniques typically cut out a wedge of skin and then pull the rest of the skin very tightly. This causes poor scarring and less long lasting results. Unlike these shortcut procedures, Dr. Cross’s technique addresses not only the skin, but the stronger tissues under the skin, and can often be achieved through even smaller incisions. In doing so, the correction is performed so that the tissues lie naturally and do not appear overly tightened or unnaturally pulled, but remain in the proper position for many years. To further help create a result that looks balanced, Dr. Cross controls the important muscular layer at all levels of the face, from the neck, to the cheek region, and, when necessary, into the forehead, as shown in the diagram. This allows him the ability to balance each of these regions, or to focus on an individual region, depending on what the patient’s needs and desires require.

This diagram clearly shows the muscular layer of the face and the key regions targeted during a Facelift procedure.

As Dr. Cross tells his patients, “A good facial rejuvenation should mean that, once the recovery is complete, friends and family will appreciate an improvement, but a new acquaintance should not know that a procedure has been performed.” The scar is typically hidden in and behind the ear region, allowing most patients to wear their hair short or pulled back with no evidence of a scar within a few weeks as seen in this patient.

Scars are typically hidden discreetly behind the ear, allowing patients to wear their hair short or tied back with little evidence of a scar.

When significant work is necessary on the neck region, a small scar under the chin is used. Many people have scars in this location from having fallen as a child; this scar appears no different, and is usually forgotten by the patient over a short period of time.

Often, patients look at pictures of themselves when younger and notice that they had more upper facial volume in youth. When necessary, adding volume back to the face is performed through the repositioning of the natural tissues of the face. This can be enhanced with the use of fat and stem cell grafting during the time of the procedure. Added volume should not look over done, but rather complement the restoration, as demonstrated in this patient.

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