The advancements of operative facial rejuvenation are quite profound. With that said, the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University championed a study which proved that multiple procedures could be performed during a single surgery with optimal results.
This is what their study showed, which can be read in The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. A summary of it was also found online at Science Daily.
“Total facial rejuvenation, which combines an extensive facelift to tighten skin and muscle; specialized, mid-face implants to restore fullness; and laser resurfacing to reduce skin’s irregular texture and discoloration, can be safely performed at one time,” reported Dr. Achih H. Chen, a facial plastic surgeon.
The aim of the study was to help guide surgeons in whether or not to simultaneously have a patient undergo procedures to the neck and face would be beneficial. While patients appreciate the one-time surgery and single recovery period, board certified plastic surgeons have often wondered how underlying tissue and skin loss may be impacted.
The study included 21 women, ranging from 58 to 71 years of age.
The patients, “…experienced normal wound healing, producing a new top layer of skin and wearing makeup again within two weeks. There were no reported complications related to the more extensive surgery Dr. Chen performed on these patients.”
In the study, Chen went on to say, “In a quest for a more complete or total facial rejuvenation, we started pushing the envelope a little bit and have found that combining techniques is a really safe approach.” He continued, “Young faces don’t look tight. They don’t have sagging, so tightening is a component, but just tightening and tightening does not really achieve a more youthful appearance. In fact, too much tightening can make you look very unnatural, and I don’t think most people are looking for that as an end point.”
While tightening works well for the neck and jawline, he said, the mid portion of the face needs to be addressed differently. It is here, where volume needs to be added.
Incorporating non-ablative lasers in addition to other exfoliation treatments, helps rejuvenate the skin by buffing away sun damage. An improved skin texture can be achieved, he said, and removing just the very top of the skin, has reduced recovery time and increased results.