Lifestyle Lift Alternatives Can Provide Tampa Bay, FL, Patients with Longer-Lasting Results
The lifestyle lift procedure has been marketed in Tampa Bay, FL, and elsewhere as a safer, less expensive alternative to a traditional face lift or mini face lift. While it is true that a lifestyle lift is minimally invasive, it is important to keep in mind that this type of surgery generally does not result in the degree of facial rejuvenation that the patient is usually seeking, and even when it does, the benefits are typically short-lived. The main reason is that a lifestyle lift targets excess facial skin without addressing the supporting facial muscles. Over time, the weight of sagging facial muscles will cause the facial skin to droop as well, and thus reverse any positive effects achieved through a lifestyle lift.
A traditional face lift, on the other hand, involves the correction of sagging facial muscles as well as drooping facial skin, along with the removal of excess fat. The surgeon will redirect excess fat away from the patient’s jowls and neck and then reposition the underlying muscle. After draping the skin over the new contours, the excess is trimmed away. This procedure is much more comprehensive than a lifestyle lift.
For patients troubled by early signs of aging but not necessarily seeking the dramatic results of a traditional face lift, a mini face lift may be the optimal solution. Unlike a lifestyle lift, a mini face lift produces long-lasting results by targeting specific trouble spots, such as:
- Lower eyelids
- Cheeks and nose
- Neck and jowls
When performing a mini face lift procedure, a surgeon will make small incisions behind a patient’s ears or along the hairline through which he or she removes a narrow, S-shaped section of skin. After tightening the remaining skin to smooth any lines and wrinkles, the surgeon will lift and reposition the underlying tissue and muscle and remove the excess skin.
As a patient heals from either a traditional face lift or mini face lift, the incision lines along the temples, ears, and lower scalp should fade into the hairline and natural contours of the face and ears. Because these procedures involve the tightening of facial muscles, both can be expected to achieve outcomes that outlast that of a lifestyle lift.
Patients in the Tampa Bay, FL, area who are interested in learning more about a face lift or mini face lift as an alternative to a lifestyle lift can contact the Bayside Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. John Roach. A highly experienced and renowned cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Roach has performed facelift procedures for countless Florida patients to refresh and rejuvenate their appearances with lasting results.