Facelift/Mini Facelift

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Facelift

A facelift in Dallas and Plano, TX is a confusing term that has been used to describe various types of lifts. Dr. Lam’s facelift lifts and suspends the midface, lower face (jawline), and neck. He believes that you cannot properly lift the neck without lifting the lower face at the same time. The key to a natural result is not to pull on the skin (the deeper structure called the SMAS is elevated) and not to distort the outer mouth or the outer eye (called the canthus). He also believes that a so-called deep-plane approach is critical to release four ligaments that prevent a proper lift and that would otherwise limit the longevity of the result. He has tried more limited approaches without great success. However, Dr. Lam’s incisions are very short compared to those of other surgeons and allow you to easily wear your hair up without seeing the scars and there should be no hair loss or change to your hairline. In addition, the recovery of about 10 days is about half as long as most facelift recoveries.

Key Points:

  1. Dr. Lam’s results are very natural because the skin is never pulled and he does not distort the outer eye (canthus) or the outer mouth (commissure) which are telltale signs of a poor facelift. He uses natural vectors of elevation so that there is no “windswept” appearance. Over-aggressive facelifts do not look natural.
  2. Dr. Lam employs what is known as a deep-plane facelift. The key difference with this technique is that four ligaments (zygomatico-cutaneous, masseteric-cutaneous, mandibular, and cervical retaining ligaments) must be released or there will not be significant lift or longevity with the result.
    A woman who received a facelift in Garland, TX
  3. Dr. Lam’s incisions are well-hidden inside the ear and follow the natural curvature of the ear to make the incisions virtually impossible to see. He has created what he calls the “M” incision where incisions can be most visible from the point of the tragus (middle part of the front of the ear) to the lobe. By visually breaking up this area and following a natural skin dimple he makes it very hard to see the incision. Further, he does not extend the incision up into the temporal hair where the incision can be very visible, or behind the hairline where it can shift the temporal hair back and cause hair loss (which can age someone further). He also does not extend the incision low in the hairline behind the ear where the incision can be unattractive for a woman who would like to wear her hair up or for a man with short hair.
    Facelift Figure 2
  4. The recovery is typically very quick and relatively pain-free. Most people can return to work within 10 to 14 days, sometimes earlier than that.

I want to thank Dr. Lam for the neck/facial procedure he did one year ago. The results are stunning. He went beyond the procedure to ensure that my ears aligned appropriately, fit me into his schedule within my flight constraints, and was, as always, a delight to work with. My neck and chin line are exactly what I hoped them to be. This is a random note of gratitude for Dr. Sam Lam and his expertise. I couldn’t be more pleased.

FAQs

How long is my recovery and what is the nature of the recovery?

Most people think a facelift recovery should be 3 to 4 weeks with a lot of discomforts because they have seen their friends go through this kind of recovery. Dr. Lam’s recoveries are relatively quick with most individuals looking presentable by around the 10th day, i.e., a week plus two weekends or so. However, he has seen individuals look presentable as early as day 5 or last late as day 14 in some cases. It is important to be realistic about one’s recovery, as there will still be some swelling even a few weeks following the procedure. The goal is to define guidelines in terms of what would be socially and/or professionally acceptable. Dr. Lam uses drains for the first 3 to 5 days. These drains are not pretty but they have remarkably halved the recovery time by draining some of the blood and swelling from the face. They are painlessly removed a few days after the procedure. Also, by having drains for a few days, Dr. Lam no longer uses conforming dressings on the face after the first night.

How long should I expect my result to last?

Results are truly permanent but the aging process is not stopped. The tissues that are elevated and removed are forever that way. But over time if one’s genetics or environment is poor there can be a return of aging even a few years later. However, you should always look better than if you never had a facelift. Typically, a facelift is performed again 10 to 15 years later as aging progress but could be needed sooner.

I’m afraid of the incisions. Please tell me about them.

Dr. Lam’s incisions are very carefully crafted for optimal camouflage. There are several principles to keep incisions virtually invisible even at close inspection. First, there can be no tension on the skin at closure. All tension must be below the skin in the tissues that are suspended. Second, the incision should be hidden in the ear for maximal camouflage. Third, the incision should be curvilinear, i.e., there should be no straight lines, and the incision should follow the natural curves of the skin in front of the ear. Fourth, the incision should stay away from the temporal hairline and the lower hairline behind the ear. These are areas that are very unforgiving and can be telltale signs of having a facelift. Fifth, when making incisions at the hairline (sideburn and upper hairline behind the ear), a “trichophytic” incision should be made to permit the hair to grow through the scar to make the incision virtually invisible. Dr. Lam closes all his incisions personally under loupe magnification for precisely controlled results.

I have wrinkles on my neck. Does a facelift fix that?

Not necessarily. Some wrinkles of the neck can be improved as the neck is suspended and supported since they are elevated and drawn upward. However, a facelift does not fix wrinkles per se. It is primarily used to suspend sagging tissues and not to resurface the skin. It is very hard to completely manage neck wrinkles since lasers cannot be used very deeply in the neck. Dr. Lam principally uses Sculptra injections to improve superficial neck wrinkles.

Are there alternatives to a facelift?

Not really. There is not a good substitute for a facelift. Thread lifts, which are now in vogue again, simply do not work, and they never have worked. Dr. Lam performed these procedures in 2006 and has since abandoned them. Kybella is only used to reduce fat in the neck but will make a neck look worse if you are over 40 years of age (in many cases) or have any early neck sagging. It can make the banding in the neck appear worse once the fat is reduced. If there is early vertical banding, then Botox is an effective treatment for neck sagging and a preventative measure as well. With moderate to advanced neck bands (turkey gobbler), Botox has limited benefits. With early jowls, Dr. Lam can help make the jowls look better with fillers in the pre-jowl area (in front of the jowl) to blend it in and thereby improve the jawline.

Are there special considerations for me if I am a man?

Yes. Men are concerned that with short hairstyles that incisions will be more obvious. During the healing phase of several weeks to maybe even a couple of months, men may need to wear a touch of makeup camouflage to hide any minor residual redness. But long-term the incisions heal very well and should be difficult to see even with short hair. Secondarily, because men have hair in the beard region there are a few concerns that need to be addressed. No shaving is permitted for the first 2 weeks. Thereafter for the following two weeks, shaving must be performed with an electric razor. After the first month, a regular shaving routine may be resumed. There is a slight possibility of losing a millimeter of hair around the incision under the chin, which every patient should know about. Also, the beard can be migrated closer to the ear, so shaving may need to progress more carefully. Dr. Lam decides between a pre-tragal (in front of the ear) and a post-tragal (behind the ear) incision. He can perform a post-tragal incision in a man if there are few beard hairs in front of the ear, the man is willing to have electrolysis to remove hairs if needed, and the texture of the skin in front of the ear is fine and will look normal on the tragus of the ear.
Facelift Figure 3

I have heard of using glues instead of drains. Why does Dr. Lam not use these glues?

Glues have not worked well to help a facelift limit swelling and bruising, and in some studies, glues have been shown to produce more bruising. In addition, Dr. Lam prefers to avoid using human products to reduce the risk of infection and, more importantly, the risk of significant allergy to the product, especially if someone should be exposed to this product a second time.

Does Dr. Lam perform a mini lift?

The term mini lift is way overused. It is used to describe a short-incision and short-downtime procedure but also to describe a very small surgical procedure. Dr. Lam‘s  incisions are far shorter than most surgeons’ incisions (especially in the most critical anatomic areas, as described above) and the recovery is relatively pain-free and short (less than 2 weeks in most cases). However, Dr. Lam believes the limited lifting capacity of a mini lift provides mini results that last a very short time. Dr. Lam prefers a deep-plane facelift that facilitates truly favorable rejuvenation with all the benefits of a “mini lift” in terms of incision length and recovery time.

Does Dr. Lam perform a ____ lift?

There are countless names of facelifts that are used primarily as marketing tools. Dr. Lam does not name his lift because these marketing terms are practically devoid of meaning. He prefers to describe in detail what he does and what he prefers not to do during a facelift procedure.

Is a browlift part of this procedure?

Dr. Lam lifts the midface, lower face, jawline, and neck but he does not routinely lift the brows. He believes that most people do not look good with a high brow but in very select cases will lift the lateral (outer) brow only. That is a separate procedure that the majority of individuals simply do not need. To understand Dr. Lam‘s  philosophy and method of rejuvenation for the eyelid and brow region, please review the details in that section.


Your Facelift/Mini Facelift will be performed by Dr. Lam' surgery center located in Plano, TX.


I highly recommend Dr. Lam. He is a perfectionist and took the time to listen to my concerns and explain the procedure in detail. His staff has always been warm and welcoming from the day of my consultation, throughout the procedure and follow-up appointments. I am very happy with the results of my procedure! Thank you, Dr. Lam!

Mini Facelift

A mini lift or mini facelift does not need to mean minimal results. A mini lift should use small incisions but provide optimal improvement of the neck, jawline, and jowl region. All of Dr. Lam’s facelifts use small incisions that are about a third the length of conventional facelifts with no hair removal and no incisions along the temporal hairline. This is a revolution, as most facelift incisions create visible incisions that cause hair loss, which in turn can not only look unnatural but also age a patient due to the resulting hair loss.

Mini Facelift Procedure

A mini lift begins with the right facelift incisions, which are always curved. Dr. Lam never uses a straight line for his mini lift incisions, as the eye can detect any straight line. That is a basic principle of scar camouflage, which Dr. Lam uses for all of his incisions that end only half an inch in front of the ear under the sideburn. Using magnifying loupes and careful attention, Dr. Lam pays very close attention to how your incision closes so you should not see them nor should your friends or family.

What percentage of Dr. Lam‘s  facelifts are mini lifts? Well, all of them are when it comes to facelift incisions. However, all of them are designed to provide maximal lifting and rejuvenation. Just remember small facelift incisions do not mean smaller results. Smaller incisions just mean smaller incisions.

All mini facelift procedures are performed by Dr. Lam himself, at his Cosmetic Surgery center in Dallas Texas. To schedule a mini facelift consultation call 1-888-866-3388 or email us.

How Much Does Facelift/Mini Facelift Cost?

The cost of a Facelift/Mini Facelift in Dallas and Plano, TX will depend on several factors. The price can be affected by body type, type of technique performed, surgical complications, and even allergies. Find out more by scheduling a consultation.

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To learn more about the treatment of Facelift/Mini Facelift in Dallas and Plano, contact us and schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lam.

Your Facelift/Mini Facelift will be performed by Dr. Lam' surgery center located in Plano, TX.

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I am 4.5 weeks out from a Face Lift and thanks to Dr. Lam and his staff, my confidence is through the roof! I healed quickly and painlessly. Dr. Lam is a perfectionist and is all about the natural look. I highly recommend Dr. Lam, if I could give him more than 5 stars I would. Thank you, Dr. Lam.

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Dallas facelift surgeon Dr. Sam Lam believes that a deep-plane facelift is the best way to achieve excellent, long-term results following a facelift procedure. This technique involves releasing four small ligaments that prevent the tissues from elevation. At the end of this release, Dr. lam checks to see if there is the proper elevation of the cheek, mouth, jawline, and neck before he fixates these areas into position.
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Facelift/Mini Facelift Before & After Photos Dallas and Plano, TX
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All facelift procedures are performed by Dr. Lam personally, at his Cosmetic Surgery center in Dallas Texas. To schedule a facelift consultation call 1-888-866-3388 or email us. The details of your facelift (both the limitations and the benefits in your particular situation) will be explained to you during your facelift consultation with Dr. Lam and his team.

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