How to age gracefully through science

A facelift is performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the face. Aging of the face is most shown by a change in position of the deep anatomical structures, which are the platysma muscle, cheek fat and the orbicularis oculi muscle.

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These lead up to three landmarks namely, an appearance of the jowl (a broken jaw line by ptosis of the platysma muscle), increased redundancy of the nasolabial fold (caused by a descent of cheek fat) and the increased distance from the ciliary margin to the inferior-most point of the orbicularis oculi muscle (caused by decreasing tone of the orbicularis oculi muscle).

The skin is a fourth component in the aging of the face. The ideal age for face-lifting is at age 50 or younger, as measured by patient satisfaction. Some areas such as the nasolabial folds or marionette lines may be treated more suitable with Botox or liposculpture. The mid face area, the area between the cheeks, flattens and makes a woman’s face look slightly more masculine.

The mid face-lift is suggested to people where these changes occur, yet without a significant degree of jowling or sagging of the neck. In these cases, a mid-facelift is sufficient to rejuvenate the face as opposed to a full facelift, which is more plastic surgery.

The ideal candidates for a mid-facelift is when a person is in his 40s, or if the cheeks appear to be sagging and the nasolabial area has laxity or skin folds. To achieve a younger appearance, the surgeon makes several small incisions along the hairline, this way the fatty tissue layers can be lifted and repositioned. This way there are practically no scars. The fatty layer that lays over the cheekbones is also lifted and repositioned. This improves the nose-to-mouth lines and the roundness over the cheekbones. The recovery time is rather short and this procedure is often combined with a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

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WHERE: Thiti-Wat Clinic Opposite Central Festival Pattaya Beach, 2nd Road to PLASTICA Clinic, Soi Bua Khaw (200 m. from South Pattaya Road).
Tel. 038-424824

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