Anyone concerned with their face, things like that with the Band-Aid Facelift or the Mini Facelift have a concern with wrinkles or lines on the face and these can be helped by a lot of things, but the main ones are Botox and fillers and with fillers of Radiesse®, Restylane®, and collagen. Any line that has become etched on the face just to fill it out. It is not going to remove it completely. It is temporary, but even if you have a facelift, you are going to still have to have a few of those etch lines that will not be removed by a facelift. Botox® on the other hand removes those lines that are formed by muscles around the eyes in between the eyebrows and the forehead and what it gives you is a rested look. It does not freeze your face as some people say. If it is done correctly, you should look rested, youthful and very happy.
The difference between the traditional facelift and the Band-Aid or Mini Facelift that I do has to do with extent. Some people need more skin removed, typically the patients for the Band-Aid Facelift are a little younger or have already had a facelift. It is not that they are that much difference because the same procedures that are used for or the same techniques that are used for the traditional facelift are used for the Band-Aid Facelift and in both cases we are going for a very natural look. I think we have achieved that in all our patients and patients are very happy with either one that they use. The differences tend to be that you have general anesthesia with the traditional facelift. It is a more extensive procedure so there is more bruising and swelling, but the recovery is just as easy and you will see patients come out just as happy with either procedure and they are very natural looking.
Traditional facelift is pretty standardized. It has been set that way and when I learned the technique in New York and the procedure is about two and a half hours, it is under general anesthesia. The effects are a little more dramatic than you would see with a Band-Aid Facelift but you do not have to make on that, you can adjust them to each patient where they have a little more excess skin under the chin, a little more excess skin along the jawline and this needs to be addressed because you have to do a little bit larger procedure where you go further out on the face. The results can be made to look very natural and I am proud of myself for making people look natural.
Many advantages that you will find with the Band-Aid facelift or Mini Facelift is something that was driven by my patients and that is they did not want to go through the long time of a regular facelift and did not want to go through the long recovery time, the bruising, the excess swelling, the longer incisions, so the Band-Aid Facelift that you kind of overcome those disadvantages. It is a two-hour procedure from the time you walk in to the time you leave. With local anesthesia, you can get some conscious sedation of Valium or something like that if you need it, 90 percent of my patients just go with local anesthesia and the advantage of that is that you leave without the effects of general anesthesia or you can drive yourself home. It is real surgery but it is manageable and the effects are manageable too and that patients look like a little like me 10 years ago and that can be achieved with the Band-Aid Facelift.
When we talk about fillers and Botox, both actually have a very complementary role to a mini facelift or a regular facelift. The patients will come in a lot of times trying to put those procedures off because they are afraid of surgery and rightly so they are nervous about the pain and the expense, but at some point, you will see that there is excess skin on the face and that is basically what the facelift does. It removes excess skin. So, do not think of them, as one versus the other is complementary like the cake and the icing. Even after you have a Mini Facelift or a regular traditional facelift, you are still going to need some Botox® or some Restylane, you just need less of it.
When it comes to aging of the face then the standard technique would be a facelift. The original surgery was developed probably 30 years ago and it is a traditional facelift. You try to make it look very natural and in that reason and in that effort to make that look natural progressed to doing a smaller procedure, which I accomplished through the Band-Aid facelift and you can apply it specifically to younger patients, older patients, primarily the patients somewhere between 45 and 55 who do not really need that removal of excess skin that you would with a traditional facelift and the other areas that you see are somebody has already had a facelift and just needs a little touchup. The advantages are local anesthesia, less recovery time, less bruising, less swelling and the cost is about half of a traditional facelift. Both techniques work great and it is about picking, which is the appropriate procedure for the right patient.