A study reported in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reveals a new facelift technique that offers patients more options.

“With the introduction of injectable fillers and Botox, many people over 45 believe they can achieve the same results as a facelift without surgery,” says Richard D’Amico, MD, ASPS president-elect. “However, as we get older, our brow lines, jowls, and wrinkles can become too deep for an injectable to smooth out. When a patient’s degree of facial aging is such that an injectable can not achieve the desired result, surgery is the next natural progression.”

In the study, the surgeons placed the facelift incision in a specific angle within the sideburn and temple areas. According to physicians, the procedure allows hair to grow back through the scar, which is hidden within the hair. The technique allows women to comfortably pull their hair back without exposing the scar and men to grow sideburns without the embarrassment of missing hair, they note. The technique also allows better repositioning of tissue, reducing the risk of the “wind blown,” overdone look.

“After a facelift, fillers and Botox are key adjuncts to help restore volume and maintain surgical improvements for many more years,” says D’Amico.

[www.plasticsurgery.org, April 25, 2007]