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What is facelift?

A facelift surgery targets the aging and sagging skin of the lower face and neck. It lifts and firms the sagging facial and neck tissues, by re-draping the skin and tightening the underlying SMAS (supporting connective tissue of the face); hence, restoring a naturally youthful appearance. The surgery can “turn back the clock” making a patient feel rejuvenated and young again. This type of facelift is called a PCL (Platysma Cervical Lift) facelift.

Am I a candidate for facelift?

You may be considered a good candidate if your answer is yes to any of the following questions:

  • Are you fighting wrinkles/sagging skin with moisturizers, but disappointed with the lack of results?
  • Do you have sagging of the skin from your cheeks to your jawline?
  • Do you have loose skin on your neck or sagging skin along the jawline that create jowls?
  • Have you changed the way you dress, adding more turtlenecks and scarves to cover up lines or loose skin on your neck?
  • Are you worried about outfits you used to love looking “too young” on you?
  • When you look in the mirror, are your eyes immediately drawn to the areas where you most notice aging?
  • No matter how well-groomed you are, do you feel you still look haggard, washed-out, careworn, or, as one woman expressed it, like “an unmade bed”?
  • When you go to a family gathering, do relatives remark, “Oh, you look just like your mother”?
  • Have co-workers asked you if you are tired, when you’re not; or sad, when you’re not; or grumpy, when you’re not?
  • Have your looks stopped matching the person you feel you are inside?
  • Have you secretly pulled up the skin at the side of your face to see how you’d look with a little nip and tuck?
  • Do you enjoy the way you look when your you’re lying down versus the way you look standing up?

What are the results?

The results of a PCL facelift are dramatic and truly transport you back through time! You will feel refreshed and renewed! Your skin will be incredibly smoother, allowing make-up to glide on better than before. You will love exposing your neck again because the bands (ropey part of neck) have been tightened and are no longer prominent. The crepey neck skin is gone!

What can I expect?

The PCL facelift is approach to facial surgery specifically designed to produce a more natural appearance. It minimizes the “tip-offs” that give away the fact that a facelift has been done. Instead of simply pulling the facial skin back (the reason for a mask-like or “sucked through a wind tunnel” look), the PCL sculpts the internal framework of the face, tightening sagging facial muscles, and eliminating wrinkling of the neck.

What are my options?

Non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation are available via lasers, thread lifts and injectables. These options do not provide the same dramatic results as the PCL facelift. These options can be discussed during your consultation.

Dr. Collini, There are no words to express my thanks and gratitude for everything you have done for me…but I’ll give it a shot… When I decided to move forward with my procedures, I made quite a few people angry. Silly, I know. But what most others don’t realize is that a cosmetic procedure isn’t always about “vanity” or something to be ashamed of.  Sometimes a person can choose to alter their perceived imperfections for some reason those people might not understand. When I came in for my consultation, it was such a relief to see your non-judgemental and uplifting reaction of “lets do it!” You said those words. Every time we met and spoke, no matter what the circumstances were at the time, you were ALWAYS in a positive and friendly mood. This stuff is scary, but you made it OK. I felt like I had someone’s approval, and that meant a lot. It gave me the courage to “fix” myself. But you not only fixed my imperfections, you fixed, and finally put to rest, my insecurities, my fears and my tears. You are an incredibly talented surgeon, but it goes beyond that. You were selfless with you time. Your bedside manner and positivity are qualities that all surgeons and medical practitioners should possess…but do not. You are also blessed to have a wonderful and caring staff. Rest assured that you will always come highly recommended by me to anyone on their journey to better themselves, and I am VERY thankful for all the peace that you brought to me. I’ll be seeing you, without shame, in the future! Sincerely, MP

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