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Colorado Facelift Surgeons Report Benefits of Mini Facelift

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 19, 2010

A group of facelift surgeons in Colorado are pointing to the benefits of the mini facelift procedure, a procedure that can be performed without extensive surgery. The mini facelift is performed using a set of cosmetic injectable fillers, including Botox, Restylane, Juvederm and other leading fillers to plump up lines and wrinkles, improve the texture of the skin, and reduce muscular contraction to prevent the further formation of wrinkles.

Dr. Steven Vath and Dr. Andrew Wolfe of Denver, Colorado believe that Botox and other injectables can be very effective for reducing or eliminating the signs of aging. While the mini facelift, also known as the “liquid facelift”, does not involve any repositioning of facial tissues or a tightening of the skin, the procedure does offer a number of benefits for those who don’t want to or don’t need to undergo extensive surgery. The mini facelift does only provide temporary results, but is a non-invasive procedure that can be an attractive alternative to surgery for many.

Dr. Vath indicates that the mini facelift can deliver the results of a traditional facelift, including reducing wrinkles, tightening the tissues around the neck, creating a sharper jaw line, and improving the overall facial profile. All of this can be achieved with less discomfort and downtime than traditional surgery.

In a traditional facelift, the surgeon must make a long incision around the scalp that runs down the hairline and around the ear. In a mini facelift, only a small incision is made from the sideburn hairline down to the ear, leaving most of the hairline untouched. This incision typically heals very quickly and is barely noticeable within weeks after the procedure. The procedure can also slightly tighten the underlying tissue without affecting the facial nerves, and thereby reduces the risk of nerve damage.

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Facial Exercises May Offer Alternative to Facelift Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 23, 2010

Many men and women considering facelift surgery turn to nonsurgical facelifts such as the ThreadLift or contour lift to avoid the high price of surgery and risks involved with going under the knife. Author Cynthia Rowland believes that it’s possible to rejuvenate the face in as little as three months simply by doing isometric facial exercises on a regular basis.

In her book, The Magic of Facial Exercise, Ms. Rowland explains that it’s possible to exercise the face just like any muscle in the body, and that strengthening certain muscles with her Facial Magic strategy can help to tighten and tone the muscles, and in some cases, mimic the effects of a nonsurgical facelift.

Dr. Mark Berman, former president of the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons, points out that non-surgical facelifts are not a permanent solution to sagging muscles and toned skin, but they do offer a number of benefits.

He says that, “The non-surgical facelift method is through regular exercise of facial muscles and this can be accomplished effectively without any of the health risks, expenses, and pain or scarring of surgery or injection…this is a medically sound method of achieving and maintaining a more youthful facial appearance with the capacity of obtaining results that are comparable to those that can be achieved by surgical means.” (Source:

The non-surgical facelift exercises can be performed any time of day, and most people can expect to see the benefits from the exercise within a three-month time frame. Ms. Rowland believes that these exercises are less risky, painful and more affordable than a surgical facelift, and that all it takes to perform them is careful manipulation of the tissues using the thumb and forefingers. Facial exercises may also prevent or reduce the need for cosmetic procedures such as Botox and other dermal fillers designed to target the signs of aging.

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Simoni Lift to Be Revealed at Facial Cosmetic Surgery Symposium this Summer

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 5, 2010

Today’s facelift surgery alternatives include the Threadlift and the liquid facelift where doctors administer a series of dermal fillers into various facial compartments to get rid of wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance.

A new facelift alternative is on the horizon and will be unveiled at the 6th Annual Facial Cosmetic Surgery International Multi-Specialty Symposium in Las Vegas this summer. Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon Payman Simoni, MD, FACS will be showcasing an innovative procedure and demonstrating techniques of the Simoni Lift™.

This minimally-invasive face lift procedure can be performed within an hour or 90 minutes and does not require any anesthesia. The doctor makes a series of small incisions around the patient’s ears so that they can then tighten loose facial tissues around the neck, jowls and the middle of the face. Dr. Simoni explains that this procedure is very different than a lunchtime lift or a mini facelift, and that he is “able to achieve results that are just as good, if not better than a traditional facelift using these methods.”

The key benefits of the Simoni Facelift include shorter recovery times than traditional plastic and cosmetic skin rejuvenation procedures, less bruising and swelling, and reduced health risks associated with procedures that involve general anesthesia.

The patient stays wide awake during the entire procedure, and it is performed in an inclined position. The best candidates for the Simoni Lift may be those who are noticing the premature signs of aging, and have loose or sagging skin around the neck, jawline and lower facial region. This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and promises very little downtime, making it easier for patients to return to regular activities shortly after their surgery.

Dr. Simoni is the founder of the Simoni Plastic Surgery Center in Beverly Hills and has been featured in The New York Times, OK! Magazine, and on The View and Entertainment Tonight for his work.

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Michigan Cosmetic Surgeon Offers Small Scar Facelift

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 18, 2010

Many people that want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, and take a few years off their appearance turn to facelift surgery for a complete transformation. Traditional facelift surgery offers several benefits but can be a painful procedure that requires a lot of downtime and may result in permanent scars that are difficult to hide. Many cosmetic surgeons now offer a procedure called the small scar facelift that delivers similar results with minimal incisions.

A Michigan Cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Burke, is among the first in Ann Arbor to offer the small scar facelift and reports that patients are seeing exceptional results. Dr. Burke explains, “I place small incisions in front and behind the ear…the incision in front of the ear is hidden in a natural skin fold.” The muscles are then naturally tightened as the skin is lifted back to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Dr. Burke performs this procedure using local anesthesia, which means patients can go home the same day and recovery quickly than with a traditional facelift that requires general anesthesia.

The small scar facelift can be performed with other procedures including blepharoplasty, which helps rejuvenate the upper eye area, and CO2 laser resurfacing which helps to smooth out the skin below the eye and around the cheeks and jawline to create a more youthful appearance.

The small scar facelift costs between $4,000 to $5,000, and most patients need about a week to ten days to recover from the procedure.

The best candidates for the procedure are individuals in their early forties that want to look younger, and those who do not smoke or have any severe health or medical conditions that would interfere with the effects of the procedure. Patients need to wear a headband for about 24 hour after their procedure to support recovery.

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Oralift Offers Alternative to Facelift Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 8, 2009

Dr. Nick Mohindra, a London dentist, has invented a plastic mouthguard called the Oralift that’s designed to help patients look younger by sculpting the facial tissues and increasing the strength of the jawline and facial muscles. The Oralift mouthguard is placed in a microwave to soften the plastic and then fitted to the lower teeth. The mouthguard helps to prevent the grinding of teeth and also helps to stretch the freeway space between the back teeth so that the facial muscles become stronger.

According to the Oralift website, this ‘dental facelift’ offers an alternative to facelift surgery and promises to shift the facial tissues to creates a rejuvenated appearance. The Oralift ‘exercises’ help the facial muscles become stronger passively, and the mouthguard is worn all day long, even while eating. However, Dr. Mohindra recommends that the patient using the mouthguard should not allow their back teeth to rest on the Oralift’s platforms, and they should refrain from talking and eating while wearing it.

Some of the key benefits of the Oralift include reduced lines around the mouth, eyes and around the face, more prominent cheekbones, increased fullness of the lips and strenthing and firming of the jawline and neck.

The Oralift is currently available for £575 in London, and is cheaper than both surgical and non-surgical facelift surgery.  The dentist who is completing the fitting shows the patient how to train their mouth to accommodate for the mouthguard, and provides a recommended schedule for times that they should wear it. Most people need to wear the mouthguard for two 15-minute sessions for the first few days, and then build up to half an hour and then two hours as the facial muscles become stronger. The dentist performing the fitting will also monitor progress at several intervals to ensure that the mouthguard is still fitting properly.

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Facelift Alternatives May Be Safer for Patients Under 65

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 23, 2008

Mature woman beachWhile thousands of men and women undergo facelift surgery each year to tighten up sagging skin, eliminate fine lines and wrinkles and regain their youthful looks, some doctors arre encouraging patients to steer clear of the surgeon’s table.

Facial rejuvenation procedures that do not involve any surgery or incisions are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to the conventional facelift, and more surgeons are perfecting their technique for administering Botox injections, photo rejuvenation facials and other treatments to help eliminate or reduce wrinkles.

Dr. Jeffrey Kronson, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons recently stated that; “there is no reason for a face-lift if you are under 65 years old. When a doctor invades the cosmetic envelope, cutting tissue, inflammation is created which needs to be repaired. There is inevitable scarring and removal of skin which can’t be replaced.” (Source:

One of the latest facelift alternatives that can help reduce the risks associated with surgery is the ‘liquid facelift.’  This facelift alternative makes use of a set of different injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Botox to increase facial tissue volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  While results are not permanent, this type of ‘facelift’ does provide instant results and does not involve any recovery time.

A set of treatments may also be purchased as a package, further reducing the total costs of treatment and allowing patients to stay within a smaller budget.  Dr. Kronson explains that these small fixes may be all it really takes to boost self-confidence and enjoy the benefits of cosmetic enhancements with little or no risks.

Other beauty enhancements on the radar of patients who do not want to undergo surgery to look younger include laser facial rejuvenation, Intense Pulsed Light treatments, and injection rhinoplasty.  All of these treatments also cost less than the standard facelift, and the procedures are available at several medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country.

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ELASTIderm Offers Hope, Results for Treating Crows Feet

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 10, 2008

elastidermFine lines and wrinkles around the eyes (crows feet) are one of the many telltale signs of aging that few women can cover up with makeup alone.

Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are popular choices for treating crows feet, a set of injectables that fill out the facial lines with compounds that help create a smooth and natural appearance.

However, resorting to these popular injectables or even facelift surgery may not be the only options; a recent study by Obagi Medical Products, a company that specializes in topical aesthetic and therapeutic skin rejuvenation systems announced its ELASTIderm treatment, an eye treatment that helps tighten and tone up the delicate skin around the eyes to create a more youthful look.

ELASTIderm is now clinically proven to restore skin elasticity around the eyes and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It’s different from other skincare products because the compounds are readily absorbed by the body and penetrate deep into the skin. (Source: Medical News Today)

Many facial products simply sit on the surface of the skin and fail to produce results because the ingredients do not go deep enough to stimulate collagen production, the essential compound that makes skin look taut and more resilient. ELASTIderm is made with a powerful concentration of rapidly-absorbing ingredients that can help create a marked improvement in the skin.

ELASTIderm may be a valuable alternative for those considering the ‘Liquid Facelift‘ or facelift surgery to tighten up the upper facial area and reduce teh appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  However, the product is still relatively new and may only be a semi-permanent solution for treating crows feet.

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24K Gold Thread Facelift – Your Next Spa Treatment?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 8, 2008

A Japanese beauty company has unveiled a unique facelift treatment designed to reduce wrinkles, tighten up the skin and even boost collagen production – all with the power of 24 Karat Gold.

The facial treatment costs nearly $3,000, and involves inserting permanent gold threads directly under the skin.  This encourages the facial tissues to produce more collagen as a result of the injury to the skin.

The threadlift technique is already used as a mini-facelift, but this treatment is different than the conventional facelift because of the golden threads used to create the ‘mesh’ framework.  Gold threads are implanted into the skin to create an invisible net; this helps support the skin tissues while strengthening the skin fibers.

The gold facelift only requires local anesthetic, and the procedure can be performed in a few hours. reports that the same process can be used to tighten up the skin on the hands, legs, abdomen and buttocks.

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