Fixing Facelift Failures

Due the popularity of shows such as Botched as well as others the rise of terrible facelift outcomes is visible now more than ever. Many patients come for evaluation of what they call a “botched” surgery done elsewhere.  Facelift surgery is a surgery of skin excision and due to that a “botched” lift can be incredibly difficult to address. When a patient has been overtightened with too much skin excised this can often prove impossible to correct. That is why it is so critical to have an experienced facelift surgeon do your lift regardless of their degrees, training etc. While those things are important ask to see your surgeons before and after’s, speak with their prior patients, etc.

Many of the technical aspects of facelift surgery can result in obvious but correctable mistakes when overlooked. These areas include wide or hypertrophic scars, pixie ears, skin dimpling and irregularity, remaining saggy skin, etc. These areas can be corrected with effort and expertise in many cases. If these conditions or others describe you following your facelift done elsewhere contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Green today.  See Dr. Green‘s video below on some common reasons facelifts fail when volume is not replaced and vector is not controlled. 

Facelift Revision Specialist 

While there is no certificate in Facelift Revision, after performing many facelifts one gains a comfort level with the procedure and understands the overlooked intricacies that result in facelift failure. Dr. Green performs as many as 3 facelifts a week and from these many procedures he has a significant grasp on what it takes to provide patients with successful facelift results. Additionally Dr. Green through his training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has performed the full scope of  Microvascular Reconstructive surgery which even further enables him to correct the failures some facelift patients have experiences from other providers.

My Facelift Isn’t tight enough 

There is a huge misunderstanding when it comes to this statement. Patients should never be “Pulled tight through the mid face as this results in a tremendously unappealing stretched or wind blown appearance. Just tune into “Botched” and many examples abound. However, The neck should be pulled as tight as the surgeon feels is reasonable during the surgery. The neck should almost feel tight after surgery but that should never be the case with the face itself. 

Lateral Sweep After Facelift

One of the frequent reasons patients seek revision after previous facelift is what is known as the lateral sweep. When the vector is poorly controlled the patient is left with sweeping lines beginning around the jaw and lower cheek sweeping up to the ear and temple. This is usually the result of poor vector control but can also be due to a failure to extend incisions to include excess skin. These patients often benefit from a combination of surgical revision and laser resurfacing.