The signs of aging come in many forms, such as wrinkling and lines on our faces. Sagging in the cheeks can create jowls and droopiness, which leave us with a tired, older appearance. A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that lifts and tightens the skin around the face for a rejuvenated, younger appearance.
The rhytidectomy typically involves small incisions along the hairline. The selected incision location is ideal for hiding any post-surgical marks. Excess skin is surgically removed, and the face is tightened with sutures. With the skills and experience of double-board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Evan Ransom, every precaution is taken to create a natural look and rejuvenated appearance.
I recently came across an article on Huffington Post that really got me thinking. In the article, the author (Kristen Haughton, a regular contributor and humor writer) discusses why she will be getting a facelift. As I read her words, it occurred to me that she may be the ideal candidate for this procedure. She is mature, self-assured, intelligent but not obsessive, and has a realistic perspective on what cosmetic facial surgery can offer. After a brief interlude about our American culture and its youth obsession, she makes some excellent points about motivation for surgery. She writes that she is seeking to look refreshed and less tired, and that there are real benefits to even subtle improvements in these areas in terms of how you present yourself and how others see you. This can be important in the workplace as well as your personal life. If you have a few minutes free, it’s worth a read!
There is a great saying that sometimes comes up in facial rejuvenation consultations: “A rose is a rose by any other name.” The analogy to facelifts is imperfect, however. There are as many definitions of “facelift” as there are surgeons performing them! Plus, in today’s marketplace procedures are often branded and advertised with surgeons names or catchy phrases. So how does a consumer really figure out what’s what?
Some enduring concepts of beauty exist, though these are often subconscious and influence our behaviors is more subtle ways. Some of these eternal truths have been supported by relatively recent, and rigorous, scientific inquiry. A good example is facial symmetry: the more symmetric a face is judged by an observer, the more beautiful the face is considered. In the field of sociological anthropology or evolutionary biology, tendencies like this are typically explained in terms of mating behavior – meaning that the symmetry of a potential mate’s face can be used as a proxy for “good genes” or fertility. This is difficult to prove because the supposed effects are subconscious (and there aren’t a lot of cavemen around to use in experiments), but it seems to make sense in a primitive way. (Warning: this post is pretty nerdy.)