Every person ages differently and each component of a facelift must be tailored to the patient's specific situation and their unique facial features and anatomy.
Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) May 29, 2015
Recently, renowned facelift specialist, Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, presented on longevity in facelift surgery before the 46th National Congress of Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In his presentation, Dr. Rohrich, a Dallas plastic surgeon who serves as a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, discussed the implications of the various approaches to facial rejuvenation as they relate to obtaining long term results.
Based on a number of evidence qualifying studies and his extensive clinical experience, Dr. Rohrich offers several suggestions and observations for providing facelift patients with the best, longest lasting results.
According to Dr. Rohrich, facelift results tend to be better in the long term when they are performed as a "lift and fill" facelift combined with fat augmentation to address fat atrophy. The use of science based skin care, including daily applications of Retin-A, sun avoidance, and smoking cessation, delivered improved long term results. In addition to making sure to address the neck area during a facelift, better and longer lasting results have also been associated with performing additional complementary procedures such as eyelid surgery and skin resurfacing.
"Individual facial analysis is always going to be one of the most important steps in treating facelift patients," says Dr. Rohrich, who recently performed a retrospective study of 1089 facelift patients. "Every person ages differently and each component of a facelift must be tailored to the patient's specific situation and their unique facial features and anatomy."
Dr. Rohrich explains that longevity is difficult to study as the parameters of aging include recurrent facial skin sagging and jowling as well as a loss of facial fat in specific areas. Additionally, says Dr. Rohrich, many patients do not seek long term follow up, making such studies elusive. Furthermore the subjective nature of aesthetics can make impartial studies more complex and challenging.
"The way plastic surgeons perform facelifts has changed considerably over the last 10 years, and long term results are a vital consideration of the modern approach," explains Dr. Rohrich, who writes and lectures extensively on facelift surgery and rhinoplasty. "We must take into account not only that the face must look natural and youthful after the patient heals but also see how the results age along with the person."
About Dr. Rod J. Rohrich
Dr. Rod J. Rohrich is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Founding Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Rohrich graduated from Baylor College of Medicine with high honors, and completed residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center and fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard (hand/microsurgery) and Oxford University (pediatric plastic surgery). He has served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the largest organization of board certified plastic surgeons in the world. He repeatedly has been selected by his peers as one of America's best doctors, and twice has received one of his profession's highest honors, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes his contributions to education in plastic surgery. Dr. Rohrich participates in and has led numerous associations and councils for the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery.