As we get older an unfortunate side effect is that our skin starts to droop and sag, especially on the face and around cheeks and eyebrows, and the neck. Most people in the Bay Area want, and try, to look their best at all times, but the aging process can produce the opposite effect, with sagging skin, excess fat, and lack of muscle tone. You may eat the right sorts of food, take exercise, and even supplements, but still have an appearance which is older than you actually are. If this is happening to you and you are thinking of a facelift in San Francisco, then you may wish to book a consult with Dr. Alex Rabinovich at Visage Medspa & Facial Plastic Surgery Center. Our clinic is conveniently located in the Financial District of San Francisco, and convenient to both BART and MUNI.
History Of The Facelift
100 years ago, there was not much that could be done about it, but in 1916 the first facelift was carried out by Dr. Erich Lexer, a German surgeon and former sculptor. This was a proper lift procedure, in which the skin of the face was lifted from the underlying fat, re-draped, and then pulled tighter.
Although some people regarded it as providing a “wind tunnel” look with the facial skin particularly taut and hard, this type of facelift was performed unchanged for the next 60 years. In the mid 1970’s, Tord Skoog began the SMAS facelift which meant cutting deeper into the tissue rather than just the skin, and which gave better and longer-lasting results. SMAS was coined by French plastic surgeon Paul Tessier and stands for Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System.
By the 1990’s, Dr. Sam Hamra developed the deep plane facelift technique which again involved deeper tissue. Since then the aim has always been to make results even more effective, but also more subtle, while at the same time reducing scarring and healing times.
If you live or work in San Francisco, and are considering getting a facelift, our Dr. Alex Rabinovich has developed the Visage Rapid Recovery Facelift which targets the deeper tissue by going under the muscle, lifting the fat and muscle, with the incision line inside the ear. This produces less swelling and bruising, and the scars heal better because there is no tension on the superficial layers or skin.
If you are thinking of getting a facelift in San Francisco, this procedure can be performed in our private state-of-the-art office in the Financial District. It can be carried out under local anesthetic or twilight sedation and takes around two hours. Recovery time is quick, with patients usually returning to work within two weeks. It is also possible for patients to wear their hair up within a few weeks with no visible scar showing.