For years, traditional facelifts have been losing popularity because, frankly, it often doesn’t give rejuvenation. Many people who get a facelift find that it doesn’t make them look younger, it makes them look different. Plastic surgeons have finally realized why the facelift isn’t working well, and they’re trying to fix it, but their solution isn’t adequate, especially when compared to the rejuvenation of FOY Dentures®, The Denture Fountain of Youth®.
The reason why facelifts often don’t give good rejuvenation is that they don’t address one of the main causes of facial aging: the loss of volume.
As we age, our face can lose volume. It can lose facial fat, but the most common cause of lost volume is tooth wear and loss. Your teeth account for a large part of the support structure for your lower face, and when they’re lost, you don’t have enough support for your skin and other tissues.
A facelift treats this as a situation where you have excess skin and other tissues rather than deficient support. Some of your skin is cut away, and the remainder is stretched over the remaining facial support.
The problem is that this doesn’t replace the lost volume, so in order to get more natural results, plastic surgeons have to try something else. They have chosen fat grafting as their way to try to restore lost volume as part of a facelift, a variation that is now being practiced by 85% of plastic surgeons.
Fat grafting is an exciting possibility. The thought that you could take fat from someplace in your body where you don’t want it and put it in where you do seems great, until you look at the details.
A second major surgery: In order to get the fat for use in your face, it has to be extracted from your belly or elsewhere using liposuction. Now, instead of one surgery with potentially serious complications, you have two. Plus, liposuction is one of the riskier types of plastic surgery, with numerous potential complications ranging from poor cosmetic results to death.
Most of the fat dies: Another problem with fat grafting is that for all the trouble that the surgeon goes through to harvest the fat, most of it isn’t going to survive the transition. In fact, more than 75% of it might die, though the amounts vary by surgeon and technique. This means that you might never be able to achieve the facial volume you desire.
Results are unpredictable: With the high die-off rate for transferred fat, plastic surgeons try to account for it by injecting more fat than is necessary. But we can’t know which fat will die, so you can often end up with uneven results as well as inadequate ones. Touch up procedures might help, but you can still end up with an imbalanced appearance.
Fat can’t replace teeth and bones: Fat can add volume, but it can’t replace the loss of supporting hard tissue. This means that even with fat grafting, a facelift procedure can’t give you true rejuvenation for the loss of teeth and the supporting jawbone.
If you’re looking for facial rejuvenation that helps preserve your natural appearance, you need an approach that really addresses the causes that are making your face look aged. FOY Dentures® replace your lost teeth and your lost bone to put your jaw and face back in the position they used to be. This will help you look younger as well as improve the comfort and function of your dentures.
To learn more about this exciting new approach to dentures in Philadelphia, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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