Procedure: Facelift and Neck Lift, Upper Eyelid Lift, Fat Grafting to the Cheeks, CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Anesthesia: Local Anesthesia with Twilight Sedation
Age: 60+ Years Old
Post Op Timeline: 8 weeks Post Op
When this lovely lady consulted with Dr. Sadati, she had several concerns. Since she lived in the Garden Grove, California area, she wanted a local cosmetic surgeon with a proven track record for excellence. Even though she was only in her 60s, she said that she looked much older than she felt. Her cheeks and jawline had lost their contours, her eyelids had become hooded, and she felt she looked weathered and tired. Dr. Sadati explained how combining a facelift and a neck lift would improve the firmness of her face and neck, while fat grafting and a CO2 Laser treatment would smooth out her skin’s texture and plump it back up.
She underwent her procedures with only local anesthesia and twilight sedation, so her recovery time was quicker and free of side effects. Dr. Sadati removed the sagging skin and underlying fatty tissue from her face and neck and opened her eyes more fully by performing an upper eyelid lift. Instead of using cosmetic fillers, Dr. Sadati removed, filtered, and reinjected some of her own fatty tissue into the hollow areas of her face and then used the light of a CO2 laser to resurface her skin and promote collagen production. She had no post-operative difficulty, and her “after” pictures reveal the healthy, exuberant look of a woman in her prime.
Although many patients believe that a Lifestyle Lift is a surgical technique, it’s not. The Lifestyle Lift was a trademark name for a procedure done by a surgeon who paid a portion of his or her fee to the brand for the opportunity to call themselves Lifestyle Lift specialists. The brand no longer exists due to poor results and financial mismanagement.
Dr. Sadati feels it is important to understand the difference between surgical finesse and marketing ploys, so you won’t hear any mention of this so-called procedure when consulting with him. A “mini lift,” also known as a short-scar facelift is best suited to patients with minimal wrinkles and sagging as it does not correct more severe signs of aging. It can help rejuvenate the face, and the surgery is generally quicker, but most patients who opt for it generally have a traditional facelift down the line as more substantial signs of aging set in. Just as he does when performing a facelift, patients who undergo a mini lift receive only local anesthesia and twilight sedation, so there are no anesthesia-associated side effects.