How Laser Can Make a Good Facelift Better

Could laser-assisted facelift, a technique used for plastic surgery in Inland Empire, work for you?

double chin, turkey neck, Facelift, neck lift by Dr. Brian Machida, facial plastic surgeon, Inland Empire, California
Facelift and neck lift by Dr. Brian Machida

Nothing rejuvenates an aging face like a good facelift in Inland Empire, California, where I practice, and everywhere else.  A laser-assisted facelift can get even better results.  In some cases, adding laser treatment to a facelift can actually result in a faster recovery.   How?


Editor’s Note:  Dr. Brian Machida is a highly-skilled double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Inland Empire near Los Angeles, California.  He has a very high level of experience.  Dr. Machida taught facial plastic surgery for years at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine.  You can contact Dr. Machida for a free consultation or to ask a question by clicking below.


Improving facelift in Inland Empire and beyond

Before laser-assisted facelift in Inland Empire plus necklift by Dr. Brian Machida of Ontario CaliforniaSagging skin, a “turkey neck,” loose jowls and too much fullness under the chin are major reasons why people seek the help of a facial plastic surgeon.  A better facelift will address all of these issues in highly effective ways.  A truly effective facelift tightens facial muscles and the SMAS membrane between the facial muscles and the underside of the skin.  It reduces fat on the neck, particularly under the chin.  Your surgeon will also trim off extra skin, resulting in a firmer, younger look.

As soon as post-surgical swelling goes down, the improvement in your face and neck will be clearly evident.  But to get the best results it’s important to address an additional issue:  the condition of your skin.

Young skin has plenty of collagen and elastin.  Your body naturally produces these to give your skin the firmness and elasticity that help you look your best.  But aging causes collagen and elastin production to slow down.  Soon it can’t keep up with the damage caused by sun exposure, environmental toxins and, for some people, smoking and excessive drinking.  Your skin begins to sag.

How a laser-assisted facelift improves results

The SmartLipo laser can make a real difference.  After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, a narrow fiber optic tube delivers the laser energy under the skin of your neck.  This will melt fat on contact.  Once the fat is melted, a fine cannula is inserted to vacuum away the liquid fat.  This is important, because once adult fat cells are eliminated by liposuction, they’re gone forever.

In addition, the laser cauterizes many blood vessels in the treated area.  This can reduce bleeding, bruising and swelling.  That can mean less downtime.

How we tighten skin beyond your facelift in Inland Empire

After Laser assisted facelift in Inland Empire by Dr. Brian Machida, facial plastic surgeon, Ontario, CalifroniaThe SmartLipo procedure does more than permanently remove fat from the neck.  The laser also heats the dermis layer.  That causes skin to tighten beyond the tightening accomplished by the facelift.

This will be apparent after the procedure is finished.  In addition, the “thermal injury” done by the applied heat will result in increased collagen and elastin production.  This will further enhance your results, since your neck’s skin quality will improve over time.

Lifestyle changes can further improve your appearance

You can cooperate with your plastic surgeon to further improve your results.  If you smoke now, quit weeks before your facelift.  Nicotine in any form can interfere with the healing process and could cause even a good laser-assisted facelift to provide unsatisfactory results.  In fact, you may not be able to get a facelift in Inland Empire or anywhere else in the U.S. if you smoke. Many plastic surgeons will not operate on active smokers.

What you do and what you eat can also make your laser-assisted facelift achieve superior results.

Layers of human skinThe New York Times reported on preliminary research revealing that exercise can substantially improve skin quality.  In fact, after weeks of regular moderate aerobic exercise the skin of 65-year-olds in the study, viewed under the microscope, resembled that of 20-40 year-olds.

If you’re healthy enough for a facelift, after your recovery it’s likely that you’ll be healthy enough to enjoy the heart, brain and skin benefits of regular exercise.  It’s wise, of course, to get your primary care doctor’s help in designing an exercise program that’s right for you.  And remember, if you’re exercising outdoors, wear high SPF sunscreen to prevent sun damage that could work against your efforts to look younger.

Foods can fight wrinkles and aging skinAdditionally, as I reported in “Can Food Fight Wrinkles and Aging Skin?” research has confirmed that getting enough of the nutrient flavanol in your diet can substantially improve blood flow to your skin.  Though it’s no substitute for a procedure if you need one, flavanol has actually been found to reduce wrinkles.  Details on the best food sources of flavanol are found in the article.

Combining the efforts of a skilled facial plastic surgeon with FDA approved laser technology can really give you a better facelift in Inland Empire and across America.  Adding the right diet and exercise program can work along with your procedure to give you the natural, lasting, younger look you want.

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