Dr. Parker of the Parker Center of Plastic Surgery Discusses Facelift Surgical Techniques that are Now Longer Lasting, More Natural Looking
In Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a study was published that tracked results for women 5 ½ years after facelift surgery. Dr. Parker discusses his own experience with patients and their results.
(PRWEB) January 08, 2013 – A study published in the December 2012 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery analyzed 50 patients who underwent facelift surgery and how they look today, 5 ½ years later. While the patients do show some signs of aging, the results show that they look younger today than before their facelift.
The study examined three areas of comparison. First, researchers took objective measurements of the face including jowl height and angle of chin to neck. Second, they took a subjective assessment of key areas such as lines from nose to mouth and mouth to chin. Lastly, an overall subjective assessment of the patients’ appearance was conducted.
“The study verifies what we plastic surgeons see in our own practices every day. The newer and state of the art surgical techniques of elevating and suspending the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) to reposition the descended fatty tissue plus the addition of injecting the patient’s own fat into select atrophied areas, gives a longer lasting and more natural looking result than just pulling the skin like in the old days,” explained Dr. Parker.
The SMAS plastic surgery technique is used not only to remove laxity in the face but also to suspend fatty tissue areas that have dropped due to the aging process. More natural looking facelift results are achieved by elevating and suspending the tissue, along with injections of the patient’s own fat to plump atrophied areas, requiring less tightening of the skin. As the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery study shows, the results are longer lasting.
“In the past, a facelift just involved tightening the skin. Previously, facelift results tended not to last very long because sooner rather than later the skin just stretches out again. With these new techniques of recreating the underlying structure of a youthful face and plumping the skin, we can give patients a better and more natural looking result,” Dr. Parker said.
The study helps patients and surgeons know what to expect in terms of longevity for their facelift results. Prior to this study plastic surgeons had to rely on their previous patients’ experiences to answer the “how long will it last” questions.
“When I went back to work after my facelift, people asked me if I lost weight or if I changed my hair. I’m really pleased that I look so good, and yet I still look like me. I’m so happy I had it done,” Pamela V. – plastic surgery patient of Dr. Parker’s.
Dr. Parker is dedicated to educating his patients through his website and in-person consultations. In order to provide patients with the most up-to-date knowledge, Dr. Parker has worked diligently on updating the pages on his site that discuss all aspects of facelift procedures. Patients can read these updated pages about facelift procedures on the Parker Center website.
At the Parker Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Parker performs facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, in the 2,400 sq. ft. fully certified, state of the art ambulatory surgical suite, Surgiplex, LLC. Dr. Parker’s surgical staff includes board certified anesthesiologists and registered surgical nurses. Patients undergoing facelift surgery receive general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Patients spend the night in the facility with a registered nurse and receive one on one care and assistance. Recovery generally takes 10 to 14 days.
Dr. Paul M. Parker is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Parker has been recognized as one of the top surgeons in his field and has received the Patient’s Choice Award. Patient education and patient satisfaction is a cornerstone to Dr. Parker’s care philosophy.
To learn more about New Jersey facelifts, please visit Parker Center for Plastic Surgery. There you will find many before and after photos, patient testimonials, and video animations of actual procedures. To schedule a consultation, call the Parker Center office at (201) 967-1212 or visit their website at https://www.parkercenter.net. The Parker Center for Plastic Surgery is located at 122 E. Ridgewood Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652.
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