To correct eye ptosis (drooping) this patient had an upper Blepharoplasty , Lower Facelift , and Fat Grafting. The three procedures combined together are a type of Facelift.View Patient Details
Facelift Procedure in Baltimore, Maryland
"More and more plastic surgery savvy patients come to my office asking for a specific procedure. So which kind of Facelift should you get? The one that fits YOU best, even if it doesn't have a catchy name!"
by Dr. Ricardo L Rodriguez
During your initial Facelift consultation, it is important for you to explain just what looking younger means to you. To help us determine which procedure or combination of procedures might best produce the desired results, there has to be a good understanding between surgeon and patient. Depending on the desired changes you express, your consultation may discuss the following facelift procedures:
Full Face Lift
I feel invisible and want to do something that makes me look more vibrant
A full Facelift is a surgical transformation of the forehead, upper and lower eyelids, mid face, as well as the lower face and neck. It usually involves a Brow Lift, Mid Facelift, and a Neck Lift . In the past few years, I have been complementing these techniques with Fat Transfer or Fat Injections to additionally provide volume to the dermis layer. The effect of this is to provide more fullness and youth to thin aging faces.
Your own fat contains small populations of adipose stem cells which provide blood supply and nourishment to the tissues in the face. After Fat Grafting , patients usually notice an improvement in their skin texture to result in more youthful glowing skin.
The Brow Lift is performed with an instrument called an endoscope. It will lift the muscles in the brow up and restore your eyebrows and the upper eyelids to a more youthful position. A correctly performed Brow Lift results in a refreshed natural appearance, and not a done or pulled look.
A Mid Facelift is a surgical rejuvenation of the cheekbone and lower eyelid area. This can be done by surgically lifting the structures in the mid face region along with Fat Transfer to the cheek bone and lower eye lid area.
Lower Face Lift or Neck Lift
The Lower Facelift addresses loose skin in the jowl and neck area. This procedure involves tightening the skin of the lower face and neck. Learn more about the Neck Lift Procedure.
Regenerative Fat Grafting
You may be hearing a lot about regenerative fat grafting or the term stem cell facelift. We don't particularly like the marketing term 'stem cell facelift' , but the truth is that your own fat does contain a population of adipose stem cells. This has been known since 2001 when the first isolation of stem cells from adipose tissue was performed by a team from University of Pittsburgh.
Adipose Stem Cells (ASC's) do have regenerative tissue capabilities and they are the New Frontier of Plastic Surgery. This is not myth. Thousands of scientific publications have researched this topic over the past decade. Currently there are scores of FDA approved Clinical Trials using Adipose Stem Cells as a regenerative mechanism to heal tissue and inflammation. It is a fact that Adipose Stem Cells function to provide more blood supply to affected areas, by virtue of the fact that they act as pericytes to increase the density of blood vessels.
So, basically, the Stem Cell Facelift phenomenon is an evolution of an existing fat grafting (Fat Transfer) technique. Fat grafts can be boosted with a higher concentration of minimally manipulated adipose stem cells through well defined fat processing techniques.
When the procedure is performed correctly, regenerative fat grafting can provide a new source of blood supply for your existing tissue and skin. Thus, the fat not only adds volume to your face, but it also has these natural regenerative properties to make your face look more youthful. Those stem cells explain why the skin of the face looks so much better after fat transfer. Learn more about regenerative fat grafting.
Facelift Before and After Photos
See our patient gallery of Facelift Before and After Photos, all performed by Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years experience. Please note that all of these patients have given written consent to use their photos at our web site. We are very grateful for their participation in patient education!
Call our Baltimore Office for a Facelift consult
Please feel free to call our office at (410) 494-8100 for more information and to schedule a consultation or Contact Us to discuss your individual needs.