The first facelift surgery was performed in 1916. That original procedure didn’t change much for 60 years. Since then, there have been many procedural and technological advancements, but perhaps none bigger or more significant than the Meso BioMatrix Biological Facelift, a technique created and designed by our founder, world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Alan Durkin.
MBFS combines the latest and most effective techniques in “traditional” facelift surgery with an exciting new mesh technology that together achieve reliable and unparalleled results. It is ideal for patients with significant neck descent, or for patients who are undergoing a secondary facelift, or a revision of a previous facelift where the results were not achieved.
Meso BioMatrix Surgical Mesh is an exceptionally thin but especially strong non-human alternative tissue that can be used in a variety of cosmetic or medical plastic surgery procedures, including facelifts. The mesh provides a level of additional support and reinforcement that was previously unavailable to surgeons. This safe and natural “scaffolding” provides additional contour control, can be easily sutured, and has exceptional tensile strength and flexibility. All this from a mesh that is only 0.3mm in thickness!
Before we get deeper into this innovative concept, let’s go back and revisit “Facelift 101.”
A facelift (known medically as a rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure designed to decrease signs of aging in your face and neck. A facelift is often very effective in lifting and tightening skin in your mid to lower face. The result is a more vibrant, rested, and attractive facial appearance.
The basic surgical technique lifts a flap of skin on each side of your face and pulls them back. The tissues below your skin are repositioned, and excess skin is removed, achieving a smoother and more contoured and sculpted look.
What issues can be addressed?
A facelift will not treat sun damage or irregularities in skin color. And remember that facelift is designed primarily to treat the lower two-thirds of your face. The upper third may be better treated by a brow lift, also known as a forehead lift.
You should be in good overall health without conditions that could elevate surgical risks. Non-smokers are greatly preferred. Because facelifts involve some pulling and tugging, your skin needs to have sufficient elasticity, as determined by your doctor.
While some facelift procedures can be performed using sedation and local anesthesia, general anesthesia is typically selected. The surgery usually takes between two and four hours. Your incisions will be small and inconspicuous, placed discreetly in your hairline and behind your ears.
Following your procedure, you will be taken to a recovery area, and your medical team will continue to monitor your condition. In most cases, you’ll be able to go home as soon as your body clears your anesthesia. But make sure you have arranged for a driver.
After a Meso BioMatrix Biological Facelift Vero Beach patients will have some bruising and swelling for up to three weeks, and there could be some temporary drainage at the incision sites. Make sure you have some help at home for at least a few days. Do not pick at your incisions. Avoid vigorous exercise for about three weeks and stay out of the sun during that period.
To maximize the results and safety of your facelift, follow your doctor’s post-surgical hygiene and wound care instructions to a “T.” You should be back to all of your full and normal activities about a month after your facelift.
Just as soon as your bruising and swelling subside, you will see a younger and more vibrant-looking version of your face. Full results are usually achieved after three months.
The “Next Level” of Facelift Surgery
Meso BioMatrix Biological Facelift is now the gold standard, using a revolutionary mesh technology to heighten and secure your desired results. Dr. Alan Durkin has not only perfected this technique, he invented it! Our goal at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery is always to provide you with the best possible outcome in the safest possible fashion with the least amount of surgery.
Vero Beach Meso BioMatrix Biological Facelift expert Dr. Durkin will carefully review your medical history and ask you to disclose all supplements or medications you are taking. For a time before and after your facelift, determined by the doctor, you will be directed to suspend the use of any medication that could elevate your risk of excessive bleeding. Smoking is prohibited for several weeks before and after your surgery.
Facelifts are complex and delicate procedures that require elite surgical skills and a keenly developed eye for aesthetics. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Alan Durkin has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America” by Castle Connolly. And if you are considering Meso BioMatrix Biological Facelift, remember that the technique was created by Dr. Durkin himself! You are welcome and encouraged to schedule a consultation by calling (772) 234-3700.Learn more About Dr. Durkin
Maybe surprisingly, the answer is no. While Dr. Durkin can always prescribe pain medication as appropriate, most facelift patients can manage their post-surgical discomfort with over-the-counter drugs.
All surgical procedures come with risks, including infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, complications from anesthesia, and allergic reaction to medications or surgical materials. Risks specific to facelift are hair loss at incision sites and facial nerve injury.
Results can last up to 15 years, especially if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, avoid excessive sun exposure, and practice good skin care. But facelift results should not be considered permanent.
All incisions produce scars. But Dr. Durkin is a master at making as few and tiny incisions as possible, and placing them in areas that are unnoticeable.
No. You will look rested and relaxed but never pulled or stretched.
That will vary according to your procedure. Have a full discussion about costs with your doctor prior to your facelift. Remember, because a facelift is considered a cosmetic procedure, your insurance will not cover the costs.
At Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery in Vero Beach, Dr. Alan Durkin, Dr. Jimmy Chim and their team of providers deliver incredible results tailored to your needs in a relaxing and uplifting atmosphere. Learn more about the Ocean Drive difference by scheduling your one-on-one diagnostic consultation with Dr. Durkin or Dr. Chim today.