The effects of aging are inevitable. Often, the brow and the forehead show the first signs of aging. However, in many patients the skin begins to loosen in the face, neck, and jowl areas first. Lines will often appear first at the corner of the eyes. Fine forehead lines become creases in gradually deepening folds. The jaw line often softens into jowls, and beneath the chin, another “chin” of vertical folds appears in front of the neck. Heredity, personal habits, sun exposure, wind, and the pull of gravity all affect the aging process. After careful facial analysis and a consultation, Dr. Williams will often recommend a combination of minimally invasive endoscopic or laser techniques to enhance the final results as seen below. Alone or in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures, the technological advances with laser, endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques have significantly reduced the recovery period with an earlier return to normal social activities.
Forehead and Brow Lift
As aging occurs one of the first areas affected is the eyes and tissues surrounding the eyes. This leads to a tired appearance and may even produce a feeling of tiredness as the forehead weighs on the upper eyelids creating excess folds of skin. A brow lift can reverse this feeling and appearance of fatigue by elevating the tissue over the eyes to its more youthful position thereby relieving the heaviness, leading to a bright, youthful, more rested look. To see what a forehead lift can do for your face, put your hands above your brows and outside the edges of your eyes and gently raise the skin upward. Dr. Edwin Williams performs this minimally invasive surgical procedure utilizing an endoscopic technique whereby a few small incisions are placed in the hair bearing scalp which minimizes and conceals the fine scars. Additionally, because he performs the procedure endoscopically the swelling and bruising of the procedure is decreased allowing a reduced recovery period.
Upper or Midfacial Lift/Cheeklift
Often in conjunction with the browlift as a comprehensive rejuvenation of the area around the eyes, Dr. Edwin Williams, who has been one of the innovators of endoscopic midfacial surgery, will recommend an upper facelift. Just as the brow descends over the upper part of the eye, the downward descent of the temple and cheek area leads to the dark circles and puffiness under the eyes due to loss of the youthful superior placement of the cheek tissue over the bony orbital rim. Through the same incisions as the brow lift, since 1995, Dr. Williams has developed and mastered a unique, minimally invasive technique to restore this sagging cheek tissue to its more youthful position.
Dr. Williams has presented his experience in over 300 patients recently at the Eighth International Symposium for Facial Plastic Surgery in New York City, and the data on this innovative technique will soon be published in the scientific literature. Just like the endoscopic brow lift, this surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in our surgery center and has a short recovery period of 7 to 10 days.
To determine if a patient is a good candidate for an endoscopic brow or midfacial lift, Dr. Edwin Williams will recommend a consultation utilizing computerized imaging and a complete facial analysis. Successful facial plastic surgery is the result of a good rapport between the patient and the surgeon. Trust, based on realistic expectations in exacting medical expertise, develops in the consulting stages before surgery. Dr. Edwin Williams can answer questions related to specific needs. For questions or additional information, patients are welcome and encouraged to call.