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How Can I Get a Natural-Looking Facelift?

It’s difficult to get through grocery check-out lane without at least glancing over at a rack of magazines with cover photos showing facelifts gone wrong, often achieving the very opposite of what they’re designed to do.

Peak Plastic Surgery in Denver is led by top-rated plastic surgeon, Eric Barker, MD. Dr. Barker works with you to enhance your inner youth and spirit, not create unrecognizable visages that bury your natural expressions and beauty. When it comes to the question of whether you can get a natural-looking facelift, the answer is an emphatic yes, if you go to the right expert.

The skin you’re in

Aging is frustrating because no matter how young or vibrant you feel, your face may be telling a different story and not the narrative you wish the world to know. Also, there’s little to stop this traitorous march.

Over the years, the skin on your face and neck — the most exposed areas of your skin — undergoes a fair amount of abuse. From the pull of gravity to the elements, especially the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, the skin on these areas is up against formidable foes that leave their marks in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.

In a process known as photoaging, the sun’s radiation-containing UV rays break down your skin and accelerate aging. The radiation interferes with collagen production, hampering your skin’s ability to maintain elasticity and tone. This leaves you with ever-deepening wrinkles and folds around your face and neck.

On top of this, your collagen production naturally begins to wane with age. This is especially true for women who’ve gone through menopause. This leaves your skin looser and also allows the thin layer of fat beneath your skin to migrate downward, displaying a loss of youthful volume and plumpness.

Beyond skin deep

When you come in and sit down with us, we spend extensive time reviewing your problems and the ways we can address them. While many people think of a facelift as simply pulling the skin taut over your facial bones, we go far beyond that. 

To give you a natural-looking facelift, we work to create a smoother surface and to restore volume in areas where gravity has robbed you of fullness. To do this, we address your SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system), which is a layer of tissue located deep within your skin and subcutaneous tissue.

During your facelift procedure, Dr. Barker tightens the muscle, removes or repositions fat (sometimes he adds fat or fillers), and eliminates any excess tissue. By doing this, he can create a far more natural-looking effect with skin that rests firmly over repositioned and tightened tissue and fat. 

By addressing the underlying problems that lead to sagging skin, your results last longer and look far more realistic than simply pulling your skin tight to cover up the problems below the surface.

This technique also encourages larger freedom of expression as every layer of your face moves together. In other words, when you flash a smile, it can light up your whole face rather than just appear as a grimace.

From the neck up

In addition to a quality facelift, if you want the most natural look possible, it’s important to have Dr. Barker address the sagging skin on your neck. Your neck is arguably one of the first areas to show signs of aging, and it’s often a dead giveaway that reveals your age even if the skin on your face tells a different story.

To create the best overall effect, Dr. Barker tightens your neck muscles, eliminates any excess fat that may have gathered under your chin, and pulls your skin back, removing the excess tissue. By tackling both your face and your neck, the anti-aging effect is seamless, with no telltale signs that belie your efforts.

If you’d like to explore how you can get a natural-looking facelift, contact Dr. Barker at Peak Plastic Surgery. Call the office at (720) 279-8002, or request an appointment online.  

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