ANONYMOUS SAID:

I am a 54 yr old woman. My neck is wrinkling ans my jaw line is beginning to droop. Is it possible to have just those areas corrected successfully? I want to avoid the “stretched” look of a full face lift. So far, the laugh lines around my eyes don’t bother me but the puffiness underneath them does bother me. Also, I have getting arm wings (flapping) I could travel to Washington State, Utah or California to find the best surgeon for me. Thank you!

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  1. Dr. James Wethe wrote on :

    It is very common for women to have a bit of sagging along the jaw line and neck region and to have those areas corrected without a “pulled” or “stretched” look. It can be called a number of things such as a jawline/neck lift or a lower face/neck lift but the key is having a good discussion with your plastic surgeon of choice so that both of you are on the same page as to what you do and don’t want to have happen. At that same time that surgeon can address puffiness under the eyes and arm wings and give you appropriate options as well. Overall, you sound like you would be a good candidate for the jawline/neck lift. Find an area plastic surgeon and make an appointment for consultation… hope this helps
    J. Wethe, M.D.

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  2. Dr. Julio Garcia wrote on :

    The stretched look is from overaggressive pulling of the skin. Usually it is a matter of repositioning the tissues below the skin and then removing the excess skin in a subtle way, just to leave an adequate cover for the tissues. An isolated cheek lift should provide what you seek. As to the loose skin on the arms it might need skin removal though a brachioplasty or if less severe possibly using radiofrequency skin heating like a ThermiTight procedure might be enough. Would need to see at least pictures but it is nicer to see one in person to evaluate all the possible parameters and options.

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  3. Dr. Curtis Wong wrote on :

    Your goals can certainly be achieved and you can avoid the stretched look as I only see them in celebrities. You should talk to friends who have had great experiences and consider seeing their surgeons. But if you’re wanting to keep this under the radar, you can search the internet and find someone close to you so your follow-up is easier and if there are problems (they do happen sometimes), you have access to your surgeon. If you decide to travel, you should plan on staying around for 1-2 weeks, depending on what procedures you ultimately choose to have.

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  4. Dr. Scott Miller wrote on :

    Dear Anonymous,
    It is common for patients to treat only the lower portion of the face and neck when appropriate, however the “stretched” look of a full face lift that you are concerned about is easily avoided if you are in the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon. The right treatment truly depends on each patient individually and what their needs and concerns are. The best way to proceed is to have a consultation (or two or three) with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. This way you can be evaluated and your expectations and concerns can be fully discussed. For our many out of town patients, I often perform the preliminary consultation via the telephone and internet with photos of the patient. I hope this is helpful. Best of luck on your journey for facial rejuvenation.

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  5. Dr. Richard Chaffoo wrote on :

    Hi and thank you for your question. Face lift techniques have become much more sophisiticated over the years and that stretched or pulled look can be avoided. The goal is to rejuvenate the face and neck in a natural manner so that no one really notices you have had plastic surgery. Incision lines and resultant scar lines are virtually imperceptible and one simply looks younger and fresher but not pulled or “overdone”. We see many patients from out of state. Our practice specializes in facial rejuvenation, and I have been doing facial plastic surgical procedures for the past 30 years. Feel free to visit our website http://www.drchaffoo.com for further information. We also offer virtual consults over the internet for our patients who are from other states and overseas. Best of luck.

    Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS
    Triple Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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