With age, the facial features slowly start to lose definition and their youthful contours. The brow line can start to droop, the cheeks can lose fat and jowls can obscure the definition of the jawline.
Dr. Arie Benchetrit is the plastic surgeon Montreal patients trust to address these signs of aging and restore a more youthful facial appearance. Here, Dr. Benchetrit discusses the most popular procedures for improving the facial profile and creating more youthful contours.
Rejuvenating the Brow and Forehead
When the brows sit in an abnormally low position and the forehead is creased and wrinkled, the entire eye area looks aged, fatigued or sad. A receding hairline can cause the forehead to look even larger, thus drawing attention to lines and wrinkles.
A brow lift in Montreal turns back the clock by elevating a saggy brow and smoothing creases across the forehead and between the eyes. Dr. Benchetrit specializes in the “no-scar” brow lift as opposed to the traditional brow lift that can leave visible scars in the scalp or at the hairline. The “no-scar” technique is performed through a small incision in the upper eyelid crease, the same incision that is used to perform an upper eyelid “tuck” (blepharoplasty), which can actually be done at the same time as the brow lift. This approach leaves an almost invisible scar that is actually not visible at all when the eyelid is open. This technique is very effective and leads to milder post-operative symptoms and a faster recovery.
Restoring Fullness to the Cheeks
Aging robs the cheeks of their youthful volume and fullness. Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane as well as deeper fillers like Sculptra and fat are excellent ways to plump up flat cheeks, enhance the cheekbones and create a well-balanced facial profile.
Fillers deliver temporary results that can last 12 – 24 months. Repeat treatments are needed to maintain the results. Fat transfer involves taking unwanted fat from another area of the patient’s body, purifying it and injecting it into strategic points around the cheeks and face. The results of fat transfer last much longer but are less predictable than with regular fillers. Both techniques are known for results that look and feel natural.
Redefining the Chin and Jawline
A proportional and well-defined chin is crucial to a balanced facial profile. But over the years, the chin starts to sag, recede, wrinkle and develop folds. The lower half of the face also tends to accumulate fat and lose muscle tone; this combination causes jowls and fat deposits to appear along the jawline and on the neck.
A facelift can improve these visible signs of aging in the lower face and neck for a more balanced and beautiful facial profile. The procedure involves removing excess fat, tightening the underlying tissues and muscles and smoothing loose skin. Dr. Benchetrit specializes in the “short-scar” facelift in Montreal. This is not a mini-lift — it is a full facelift that is done through an incision that is about one-third the length of the usual facelift incision. The scar is hidden in the hair, inside and behind the ear and after a few months is usually barely visible. The short-scar facelift also allows most patients to return to work and social activities much more quickly, often within 10 days after the surgery.
A suspension necklift is recommended for patients whose main concern is a sagging neck and poorly defined jawline. This is a very powerful necklift that creates a well-defined neck contour, with results that can last 10 years or more.
For patients who do not want a surgical solution for their neck, jawline or chin, there is the option of using filler injections to re-contour these features. Fillers such as Radiesse are injected right over the bone to create an instant and visible enhancement of the jawline and chin that can last up to 18 months. The procedure takes less than 15 minutes and most patients can return to their usual activities right away.
Contact Dr. Arie Benchetrit
For more information about any of the procedures mentioned in this post, or to discuss your own anti-aging goals, please request a consultation with Dr. Benchetrit. Call (514-695-7450) or email us today.