Many people struggle with confident and self-esteem as a result of inevitable changes to their appearance due to the aging process. Many times, we aren’t expecting the changes that our faces undergo over the years. You may expect to see sagging skin or wrinkles over the years, but structural changes to your face catch many people by surprise. Our team at Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Marietta, GA are proud to offer a new treatment known as a Y LIft to help rejuvenate your youthful appearance.
What Is Involved in a Y Lift?
Minimally-invasive and with no requirement for downtime, the Y Lift is a popular facial contouring treatment. A youthful face tends to have a Y shape that is noticeable when looking closely. From the narrow chin and clearly-defined jawline above a smooth, taut neck to the high and wide cheekbones, the features taper off into this Y shape. We can help restore that shape using this type of lift.
Known as a “lunchtime facelift,” this minimally-invasive treatment involves no incisions and no anesthesia is needed. We’ll restore the shape, volume, and balance of your face to get it back to the youthful structure you once had. We focus this treatment on areas of the face that are struggling with wrinkled skin or sunken features. We’ll restore fullness and vitality to those spots to turn back the effects of time.
How Does the Process Work?
The key to this treatment is restoring the youthful contours to your face that you enjoyed when you were young. We do this by using dermal fillers to add more volume to the structure of your face.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
To add volume where your face is needing it, our team will use a family of injectable treatments known as dermal fillers. Fillers are commonly used to smooth out moderate to deep folds and wrinkles. For this treatment, we use fillers made from synthetic hyaluronic acid. Our body produces hyaluronic acid naturally in order to keep joints and connective tissues lubricated, as well as to keep our skin hydrated.
In order to get this filler to feel, look, and act naturally, we first suspend it in a smooth pliable gel prior to injection. Only a small amount will be applied at a time just beneath the surface of your skin, to avoid giving you an overfilled, puffy, or unnatural look. You’ll enjoy the results from fillers applied this way for between six months to a year. Fillers can help to alleviate the following concerns:
- Crow’s feet
- Volume loss around temples or the mid-face
- Marionette lines
- Add volume to lips
- Nasolabial folds
How Fillers Are Used for a Y Lift
Fillers can be used in a variety of different ways, but what makes this type of lift special is how we place the injections. By bypassing soft tissue and going directly into the layer of fat and muscle beneath your skin, this treatment goes deeper than other filler treatments. This helps to achieve very natural-looking results. To apply the filler underneath your soft tissue, we’ll use an instrument known as a blunt cannula.
This filler achieves a naturally contoured and youthful appearance because it is applied so deep underneath the surface of your skin. This gives our treatment an edge over traditionally-placed fillers, with a lifting effect that gives even more noticeable results. The entire effect looks and feels completely natural because the filler goes under the muscle to lift your soft tissue. Adding volume to the foundation of your skin helps this filler achieve outstanding results.
Achieving a Y Shaped Face
This treatment focuses on the area of your face where the Y shape should be showing. In particular, we’ll help the apples of your cheeks and the upper cheekbone area regain volume and definition. We’ll also eliminate any tear troughs from the area under your thighs by adding volume there as well. The arms of the Y, meanwhile, will be filled out by adding volume to any hollows that appear near your temples.
Symmetry and balance can be restored to your face by restoring any volume that was lost in your chin area. Pre-jowls can also be filled in to keep your face young and revitalized, smoothing out your chin further. The increase in volume to your chin and cheek area causes the jawline to appear stronger and less saggy. Every step of this advanced process will turn back the clock a little bit further.
Changes as We Grow Older
Our faces change in a variety of different ways as we start to age, some obvious and others more subtle in their appearance. Wrinkles are visible changes that we can easily see the progression of as they form and grow deeper However, some more gradual changes to your face’s underlying structure may not be as noticeable, instead simply making you look older or more tired. These are just some of the ways that you may notice the aging process effects your face:
- Decrease in volume
- Less heaviness to the face
- Change in proportions
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Saggy, looser skin
What Causes These Changes?
There are a variety of different processes involved in each of these changes, with the details being different for each individual sign of aging and for every different person. However, the root cause of many age-related problems is a decrease in your body’s ability to produce collagen. Collagen gives skin its underlying structure, so when there isn’t enough of it to replace weakened collagen, you’ll notice a decrease in the volume of your face.
The good news is that you don’t have to simply deal with collagen loss. A variety of different treatments exist that can stimulate collagen production, or use fillers to replace the effects collagen has. Both methods will help revitalize your youthful look.
The good news is that there are a variety of solutions that are designed to alleviate the various signs of aging. The variety of treatments we offer at our office can address any age-related concerns that you may have. Those with multiple areas of concern can certainly benefit from the wide-ranging benefits that a Y Lift can have for many different areas of your face.
What Is the Treatment Process Like?
The first step of receiving this treatment is getting a consultation from one of our experts, where they’ll discuss your concerns and expectations. Next, we’ll examine the structure of your face and the underlying tissue to see if you’re a good candidate for this treatment. We’ll then provide you with a few instructions to keep to in the build-up to your appointment. For example, we may ask you to cease taking any over-the-counter blood-thinning medications or supplements to reduce the already-low chance of bruising from treatment.
The Day of Your Appointment
You can drive yourself to treatment and wear your best clothes if you like, because this treatment involves no anesthesia and no incisions. After making sure that your face is clean enough to begin, we’ll then apply a numbing cream to keep you maximally comfortable throughout the process. We’ll then target the areas you want to see results in with a series of injections that go under your skin into the soft tissue of your face. You’ll then be able to go right back to your everyday work and social life. The only restriction to abide by for the following few days is that you should avoid strenuous physical exercise.
You’ll be amazed by the age-defying results this type of lift can achieve. As the filler lifts the soft tissue, you’ll notice clear results right away. You will immediately notice a younger look about yourself from the moment you step out from our office. Many people hurry back to their workplace to show off their new confidence. Every patient is different, but most can expect to see results last between one to three years. To get the most consistent, long-lasting results, we’ll recommend touch-up appointments as needed.
Get Back to a Younger Looking Self
Don’t deal with the stress and lowered self-confidence that results from the aging process any longer. Call our team at Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Marietta, GA today to get your initial consultation. We’ll help your self-confidence skyrocket once we get you back to looking and feeling your very best. Whatever your aesthetic needs may be, our experienced team will help you reach them.