The Key to Creating Natural-Looking Facelift and Eyelid Lift Results
By Dr. Christopher Patronella
The most common concern from both women and men who are interested in facial rejuvenation is looking unnatural. That is what almost every patient will say when I meet them for the first time. It’s very important to me to transmit the information that my goal is not to make anyone look unnatural. I want them to look exactly like themselves—just a younger, more rested version of themselves.
The key to creating natural-looking results is vertical lifting of the cheeks and the neck as opposed to horizontal lifting. With the traditional facelift procedure, the skin in front of the ear would be pulled, and the patients often would look like they were in a wind tunnel. It wasn’t a good look.
But if a proper facelift is performed, the soft tissue of the face can be lifted in more of a vertical direction. We age from top to bottom. We age by sagging. That’s why we develop loose skin of the neck. So restoring those features requires vertical lifting to optimize the natural effect that is accomplished.
Read the facelift story of Dr. Patronella’s patient Tracy, an artist, here.
Eyelid Lift Surgery: Avoiding the Hollow Look
For eyelid surgery, attentiveness to fat removal is essential to producing good results. In young people, there is no hollowness of the eyes, and they are lifted. But as we age, the youthful fullness decreases and the tissues descend. With that in mind, we have to be careful during the procedure not to overtreat by removing too much of the natural, youthful fullness of the eyes.
Removing too much fat in this region would produce a hollow, artificial, aged appearance. So during the eyelift lift procedure, also known as blepharoplasty surgery, it’s important to find a balance: removing what’s necessary to reduce heaviness while preserving enough fat that the eyes actually look rejuvenated and don’t hollow with age.