Minimally invasive or non-invasive plastic surgical approaches are becoming increasingly popular. The obvious benefits are minimal down time, limited scarring, and many times lower cost. One of the current cosmetic makeover trends this year is the ponytail facelift.
This facial revitalization technique is named for the way that pulling your hair into a high ponytail also pulls your facial features back with it. It is a minimally invasive procedure that lifts the jowls, cheeks, and brows with small incisions that are concealed in the hairline of your head. Adipose tissue is then transferred into strategic areas to sculpt the face even further.
The ponytail lift was designed by the distinguished plastic surgeon, Dr. Chia Chi Kao, who practices in Southern California. He became interested in endoscopic surgical techniques during his medical training and has developed leading-edge procedures that are getting to be widely popular because of the benefit of less recovery time.
Traditional facelift surgery involves incisions that begin at the temples and continue along the ear, and then into the back of the neck in the hairline. This kind of procedure is usually performed on patients who are in their 50s and 60s because of the advanced level of changes in the connective tissue that reduces the skin’s strength and elasticity. It involves weeks of recovery from the bruising and swelling.
In contrast, the ponytail lift only involves two to five incisions that are concealed in the scalp with an endoscopy, a miniature fiber optic camera. This technique is mostly performed on 30 to 40 year olds who are just starting to see evidence of aging. This micro lift is almost painless and has a much faster recovery time.
The key to the ponytail lift’s success is the transfer of the layers of fat and fibrous tissue. If only the skin is tightened, then it gives the face the artificial appearance that looks pulled, along with the fact that it only lasts a couple weeks before the skin stretches back. The trick is to smooth and transfer the underlying tissue first and then lay the skin back over without tension.
The operation is performed either under local or IV sedation, depending on the surgeon. It takes around an hour to finish the surgery and the patient is able to return home that day. After a couple days, a follow up visit is necessary to take out the stitches. Many patients return to normal activities within a few days.
There are still possible side effects such as minor bruising and swelling, but much less than the traditional facelift. Not only is the downtime much less, but other perks include lifting and arching the brows, smoothing out forehead wrinkles, reshaping the jawline, and all in all restoring facial volume. The ponytail facelift is considered a very effective and safe technique but as always, be sure and do your research to locate a reputable surgeon for your beauty makeover.