A facelift, is a procedure designed to diminish signs of aging in the face and neck. It can correct a variety of unwanted flaws, including wrinkling caused by loose and sagging skin, jowls in the lower cheek area and skin folds in the neck. Maintain a more refreshed and revitalized appearance. Facelifts are often done in conjunction with blepharoplasty and facial liposuction.
Dr. Jeffrey Hartog has unique specialized training in facial surgery; being Board Certified in both Plastic Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Hartog has also completed additional fellowship training in Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery and Craniofacial (Skull) Surgery. This combination makes Dr. Hartog exceptionally well trained in the science and art of facial aesthetic evaluation, and able to formulate the ideal combination of facial aesthetic procedures for every patient. Dr. Hartog has presented at international meetings, and published papers pertaining to facial reconstruction and rejuvenation.
VALULift (Volume Added Limited Undermining Facelift)
The evolution of facial rejuvenation. The Volume Added Limited Undermining facelift or VALULift has been developed by Dr. Hartog, and is the culmination of more than 20 years of experience in facial aesthetic surgery and rejuvenation. This procedure effectively combines traditional facelift procedures with modern concepts of facial volume restoration to address the unique needs of each individual. The result is a more natural, balanced appearance, with a more rapid recovery and fewer complications.
Traditional facelifting approaches have developed to the degree that surgeons often recommend extremely complex multiplane facelift procedures as a standard approach to facelifting. Unfortunately these procedures are frequently much more extensive than needed, and are associated with much more swelling, more complications, and extended recovery periods. At the same time other practitioners increasingly were recommending volume enhancement with fillers such as fat, as the primary approach to facial rejuvenation. High volume enhancement procedures are also associated with much more swelling and extended recovery. On the other hand, some of the minimally invasive facelift procedures that promise everyone miracles such as the Lifestyle® lift or MACS-lift, are simply inadequate to address the needs of all patients.
The problem with either the very complex or the overly simplistic procedures is that every patient is unique. The VALULIFT provides a balanced approach that is customized to the needs of each individual. The VALULIFT also incorporates the best concepts of other more complex techniques, such as the muscle tightening of the SMAS type facelifts, while minimizing the complications and extended recovery often associated with them.
In reality many individuals seeking facial rejuvenation require some combination of facelift and volume augmentation procedures. Combining the two procedures means being less invasive, but with optimal results. Combining the facelift procedure with volume enhancement, creates a more natural result while allowing less extensive surgery, with much more rapid recovery.
By adding volume in key areas of the face, the skin is lifted and tightened, allowing the surgeon to perform the facelift procedure with far less extensive lifting of the skin. This means shorter scars, less swelling, and less risk of damage to the deeper structures such as nerves and blood vessels.
With over 20 years of facial rejuvenation experience Dr. Hartog has extensive experience with many different techniques, ranging from complex deep plane SMAS facelifts, the Quicklift and MACS lift, neck liposuction, the i-Guide necklift and Coleman’s lipofilling (fat grafting) techniques. . Dr. Hartog routinely includes skin rejuvenation as a component of the VALULIFT, combining medicated skin products such as the ZO Skin Health® system, the ZO® Controlled Depth Peel, and fractional laser resurfacing. What has evolved is an approach that integrates his experience with all these techniques, to provide an approach that is customized to each individual, less invasive but with optimal results.
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