At West End Plastic Surgery, our expert team of physicians offer the latest face surgery techniques to patients in Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas. With face surgery, you can restore your facial beauty and get a youthful appearance with natural results. Call 202-785-4187 today to schedule your face procedures consultation!
"I am not sure where to start! West End and Dr. Lauren Patrick is the ABSOLUTE best. I LOVE HER!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE HER! Sharronda, Amanda, Rita, Sheena, the ENTIRE team #amazing. Oh, I cannot leave out Dr. Hannan! Drs. Patrick and Hannan are artists who use their artistic talent to reshape you anatomically. This change, this transition, has a TREMENDOUS mental impact on you as well. One you could never expect. At one of the lowest darkest periods of my life, Dr. Patrick proved to me that you can still grow in the dark. Thank you all for taking part and helping me jump start my evolution!"
Are all Facelifts the same?
Clearly no. “Facelift” is a simple word with a not so simple definition. Over the course of nearly a century many techniques have been described to rejuvenate the face. Early facelift surgery targeted only the skin and, while quick and easy to perform, resulted in unnatural results and poor scarring. Later, surgeons started addressing the deeper muscle layer of the face and neck. This layer is called the superficial muscular aponeurotic system or “SMAS”. By pulling on this more robust tissue one can achieve a better lift than using skin alone, however, the effects are variable and typically short-lived. This is the technique used by over 90% of plastic surgeons in the United States. More recently, newer techniques were described to go under the SMAS into the “deep plane”, where it is possible to release specific facial tethering points to allow maximal rejuvenation. This is the preferred approach in our practice and requires extensive training and experience to perform.