In 1984, actress Jeanne Cooper, who played Katherine Chancellor on The Young & the Restless, decided to undergo a facelift. When actresses get plastic surgery, they frequently try to keep it quiet, but not Cooper. instead, she approached the higher-ups at her show and proposed that her character Katherine Chancellor undergo a facelift, and that the surgery be performed on-screen. The show agreed, cementing Cooper’s place in history as the actress who brought the facelift procedure into the mainstream.
Facelifts haven’t changed much since then
The facelift is one of the most longstanding aesthetic plastic surgery procedures in existence, likely because it is such a straightforward, effective process.
Over the years, the skin of the face begins to lose its tightness and starts to sag. The sagging is what causes wrinkles. During a facelift, the plastic surgeon performs incisions around the face, placed at the hairline to disguise any scarring that occurs. The surgeon then re-drapes the facial skin so that excess sagging can be removed, and after removal, stitches the newly tightened facial skin back into place.
Patients may undergo a full facelift, involving incisions at both sides of the face and under the chin, or they may opt for limited incision facelifts, where smaller cuts around the ears and eye area are used for selective skin tightening.
This process of making incisions, tightening the skin, and applying sutures to create the newer, rejuvenated face is the procedure soap opera fans saw Jeanne Cooper undergo in 1984, and it’s the same one facial plastic surgeons perform today.
Find a skilled facial plastic surgeon
Although the process itself is very straightforward, achieving successful results from a facelift requires a skilled hand. In some ways it is as simple as tightening the skin, but in other ways it is far more complex.
Everyone has seen at least one person -be it an actress or an acquaintance- who clearly had a facelift performed by someone unskilled. The face looks stretched too tight. The eyebrows arch up in permanent surprise, while the check bones look like that are about to pop out. this isn’t the usual expected result of a facelift, but the result of a facelift gone bad.
A skilled facial plastic surgeon understands that re-draping is a necessary part of the surgical process. The skin must be pulled tight, yes, but it must also be contoured on the patient’s face in a way that looks natural. otherwise the fact that the patient has undergone a facelift is quite obvious -and not in a good way.
If you are thinking about having a facelift, make sure to locate a facial plastic surgeon who can show you before and after photos of previous patients. this is the best way to determine whether the surgeon knows the difference between just pulling the skin tight and actually re-draping it for an attractive result.
After you’ve found your preferred provider, be sure to follow all medical advice. with the right facial plastic surgeon and proper post-surgical care, you can easily restore and rejuvenate your appearance with a facelift.
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