There’s a trend in some cosmetic surgery practices to offer short term, minimally invasive pseudo-facelift procedures in place of cosmetic surgery. Things like Botox, fillers, and even mini-facelifts where a few bits of skin are tightened with scant regard for the underlying muscle and tissue structure.
Dr. Bustillo isn’t a fan, it’s fair to say : “Mini is a term that is associated with easy and fast”, he says on his deep plane facelift page, before continuing “However, the results are usually also ‘mini’.” His patients often “end up having a facelift to improve the poor result they obtained from the mini-lift.”
So, mini-lifts aren’t a good idea. They offer a short term fix, don’t always work as well as the patient hopes, and are often offered as branded commodities by surgeons who don’t necessarily have the experience or track record that a true specialist such as Dr. Bustillo does.
His approach is different, and requires fuller, more complete surgery that offers natural results that will stand the test of time. Not only that, but he also takes time to ensure that the patient is a right fit for the surgery, both physically and mentally, and that all parties work together to make the surgery a success. That includes making sure that the patient is in agreement with the surgeon as to the likely outcome, helped by computer imaging and photographic comparisons.
The Deep Plane Facelift
Dr. Bustillo is a proponent of the deep plane facelift as discussed on his web site. He views it as the most modern and long-lasting approach to facial rejuvenation, tackling as it does issues with both skin laxity and underlying muscle slackness. The end result is a reduction in the formation of jowls, improvements in loose skin in the neck, and repositioning of the cheeks.
In addition to the obvious improvements and natural appearance of the face after the procedure, Dr. Bustillo also notes on his web site that scarring should be ‘inconsequential’ and that the position of the hairline ‘should remain unchanged’.
Thanks to his experience, due to the fact that he dedicates 50% of his surgery time to facelift procedures (with the other half spent on rhinoplasties), Dr. Bustillo can make good on these observations and promises. In fact, he is often called on by fellow surgeons all over the world to offer advice and expertise in facelift surgery.
He couples surgical excellence with psychological evaluations to ensure that the patient is entirely comfortable with the idea of surgery, and understands that the results are entirely personal. As he puts it on his web site, the patents must ‘not expect the world to change in any way because of the surgery’.
Having said all that, the results are usually beneficial in terms of self-esteem, allowing the patient to face the world with new-found self-confidence and belief. That’s the true measure of success; changing the patient’s outlook on life as they know they are putting their best face forward.
Dr. Bustillo’s Florida based practice can be contacted on 305.663.3380, as well as through the web site. The web site is where you will find up to date before and after photographs, showing his many successful facelifts from various angles.