She eats right, she works out and takes care of herself every day. She wants her face to reflect this same youthful vitality that the rest of her body shows.
That’s why one local 69-year-old woman, who asked to remain anonymous, is in the pre-op area of the Skin and Vein Center in Fenton for “The Hour Lift,” a mini-facelift procedure that’s becoming more and more popular.
“We’ve been doing these for about 15 years, but they’ve become much more mainstream now since makeover shows on TV began to glamorize them about 10 years ago,” said Dr. Eric Seiger, board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon. “It’s not a ‘taboo’ thing anymore.”
Dr. Seiger estimates he has done between 2,500 and 3,000 of these procedures, on women as young as 24 and for a couple who was each 86 years old. “I’d say the median age for this surgery is about 58, and 95 percent of my patients are women. The results will last between five and 10 years, depending upon the patient.”
The difference between The Hour Lift and a regular facelift is that The Hour Lift involves cutting the skin and tightening the facial muscles, rather than moving the facial muscles. The areas primarily improved by a facelift are the jowls, cheeks and neck. There’s a huge difference in recovery time and price. “It’s the difference between a three-day recovery and a two-week commitment,” said Dr. Seiger.
The price is also a huge factor in a person’s decision to undergo this procedure. Dr. Seiger says he used to charge $3,800, and he cut the price to $2,900 when the economy changed a couple of years ago. A full facelift will cost between $6,000 and $15,000 — depending upon the scope of the procedure. These elective cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance.
“The number one thing that patients say to me is, ‘I don’t want to look 20 years old again. I just want to look in the mirror and be able to look as good as I feel inside. I want to feel refreshed,’” said Dr. Seiger.
For the 69-year-old patient who was waiting for her procedure, The Hour Lift was not only for her own self-esteem, but also for her success in the business world. “A youthful appearance validates your professionalism,” she said. “This is how we get measured for our success.”
Meet Carol Beale
Carol Beale, 63, had a “One Hour Lift” when she turned 60, traveling from her home in Canton to the Skin and Vein Center in Fenton for the procedure.
She said the procedure was painless and she returned to work for a half-day just two days after surgery. “I laid-low the day I had the procedure done, and the next day,” said Beale. “When I went back to work, I made sure not to bend over or lift anything.”
Her face was a little bit bruised, but it wasn’t very noticeable and was easily concealed with make-up and her hairstyle. “You wouldn’t notice if you didn’t know I had the procedure done,” said Beale. “Once I was healed, though, people noticed all the time, because my skin really does look a lot smoother and more youthful. It’s softer, too.”
Beale advises people considering the procedure to use good quality skin care products on their skin afterwards, plus sunscreen.
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