How do I avoid the Wind-Swept look?


The best way is to choose a surgeon that has shown you pictures of their facelifts, and judge the appearance of these results. The wind-swept appearance occurs from placing the skin on too much stretch. We now know that the skin on the face is not the main cause of jowls and the descent of youthful facial features. The problem is with the underlying layer of tissue known as the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system).

Most of the lift obtained in a modern facelift is achieved by raising the SMAS. This can be done by either creating a flap in this layer of tissue and re-draping it, or by using sutures to tighten this layer. Regardless of the specific technique used, addressing the SMAS is the key factor in achieving ideal cosmesis in a modern facelift. Once the SMAS has been addressed, the facial skin can then be re-draped, and a minimal amount of skin can be removed. The skin should be inset with very little to no tension. This avoids the wind-swept appearance, and improves scar healing.

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