An African American facelift procedure must be tailored to the specific characteristics of their aging process, and the anatomic differences and difference in skin type that exist in those of African American decedents. Dr. Jacono uses an individualized approach in treating African Americans and their unique facial features.
There are characteristics is the African-American face that requires a different approach during African American Facelift. The skin of most African Americans contains higher melanin content. This increased level of melanin helps to provide an increased protection from harmful effects of UVB and UVA sun damage. This genetic characteristic that provides protection from harmful sun damage is also the reason African Americans tend to have a higher elasticity of their skin. What makes this important is that the elasticity will help to prevent fine lines, and wrinkles. While this is an important benefit African Americans have in looking younger, African Americans will show signs of aging usually a decade later than most Caucasians, and mostly in the areas of the neck that begins to droop, and cheek and jawline drooping that forming nasolabial folds (folds between the nose and corner of the mouth) and jowls. African Americans also tend to develop hypertrophic scarring and keloid scars much more frequently, so specific plastic surgery suturing techniques must be employed so scarring is minimal.
African American Facelift Before and After Patient 1: This middle aged African American woman was unhappy with her sagging cheeks, jowls, and nasolabial folds. Dr. Jacono performed a facelift procedure to lift her cheeks, smooth out her nasolabial folds, and to give her a redefined jawline.
During an African American facelift, Dr. Jacono addresses the deeper structures of their face and neck that slide downward. This slide is responsible for creating less defined jawlines and necks.
What Factors Should be Considered for African American Facelifts
Understanding the African American face, Dr. Jacono performs a deep plane facelift. The deep plane facelift lifts the deeper structure of the face including the drooping muscles of the aging face and neck called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) in the face and the platysma in the neck. This is important to support the thicker and heavier tissues of the African American face to create a more rejuvenated appearance and one that will last longer term. This will prevent further drooping of the deep tissues of the face, neck, and jawline as you age.
With this deeply supported lift under the muscles, there is no tension or pulling on the incision lines once closed. This tension free closure allows the incision to heal like imperceptible fine lines so that hypertrophic or keloid scarring can be avoided in the African American Facelift. Dr. Jacono has developed a technique that allows the scar to be less visible by hiding the incision inside the tragus a cartilage of the ear canal and behind the ear. By doing this, Dr. Jacono eliminates an unsightly scar leaving natural looking results.
African American Facelift Concerns
As with any surgery, there is a degree of risk associated with it regardless of ethnicity. African American patients, however, have a few additional risks that Dr. Jacono is ready for.
African American Facelift Before and After Patient 2: This African American woman wanted to correct her signs of aging which included her sagging jowls, cheeks, and wrinkled neck. Dr. Jacono performed a facelift procedure and you can see how youthful and rejuvenated her neckline and perfectly contoured jawline are. You can also see that her cheeks were lifted which made them look fuller with no hollowed out areas.
These additional risks include:
- Medical conditions
- Pigment irregularities in pigments
African Americans also tend to develop hypertrophic scarring and keloid scars much more frequently. Another concern is irregularities in the pigment. African Americans are at risk for both Hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the skin while hypopigmentation is the lightening of the skin. Dr. Jacono employs specific techniques (noted above) during the facelift procedure to minimize the risk of these types of issues.
African American Facelift Candidates
A good candidate for this procedure will be male and female African Americans who are showing the signs of aging. They should be in good physical and mental health and have realistic expectations for their surgical results. For medical conditions, when compared to other ethnicities, African Americans have roughly a 40% higher risk of heart disease and a 60% higher risk for diabetes so pre-operative testing should identify these problems as they can affect healing after surgery.
African American Facelift Before and After Patient 3: This female African American patient was unhappy with her double chin, fatty jowls, and drooping cheeks. She under went a facelift procedure with New York Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono to correct these signs of aging. Her facelift after photos show a streamlined neck and jawline with her cheeks slightly lifted to give her more volume.
Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Jacono is a good way to determine if you are a candidate or not. To schedule your facelift consultation simply complete our online form or call our office at 516-773-4646 today.