Lower Face and Necklift Yuma, AZ

Rejuvenation of the Aging Face and Neck

Dr. Hohuan specializes in surgical rejuvenation of the aging face and neck. His extensive training background allows him to focus solely on plastic surgery involving the face and neck. While at Yale, he trained with, and was mentored by one of the early pioneers and masters of the deep-plane face lift. The deeper plane technique is currently the standard by which all other rejuvenating procedures for the aging face are compared against. In Virginia, he trained with one of the premier facial plastic surgeons in North America, perfecting short-scar and minimal access face and neck lift approaches.

Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Hohuan, he will meet with you and discuss your aesthetic goals and philosophy. You will review photographs together and discuss the different options available to you based upon your anatomy, skin type, degree of aging, and past medical history.

Some patients may have only mild and early aging face changes. This can usually be addressed through non-surgical approaches such as botox, filler injections, fractional microneedling, topical skin treatments, and sometimes small facial implants.

Patients with moderate to severe aging face changes are usually best served through deep plane surgical approaches that allow repositioning of sagging or ptotic anatomic fat pads and muscle, as well as repositioning and removal of excess skin. This involves incisions around the ear and into the hairline behind the ear to maximally reposition muscle and remove excess, photo-damaged skin. This is typically performed with procedures to rejuvenate the forehead and area under the chin. Vertical galeal repositioning in the forehead, as well as vertical platysma lifting add additional improvement. These are newer adaptations to deep plane facelifting.

There are ranges of improvement that can be achieved with non-invasive approaches. These are appropriate for patients with mild to moderate degrees of aging in the forehead, face, and neck. They may also be appropriate for patients who cannot undergo surgery for medical reasons, or who cannot tolerate 11-14 days of downtime. However, the degree of improvement is limited by the absolute requirement not to distort, overfill, and render a patient looking unnatural by too much. This is commonly seen when rejuvenation is undertaken by undertrained and unqualified practitioners who do not possess the training and knowledge to address the full spectrum of aging face changes that patients go through over the course of their life.

Some patients with mild to moderate degrees of facial aging have the option of undergoing minimally-invasive, short-scare facelifts. These can be done in the office under local anesthesia.

Before and After Facelift and Necklift

Diagnosis: Aging face and neck
Procedure:Deep plane face and neck lift
Technical Details: Lower lid transconjunctival blepharoplasty, buccal fat contouring, vertical platysma lift, deep plane release of zygomatico-cutaneous and parotido-masseteric ligaments for full release of malar and lower face fat pads/jowls

Deep Plan Face and Neck Lift
Deep Plan Face and Neck Lift
Deep Plan Face and Neck Lift
Deep Plan Face and Neck Lift
Deep Plan Face and Neck Lift
Deep Plan Face and Neck Lift

Diagnosis: Aging in the face and neck.
Procedure: Deep plane face and neck lift.
Technical Details: Vertical galeal repositioning, release of zygomatico-cutaneous and parotidomasseteric ligaments, full sub-SMAS dissection and repositioning of malar and jowl fat pads, buccal fat reduction under direct visualization, platysma plication, extended vertical platysma lift.

Face and Neck Lift
Face and Neck Lift
Face and Neck Lift
Face and Neck Lift

Diagnosis: aging of the face and neck.
Procedure: Browlift, Face and Neck Lift.
Technical Details: Vertical galeal repositioning, vertical platysma lift, deep plane mid and lower face neck lift.

Browlift, Face and Neck Lift
Browlift, Face and Neck Lift
Browlift, Face and Neck Lift
Browlift, Face and Neck Lift
Browlift, Face and Neck Lift
Browlift, Face and Neck Lift

Diagnosis: Aging of the upper, mid, and lower face and neck
Procedure: Aging Face rejuvenation
Techniques: Vertical Brow Galeal Repositioning, Deep Plane face and neck lift, vertical platysma repositioning, and lower lid blepharoplasty (transconjunctival)

Patient before surgery, at age 29, and 6 weeks after surgery.
Aging face surgery done expertly will turn back the clock without changing one's fundamental facial characteristics.

Facelift Front View by Dr. David Hohuan
Side View Facelift by Dr. David Hohuan
Oblique View Facelift Yuma AZ
Before and After Facelift and Age 29
Facelift Front View
Facelift Left View
Oblique Facelift View
Facelift Before and After

Diagnosis: Steatoblepharon of Lower Eyelids, Moderate to severe laxity of jowl and neck
Procedure: Deep plane midface, lower face, and neck lift, with platysma division and plication, as well as Transconjunctival Conservative lower eyelid blepharoplasty with SOOF lifting.
Techniques: release of all facial retaining ligaments including orbitomalar, zygomatic-cutaneous, mandibular, masseteric, and platysma-cutaneous ligaments, followed by repositioning of muscle and fat pads.

Facelift and Blepharoplasty by Dr. David Hohuan
Male Face and Eyelid Lift
Oblique Face and Eyelid Surgery
Male Side View Facelift
Facelift and Blepharoplasty
Facelift and Blepharoplasty
Male Facelift and Blepharoplasty
Oblique Facelift and Blepharoplasty
Male Facelift
Facelift and Eyelid Lift

Diagnosis: Aging Face and Neckline
Procedure: Deep Plane Face & Neck Lift

Details: Deep plane, Sub-SMAS elevation with release of zygomatico-cutaneous, masseteric, mandibular, and platsymal ligaments.

Facelift and Necklift Yuma AZ

Facelift Yuma AZ


Diagnosis: Plastysmal Bands, Moderate Jowling, Mid-face Hollowness
Procedure: Deep Plane Lower Face and Neck Lift

Lower Facelift Yuma AZ
Oblique Lower Facelift
Side View Facelift
Lower Facelift by Dr. Hohuan
Lower Facelift Before and After
Female Lower Facelift Yuma AZ
Lower Facelift by Dr. Hohuan
Lower Facelift Surgery
Lower Facelift Before and After
Lower Facelift Yuma AZ

Diagnosis: Aging of the Brow, Face, and Neck
Procedure: Rejuvenation of the forehead, upper-, mid-, and lower face, neck rejuvenation.
Details: Vertical galeal brow repositioning, deep plane mid- and lower face lift, vertical platysma lifting in the neck.

Facelift Browlift by Dr. David Hohuan
Face and Browlift Lift
Oblique Face and Browlift Surgery
Facelift and Browlift
Facelift and Browlift
Side View Facelift and Browlift

Diagnosis: Aging of the face and Neck
Procedure: Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift, with Ear Lobe Reduction

Facelift Browlift by Dr. David Hohuan
Face and Browlift Lift
Oblique Face and Browlift Surgery
Oblique Face and Browlift Surgery
Oblique Face and Browlift Surgery
Facelift Browlift by Dr. David Hohuan
Face and Browlift Lift
Oblique Face and Browlift Surgery
Oblique Face and Browlift Surgery
Oblique Face and Browlift Surgery

Questions and Answers:

1. What is the deep plane facelift?

  • Deep plane facelifts are the most evidence-based and advanced form of facelifting. It is advanced because it addresses all of the areas of aging within the face and neck by repositioning, NOT pulling on structures, giving patients the MOST NATURAL-LOOKING results without a stretched and pulled appearance. Every other technique is performed by pulling on structures, and are performed by the overwhelming majority of plastic and cosmetic surgeons. In fact, there are only a very small number of surgeons in the world who are trained in deep-plane facelifting techniques, despite the fact that this is advertised by many. The only way to comprehensively learn these approaches is to be mentored in residency and/or fellowship by one of the master practitioners of the artform. During both residency and fellowship, Dr. Hohuan was extremely fortunate to have been mentored in these techniques after gaining acceptance to some of the most competitive and rigorous training programs in the world. This has led to his dual-board certification in both Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
  • The deep plane facelift requires repositioning of the cheek fat pads, jowls, and sagging neck muscles to their normal anatomic position. This is done by careful dissection, release of facial retaining ligaments, and laminar dissection of facial tissue planes. Because anatomic repositioning is performed, patients do not look any different than the younger versions of themselves. This is different than other procedures that merely pull on these structures. At the same time, it is the only facelift procedure that facilitates direct removal and contouring of buccal fat pads to improve the youthful heart-shape of a person’s face.
  • The changes in the face and neck are mirrored in the forehead and brow. Vertical galeal repositioning, or a forehead lift, is performed with the same philosophy. Unlike other procedures which merely pull rather than reposition, OR procedures which completely detach the eyebrow from their bony attachments (as is common in endoscopic and subperiosteal lifts), the brows are placed back and repositioned to their more youthful position, without changing the way a patient’s brows and eyes fundamentally look. Incisions are hidden behind the hairline.

2. What is your overall philosophy with surgical treatment of the aging face and neck?

There are several core ideas/values that inform everything I do when treating the aging face and neck.

  • For one, I strive not to change how a person fundamentally looks, but to turn back the clock so that they feel like a younger, more youthful version of themselves. Most of my patients report looking about 12-15 years younger. The operation in my hands is very similar to sleeping in a time machine, going back in time, and after the healing process is done, looking like a younger version of yourself.
  • Secondly, the results should look natural, and imperceptible. Some procedures/surgeries render patients looking unnatural, surprised, quizzical, overly pulled. This is a disservice to the patient. There is a range of results that are acceptable. The importance of finding a surgeon with the right experience, training, and judgement, as well as the consultation where we discuss what is and isn’t possible are vital to achieving results that are natural.

3. Why don’t more surgeons use this technique?

The major reasons are differences in training, differences in understanding of the anatomic features of facial aging, and differences in motivation.

  • First and foremost, there are only a handful of surgeons in the world who are competent in deep plane facelifting techniques, and in-depth fellowship or residency training with these master surgeons is rare and exceptionally difficult to obtain. The selection process is exceedingly difficult. Furthermore, it takes an exceptional determination and motivation to master these techniques on the part of surgeons-in-training, as well as to continue performing these operations at a high level. This second factor is as rare as the first.
  • Secondly, the aging process is characteristic in humans, but there is so much misunderstanding of how it actually works and manifests in humans. The treatment of a deformity must address its cause. If it doesn’t, it will be unnatural or short-lasting. That is why the two most common complaints with facial rejuvenation procedures are one, looking unnatural or “different or weird”, and two, it doesn’t last. This leads to a high number of practitioners who are doing all types of procedures that may not be efficacious, or ill-suited to the patient.
  • Thirdly, differences in motivation play a factor. Patients are looking for more and more “minimally-invasive treatments”, and device and drug manufacturers in conjunction with physicians are developing more and more office-based treatments that promise results with shorter procedure and recovery times. This leads to a synergism between patients, physicians, and technology that becomes self-driving. Achieving beautiful results in facelift surgery is similar to the effort and expenditure in creating a beautiful painting or musical score. It is all too easy to take the shorter, easier, but not usually better route.

4. What are platysmal bands?

Platysmal bands are the cords of muscle that run down the middle of the neck that often show with age. There are different patterns of platysmal bands, where some are located closer together and some are located wider apart. Platysmal bands that are located closer together are often easier to treat, because they can be brought together easily in the midline, creating a smooth and continuous contour underneath the chin and jawline. When combined with a deep plane facelift, this gives the most powerful results for natural rejuvenation of the jaw and neckline. When the platysmal bands are wider apart, they often require more manipulation to achieve a smooth contour. This can usually be done with advancement of the edges toward the midline after creating releasing incisions in the platysma muscle low in the neck, and sometimes laterally in the neck underneath the ear lobe.

5. What are jowls?

Jowls are the sagging bags of skin, fat, and muscle that appear with age over the jawline around the mouth and nasolabial (melolabial fold). They are due to a combination of weakening and relaxation of the zygomatico-cutaneous ligament, as well as the parotido-masseteric ligament that allow the malar and buccal fat pads to descend downward. The best way to address this is to mobilize the jowl completely from underneath, then reposition it up and back where it was prior to the descent that occurs with aging/relaxation of the facial ligaments. This is why facelifting techniques that only pull on the skin or the layer just beneath the skin fail sooner: they do not reposition the jowl. Only the deeper techniques allow this.

6. What is the Micro Mini Lift?

The Micro Mini Lift is an abbreviated form of a traditional facelift technique. It is ideal for younger patients in their forties and fifties who have mild to moderate jowl formation in the jawline and neck. The biggest advantage is the shorter downtime, with most patients reporting 7-10 days before they are ready to go back to work and resume social functions. Additionally, the incisions are shorter, with a small incision in front of the ear and behind the ear. This access incision still affords comprehensive manipulations of the SMAS layer, albeit not as extensive as the deeper plane facelift technique.

7. What is the standard downtime with a Lower Face and Neck Lift?

As a general rule, it takes about 2 weeks for patients to feel comfortable going back to work, and 3 weeks for more personal or intimate social encounters such as a family member’s wedding. Bruising and swelling vary between patients, but is moderate for the first week or so, gradually subsiding over the first 2-3 weeks. After 7-10 days, slight bruising can be covered with makeup.

8. Is the procedure painful?

Most patients report mild to moderate amounts of pain over the first week, which generally subsides over the second week after surgery. Cold compresses are used over the first couple of days after surgery, followed by warm compresses after the third post-operative day. This helps keep swelling to a minimum, and hence, pain as well. We give our patients low-dose narcotic medication, and encourage ibuprofen for breakthrough pain.

9. What can I expect regarding my scars?

I perform all incision planning and place every suture. Most if not all of my patients are very happy with the appearance of the scars. By one month, they will be hardly noticeable, and by 2-3 months, they should be very difficult to make out unless looking under a bright light. There can be mild redness over the incision for the first couple of months that can be easily covered with makeup. I utilize a retrotragal incision to maximally camouflage the scar. Additionally, the incisions in front of the ear and behind the ear run into the hairline, so that hair grows through the incision providing additional camouflage. Post-operatively, I manage the incisions carefully to ensure they are healing appropriately. This is done with special tape, as well as selective application of steroid injections to manage any instances of hypertrophic scarring. We recommend that all patients regularly use medical grade skin care, as well as moisturizers to optimize the healing and color of their scars. Our office has a private line of skin care that our patients can take advantage of.

10. Can the deep plane facelift or micromini lift be combined with any other procedures?

Yes. With the exception of rhinoplasty, most other surgical procedures aimed at rejuvenation of the aging face can be combined with the deep plane facelift, as well as the micro-mini lift. These include eyelid rejuvenation, brow lifts, buccal fat removal, chin augmentation, filler to the lips and midface.

Aging Face and Neck Rejuvenation Yuma AZ

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ENT and Facial Plastic Surgeon Yuma Arizona
ENT and Facial Plastic Surgeon Yuma Arizona
ENT and Facial Plastic Surgeon Yuma Arizona
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