Why the Mid Facelift Is Extinct: A Holistic Approach to Facelift Surgery

The days of a traditional mid facelift, upper facelift and lower facelift are over. In fact, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery is a Harvard-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who focuses on the entire face as a continuum. By doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh takes a holistic approach to facelift surgery.

Dr. Azizzadeh performs a holistic facelift that enables patients to achieve a natural-looking facial appearance in which the cheeks, chin, eyes, and other facial features perfectly complement one another. To understand how a holistic facelift is performed and its benefits, let’s examine holistic facial rejuvenation in detail.

What Is Holistic Facial Rejuvenation?

Holistic facial rejuvenation involves looking at myriad factors that impact a patient’s facial appearance. As a result, Dr. Azizzadeh uses this form of facial rejuvenation to perform a personalized holistic facelift procedure that helps his patients achieve long-lasting results.

The natural aging process is ongoing, and it can cause facial wrinkles, sagging skin, and other visible signs of aging. Thanks to his holistic approach to facelift surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh can identify the factors that impact a patient’s facial appearance. Then, Dr. Azizzadeh can craft a custom holistic facelift surgery plan designed to deliver the intended results.

What Factors Can Impact the Facial Appearance?

Along with the natural aging process, there are several other factors that can affect the facial appearance, such as:

1. Genetics

Genes can make people prone to sensitive facial skin, atopic dermatitis (medical condition that causes red, itchy skin), and other skin problems. Furthermore, people with blood relatives who dealt with skin disorders may be more susceptible to the same problems than those without a family history of such issues.

2. Diet

A diet loaded with fatty foods and sugary snacks may cause the skin to break out, along with redness and similar skin issues. But, people who consume a balanced diet that contains fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy grains may be well-equipped to lower their risk of skin problems that otherwise hamper their facial appearance.

3. Stress

People who experience severe stress may be increasingly susceptible to acne and other skin problems. To alleviate these issues, people can exercise regularly to help reduce their stress levels. People may also benefit from meditating, journaling, and other mindfulness activities to help take their mind off the hustle and bustle of everyday life, along with prevent skin problems.

4. Smoking

Tobacco smoke can cause the blood vessels in the facial skin to narrow, which reduces blood flow and increases the likelihood of sagging skin and wrinkles. It can also damage elastin and collagen, which improve the skin’s elasticity and strength. To mitigate these issues, people should try to avoid smoking. Instead, they can find healthy alternatives to smoking to simultaneously improve their overall health and revitalize their facial appearance.

5. Sun Exposure

Too much sun exposure can cause the skin to age prematurely, as well as lead to age spots and melasma (medical condition that causes brown or tan patches on the face). Using sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater, wearing a broad-brimmed hat and other apparel and accessories designed to guard against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, and developing an effective skincare regimen may help people combat the dangers associated with excessive sun exposure.

For people who experience issues that negatively affect their facial appearance, a meeting with Dr. Azizzadeh is crucial. At this point, Dr. Azizzadeh can perform a patient evaluation to learn about these issues and find out why they are happening. If Dr. Azizzadeh believes a patient may benefit from a holistic facelift, he will recommend the procedure and provide a comprehensive treatment plan.

How Does a Holistic Facelift Differ from a Traditional Facial Rejuvenation Procedure?

A facial plastic surgeon may perform a facelift to improve one portion of a patient’s face. The procedure may help a patient correct an issue that affects the appearance of the chin, forehead, or other parts of the face. Yet, the procedure may inadvertently cause a patient’s face to appear unbalanced, due to the fact that some facial features appear more prominent than others.

Comparatively, Dr. Azizzadeh focuses on performing facelift surgery that creates soft transitions between various “facial anatomic subunits.” By focusing on facial anatomic subunits, Dr. Azizzadeh helps patients improve the overall facial shape.

How Is a Holistic Facial Rejuvenation Procedure Performed?

During a holistic facelift, Dr. Azizzadeh emphasizes smooth transitions between the temple, zygomatic arch, lateral cheeks, lower eyelids, anterior midface, buccal space, mandibular jawline and neck. This approach creates facial harmony and enhances youthful contours in the face.

The ultimate goal of a holistic facial rejuvenation procedure is to help patients improve the facial appearance in a natural, youthful, attractive and appropriate manner. Dr. Azizzadeh’s holistic approach to facelift surgery ensures patients can restore the facial shape and improve the youthful arcs and highlights of the face.

Dr. Azizzadeh often utilizes a combination of procedures to help patients achieve balanced and natural-looking results. These procedures include:

  • Autologous Fat Grafting: With autologous fat grafting, Dr. Azizzadeh uses a patient’s own body fat to plump up sunken portions of the face or add volume to the face.
  • Buccal Space Modification: The buccal space is in the cheeks. Dr. Azizzadeh performs buccal space modification to address excess buccal space convexity or concavity.
  • Chin Augmentation: During a chin augmentation, Dr. Azizzadeh inserts a surgical implant in the front of the jawbone to increase and enhance the length of the jawline. Or on the other hand, he can minimize the size of an over-pronounced chin.
  • Conservative Periorbital Rejuvenation: This procedure usually involves a combination of a brow lift with blepharoplasty. By performing conservative periorbital rejuvenation, Dr. Azizzadeh helps patients revitalize the appearance of the eyes.

Non-surgical procedures also are available and can help rejuvenate the facial appearance, and these treatments include:


  • Botox: Botox is one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Dr. Azizzadeh administers Botox injections to help patients smooth fine lines, furrows and wrinkles caused by excess muscle movements in the face.
  • Facial Fillers: Azizzadeh offers facial fillers that can be used to fill in fine lines and wrinkles throughout the face, restore volume to hollow temples or under eyes, and enhance the size and shape of the lips.
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing: With laser skin resurfacing, Dr. Azizzadeh provides DOT Deka laser skin treatments to help reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, sun damage and other facial flaws.

Dr. Azizzadeh understands the aging process affects each person differently and promotes an individualized approach to facelift surgery. He works with patients to help them find the best way to create facial harmony.

Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh uses his “Aging Arc” tool to help those who are considering facelift surgery. He uses the Aging Arc to visually show his patients the age of their face relative to their age. Dr. Azizzadeh wants to help patients reach the positive range on the Aging Arc, thereby ensuring a patient’s facial appearance is radiant and healthy.

Schedule a Holistic Facelift Treatment Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh

Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to teach people about a variety of facelift treatments. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh Today

Dr. Azizzadeh offers in-person and virtual consultations to people who are considering a cosmetic procedure. To find out more, please contact us today at 310-657-2203 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh.

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