Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz understands that each patient experiences different age-related facial changes, and a concern for one may not be bothersome to another. A firm believer that there is no single youthful “ideal,” Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz takes as much time as necessary to understand each patient’s facial-rejuvenation goals in order to devise a customized treatment plan. Extensively trained in performing the full array of facial plastic surgery procedures as well as non-surgical treatments, his breadth of knowledge and experience gives him the ability to “turn back the clock” in the way that best suits the patient’s lifestyle, willingness for downtime and overall desired outcomes.
Facial rejuvenation procedures and treatments can improve a wide array of age-related changes including:
Every facial rejuvenation consultation begins with VECTRA 3D Facial Analysis. This state-of-the-art imaging system ensures Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz accurately understands the patient’s primary concerns and helps communicate the changes necessary in order to achieve their goals. This innovative system also provides detailed measurements and diagrams while allowing patients to visualize potential surgical outcomes.
Facelift (rhytidectomy): Modern facelift techniques have advanced significantly in recent years, and a tight, over-pulled appearance has been replaced with dramatically more natural-looking results. Dr. Rodriguez-Feliz has extensive experience performing the deep-plane facelift approach, which addresses underlying supportive tissue, muscle, fat and excess skin as one unit while keeping all scars hidden. This type of facelift can improve mid-face sagging, marionette lines, jowls, a double chin and age-related neck changes, with results that tend to last up to 10 years longer than the facelifts of yesteryear.
Mini-facelift: Patients who are primarily concerned about jowls and laxity limited to the lower face may benefit from this type of limited facelift. The advantages include smaller incisions (and resulting scars), less surgical time and faster recovery—and this procedure can often be performed under local anesthesia.
Endoscopic mid-face lift: An abbreviated version of a full facelift, a mid-face lift is usually more appropriate for younger patients, or those whose primary concerns are sagging cheeks and prominent smile lines (also known as nasolabial folds) on the sides of the mouth. This procedure does not address the upper or lower thirds of the face, or issues such as forehead wrinkles, brow drooping, jowls and neck laxity.
It’s important to understand that facelifts do not address the upper third of the face or surface skin concerns such as sun damage. For the most comprehensive facial rejuvenation, Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz may suggest additional procedures such as blepharoplasty or a browlift (which can be performed at the same time as a facelift), as well as skin resurfacing, medical facials and a personalized at-home skincare regimen.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty): The eyes are often the first area of the face to show visible signs of aging, and eyelid surgery can improve a wide array of concerns ranging from excess eyelid skin to dark circles, under-eye hollows and more.
Endoscopic browlift (or forehead lift): The upper portion of the face is prone to myriad age-related changes such as drooping eyebrows and deep forehead furrows. This targeted surgical procedure uses small incisions within the hairline to elevate the brows and restore them to a more youthful position.
Fat grafting: The loss of facial fat is a natural part of the aging process, but fat grafting can restore volume to the cheeks and beneath the eyes. Most often performed to complement other surgical facial rejuvenation procedures, a patient’s own fat is harvested from the abdomen or inner thighs and mixed with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to maximize survival without increasing recovery time.
Silhouette InstaLift®: A minimally-invasive treatment that provides an instant “lift” to the mid-face and jawline while stimulating collagen production for re-volumization over time, the Silhouette InstaLift uses undetectable sutures that are placed beneath the skin to restore more youthful-looking contours.
J-Plasma®/Renuvion®: This innovative combination of cold helium plasma and radiofrequency is precisely delivered just beneath the skin’s surface to help tighten and rejuvenate the lower face and neck without visible incisions or significant recovery time. This technology can also be used at the time of facial rejuvenation surgery to further optimize final outcomes.
Injectable fillers: Whether used on their own or in conjunction with surgery, injectable fillers play a vital role in facial rejuvenation. Ideal for restoring volume beneath the eyes and in the mid-face, or enhancing targeted areas such as the lips, jawline and beyond, options include hyaluronic acid-based fillers (such as the Juvéderm® and Restylane® families of products as well as Revanesse® Versa™), Radiesse® and Sculptra®. Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz has extensive experience using all of the latest FDA-approved products as well as the most advanced injection techniques, so he can recommend the ideal treatment for each patient’s unique concerns and goals.
Neurotoxins (Botox®, Dysport®, Jeuveau™): Although there are subtle differences between these wrinkle-smoothing injectables, they all help minimize the muscle contractions that lead to wrinkles due to facial expressions. Especially effective for smoothing lines on the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes, neurotoxin injections can help delay the need for more invasive procedures and help maintain their results.
Skin resurfacing: The appearance of the skin’s surface plays a major role in its perceived age, and there are several non-invasive treatments that can help restore smooth, soft, radiant skin. From laser treatments and chemical peels to microneedling with or without platelet-rich plasma (PRP), Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz can suggest the ideal skin resurfacing for visible facial rejuvenation either as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with surgical procedures for more comprehensive anti-aging results.
Medical facials: To look its best at any age, the skin requires regular professional maintenance in the form of medical facials. Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz’s on-staff aesthetician customizes each and every facial treatment to address the patient’s skin’s needs at that specific point in time. From hormonal fluctuations to seasonal skin changes, regular treatments ensure the skin always looks and feels its best.
Customized skincare: The proper at-home skincare regimen is essential for maintaining the skin’s overall health and youthfulness, as well as post-surgical outcomes. Offering professional-grade skincare as well as prescription-based topical medications, Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz can create a comprehensive skincare regimen that addresses and improves each patient’s unique skin concerns.
To learn more about non-invasive and surgical facial rejuvenation procedures, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz, call (305) 747-7739.