The Art and Science of Facial Rejuvenation _ Part II The Mid Face

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF FACIAL REJUVENATION
At the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic
Part II _ The Mid Face


–FACES” by Gigi Gallant’ courtesy of Obiarts Inc

As a three part series on the –Art and Science of Facial Rejuvenation”, yesterday I discussed the neck. Today I will move up anatomically to the mid face. When I look at patients, I view the entire head and neck as a single entity. It is then natural to focus on the eyes, mid face and neck. This compartmentalization is the way we, as plastic surgeons, assess our patients. As a student of art, while studying portraiture, I learned techniques of the famous Renaissance artistsÄmost notably, the anatomic studies of Leonardo DaVinci who cleverly divided the face into three equal segments:

The lower third extends from the jawline to the base of the nose. The middle third of the face extends from the nasal base to the brows and the upper third of the face includes the forehead (brows to hairline). There are similar compartments for the facial width. As plastic surgeons we systematically assess the neck and forehead simultaneously. Aging of the mid face occurs secondarily to soft tissue loss (fat and muscle) as well as bony changes. This results in redundancy of the skin envelope of the face which sags because of gravity. Sunken eyes and mouth along with deepened cheek and marionette creases is a function of aging which normally begins to occur in the forties. Sag and bulges of the marionette pouch may also occur. A unique combination of technologies have allowed me to treat many patients non surgically with an innovation combining stem cell fat grafting (Adivive™) and laser tightening of the neck (SlimLipo™) in what I have termed the OPERA Lift:

Patients seeking or requiring surgical facial rejuvenation almost always benefit from large volume fillers processed from their own fat (Adivive™). Although I had the first FDA approved Adivive™ system, this concept is recognized by advanced plastic surgeons worldwide. This is the focus of a major textbook on –The Aesthetic Uses of Stem Cells” by Dr. Melvin Shiffman. I happened to have written the chapter on the use of autologous stem cells and PRP (platelet rich plasma) for this important book.

ADIVIVE (LIPOKIT™) STEM CELL FAT TRANSFER TO FACE:
LEWIS J. OBI, M.D.

From the very first face lift I performed as a plastic surgeon, my personal approach has not complied with traditional techniques. However, the facelift I performed on the first day of my practice reflected my early artistic and technical skills which I have continued to enhance and hone since.