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What Type of Face Lifts Are Possible?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported in 2012 that the number of facial rejuvenation procedures grew more than any other minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure for that year.  The level of interest isn’t surprising – enhancements for the face have long been a focus for beauty-seekers.  Because facial procedures show no signs of decreasing in popularity, Northern Virginia’s premier plastic surgeon, Dr. Shlomo Widder, shared some choices in facial surgery for this article.


MACS facelift surgery and Restylane injections are both prominent among the possibilities for achieving your personal ideal facial features.  Dr. Widder uses the Maximal Access Cranial Suspension technique (MACS) for natural-looking facelift results that last.  When the face sags due to aging, the fat of the face and the skin can be lifted back up to its youthful position.  Depressions and concave areas are tightened and filled by the natural facial fat in by this MACS lift technique.  Because this natural and viable fatty tissue,  with good circulation from the face itself, is used in the procedure, patients can look forward to a successful facelift and a positive, rejuvenated appearance.

Dr. Widder also favors the use of Restylane (hyaluronic acid) injections to fill the nasolabial fold and other facial depressions  The substance is sure to stay in place, but for a limited time.  In general, Restylane injections last 6 to 8 months.  If repeated after 3 months, Restylane may last up to 18 months.

While many doctors use fat injections for facial rejuvenation, Dr. Widder is clear about the problems that may arise from the use of fat injection.  He has long stated that fat injections for buttock enhancement often disappears not long after the procedure; it is also not a reliable and is inconsistent method even when smaller amounts of fat are used for the face.  Because fat injection is a surgery that entails downtime due to bruising and swelling and also has a high level of unreliability, Widder does not recommend it.

Among patients who have experienced both Restylane and fat injections, Dr. Widder says, most prefer the confidence they have in Restylane.  With Restylane, patients who are going to an important event or traveling can do so right after a treatment.  While theoretically, the fat injection may last forever if the fat survives, and that is a big “if.”  Patients generally prefer the assurance and predictability of Restylane, fortified by the lack of downtime that fat injection requires.

The face makes the first impression more than ever in this age of the internet.  For many women, it is important to take extra measures to make sure they look good all the time in person and online.  Today, even a Facebook profile image is worth a thousand words and Dr. Widder makes it his business to keep his patients looking great.

Dr. Shlomo Widder, known as the “The D.C. Butt Doctor,” is the only surgeon in the Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia area offering buttock implants and has made it his mission to help each patient achieve the very best behind.  Contact Widder Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery at 703-506-0300.

About Widder Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery:

Dr. Widder is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).  The surgery center is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).  He serves the Northern Virginia area, WashingtonD.C. metropolitan area and beyond.  He has performed plastic and cosmetic surgery for over 25 years.

Services include Facial Implants, Facelift, Botox and Facial Fillers, cheek, chin, and eyelids surgery, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, and Breast Reduction, Rhinoplasty, Otoplasty Ear Tuck, Pectoral Implants, Calf Implants, and Gynecomastia Surgery.  Widder Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery is the only area plastic surgery center offering Buttock Implants. For more information about “The D.C. Butt Doctor,” visit:

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