A facelift improves the most visible signs of aging by removing excess facial skin and fat and tightening underlying muscles. It smoothes and tightens the skin and soft tissue of the face and neck, defines the jaw line, firms the sagging loose skin on the cheeks and softens the deep lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth. A facelift can be done either alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery or nose reshaping. Performed as an outpatient procedure in a State Licensed, Nationally Acredited Ambulatory Surgical Facility, (see ” about Keystone Surgery Center“) under either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, recovery from a facelift usually requires about two weeks.
A facelift can make you look younger and more refreshed, enhancing your self-confidence.
When considering a facelift, or indeed any cosmetic procedure, be sure to select a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of clinical practice experience and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery® ASAPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your goals for cosmetic enhancement and enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle.
There are a wide variety of reasons why someone may consider having a facelift. Although the decision to have a facelift is personal, and should only be made after careful consideration, there are certain motivations behind this commonly requested procedure.
As you get older, it’s normal for your skin to lose elasticity. As collagen production slows down, you may notice that your skin is starting to sag. In turn, you may also notice that your face no longer has that contoured profile it used to have. Deep lines and wrinkles may form, which were not as pronounced before. These deep wrinkles usually form around your nose, mouth, and even in your chin area. All of these natural changes can impact how you feel about your appearance, making you feel less self-assured.
For many patients, the decision to have a facelift is help them feel better about themselves.
Feeling better about your appearance can boost your self-confidence and even improve your personal and professional relationships.
Facelifts can be performed in a variety of ways, all of which address different aesthetic concerns.
A traditional facelift is a comprehensive surgical procedure that addresses deep wrinkles, muscle laxity, and sagging skin of the face and neck. Also known as a SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) facelift, a traditional facelift involves making several incisions along the hairline, temples, and behind the ears. Both skin and underlying structures are tightened and the incisions are closed.
A mid-facelift addresses sagging in the mid-face region. Specifically, it corrects sagging in the cheek region and under the eyes. Incisions are typically made in the temporal region or through the lower eyelids to hide the incision lines. The skin and underlying muscles are then tightened and repositioned to improve the facial contours.
This type of facelift is much more advanced than other types. It specifically targets the deeper structures of the face, including the SMAS and other underlying muscles. A deep plane facelift is usually recommended for patients who have advanced signs of aging.
Every patient has a different pain threshold, however, you may be uncomfortable for several days after your facelift. There will be swelling and bruising but this will improve over time. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication for the first few days after surgery to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Depending on the type of facelift performed, most patients return to normal activities seven to 10 days after surgery. Keep in mind that every patient heals differently, so combined with the type of facelift you have, your recovery period could be a little longer.
The potential risks and complications associated with a facelift include pain, bleeding, swelling with the possibility of infection, nerve injury, and scarring.