When the negative effects of time and nature appear on your face, it’s time for rejuvenation. Nasolabial folds, those deep lines that form from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth, are one of the common imperfections in the facial skin that appear with age. The jawline also becomes less defined as skin sags due to lost elasticity. Fat deposits settle after traveling down the midface from higher locations, which are now lacking volume.
A facelift is one of the best counter-aging cosmetic surgical treatments. While individual results vary, many patients walk away from our Newport Beach plastic surgery clinic looking and feeling 10 years younger with a SMAS facelift. The facial muscles are tightened and repositioned, along with skin that has become overly stretched, for a more youthful appearance. It is not enough to recreate firmness in the muscles and skin, though. Great care must be taken to ensure that the ability for adequate motion of the face is maintained, as well as the patient’s unique appearance. Too many alterations and the facelift will not look natural. A skilled surgeon with an aesthetic eye and gentle hand will be able to achieve the right, rested appearance.
Facelift can be combined with a number of other cosmetic procedures to enhance the results of the rejuvenated appearance. Areas of the face that have lost volume can be injected will fillers or a fat transfer can be performed with fat cells from another location of the patient’s body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or knees. A browlift or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is also commonly combined with a facelift to improve upon the upper region of the face.
Incisions for the facelift are inconspicuously made starting at the temples and extending in front of and behind the ear within the natural folds. They may also continue hidden in the hairline. The scars remain difficult to notice after surgery and further fade over time. Additional incisions may be made in other locations, such as within the lower eyelid. After tissue has been repositioned and skin has been re-draped and trimmed, the incisions are closed with sutures.
If a drainage tube is inserted during surgery, it may be removed after 1 to 2 days. Sutures may be removed within 5 to 10 days. Medication will be prescribed for pain management, though the discomfort following a facelift is typically minimal. Swelling and bruising should be expected. Keeping the head elevated can help to limit the swelling that will occur. Many patients resume work and most normal activity within 10 to 14 days, though some degree of swelling may still be present in some cases closer to three weeks.
A facelift is long lasting, but not permanent. Many patients undergo a second or third facelift at approximately 10 year intervals for a youthful look that carries them well into the later years of life.
“Telltale Signs of a Facelift“, by Dr. Robert Kessler
What is a Facelift?
A Facelift, also known as a Rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance by eliminating the lax skin, heavy jowls, and sagging neck tissue that come with age.
How is a Facelift performed?
Dr. Kessler will begin the Facelift procedure by making a thin incision at the hairline, immediately above the temples. This will extend within the contour of the ear ending in the hairline behind the ears. From here, Dr. Kessler will lift and reshape the tissues of the face, providing a more youthful appearance.
Who is a good candidate for a Facelift?
The ideal candidate for a Facelift will be a man or woman, in generally good health, frustrated by the loss of skin elasticity that occurs with aging.
Where is the Facelift procedure performed?
Dr. Kessler performs his Facelift procedures at the nearby Star Point surgery Center, or at a local accredited hospital. To increase a patient’s comfort level, an overnight stay is recommended for the more invasive Facelift procedures.
What type of anesthesia is used during a Facelift?
The Facelift procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
How long does a Facelift take?
Depending on the type of Facelift, and extent of correction, the procedure will take between four and six hours to complete.
What can I expect from the Facelift recovery?
Patients should expect the recovery after a Facelift to take about two weeks.* Initially, swelling and bruising will occur, although most of this will diminish over one to two weeks.* Temporary numbness may be noticeable, as well.* Minor discomfort may be experienced at first, but Dr. Kessler will prescribe appropriate pain medications to keep patients resting comfortably at home. If drain tubes are used, these will be removed after the first few days. On the fifth to tenth day after a Facelift, Dr. Kessler will remove a patient’s stitches.* At this visit, he will also evaluate the healing process.
When can I return to work after a Facelift?
Generally, patients feel and look well enough to return to work 10-14 days after their Rhytidectomy procedure.* Strenuous activities should be postponed for the fist four to six weeks.*
Will there be scarring after my Facelift procedure?
The Facelift procedure does result in visible scarring. These will be well concealed within the natural hairline, though, thus making the scars almost unnoticeable.*
What are the risks associated with a Facelift?
Modern Facelift techniques used at Kessler Cosmetic Surgery make the procedure safe and efficient. Since it is a surgical procedure, there are still risks involved. These can include excessive bleeding, infection, delayed wound healing, and nerve injury.*
Can I finance my Facelift?
Patients have the option to pay with cash, all major credit cards, or with medical financing through CareCredit. At your consultation with Dr. Kessler, the exact cost of your Facelift procedure will be discussed, as well as all available payment options.
*Your Results May Vary