Our face is the first thing people see and generates long lasting impressions with those with whom we interact. Unwanted wrinkles, creases, and sagging skin can give an illusion of an older appearance and fatigue. Many patients seek a facelift procedure because they feel the person they see in the mirror does not reflect their true age and vibrancy.
Over time, the facial skin deteriorates due to sun exposure, gravity, genetics, daily stress, and environmental factors such as smoking. The end result is deep wrinkles, loss of facial fullness, and skin sagging. While skin care and minimally invasive procedures like Botox®, Juvederm®, and Restylane® can provide some localized, temporary improvement, patients with widespread changes of aging and sun damage will benefit from a full face and neck lift.
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Many women and increasing numbers of men are considering a facelift to reverse the signs of gravity, sun, and time. Benefits of facelift/neck lift include the following:
- Restoring a more youthful look to the middle face by restoring volume and turning a square, boxy face into a more angled, youthful, heart-shaped face
- Eliminating jowls around the mouth
- Provide a sharper, more sculpted jaw line
- Removing a turkey neck or double chin
Modern facelift surgery manipulates the underlying supporting tissue (SMAS) for longer lasting support, while allowing the skin to be excised without undue tension. The net result is a more youthful, natural look, rather than an operated look. Additionally, the state of the art facelift of today strives to identify and reverse the natural changes of aging. The vast majority of patients will benefit from fat grafting to the middle face and regions near the eyes. This helps to restore volume loss over time and build up the cheeks to restore a more youthful, heart-shaped appearance.
Traditional Facelift Incision:
In some cases, it may be appropriate to combine other procedures such as a brow lift or blepharoplasty for optimal facial rejuvenation.
Activity restrictions (no cardio, heavy lifting, etc.) are in effect for about 3-4 weeks. Most patients can return to work within 7-10 days. Patients do not complain of significant pain with a facelift/neck lift. There is some bruising that takes 10-14 days to resolve and swelling that may persist up to 3 months (however, the majority is gone within a few weeks).
What's the difference between a facelift and neck lift?
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Will a facelift improve my whole face?
What can I do to improve my appearance without surgery?
Are facelifts painful?
How long will my facelift last? Will I require another one in the future?
What about scars?
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What can I do to prolong my results?
Good sun protection is especially important for optimal scar healing. Prolonged sun exposure increases and prolongs scar redness. Regular sunscreen use will also help maintain healthy skin, decrease the presence of fine lines, and decrease your risk of skin cancer.
A good skin care regimen including gentle cleansing, moisturizing, sun screen, and retinoid use is very helpful for maintaining a healthy skin appearance while minimizing fine lines. Topical antioxidants and a healthy diet are also very helpful.
Smoking has a significant impact on wound healing and accelerates facial aging. Nicotine causes restricted blood flow which results in wound infections, open wounds, and bad scars. It also causes premature ageing and a sallow, discolored appearance. Best to quit smoking one month before and after surgery, and even better for your health to discontinue entirely. This applies to all nicotine products including chewing tobacco, vape cigarettes with nicotine, and nicotine patches/gums.
Dr. Steele will recommend topical scar therapy (downloadable scar instructions) postoperatively for optimal scar healing.