Facelifts are one of the oldest and most popular plastic surgery procedures. Surgeons have been performing facelift procedures since the 1920s; though they were more similar to a mini-facelift than what we would think of as a standard facelift today. Advancements in techniques and technology provide lasting results for a younger looking you.
All facelifts share the goal of helping you look younger. As you age, your face begins to droop or sag as your skin loses elasticity. Facelifts can turn back the hands of time by tightening your skin. Fat is often added during the Facelift for overall facial rejuvenation. This removes wrinkles and takes years of age off your face. Some patients ask how long the results of a facelift will last. It doesn’t have a set duration and the patient will always look younger than if they never had the procedure at all. A better way to think of it is, you will continue aging at a normal rate, except you will go back to a younger starting point.
People often ask what age is the right age to have a facelift performed. This answer depends on your goals. Some people in their 40s who want to prevent any signs of aging choose to have a facelift. Other times people in their 60s who are interested in reversing signs of aging have the procedure done. It is most common that patients wait until they look “old” and use a facelift for restorative purposes.
A necklift is always included in a standard facelift. This procedure pulls skin tight around the neck and ears giving you a lifted look starting above your clavicle. A second procedure we often recommend with a facelift is a fat transfer to the face. As you age, the volume of your face will begin to decrease. A fat transfer will help restore a youthful plumpness to the face as well as preventing a stretched or fake look after the surgery. It is also a natural way to replace lost collagen or elastin to your skin.
A mini-facelift produces similar results as a standard facelift on a smaller scale. It only focus on the cheek and lower eyelid area. The procedure is aimed at reestablishing facial balance. Often times, younger candidates such as people in their 30s or 40s choose to have this procedure done. Like a standard facelift, it can go hand in hand with a fat transfer to the face.
It is important to have realistic goals as you begin the process of considering a facelift. A facelift can make you look younger. But, the texture of your skin is not changed during a facelift procedure. It also does not correct ageing eyelids or the forehead area. Those areas can all be corrected with other procedures such as a browlift or eyelid enhancement. The cheeks, neck, and jowl areas of the face will be improved by the facelift. It is very important for you to look natural after you facelift, so a few wrinkles may be left to avoid your face from looking stretched or too tight.
Another important factor to consider while researching if a facelift is right for you is finding a surgeon that has a long history of successful facelift procedures. In 2013, Dr. Smith performed 72% more facelift procedures than the industry average. Smith Surgery is one of the premier and most up-to-date plastic surgery facilities in Las Vegas. By scrolling through this Before and After Gallery, you see evidence of Dr. Smith’s artistic ability and successful results.
Dr. Smith’s goal is to ensure that every patient walks away from his or her procedure feeling satisfied and confident. He knows that each patient is unique. That’s why he stresses the value of consultations and answering all of your questions to make sure you feel comfortable with your decision to have any surgery. To learn more about getting the most out of your consultation, read this blog article.
A facelift has a fairly pain-free recovery. Noticeable swelling and bruising usually goes away 10 days after the procedure. In the meantime, incisions can easily be hidden by hair. You can return to work less than a week after the procedure, though some bruising will be visible. Normal exercise routines can be continued 4 weeks after the surgery. To learn more about recovery time, the facelift procedure, and if you are a good candidate, please contact us here.