The face lift is one of the most sought after plastic surgery procedures today. A growing number of people who are unhappy with the signs of aging on their face are opting for face lift because of its highly effective and long lasting results. Over the years, the surgical techniques employed to perform this procedure have improved vastly, leading to safer and very impressive results.
Dr. Lane Smith is one of the top plastic surgeons for face lift, having performed a large number of face lift procedures in Las Vegas, NV and other nearby areas over the last several years. Dr. Smith is a board certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is the 1994 recipient of Jack Anderson Award for Scholastic Excellence given by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Today he is a well-known name in adult aesthetic and reconstructive surgery in NV.
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Do You Need A Facelift?
Before you decide on a face lift surgery, it is important to determine whether you really need a face lift. You should have adequate health and your facial skin should ideally have at least some elasticity in order to achieve the best results from this procedure. You do not need a face lift if you have uneven skin color, sun damage, or minor lines and superficial wrinkles on your face. Face lift is also not going to alter any bone related deformity or discrepancy on your face, for which you may have to opt for other plastic surgery procedures.
You should consider face lift in Las Vegas at Dr. Smith’s state of the art, fully accredited surgical facility, if you are unhappy with one or more of the following signs:
- Loose or hanging facial skin
- Drooping cheeks
- Deep creased underneath your lower eyelids
- Sharp lines around your lower lip and chin
- Loose skin hanging from your jowls
- Loose skin or excess fat in your neck
- Sagging midface
Dr. Smith’s Plastic Surgery Institute in Las Vegas is an ideal facility to have a face lift procedure performed for patients in the region. The procedure may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the circumstances of a particular case. The surgeon may apply different techniques to reposition facial and neck tissue and remove excess facial skin, depending on the facial structure and the patient’s specific needs. The location of incisions will depend on the choice of the surgical technique used.
Traditional Face Lift
This technique involves a major incision in your hairline beginning at the temple, and continuing up to the front of the ears. The incision ends behind the ears in the lower part of your scalp. An additional incision may be made underneath the chin, in case you also need a neck lift. An experienced plastic surgeon will make the incision in such a way that the resulting scar remains concealed as far as possible.
Partial Face Lift
Partial or limited incision face lift involves multiple short incisions that begin at the hairline and continue down up to the front of your ears. The procedure may also include minor incisions under the upper lip and around the lower eyelids, depending on the patient’s needs. This technique is more useful in cases where the patient does not need a very extensive or highly invasive face lift procedure.
A neck lift is usually combined with a face lift so that there is no discrepancy in the aging signs revealed in the face and the neck. This technique will involve an incision beginning in front of the earlobes and continuing behind the ears in the lower part of your scalp.
Once the necessary incisions have been made, the surgeon will sculpt the face by redistributing excess fat from the face, neck or jowls as well as redistributing the underlying tissue. Excess fat and skin may also be removed to ensure skin tightening. Once the contouring is completed, the surgeon will re-drape the skin over the new contours, and stitch up the incisions. The entire procedure may take anywhere between three to four hours on average, but if it involves other cosmetic procedures, the time taken may be longer.
You can expect to experience minor pain, swelling, and bruising for the first few days following a face lift. The discomfort may last for two to four weeks, depending on the extent of surgery performed and the healing ability of an individual. Within the first few days, most patients start feeling terrific and upbeat and have clearly improved comfort levels.
Bandages will have to remain in place on the affected areas of your face for the first few days. Stitches may be removed within seven to 10 days after the procedure. Full effects of the surgery may become established over a period of several months, and you can expect to enjoy a more youthful facial appearance for at least five to ten years.
If the face lift procedure is performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon specializing in face lifts, the risks are minimized. In any case, a face lift is a less invasive surgery compared to many other plastic surgery procedures. An experienced surgeon will adopt a conservative approach, and keep patient’s safety as the top priority during the treatment plan and the actual procedure.
Swelling and bruising are minor effects that follow a face lift. This usually does not require any special treatment, and the condition will subside on its own within a few weeks. Permanent scars from face lift incisions can be expected, but these are typically well-concealed by the hairline and natural creases on the face. Some patients may also experience minor loss of skin sensation in the cheeks, but it is a temporary condition.
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lane Smith, with his extensive training and experience in plastic and aesthetic surgery is one of the eminent face lift surgeons in Las Vegas, NV.