Do you notice the skin discolorations, wrinkles, sagging skin, and fine lines in your face when you look into the mirror? It is only natural for your skin to show signs of aging as you grow older. But if they bother you and affect you psychologically, you can choose to get rid of them through facelift surgery.
Facelift, medically termed rhytidectomy, is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure. In fact, approximately 230,000 facelift surgeries were performed in 2020 despite a pandemic going on.
While one of the oldest plastic surgery procedures, the approach to facelift has changed tremendously in the last decade. With a better understanding of facial aging and anatomy, facelift surgery creates a younger but natural-looking face by elevating and suspending facial tissue while removing extra skin.
In modern facelift, we avoid the old way of doing facelift which relied primarily and only on pooling the skin resulting in the exaggerated “joker” deformity of the face.
A facelift surgery lets you enjoy the following benefits:
Facelift surgery also has the following benefits to your overall well-being:
Despite the availability of minimally invasive rejuvenation treatments, a facelift is primarily a surgical procedure. Rejuvenation treatments can help delay the need for facelift surgery and enhance its effects, but they cannot give you the same results that only surgery can offer.
You are a good candidate for facelift surgery if:
Traditional facelifts utilize the surgical approach to reposition the sagging skin and muscles on the face and neck. During surgery, the plastic surgeon may pull the skin on the face to remove wrinkles and creases. The excess skin is trimmed away to make your face look tighter and younger.
This kind of facelift is ideal for older patients who:
This type of facelift is relatively new and doesn’t require surgery. The plastic surgeon only applies fillers and skin injections to increase cheek volume and contour the jawline. You can enjoy the results for up to 1 to 2 years.
Non-surgical facelift is ideal for younger patients who:
Since facelifts are a very personal procedure, don’t hesitate to ask questions that are causing you anxiety. Discuss your needs and goals with your plastic surgeon during your initial consultation, so he can advise you on the most suitable procedure that can achieve your desired results.
Based on your needs and goals, your surgeon may suggest a combination of procedures that can improve the outcome of a facelift, such as facial implants and wrinkle reduction techniques.
A facelift can also be combined with surgery of the eyelids and/or neck lift in the right patient. Ask your plastic surgeon if this can be a good option for you.
Once you’ve already decided to undergo a facelift, you may be asked to:
A facelift has 3 general steps:
You will be given anesthesia to make the procedure as comfortable and painless as possible.
The length and direction of the incisions depend on what you want to achieve.
The surgeon will close the incisions using an absorbable suture or surgical glue. The scarring will be minimal and concealed within the hairline.
After your facelift surgery in Coral Gables, your doctor will wrap your wounds with a bandage to help ease the swelling. Your surgeon may also place tubes to drain excess fluids.
Pain and discomfort in the surgical site are expected and normal after the surgery. To help you manage the pain, your plastic surgeon may prescribe pain-relievers.
Before you are allowed to go home, you will be given instructions on:
Recovery varies from patient to patient and can range from 2 to 4 weeks. You will begin to see the results once the swelling subsides.
If you want to get rid of the excess skin and sagging facial muscles, Revive Plastic Surgery and Anti-Aging Institute is here to help.
Our Coral Gables facelift expert, Dr. Morad Askari, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience in plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery. He has helped many patients feel more confident about themselves through individualized treatment plans and facelift surgeries.
We also offer the procedures and plastic surgeries, including:
And much more!