If you are concerned with facial wrinkles, loose skin, or other signs of aging, you may want to consider the benefits of a facelift. Also known as a rhytidectomy, a facelift is one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic surgery. It can improve the contours of your face and restore a healthy, youthful appearance. Because of individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from a facelift.
The face has some of the thinnest skin on the entire human body. It is also exposed to the sun and environmental damage all the time. Couple this with the decline in collagen production (collagen provides the skin’s structural support) that comes with aging and the result is sagging skin and lost volume. A facelift with Dr. Lipton can address these issues and take 10-15 years off your face.
What is a facelift?
The facelift, clinically known as rhytidectomy, is one of the earliest performed cosmetic surgeries. The first known facelifts were performed in the early part of the 20th century. The goal of a facelift is to remove excess sagging skin and reposition and tighten underlying muscle and tissue to firm and “lift” the skin contour. Facelifts target the lower two-thirds of the face, the jowls, and the neck.
Ideal candidate for Facelift Surgery
Most anyone over the age of 45 could benefit from a facelift. Much depends on how much sun exposure you’ve had, and what other factors such as smoking and stress have impacted your facial skin. These are characteristics Dr. Lipton looks for when a patient is considering a facelift:
- Mid-face sagging
- Deep nasolabial folds
- Deep creases under the eyes
- Fatty, loose areas below the cheekbones
- Banding, fatty tissue, and loose skin on the neck
What are the different facelift options?
New technology and methods allow Dr. Lipton to perform different types of facelifts depending on individual patient needs.
- Traditional facelift— This is also known as a full facelift and involves the largest degree of lifting and repositioning of the muscles and other involved tissues. Incisions begin at the temples on each side of the face, run down in front of the ears, wrap around the earlobes, and terminate in the hairline behind the ears. Excess skin is trimmed before being re-draped, and Dr. Lipton repositions most of the fat to avoid the patient acquiring a hollow look. If you have excessive sagging skin on your neck, a second incision may be made under the chin to allow Dr. Lipton to lift, tighten, and trim the skin and muscle of your neck.
- Mid-face lift— The target here is the mid-face, particularly the cheeks and the areas under the eyes. Mid-face lifts can correct deep nasolabial folds (creases running from the nose down to the corners of the mouth), reduce puffiness under the eyes, and improve the contour of the cheeks. For a mid-face lift, Dr. Lipton makes small incisions in the lower eyelids or the mouth. Limited-incision facelift— If you don’t have too much-sagging skin, this method can be a good option. This facelift provides limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth. Shorter incisions are made at the temples, around the ears, and possibly in the lower eyelids and/or under the upper lip.
- Neck lift— While not technically a facelift, neck lifts are often combined with a facelift to address sagging and banding on the patient’s neck. Incisions are made around the earlobe and behind the ear into the lower scalp. An additional incision may be made under the chin. The focus is the jowls and fat under the chin.
Does Facelift Treat brows and eyelids?
There is a misperception that a facelift covers the entire face. Actually, a facelift deals with the lower two-thirds of the face. The muscle and tissue anatomy on the brows and around the eyes is far different than the lower face. To address these other areas, patients often combine a brow lift and eyelid surgery with their facelift.
With facelifts, a good deal of tissue is lifted and repositioned, leading to tissue trauma, swelling, and bruising. After your surgery, your face will be wrapped in bandages and you will likely have drainage tubes in place. The first few days are not easy, but you’ll quickly improve from there. For the first week, you’ll need to sleep with your head elevated. Your skin will feel tight, as you would expect. With most facelifts, due to the tissue repositioning, there are usually some areas of numbness. This is normal and is the result of facial nerves needing to adjust to your re-draped skin. Most patients can return to work around the third week after their facelift surgery, possibly sooner for limited-incision facelifts.
When will I see my results?
There is swelling with any facelift. This will keep you from seeing your final results until the swelling decreases. It may be a few months before your swelling fully resolves. Also, swelling can come and go, especially later in the day.
How long will my results last?
The results of your facelift are permanent. Your face will look 10-15 years younger, and this will not change. You will, of course, continue to age, but you will age from a younger starting point. To keep up with this aging, many patients have a more limited procedure again in five to 10 years.
What will my scarring be like?
Most of your incisions are made within the hairline to keep visible scarring to a minimum. The techniques used and experience of Dr. Lipton will leave scars that heal well and become quite inconspicuous.
What are the risks with a facelift?
A facelift is a major surgery, and it includes the risks associated with surgery: bleeding, infection, hematoma, and the like. Beyond those general risks of surgery, facelifts can create a temporary loss of muscle function and sensation. The incision scars can thicken and widen, especially if recovery procedures are not followed. There can be hair loss at the incision sites within the hairline. These complications are rare, however, and facelifts are a very satisfying procedure for the vast majority of patients.
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For more information on Facelift and to learn if you would be a good candidate for this procedure, contact our office today at 972.420.0023 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves Lewisville and surrounding areas in Texas.