We all strive to look younger and healthier. If you have exhausted all your efforts to rejuvenate your skin with laser skin treatments, facials, chemical peels, and cosmetic injections, it may be time to seek a facelift consultation for your maturing skin. There are many facelift options, and one of our experienced plastic surgeons in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach will select the most appropriate facelift technique for you.
How Your Face Ages Over Time
Our faces undergo a multifaceted aging process influenced by genetics, hormones, sun exposure, and other factors. As time passes, the natural depletion of collagen and elastin results in the development of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Facelifts provide a transformative solution to counteract these signs of aging by addressing concerns such as excess skin, muscle laxity, and fat redistribution. In modern facelift procedures, the focus goes beyond the skin surface, targeting the underlying layers of the face, specifically the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system). This layer is strategically lifted and repositioned to restore a more youthful appearance. Contemporary facelift procedures frequently combine laser and other surface skin treatments with the repositioning of underlying tissue, presenting a holistic strategy for facial rejuvenation.
- Sagging skin
- Deep wrinkles and lines
- Loss of facial contours
- Jowls and double chin
- Excess facial fat
- Loose neck skin
- Aging signs on the lower face and neck
You Might Be The Right Candidate For A Facelift If:
While facelifts are generally reserved for older adults, the common age range for patients is between 50 to 70. Younger patients may opt for a brow lift, a neck lift, or a mid-facelift before considering a full facelift. Additionally, numerous nonsurgical procedures, such as Botox®, fillers, laser treatments, and skin tightening, can help delay needing surgery.
If your skin laxity is in poor condition, if you are older in age, and have droopy features that a nonsurgical approach cannot treat, it is safe to say that a facelift may be a suitable procedure for you. On average, a facelift will allow you to look 10 to 15 years younger. Please consult our board-certified surgeons for a thorough evaluation to determine your candidacy.
Types of Facelift Surgery
Today’s facelift surgeries are much different than in the past. There are numerous techniques used, depending on the age of the patient, the condition of the skin, and amount of laxity. Some techniques address the skin’s surface only, while others go deeper into the underlying tissues. In addition, a full facelift will address the entire face, while a forehead lift, cheek lift, or neck lift, addresses the top, middle, and/or bottom sections alone.
Cutaneous facelift, also known as a skin-only facelift, is less invasive because it addresses the skin only. The recovery is much quicker, and the results are a bit more subtle than those of some of the other more invasive facelift procedures. Scarring is minimal as it is placed in the hairline just near the temple. This particular facelift offers the lowest risk to patients.
The SMAS facelift goes beneath the superficial layer of skin and manipulates a group of muscles known as the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). This surgery offers more dramatic results and involves a longer recovery period. The incision is placed along the hairline from behind the earlobe to the temple so the skin can be separated and lifted. Once the facial structures are in their new position, sutures are used to tighten and secure the skin.
Deep Plane Facelift
The deep plane facelift is appropriate for older patients with severe sagging and drooping. Facial cosmetic surgeons experienced in facelift surgery can create natural results even though this is the most invasive of all facelift procedures. This procedure goes deeper than the other approaches and adjusts the tissues and muscles to address deeper wrinkles and facial creases. Loose skin is removed and pulled tight gently for a rejuvenated appearance.
Your Facelift Recovery Process
After your facelift, you’ll likely experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. This is normal and can be managed with prescribed pain medication. It’s crucial to keep your head elevated when sleeping to minimize swelling. As the days pass, you’ll notice gradual improvements. Most patients can return to light activities within a week or two, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks. During this time, your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and provide guidance.
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Inspire Aesthetics, led by board-certified plastic surgeons, is your premier destination for top-tier plastic surgery procedures. Our practice is dedicated to ensuring your safety, providing expert care, and delivering remarkable results tailored to your unique needs. If you’re ready to rejuvenate your appearance and explore the possibilities of a facelift, trust Inspire Aesthetics to guide you on your journey. We offer remarkable results inspired by you.