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Facelift

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.

Facelift

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About Facelift Surgery

A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate the appearance of the face and neck. It involves removing excess skin, tightening underlying muscles, and repositioning facial tissues to create a smoother, firmer, and more youthful look. Facelifts can address sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and loss of facial volume, helping individuals regain their confidence and achieve a refreshed, natural, youthful facial appearance. These procedures are customized to meet each patient’s unique needs and aesthetic goals.

Even though your skin will continue to mature as you age, a facelift can turn back the clock 10 to 15 years. This means fewer wrinkles, less drooping skin, and a firmer skin appearance for you. We can address specific areas of your face or target all the concerning areas of the upper, mid, and/or lower face for a more youthful, revitalized appearance. We thoroughly assess your facial skin and profile to build a customized treatment plan for you.

Facelift Treats:

  • 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

Best Candidates

  • You have noticeable sagging skin on your face and neck.
  • You’ve developed deep wrinkles and lines that bother you.
  • You’ve experienced a loss of facial contours and youthful definition.
  • You have loose and hanging skin on your neck.
  • You wish to address visible signs of aging in the lower face and neck area.
  • You are in good overall health and don’t have medical conditions that could hinder surgery.
  • You have realistic expectations for the outcomes of the procedure.
  • You are willing to follow your surgeon’s pre and post-operative instructions diligently.
  • You are a non-smoker or can commit to quitting smoking before and after the surgery.
  • You are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prolong the results of the facelift.

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.

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Types of Facelift Surgery

Overview

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

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.

SMAS Facelift

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 Consultation

During your facelift consultation, you will meet with our skilled plastic surgeon to discuss your specific goals and assess your candidacy for the procedure. The surgeon will examine your face and neck, inquire about your medical history, and evaluate your overall health. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and express your desired outcomes. Together, you and the surgeon will develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your objectives, ensuring a tailored and effective approach to your facelift.

Facelift Pre & Post-Op Guidelines

Preparation Guidelines:

  • Arrange a consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss your goals.
  • Adhere to any pre-operative instructions provided by your surgeon.
  • Plan for someone to drive you to and from the surgical facility on the day of the procedure.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day of the surgery, preferably with front-button shirts.
  • Arrange for assistance during the initial days of recovery to help with daily tasks.
  • Fill any prescribed medications before the surgery to have them available during recovery.
  • Ensure your home is set up for a comfortable and safe recovery.

Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Allow yourself ample time to rest and recuperate following the facelift procedure.
  • Strictly adhere to the surgeon’s post-operative instructions, including wound care.
  • Sleep with your head elevated to minimize swelling and discomfort.
  • Refrain from vigorous physical activities and lifting heavy objects for a few weeks.
  • Maintain proper hydration to support healing.
  • Keep an eye out for any unusual symptoms, such as excessive swelling or bleeding.
  • Consume a nutritious diet to aid in the healing process.
  • Shield your face from direct sunlight and apply sunscreen as directed.
  • Keep scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress.

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.

Facelift FAQs

Is a facelift permanent, or will I need additional treatments in the future?

While a facelift can provide long-lasting results, it does not stop the natural aging process. Over time, you may notice some gradual changes. However, the effects of a facelift are long-lasting, and you can maintain your youthful appearance with a healthy lifestyle and occasional nonsurgical treatments if desired.

What is the typical recovery time for a facelift?

Recovery time varies among individuals but generally ranges from two to three weeks for most daily activities. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks to ensure proper healing. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions.

Are there any risks or complications associated with facelift surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, facelifts come with some risks and potential complications. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, nerve injury, and unfavorable cosmetic outcomes. However, choosing an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon can reduce these risks.

Will a facelift leave noticeable scars?

Facelift incisions are strategically placed to minimize visible scarring. Over time, these scars typically fade and become less noticeable. Your surgeon will discuss the incision locations and provide guidance on scar management.

Can I combine a facelift with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, many individuals combine a facelift with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift, or fillers for comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Your surgeon can help you determine the best combination of treatments to achieve your desired look.

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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.

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