With time, your skin loses its natural elasticity and begins to sag and stretch. This causes wrinkles, facial folds, jowls and extra neck skin to appear. A facelift is often the perfect solution. Dr. Price uses modern approaches to help you look as young as you feel.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift is the treatment of choice for patients who have moderate to severe signs of sagging skin in the face and the neck. It is an outpatient procedure, in which your surgeon removes excess skin, tightens sagging muscle layers, and re-drapes the facial skin at a more youthful, higher level.
What Can a Facelift Treat?
Dr. Price recommends facelifts for his patients to address various visible signs of facial aging. These signs of aging are due to excess, saggy skin and fat around the neck. Such unwanted signs include:
- Sagging skin
- Facial jowls
- Double chins
Also known as rhytidectomy, there are different types of facelifts, including:
- Full facelift. This type of facelift improves the signs of aging in the cheek area, jaw line, and the neck. This procedure may also be combined with other surgical procedures such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery to enhance results.
- Celebrity facelift. Also known as a “mini lift,” this type of facelift requires minimal downtime (as short as three days) and involves shorter incisions. It is most appropriate for signs of aging at the jawline or above, and is not as completely effective for neck problems as a full facelift. It can be performed with the use of local anesthesia to promote patient comfort. Because it is a less invasive approach, the chances of side effects are also lower. Just like a full facelift, a celebrity facelift can be performed together with other forms of rejuvenation treatments such as injectable fillers, laser treatments, and eyelid surgery.
Dr. Price usually performs facelifts while the patient is under intravenous sedation. Dr. Price most commonly performs the procedure in his private, fully-licensed operating room. After sedation, Dr. Price will create an incision to begin the procedure. In a traditional facelift, the incision usually begins at the temples along the hairline, continues around the ears, and ends in the hairline behind the ear. Liposuction of the face and neck is then performed as needed. Dr. Price will reposition and lift the underlying tissue, typically the deeper layers and muscles of the face. Excess skin is then trimmed and the skin is draped back over the newly-formed contour. A second incision under the chin is also possible for patients plagued with a visibly aging neck. The goal of the procedure is to restore a more youthful, but natural look to the face.
Facelift Surgery Incisions
The procedure concludes by suturing the incision or applying skin adhesives. Dr. Price makes it a point to place the incisions in inconspicuous areas so that they are easily concealed by the natural contours of the face and the hairline of the patient.
A “celebrity” or mini lift involves a much shorter incision, and less work under the skin, minimizing bruising and recovery time. The deeper tissues are still tightened however, and great importance is attached to a “natural” look.
Are There Scars That Result from a Facelift?
Any surgery involves some scaring, but Dr. Price makes it a point to place the incisions in inconspicuous areas so that they are easily concealed by the natural contours of the face and the hairline of the patient.
Recovery from a facelift takes many forms. Physical recovery. Social Recovery. Recovery of sensation. Because it is your face, the interruption in social activities is often the hardest part of the recovery. The amount of time it will take for you to get back to a relatively normal routine after your facelift is about two weeks. Physical activity is limited the first two weeks to walking at a relaxed pace, while lifting, pushing or straining should be avoided for two full weeks. Most patients will feel comfortable with makeup in social situations after two weeks.
How Long Will the Effects of a Facelift Last vs. The Effects of Fillers?
The results of a facelift will last for years, but its longevity depends on skin quality, significant weight changes and environmental factors such as sun exposure. Depending on the type of filler, the effects can last anywhere from six months to two years. Fillers are temporary solutions for adding volume to the skin, and while fillers are not interchangeable with facelifts, they can be complementary.
Risks of Facelift Surgery
Facelifts are safe if performed by a well-trained physician competent in evaluation, judgment and surgical technique, such as Dr. Price. Like any surgery, facelift procedures carry some risk. Dr. Price will want to review these with you in detail. Fortunately, serious problems are rare, and these risks can be reduced by following our pre and post operative instructions carefully.