Patients in Beverly Hills, CA want to know what a facelift is, how it’s done, and what to expect
For patients in and around Beverly Hills, CA, Dr. Dennis Dass offers a range of cosmetic procedures to help patients look and feel more youthful. With age, gravity starts to take effect. The skin tone and texture change. You may be plagued by fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, or excess skin. If you are considering procedures to turn back the hands of time, you may be wondering what a facelift is, how it’s done, and what to expect.
What is a facelift?
With age comes the loss of volume and youthful facial contours and the additional loose, excess skin. Gravity, genetics, stress, and other environmental factors can play a role in the skin’s appearance. A facelift may be a possibility for anyone who wants to take a few years off his/her appearance. The desire to look more youthful may stem from personal or professional reasons. Also called rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve the visible signs of aging. A facelift may be recommended to address one of the following issues:
- Extra or loose skin on the face or neck
- Deep lines along the nasolabial folds
- Loss of fat or volume in the face
When a facelift is done, the skin is tightened giving the patient significant improvement in the loose, sagging skin and weak muscles of the face. A facelift enhances the overall facial aesthetic. The skin and fat on the cheeks, lower face, and jawline are addressed. Patients notice an immediate, dramatic reduction of the signs of aging. The results are long-lasting, and patients look years younger.
How a facelift is performed
Patients considering cosmetic or anti-aging treatments should schedule a consultation with Dr. Dass. This appointment is necessary to determine the patient’s areas of concern, current and past medical history, and goals from the procedure. Dr. Dass can evaluate the patient, examine the areas of the face, and take photographs to determine an appropriate treatment plan. Potential procedures are discussed including the anticipated outcomes, benefits, risks, and anesthesia involved.
A facelift is a highly individualized procedure. The surgery can be modified depending on a patient’s needs. Depending on the areas of the face that need to be addressed, a mini facelift or full facelift may be performed. While some patients may only require a single procedure, others may benefit from the addition of liposuction to remove excess fat under the chin. A neck lift may be added in for patients who have excess skin around the chin, jawline, and jowls. A single procedure or a combination may be necessary to create a smoother, more defined jaw and neck.
Additionally, other facial procedures can be combined with a facelift for a more complete look. A brow lift lifts the brows and smooths the forehead area completing the overall facial aesthetic. Eyelid surgery addresses sagging or loose skin around the eyes. This helps patients look more awake and refreshed. Botox, fillers, or skin resurfacing may be recommended to smooth the skin adding to a more youthful appearance.
The procedure itself is performed in an accredited surgical facility to ensure optimal health and safety standards. General anesthesia is used during the surgery. Once the patient has been prepped, Dr. Dass uses precise, experienced surgical skills place the necessary incisions. Incisions are precisely placed in a manner that minimizes and conceals scarring. A traditional facelift uses an incision along the hairline starting at the temple, moving around the ear, and ending at the lower scalp. An incision under the chin may be made if there is extra skin on the chin and neck. For a mini facelift, a shorter incision from the temple to the ear is used. An incision around the ear and lower scalp is used for a neck lift.
Following the incisions, fat can be sculpted, and underlying muscle and tissue can be repositioned. The skin is then pulled and redraped over the newly contoured face as excess skin is excised. Finally, the surgeon closes the incisions using sutures or adhesives.
What to expect
It is important for patients to have a positive outlook and a commitment to post-operative care to achieve the best possible surgical outcome. Immediately following the procedure, the face is wrapped in bandages. This pressure helps reduce bruising and swelling. A drain may be placed to remove excess blood and fluid. Patients should follow the surgeon’s orders after surgery for the best results and to reduce complications. Most bruising and swelling should subside within 10-14 days and full results, meaning a face that feels “normal” and looks refreshed, generally occur within 2-3 months. The surgical team provides post care instructions, but do not hesitate to ask if there are specific questions about recovery.
The goal of a facelift and its combined procedures is to help you look youthful yet have a natural appearance. It does not stop the aging process but gives it a fresh, new starting point. Maintaining a good skincare regimen following the operation keeps you looking youthful and keeps your skin healthy. Prolonging the health of your skin allows you to reap the benefits of your facelift even longer. For qualified candidates, the advantage of a facelift includes the following:
- With a single surgery, many facial imperfections including lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin can be addressed.
- Areas of the face and neck can be contoured and adjusted at the same time.
- Additional procedures can be performed with facelift surgery to balance your facial needs. It can be a comprehensive surgery to balance the upper, middle, and lower parts of the face.
- Unlike non-surgical treatments that require multiple treatments to maintain or to achieve the desired results, the results of a facelift last for years.
- Patients look younger, refreshed, and rejuvenated after the procedure.
- Laser treatments, dermal fillers, and facial peels can be used to maintain the longevity of a facelift.