Facelift

The face and neck are among the first areas of the body to show obvious signs of aging. The sun, genetics, health issues, stress, weight fluctuations and certain lifestyle choices can lead to premature aging of the face and neck. To help restore youth and vitality to these areas, board-certified plastic surgeon Steven H. Turkeltaub, MD offers facelift surgery using state-of-the-art techniques.

Also known as a rhytidectomy, a facelift is performed to reverse the signs of aging and restore a more youthful appearance to the face. Dr. Turkeltaub’s aesthetic sensibilities allow him to improve the appearance of folds and creases around the mouth, jowls, and even the loose hanging skin and fat of the neck aiming for results that are more natural-looking. However, if wrinkles are the primary concern, treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, CO2 laser facial skin rejuvenation, dermabrasion, and chemical peels may be more suitable options.

Best Age for a Facelift

The development of facial lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, tissue laxity and numerous other aesthetic concerns are inevitable components of aging. However, due to factors such as one’s particular environment, genetics, hobbies and overall lifestyle, these cosmetic issues do not always manifest at the same point in time or to the same extent for every person. Furthermore, a growing percentage of the population is choosing to receive injectable treatments or to follow skin care regimens earlier in life which often helps to delay the desire and/or need for cosmetic surgery.

With this in mind, there is not a specific age that plastic surgeons consider to be “ideal” for undergoing a facelift. In actuality, facelift surgery may be an appropriate option for one 40-year-old while it might not be right for another patient who is also 40. This is true for individuals of all ages, including people in their 30s, 50s, 60s and beyond. However, the results are always better when skin elasticity is better as opposed to being extremely poor as a result of advanced sun damage or smoking.

Above all else, a person’s natural aging process, life experiences and aesthetic concerns/goals will determine the optimal timing for facelift surgery.

The Facelift Procedure

The facelift procedure involves the tightening, contouring, and repositioning of the skin and underlying tissues of the lower face and neck. The incisions in a facelift are placed in front of the ear and continue up into the scalp as well as behind the ear, extending back into the scalp. These incisions usually heal very well and generally are fairly inconspicuous.

A majority of patients who undergo a facelift choose to combine it with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as eyelid surgery and a forehead lift. The goal of a facelift is always to create a natural and harmonious look and avoid an over-operated and stretched “mask-like” appearance. Fat grafting is frequently indicated as well to allow for superior results.

If you are considering a facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedure, contact our office today. We can help you decide the best course of action in order to achieve optimal results. For further information about facelift surgery, please view our facelift FAQs (frequently asked questions).

Midface Lift

The midface lift is a facial rejuvenation procedure specifically designed to improve the appearance of the midsection of the face, roughly the area extending from below the eyelids down to the creases around the upper lip where prominent signs of aging can occur. The midface lift is potentially ideal for those who wish to achieve more subtle rejuvenation of the face and do not require the results that are possible with a full facelift.

A midface lift is often combined with blepharoplasty on the lower eyelids to produce an even more natural, revitalized appearance.

Recovery from a Facelift

Postoperative discomfort following facelift surgery is usually mild and well-tolerated. Some degree of bruising and/or swelling is common, though these side effects should resolve over time. The majority of individuals look and feel well enough to go out in public or return to work between one to two weeks, but patients should avoid all strenuous activity for a total of around three to four weeks postoperatively. This includes refraining from heavy lifting, vigorous exercise and sports because engaging in these types of activities too soon may inhibit proper healing, precipitate bleeding and compromise one’s outcome.

It may take several months or more for swelling to completely subside, at which time the results from surgery should be fully apparent. The incisions tend to become somewhat inconspicuous by six months to one year.

How Long Facelift Results Will Last

The longevity of facelift results will be influenced by several different factors including:

  • The surgical technique employed – Facelift methods that solely tighten skin do not usually yield results that last as long as techniques designed to lift and tighten both skin and underlying facial tissue.
  • The patient’s skin tissue quality – Younger, healthier skin that has not yet lost a substantial amount of elasticity generally has greater resiliency and often leads to more enduring results.
  • The patient’s unique lifestyle habits after the procedure – Consuming a balanced diet, protecting the skin from harmful UV rays, using hydrating/nourishing skin care products, avoiding smoking and living an overall healthy lifestyle can help extend the longevity of one’s results.
  • Stability of weight – Significant weight fluctuations are detrimental to the elasticity and quality of the skin leading to an acceleration of looseness.
  • Genetics
  • Health
  • Stress

Taking these variables into consideration, facelift surgery results may “last” approximately seven to ten years for the average patient. This doesn’t mean, though, that the initial postoperative results are maintained in their entirety for that period of time. Instead, what it means is that effects and improvements as a consequence of the procedure may still be seen up to that point in time. That being said, patients who have received a facelift will generally look younger in seven or ten years than they would if they had never undergone surgery in the first place.

Take Years Off Your Appearance with Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery can address skin laxity, sagging, and other aging signs of the face and neck leading to a more youthful appearance. To schedule a consultation to obtain further information about this procedure, please contact the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today.

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