When fillers, neurotoxins, and skincare routines are not providing you with the youthful results that you want, it might be time to consider facelift surgery. Many people are not aware that neurotoxins, like Botox and Dysport, and filler, like Juvederm and Teoxane, are not meant to lift your skin. Thru these products, you can achieve wrinkle reduction and volume restoration respectively, but these will not address skin laxity in a predominant manner. A facelift procedure will eliminate the skin that is lax and give a youthful lift by restoring firmness, volume, and smoothness to the skin. This procedure is customized for each patient and provides natural results. When considering a facelift, a common concern many people have is whether or not they will look like themselves. Rest assured; a facelift should not dramatically alter your appearance. Instead, it should restore your natural youthful look.
Beneath the surface of your skin are networks of tissue, collagen, and elastin. These structures work together to support the weight of fat and muscle. They are flexible, which means that they can stretch and, unfortunately, cause sagging of the skin over time. Additionally, as we age, the skin loses elasticity and does not snap back into place as it once did.
Some of the most common complaints that men and women have about their appearance as they age include:
• Loose or drooping skin on the face, jawline, and neck
• Fat deposits in your jaw, known as jowls
• Double chin
• Sagging, hollow or sunken cheeks
• Deep creases and facial folds throughout your face
A facelift corrects these concerns by tightening the layers of skin at and beneath the surface. To achieve this, the doctor makes small incisions in areas that are hard to see beginning in the hairline at the temples and continuing around the ears depending on the choice of a facelift. Choices include a traditional facelift or limited incision facelift. A neck lift may be performed at the same time to ensure that the texture of the skin in that area matches that of the face. In any case, the layers of skin, tissue, and fascia are lifted, and fat may be redistributed to enhance the natural contours of the face.
A facelift is about a four-hour procedure in an outpatient setting. If additional treatments are incorporated into the procedure, this may increase the time. After the facelift, you may feel groggy and tired and, therefore, you will be asked in advance to choose a caregiver to drive you home and be available to support you for the first 24 hours. The Sculpt team will provide you with instructions for minimizing discomfort and maximizing results.
With proper care and rest, you can typically resume work after the second week, depending on the type of work you perform. This can be assessed at the time of your consultation and will be re-assessed at your follow-up appointments. Typically, the results of a facelift will be especially noticeable after the initial healing period of 6 weeks.
There is no exact age for a facelift and much of this is determined by genetics and life factors, however, facelifts can start to be performed for patients as early as their 40s and are most common in their 50s, and 60s. There is a trend now towards earlier facelifts because they can be less invasive and are thought to be somewhat preventative of larger more extensive surgery. These can sometimes be referred to as mini facelifts.
One of the first signs of facial and neck aging are wrinkles that do not disappear with neurotoxins and loss of volume in the face with which fillers are no longer helpful. The fillers can even start to make you look puffy. Additionally, sagging skin or loss of elasticity combined with the above is usually an indication that a facelift would be helpful.
To determine if you are a candidate for this facial rejuvenation procedure, schedule a consultation with Sculpt Aesthetic Center. During this time, your areas of concerns and your goals are discussed and you will receive a tailored plan specific to you and your needs.