ABOUT FACELIFT SURGERY
Our skilled team of plastic surgeons performs a full library of cosmetic facial surgery procedures at our Tacoma, WA practice. One of the most common of these surgeries offered at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa is a facelift. This treatment concentrates on precise sections of the face to address loose skin. Removing this excess skin can provide patients with an overall smoother, more youthful appearance. Depending on your aesthetic goals, a facelift can focus on the areas around the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom section, including the jowls, mouth, neck, and more for an all-around fresher look. The type of facelift you receive will depend on your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, your lifestyle, and age, as well as other factors. Some men and women desire a full facelift while others may only need a mid-face lift. Each of our surgeons is experienced and possess a complete understanding of the anatomy and complex intricacies of facelift surgery. Using their knowledge, they will work with you closely to design the facelift procedure program that will allow you to achieve your ideal outcome. The ultimate objective of this surgery is to create a natural look that's both smooth and appealing.
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Facelift surgeries are performed to reposition the soft tissues of the mid/lower face and neck. Ideal candidates for this procedure are those who often find themselves bothered by noticeable facial wrinkles and lines. These can be present on the entire face or a specific section, such as the mid-face and lower face. Facelift surgery can address various sections, depending on the signs of aging. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily determine the right timing to have a facelift. There are many concerns unique to you and your body that can play a part. To address these, there are numerous lift types that can be performed. The ideal treatment will vary for patients who are in their 40s versus those who are over 60, as these patients often have different needs. Skin laxity is one of the most important components in the surgery planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health and refrain from smoking. Just as well, you should have realistic expectations for your outcome.
Regardless of your aesthetic concerns, there are numerous surgical techniques to consider. Some facelifts treat the upper portion of the face while others focus on the middle and lower. Moreover, certain methodologies are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for patients to have a brow lift, fillers, or BOTOX to complement their outcomes. A few of the more common facelift techniques include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift usually places an incision near the hairline. From there, it extends down to the temple region and ultimately reaches the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are delicately pulled and securely tightened to produce a lifted appearance, which diminishes excessive wrinkles and sagging. A full facelift is reserved for patients who show signs of advanced aging. With this lift, several procedures may be combined, including an eyelid lift to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
Incorporating a similar method to the mini lift, the cheek lift (known as a mid-facelift) focuses on the droopy features around the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works great for those who desire improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face, including the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
A lower facelift addresses the neck region and chin, and in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods, such as Kybella or laser skin tightening, can also be used for chin reduction to attain a younger-looking neck.
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a tiny incision is made around the ears to elevate the skin, which helps the mouth and jawline. This technique creates subtle improvements that look natural.
This procedure is usually performed with the patient asleep under a general anesthetic and typically takes about 4 – 5 hours, depending on the method used.
WHAT TO EXPECT
After surgery, you will be monitored before you are released to go home with a responsible adult. Before your surgery, your surgeon or a member of our team will plan your follow-up appointments and give you tips to help you heal properly. You should expect to have bruising, swelling, possible drainage, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped by taking prescription pain medication. You should look and feel normal after about a month. Once a facelift has been performed, you will continue to age at a normal rate. However, the effects of your procedure will grant you a more youthful, rested, and refreshed appearance.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used. During your consultation, you and your surgeon will develop your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once this is established, we can discuss cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural and tight, it's best to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like those at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa. To ensure that your expert care is affordable, a member of our team can help you find low-interest financing and talk you through our payment plan processes.
Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, the areas being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, we will explain the different technique options during your consultation. From there, we will give you our input to help choose which technique is suitable for your needs.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
While there are many nonsurgical skin tightening procedures on the market today, these produce mild improvements in comparison to a surgical treatment. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a traditional facelift would typically be the best choice to enhance your appearance. During your consultation, we will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you choose what is best for your goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like Juvéderm and BOTOX, have become very popular alternatives to refresh one's overall features. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments usually help with early signs of aging, but the results are temporary and require touch-ups over time. In comparison to injectables, a traditional facelift can produce more dramatic and longer-lasting improvements. If you're interested in nonsurgical solutions or complementary rejuvenation treatments, ask us about injectable options during your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Many patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they've lived a wind tunnel. Our team focuses on giving you a natural-looking result so you look refreshed rather than artificial. Your surgeon will listen to your needs and goals before developing your personal treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.
THE RIGHT FACELIFT FOR YOU
A facelift treatment can take years off of your appearance and provide you with a fresher look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your individual concerns and goals. This procedure is designed to help you look younger but still natural. To hear more about this treatment, we invite you to contact Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa in Tacoma, WA and set up your consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons.