Facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is a procedure designed to reduce the visible signs of aging in the face. It is a popular plastic and reconstructive surgery and has been shown to help people eliminate facial folds and wrinkles and rejuvenate the facial appearance.
At La Peer Health Systems, our facial plastic surgeons possess unparalleled facelift skills and expertise. Led by Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, a globally recognized facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and Dr. Carlo Honrado, a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, our team helps patients achieve a younger, healthier facial appearance.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift helps a person restore a youthful facial appearance. Although there is no stopping the natural aging process, facelift surgery enables a person to remove excess, sagging skin from the face. It also allows a person to smooth deep facial folds and lift and tighten deep facial tissues. As a result, a facelift helps an individual revitalize the facial appearance.
There are many facial issues that may lead a person to consider facelift surgery, and these include:
- Excess, sagging neck skin
- Muscle tone and skin elasticity loss
- Neck and face wrinkles
- Visible creases around the nose and mouth
- Tired facial appearance
It is important for a person to consult with an expert facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon prior to receiving a facelift treatment. A consultation enables an individual to learn about facelift surgery and determine whether this treatment can help him or her achieve the optimal facial rejuvenation results.
Facelift Before and After
The facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons at La Peer Health Systems have performed many facelift surgeries that have helped patients enhance their facial appearance. Check out our facelift before and after photos to see how some of our patients have reaped the benefits of facelift surgery.
A facelift involves the use of small incisions near the hairline, ear and lower scalp. After the incisions are made, tissues and fat deposits are separated, the skin is pulled and the facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon removes any excess skin or fat. Following a facelift procedure, the surgeon will wrap the patient’s head and face with bandages to decrease swelling and speed up the recovery cycle.
A mini facelift is a cosmetic procedure that corrects unsightly wrinkles and jowls, specifically in the lower portion of the face and results in a more youthful look. Yet, it accomplishes many of the goals of the traditional facelift. These facelifts are tailored to meet specific needs by focusing on trouble spots, and is a great option if you are looking to take five years off your face. The mini facelift requires less down time than a full-face lift and it’s a great alternative for those not wanting a long recovery, plus the price can be significantly lower than a full facelift.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh or Dr. Honrado, we’ll discuss the best surgical options to achieve your goals. Our facial plastic surgeons can also use advanced 3D imaging software to project images of your final results before ever undergoing surgery.
An endoscopic facelift, also known as a scarless facelift to many, is typically for those who do not have a large amount of skin that needs reshaping. The procedure involves using an endoscope to achieve facial rejuvenation and facial enhancements. The best candidates for an endoscopic facelift are people with moderate facial imperfections caused by excess fatty tissue and loosened facial muscles. Many patients who are good candidates for this procedure have sagging cheeks, visible lines around the nose, and thin, downturned lips, though they typically still have somewhat supple skin.
The benefits of an endoscopic facelift include:
- Scarlesss Incision
- Quick Recovery & Healing Time
- Easy Upkeep with Facial Fillers
Patients who are a great candidate to undergo an endoscopic facelift often times combine the treatment with other facial rejuvenation techniques, including fat grafting, facial fillers or Botox. While an endoscopic facelift can help remove the appearance of wrinkles brought on by age, the use of additional fillers can add volume and promote collagen growth, all important factors in achieving a natural and youthful appearance. Both Dr. Azizzadeh and Dr. Honrado find that the best facelift results often utilize a combination of surgical and non-surgical methods to comprehensively address the aging process.
Otherwise known as the anti-gravity lift, the mid facelift is a surgical procedure that provides a natural, more youthful and refreshed appearance to the face by repositioning sagging cheeks, softening smile lines, reducing eye hollowness, rising the corners of the lips, and restoring cheek fullness. During a mid facelift, your La Peer facial plastic surgeon will elevate the malar pad in your cheek, which brings fullness to the surrounding areas. This is often times not achieved during a traditional facelift, which can be accompanied by facial fillers to see similar results.
This is a beneficial procedure if you are looking to address the hollowness under the lower eyelids and improve the position of laugh lines. These are complex areas of the face, and are not treated with traditional facelifts. Our expert surgeons strategically place their incisions so that your scars will be completely hidden, meaning that no one will be able to tell that you’ve undergone a facial rejuvenation procedure.
Candidates for Facelift Surgery
A person may be a good candidate to undergo a traditional facelift if he or she is well into the aging process and has not previously undergone facial rejuvenation treatments. A facelift is a fantastic way to improve skin elasticity and tightness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles brought on by age.
Facelift Complications and Side Effects
Common facelift complications and side effects include:
- Bleeding beneath the skin
- Facial nerve damage
- Numbness in the face
The end results of facelift surgery may vary based on a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon’s skills and expertise. As such, patients should choose a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with comprehensive facelift experience to limit the risk of unwanted side effects
What Is the Recovery Time for a Facelift?
The recovery time for a facelift varies based on the patient. Typically, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon will perform a patient evaluation and offer an estimated recovery timeline. This helps a patient prepare for facelift aftercare and recovery.
What to Expect After Facelift Surgery
Facelift surgery generally requires a few hours to complete. A patient’s face will be bandaged after surgery, and bandages usually can be removed within one to two days of treatment. Additionally, surgical stitches may be removed within five to 10 days of a facelift.
Swelling after facelift surgery is common. Also, a person’s face may feel stiff in the first few weeks following facelift surgery. These symptoms are normal and often disappear on their own.
How Long Do I Need to Wait After a Facelift to Exercise?
In most instances, a patient can return to normal activities within about two to three weeks after a facelift recovery.
Contact La Peer Health Systems Today for a Facelift Consultation in Beverly Hills
La Peer Health Systems is a leading provider of facelift surgery in Beverly Hills. We put patients’ needs above all else and provide the proper surgical care throughout the entire facelift surgery process.
To schedule an initial consultation with a facelift surgeon in Beverly Hills, call us today at (855) 360-9119.
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