The aging process can cause the skin and deeper connective tissue to lose its elastic quality over time, resulting in the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and facial sagging. Simultaneously, as collagen begins to break down, men and women may experience a gradual reduction in facial volume due to facial fat loss and diminished tissue hydration. UV rays, environmental factors, genetics, and certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking, may also accelerate the visible effects of facial aging. A facelift is a surgical procedure that can target key signs of facial aging to create a more revitalized and youthful appearance.
- Benefits of Facelift Surgery
- Candidates for Facelift
- The Facelift Procedure
- What to Expect During Facelift Recovery
Benefits of Facelift Surgery
When performed by our experienced plastic surgeon, John M. Sarbak, MD a facelift can provide a number of cosmetic benefits, including:
- A reduction in facial wrinkles, creases, sagging, and jowls
- Smoother, tighter skin
- Removal of excess skin
- A more defined jawline
- Improved facial harmony
- Boosted self-confidence
Dr. Sarbak customizes each facelift to address the patient’s specific needs and cosmetic goals. Using advanced surgical techniques and his keen sense of artistry, he is able to achieve the beautifully rejuvenated results his patients love. He believes it is critical to focus on blending areas—such as the junction between the lower eyelid and cheek, and the area where the jawline meets the neck—to achieve natural-looking transitions.
Candidates for Facelift
Facelift candidates typically have one or more common cosmetic concerns, including wrinkles, deep creases or folds, jowls, and excess skin. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Sarbak likes to evaluate the face as a whole. Aesthetic harmony is extremely important (i.e. a young face can look out of place with an aging forehead). When examining patients who are considering a facelift, Dr. Sarbak starts with the skin, examining the quality and thickness. He then assesses the volume and placement of underlying fatty tissue and looks for asymmetries (differences between the left and right sides). A certain degree of asymmetry is normal and in some cases desirable; however, if these differences are significant, Dr. Sarbak can adjust one or both sides to make them appear more balanced. At the end of the consultation, Dr. Sarbak is able to determine whether or not facelift surgery is the best option for facial rejuvenation.
In many cases, Dr. Sarbak recommends combining additional procedures, such as a neck lift, brow lift, or cosmetic eyelid surgery, with the facelift in order to achieve more comprehensive rejuvenation. Along with the face, the neck and eyes can also exhibit noticeable signs of aging that may be addressed with surgical techniques. In particular, neck lift surgery is a natural complement to a facelift as it continues the improvements of the facelift down to the region below the jawline. A neck lift typically focuses on smoothing the area beneath the chin; tightening lax musculature and connective tissue; and lifting and tightening the skin of the neck.
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The Facelift Procedure
Because each patient’s needs and goals are unique and there are so many variables for Dr. Sarbak to consider, performing only one facelift technique would not be a suitable cosmetic solution. Dr. Sarbak routinely performs five different types of facelifts, each designed to address a specific set of aesthetic concerns and conditions.
Any incisions are typically made within the hairline so that they can be easily concealed. During the procedure, the facial muscles and deep tissue may be tightened, the skin lifted and smoothed, and any excess skin can be removed. When necessary, Dr. Sarbak repositions tissue underneath the cheeks and lower eyelids for a more youthful, natural look. This particular technique takes a little bit longer in terms of healing time but can really make a big difference in the quality of the overall result. For patients who elect to combine a facelift with a neck lift, an incision will be made that extends behind the ears, which allows Dr. Sarbak to access the neck muscles and deep tissue, and remove excess skin, to create a sleeker appearance.
What to Expect During Facelift Recovery
Mild swelling and bruising can be expected in the days immediately after the procedure. Oral pain medication is typically effective for any postoperative discomfort. Dr. Sarbak usually recommends that patients keep their head elevated as much as possible for the first few days to help reduce swelling. In most cases, patients can return to work or their normal daily routines within one to two weeks. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity during this time until Dr. Sarbak provides approval. After two weeks, patients can begin to see the results of the facelift. As the healing process continues and swelling dissipates completely, the results should continue to improve.
If you would like to learn more information about facelift surgery, neck lift surgery, or any of the other plastic surgery options we offer, Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sarbak.