*This information about Facelift Surgery was reviewed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wright Jones. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
FACELIFT IN ATLANTA
What Does Facelift Address?
As modern medicine progresses over time, individuals are able to live longer, healthier lives; however, although we might feel as though we are overflowing with youthful energy and vigor, our outward appearance may not accurately reflect this inner vitality. Aesthetic problems develop naturally with age, and are particularly noticeable in the facial region, because of the delicate nature of the facial tissues and the face’s constant exposure to the environmental elements. Some of the most troubling aesthetic developments associated with facial aging include:
- Hanging or sagging of the facial skin (facial ptosis)
- Displaced fat pockets/fatty deposits
- The appearance of a “double chin” or “jowls” resulting from fatty deposits, loose skin, or loss of muscle tone
- Deep creases or lines along the nasolabial folds (“laugh lines”)
- Fine lines or wrinkles beneath the lower eyelids
Why Choose Dr. Wright
Older facelift techniques were significantly flawed because they focused primarily on the goal of basic tightening on the surface skin layers. Moreover, past methods pulled the skin backward in a horizontal direction, which often resulted in an excessively tight, “pinched” look, or an unnatural “windswept” appearance. Modern facelift techniques allow plastic surgeons to lift the tissues upward in a vertical direction, and to lift from a deeper tissue level, which results in a more naturally rejuvenated facial appearance and avoids the facial distortions associated with previous methods. Dr. Wright A. Jones and Dr. Sabine Lovell take pride in keeping abreast of the latest advances in the field of cosmetic facial surgery, and have helped patients restore a naturally youthful facial appearance with cutting edge facelift procedures at their private plastic surgery practice in Atlanta, Georgia.
FACELIFT PROCEDURAL DETAILS
Facelift surgery generally lasts between 2-5 hours, and is performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. During the surgery, Dr. Jones or Dr. Lovell will make carefully placed incisions in front of and behind your ear, taking great care to conceal the incisions so as to avoid detection. They will then perform the necessary liposuction of the face and jowls, muscle tightening, and repositioning (or removal) of any loose, hanging skin. As discussed above, your facelift will be customized specifically for your aesthetic needs, and the exact details of your facelift will depend upon your unique facial features and surgical goals.
Post-operative facial swelling tends to peak during the first 24-48 hours, and you will be advised to elevate your head to alleviate some of the swelling during this time. Most bruising should abate within 2 weeks; however, the swelling may take 3-4 weeks to completely subside. The length of your recovery period following facelift surgery will depend on the extensiveness of the surgical correction performed during your facelift and your body’s unique capacity to heal itself. Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell will be available to you throughout your recovery period, should you have any questions or concerns about your healing progress.
If you have early signs of aging and are not ready for a full facelift, you may be a good candidate for mini facelift. This modified procedure focuses on restoring definition to the jawline by improving the sagging skin and fat on the face that create jowls. It is less invasive than a traditional facelift because it involves manipulating facial musculature and tissue for a lifting effect that does not require removing excess skin.
Although patients are understandably attracted to a surgery that offers a shorter recovery, it is not effective on patients who have moderate to severe signs of aging, particularly neck skin laxity. If this applies to you, a traditional facelift is probably your best option.
Because facelift focuses on the lower portion of the face, it is often paired with other facial procedures to achieve more complete rejuvenation throughout the face. You can choose to combine facelift with eyelid surgery, necklift or facial fat transfer to improve the look of the eyes, neck and cheeks, respectively. If you are interested in undergoing multiple surgeries, please discuss this with Dr. Jones or Dr. Lovell during the consultation phase.
What is the right age to have facelift?
Signs of aging can appear on your face and neck at different points depending on your genetics and the amount of sun exposure you have endured throughout your life. Some patients decide to address early signs of aging in their late 30s or early 40s to keep their face looking young. Others wait until after 50 when aging has become more significant to seek plastic surgery. Ultimately, what matters is whether it feels right for you, so long as you remain in good enough health to undergo an elective surgery.
How long will my facelift results last?
While facelift can reverse signs of aging, it does not stop the aging process altogether. Most patients enjoy their younger-looking face and neck for nearly a decade before sagging skin and drooping fat becomes a problem again. The good news is that you should still look younger than if you had never had facelift surgery and you may still be a good candidate for revision facelift to minimize your jowls and wrinkles once again. To prolong your results, Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell encourage you to avoid UV rays (and wear sunscreen when outdoors), maintain a healthy diet and moisturize your skin.
How much does facelift cost?
Since each facelift performed at Muse Plastic Surgery is customized to the unique needs of the patient, the price depends on multiple factors like the severity of aging and the kind of techniques required to achieve your desired results. Specific costs can be discussed during a consultation. Although facelift is not covered by insurance, we do offer financing options for patients.
Is there a non-surgical alternative to facelift?
Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell do offer some non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments that can make some of the changes normally achieved with facelift. Injectable dermal fillers can help to volumize your face and reduce wrinkles, and laser skin resurfacing can minimize fine lines and wrinkles as well. However, these treatments are not capable of producing a transformation as dramatic as that afforded by surgery. During a consultation, your surgeon can discuss all of your facial rejuvenation options to help you make a decision you feel comfortable with.
CONTACT MUSE PLASTIC SURGERY
At Muse Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell focus not on changing the core aesthetic components of their patients, but rather on using cosmetic enhancement procedures to help them become the absolute best that they can be. Our plastic surgeons stay up to date with the latest developments and technological advances in the field of cosmetic facial surgery, and utilize these cutting edge techniques to ensure naturally beautiful results and the safest possible facelift procedures for their patients.
Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell believe in the importance of having well-informed patients, and will take the time to explain all of your facelift options and procedural details so that you feel completely comfortable about your surgery. If you would like additional information about having your facelift procedure performed at MusePlastic Surgery, please do not hesitate to contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Jones or Dr. Lovell.