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A facelift is a type of cosmetic surgery that tightens and lifts the facial tissues. A facelift in Riverside involves removing excess skin, smoothing out wrinkles and folds, and tightening the facial tissues to create a younger and brighter look.
As you age, signs of facial aging appear. These signs can also form as a result of overexposure to harsh UV rays, cosmetics, stress, medications, poor nutrition, and many other factors. There are many cosmetic treatments available that reduce the signs of aging. To ensure that you enjoy long-lasting results, consider a facelift.
What Can a Facelift Do?
A facelift (technically known as rhytidectomy) can’t stop the aging process. What it can do is “set back the clock,” improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck. A facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping.
Facelift surgery helps eliminate wrinkles and sagging skin that results from age, sun exposure and the use of facial gestures. Dr. Rau often couples this procedure with other facial surgeries to improve appearance, such as chin augmentation and/or eyelid surgery. Good candidates for rhytidectomy are in good health, have skin that retains some measure of elasticity, and are not planning to lose any substantial amounts of weight after the surgery.
Good Candidates for a Facelift
Facelift surgery is focused on the bottom two-thirds of the face and the neck. It offers many benefits to those individuals who are looking for a solution to reduce the appearance of signs of aging. The most common reason to get a facelift is to hide the signs of aging.
It is important to remember that not every candidate is a suitable patient for the procedure. The criteria for a good candidate include the following:
- You are a healthy individual without any underlying medical condition that can interfere with wound healing, recovery, or the results of the treatment.
- You do not smoke or can quit before the facelift surgery.
- You do not use drugs or consume alcohol regularly.
- You are not pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to be pregnant soon.
- You have not had any facial rejuvenation procedures done recently.
- You do not have an injury or an infection in the treatment area.
- You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for the results of your facelift.
What is a Mini Facelift?
In many cases, patients are not in need of a full facelift, since their facial aging issues are less severe. These patients are generally younger, and they have a mild degree of facial sagging and minor wrinkles. To address these issues, a modified version of the full facelift can be performed. This method is known as the mini facelift.
A mini facelift is used to resolve the appearance of jowls, wrinkles, and minor sagging in the midface and the lower face. It is an excellent option for facial rejuvenation and is quite safe.
At the start of the mini facelift, local anesthesia with sedation is typically administered. This is in contrast to the full facelift, which involves general anesthesia. Because of this, many patients prefer the mini facelift option. Once the anesthesia takes effect, tiny incisions are made near the ears. The tissues are altered as needed. Finally, incisions are closed with sutures.
Because the mini facelift is less invasive than the traditional facelift and involves less tissue alteration, the mini facelift recovery process is much shorter. It is also generally more comfortable and features a smaller degree of bruising and swelling.
The Facelift Consultation
A rhytidectomy procedure begins with a consultation with Dr. Todd Rau, who will determine whether you are a suitable candidate. Your present medical condition, medical history, medications, allergies, and family medical history will be reviewed to determine if you are a suitable facelift candidate.
Dr. Rao will also conduct a physical examination of the face to frame a treatment plan. The treatment plan will include the number of incisions, type of incisions, amount of tissue to be removed or repositioned, and more.
If you feel that a mini facelift may be your ideal solution to signs of aging, speak with Dr. Rao about this during your consultation. He will tell you if this modified technique can provide the results you desire.
Facelift surgery is most frequently performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia with sedation at the plastic surgery center in Redlands, California. Before the surgery begins, the treatment area is cleaned with a disinfectant or an antiseptic and the incision sites are marked. Dr. Rau makes incisions that create an outline of the face: across the hairline, behind both temples, in front of each ear, around the earlobes, behind the ears, and ending at the scalp on both sides of the head. The skin is gently removed from the underlying tissue and excess skin is removed. If needed, fat deposits beneath the neck and chin may be removed using liposuction. Dr. Rau tightens loose muscles and soft tissue around the face and closes the incisions with small sutures. The facelift procedure generally takes about 5 hours.
Recovery From Facelift Surgery
Following facelift surgery, the head is tightly bandaged to reduce swelling. Stitches are removed in 5 to 6 days and a support dressing is applied for the next 1 to 2 weeks. Swelling, bruising and numbness are normal and will subside over time. It is important to sleep with the head elevated during the recovery period. As healing begins, patients may encounter some temporary discoloration of the skin as well as temporary hair loss around incisions. Sometimes a facial nerve is bruised during the procedure, which may cause the temporary loss of function or sensation. However, this side effect is rarely permanent. Healing is gradual after a facelift surgery. Patients must avoid bending and heavy lifting for the first 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. It takes a full 6 months until all the benefits of the facelift surgery can be seen.
Cost of a Facelift
The cost of a Facelift will depend on several factors. The price can be affected by body type, type of technique performed, surgical complications, and even allergies. Find out more by scheduling a consultation or clicking our pricing guide.
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