When most prospective patients imagine the surgeries they want, they probably expect a grueling cycle of consultations, surgery, and recovery played out over and over. The truth is that facial plastic surgeons don’t want to put you through that drawn-out experience. If it’s safe for you to have multiple procedures, they will likely perform two or maybe three in tandem and save you a lot of time. When you meet to consult with your facial plastic surgeon for a facelift, it’s completely normal to ask about other related procedures that might help you to achieve your desired results. In fact, adding other rejuvenation surgeries to your facelift might actually help to enhance your results overall.
What to Expect From Your Facelift
If you’re considering plastic surgery, you probably have an idea of the results you’d like to achieve. Maybe you’re hoping to erase lines and wrinkles, tighten the skin, or focus on a couple of different areas at once. By understanding what problems can be solved with a facelift, you can get a better handle on the other procedures that could add to your final results. Even before you discuss your complete procedure with your facial plastic surgeon, be familiar with the main benefits of the facelift and what concerns will go unaddressed, if any.
The facelift surgery is performed using incisions along the hairline, around the ears, and extending down the lower hairline. Your facial plastic surgeon will work to remove or redistribute accumulated fat cells from the lower part of the face. Sometimes, refined liposuction techniques are used to remove larger amounts of fat from the chin and jaw line, if needed. Next, the surgeon will tighten the muscles and underlying soft tissue, remove any excess lax skin, and lay the remaining skin flat for a smoother, tauter look.
The majority of the work involved with a facelift is confined to the lower part of the face. While it is a great way to take about a decade off of your face, the only lines, wrinkles, and other aging signs addressed are in the lower face. If you have major concerns elsewhere, such as the forehead or eyes, you won’t see any improvements to these areas with just a facelift. In fact, leaving the signs of aging elsewhere could undermine the beautiful, age-defying results of your facelift. For some patients, creating a surgical plan is the best way to ensure your youthful appearance is reflected in every facet of your touched-up face.
What to Add On to Your Facelift
Ultimately, the choice is yours when it comes to adding on other facial rejuvenation procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, to your facelift. During your one-on-one facelift consultation, your facial plastic surgeon will be ready to field your questions about pairing up procedures and getting the biggest benefit from the right combination. Keep an open mind about where your “weak points” are and don’t be afraid to bring up a specific area that gives you trouble. If you’re going to love the look of your facelift but hate the way your nose looks, it’s time to really think about creating the right procedure for yourself. To get you started, here are some of the most common add-ons chosen by facelift patients;
• Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty. This procedure focuses on the loose skin and excess fat of the upper and lower eyelids. The skin is removed and tightened, the muscles are often tightened, and excess fat is removed to leave smoother, firmer eyelids. Reduce puffiness, get rid of that “tired” look, and wear eye makeup again after an eyelid surgery.
• Brow lift or forehead lift. This procedure does for the upper portion of the face what the facelift does for the lower portion. Using a fiberoptic endoscope, your facial plastic surgeon will tighten the skin of the forehead, removing the excess. The muscles may also be tightened and the brows will be lifted, reducing or eliminating worry lines and horizontal creases.
• Midface Lift. This facelift procedure picks up where the traditional facelift leaves off: the mid-section of the face. With a midface lift, the soft tissues of the cheeks and area around the nose and mouth are tightened for a more youthful look.
• Rhinoplasty. Nasal surgery can change the shape and size of your nose, helping you to achieve a more balanced profile and overall look. While it’s not technically an anti-aging procedure, rhinoplasty can benefit patients of any age by giving them a nose that better complements their other features.
• Chin augmentation. By adding volume to the chin, typically with the insertion of a chin implant, your facial plastic surgeon can enhance your newly refined profile and balance your facial structure. Reverse a weak chin, create a counterpoint to a post-rhinoplasty nose, or just regain some of the volume lost from your chin during the aging process.
There are many other facial procedures that can be added to boost the results of your facelift, including nonsurgical procedures like aesthetic injections. The best way to start planning your new look is to talk about everything you’d like to change. Your facial plastic surgeon can then make the recommendations that are best for you.
What to Expect from Multi-Surgery Recovery
Adding on extra procedures might seem like a good way to stretch your recovery time out even longer, but you may be surprised to find that it’s quite the opposite. Once you’ve committed to the downtime of a facelift procedure, you’ll find that the extra surgeries don’t require bonus time resting and relaxing. You might experience more discomfort initially, as different areas are sore and tender from surgery, but everything will progress simultaneously. In fact, stacking procedures together is a great way to shorten your overall recovery time. If you’re going to be in bed resting from an eyelid lift already, there’s no harm in also resting from a rhinoplasty.
Of course, there are limits to how many procedures your body will be able to manage at once. Everyone is different, so be open and honest with your facial plastic surgeon about your medical health and history. He or she can then determine a safe way to deliver all of the results you need in the most efficient way possible, which may sometimes mean more than one surgery date. Be open-minded and talk about your plans together. Just remember that his or her primary goal is your health and safety.
How to Get Started With a Facelift Combo Surgery
Start the planning stages of your faceliftand any add-ons that interest you by booking a consultation with Dr. Andrew Frankel, board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT). His focus is on facial rejuvenation, especially through procedures such as the facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery, as well as rhinoplasty. Since 1994, Dr. Frankel has been practicing at the Lasky Clinic and earned recognition as an expert in his field. He has published on a variety of subjects including midface lifts, Botox, rhinoplasty, and more. To consult with Dr. Frankel, contact the Lasky Clinic located at 201 South Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, California. Call (310) 552-2173 to schedule your appointment today.