A facelift surgery can offer fantastic, even life-changing results for the right patient. Even so, this incredible anti-aging procedure has its limitations, just like any other procedure. Many prospective patients may assume it can fix every detail, correct a wider scope of problems, or even freeze the hands of time permanently. If you’re considering a facelift surgery for yourself, it’s important to understand both the possibilities and limits of the procedure.
Facelifts and the Upper Third of the Face
Facelift surgery focuses on the lower portion of the face, specifically the area around the mouth, the jawline, and the chin. A traditional facelift surgery can do much to improve this area, often the worst to be affected by gravity throughout the aging process. A facelift can correct sagging jowls, double chins, and loose skin, among other problems in the lower portion of the face.
If you’re looking to address aging concerns around the forehead and eyes, however, a facelift can’t help in this area. To tighten and smooth this area of the face, a brow or forehead lift is the right procedure for you. This procedure is designed to lift the brow up, smooth the creases of the forehead, and leave your eyes looking refreshed and rejuvenated. Some patients choose to pair a brow lift with a facelift to optimize their surgical results.
Facelifts Stop at the Jawline
While the facelift is great at refining the area around the jaw and chin, the surgical changes will stop there and not extend down to include the neck. For many facelift patients, however, the neck is a key area where the signs of aging are evident. Often the problems of the face, such as displaced fat deposits and sagging skin, will continue to affect the neck as well. Even worse, the muscles of the neck will reach a stringy or band-like appearance as they age. Not always, but for some facelift patients, correction to the lower face can make the neck look even older by comparison.
It is very common for facial plastic surgeons to recommend the double procedure of a facelift with a neck lift to achieve a smooth contour right down to the collar bone. In a neck lift surgery, the muscles are tightened, the fat cells are redistributed or removed, and the excess skin is trimmed away. Often, a neck lift can be performed using some of the same incisions needed for facelift surgery, so there won’t be additional scarring. While it’s common to pair the two surgeries, it is also possible to choose one or the other.
Facelifts and Facial Features
A traditional facelift is designed to tighten and firm the lower face, enhancing the natural contour of the chin and jaw. As far as the other facial features are concerned, however, a specialized surgery will be required to make changes. If you’re hoping to rejuvenate the eyes, correct the ears, or alter the size or shape of the nose. The following surgeries might be what you’re looking for and can often be combined with facelift surgery:
• Blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift surgery, can be performed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. This procedure will help to diminish puffy eyes, sagging skin, and other aging signs.
• Otoplasty, an ear surgery, is your option for correcting misshapen, uneven, or over-protruding ears. While not often performed with a facelift surgery, it’s not impossible to do so. Ear surgeries are even safe for children who might have overly large ears that stick out too far from the head.
• Rhinoplasty is a nasal surgery performed to alter the shape and size of the nose, including pointy tips, wide nostrils, and humps on the bridge, among others. Patients may have cosmetic and/or functional reasons to seek surgery.
If you have something in mind that your facelift surgery won’t address, it’s best to be open about your ideas with your facial plastic surgeon. Together, you can create a surgical plan that helps you to achieve your desired results in one procedure, if possible.
Facelifts Do Require Recovery Time
A facelift surgery is an investment of your time and money that will certainly pay big dividends when your recovery process is completed. As a prospective patient, it’s important to note that your results won’t be immediately visible and you’ll need to wait for swelling and bruising to subside before you can get a good look at the changes made. It’s important to be patient throughout your recovery process, which can last up to a few weeks. Talk with your facial plastic surgeon about your expected recovery timeline, including when you can return to work, resume exercise, and expect your swelling to be gone for good.
Facelift’s Don’t Freeze Time
Getting a facelift is a great way to turn back the hands of time, often providing patients with a look up to ten years younger than before. Still, there’s nothing available today that can freeze time altogether, stopping your aging process right where it is at 35. After your facelift, you will still need to care for your face and provide preventative measures to protect you against aging. Wear your sunscreen, stay well hydrated, and follow your physician’s instructions to maintain optimal skin health.
Even if you do start to notice the signs of aging again 8, 10, or 12 years later, remember this: where you are now is still 10 years younger than where you could be. Your facelift may not be able to stop time, but it will help you stay younger looking than others your own age. If you find it’s time for another anti-aging boost, visit your facial plastic surgeon for a secondary facelift surgery.
Your Facelift Is Only As Good As the Surgeon You Choose
To get good results, you need a good facelift surgeon. Without the right facial plastic surgeon, you’re putting yourself at risk for mistakes, poor results, and even surgical complications. If you chose a credentialed, board certified, and experienced facial plastic surgeon to do the work, you’ll reap the benefits of facelift surgery and all it has to offer you.
To learn more about what a facelift surgery would be able to do for you, start out right 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 many publications on a variety of topics 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.