Although it’s impossible to stop the natural aging process entirely, it is possible to restore a youthful facial appearance and slow down future aging with a facelift in Beverly Hills. Unlike non-invasive procedures, which can only produce limited results, a facelift can rejuvenate wrinkles, deflated cheeks, and lose jowls while resolving sagging skin. Renowned board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Frankel is pleased to offer facelift procedures in Beverly Hills to patients who would like to look years younger and feel more confident in their own skin.
Table of Contents
- What is a Facelift?
- Types of Facelifts
- Why Choose a Facelift?
- Am I a Candidate for a Facelift in Beverly Hills, CA?
- The Facelift Consultation
- Preparing for a Facelift
- The Facelift Procedure
- Recovering from a Facelift
- What are the Possible Side Effects or Risks of a Facelift
- Why Should I Choose Dr. Frankel for a Facelift?
- Related Articles About Facelifts
- Frequently Asked Questions About Facelifts in Beverly Hills, CA
What is a Facelift?
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a popular cosmetic surgery that is used to address several different signs of aging at once for comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Sagging excess skin, facial hollows, and drooping tissues can all be corrected with the facelifting technique. During a facelift procedure, skin, muscles, and fat are tightened, trimmed, and repositioned for smooth, youthful skin and natural-looking results.
Types of Facelifts
Each facelift that Dr. Frankel performs is custom-tailored to meet the patient’s unique needs and preferences. Since every patient’s face ages a little bit differently, Dr. Frankel may recommend one or more techniques to customize the facelift procedure, including:
Deep Plane Facelift
A deep plane facelift repositions the deeper tissue layers in order to lift a patient’s entire face. It targets severe cheek and neck aging and accentuates the cheekbones, jawline, and neck. After a deep plane facelift, most patients appear at least five years younger.
SMAS stands for Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System, which is the layer of tissue that can be found in the top of the deeper tissues and structures of the face and neck. The SMAS facelift addresses the lower two-thirds of the face. It is effective in resolving sagging skin, excess fat, jowls, and volume loss in the cheek area.
The mini-facelift is designed to target mild skin sagging, early jowls, and excess skin. It is typically recommended for younger patients who hope for improved definition in the lower face and neck. After the surgery, patients can enjoy subtle but noticeable anti-aging results.
The purpose of the midface lift is to address sagging in the cheeks and rejuvenate the midface region. It is a good option for patients without jowls or excess skin sagging in the neck and may be paired with other facial procedures if necessary.
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Why Choose a Facelift?
A facelift can offer a variety of benefits. It offers dramatic facial rejuvenation and can improve multiple signs of aging at one time, ultimately increasing a patient’s confidence. With a facelift, patients may be able to resolve volume loss in the cheeks, wrinkles, loose and sagging skin, excess skin in the neck area, sagging jowls, and nasolabial folds. In addition, this procedure delivers long-lasting results that may last 10 to 15 years, depending on tissue quality and the patient’s lifestyle.
Am I a Candidate for a Facelift in Beverly Hills, CA?
The ideal candidates for a facelift in Beverly Hills, CA are healthy men and women who are displeased with the aged appearance of their cheeks, jowls, nasolabial folds, excess skin in the face and neck area, neck bands, and/or volume loss. Dr. Frankel does not recommend facelift surgery for patients who have serious medical problems or those who smoke.
The Facelift Consultation
A facelift consultation with Dr. Frankel can help men and women who are interested in a facelift in Beverly Hills determine whether or not the procedure is a good option for their needs. Dr. Frankel will begin by getting to know the patient’s medical history and thoroughly examining their face. He will also take the time to listen to the patient’s concerns and understand what they hope to achieve through facelift surgery. If he believes a patient is a good candidate preparing go over the procedure and answer any questions they may have.
Preparing for Facelift Surgery
Once patients schedule a facelift in Beverly Hills, they will be provided with a list of pre-op instructions. They will be required to stop taking aspirin or other blood thinning medications the week before surgery as these can lead to issues with bleeding and clotting. In addition, they’ll be asked to arrange for transportation to and from the surgery.
On the day of the procedure, patients should arrive with clean skin that is free of any skin care products or makeup. Since in-depth facial plastic surgery like a facelift is typically performed with the patient under general anesthesia, patients may need to refrain from eating or drinking after midnight on the night before their facelift procedure.
The Facelift Procedure
In most cases, facelift surgery in Beverly Hills is conducted under general anesthesia. However, sedation may be an option for some less invasive procedures. Since there are various types of facelifts that can be performed, the incision approach Dr. Frankel uses will depend on the facelifting technique he selects for the procedure and the patient’s particular needs.
After Dr. Frankel has raised and repositioned the facial tissues to ensure youthful contours and has removed any excess skin, he will close the incision sites with sutures and may place drains to prevent fluid buildup. Facelifts typically take two to six hours to complete.
Recovering from Facelift Surgery
Patients should expect swelling and bruising for up to two weeks after a facelift. Although they may experience some pain and discomfort, this can be controlled through oral pain medication.
Sutures are usually removed between five to seven days after a surgical procedure and patients are encouraged to walk almost right away. The head bandage that Dr. Frankel will place over the incisions after surgery will likely be removed along with any drains the day following the procedure.
Patients usually find that their swelling and bruising is reduced enough that they can run errands with just a pair of sunglasses within a week. For closer encounters like dinner parties or getting coffee with an old friend, most patients prefer to wait 2-3 weeks to be sure the signs of surgery are almost entirely gone. By that point, most patients have no more than a small bruise remaining, which can be easily covered with makeup. Most patients are also able to return to work a few weeks after surgery. It’s important to keep in mind that every patient is different so recovery time varies.
What Are Possible Side Effects or Risks of Facelift Surgery?
As with all surgeries, a facelift in Beverly Hills does come with some side effects and risks including:
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When a facelift is performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Frankel, patients are much less likely to experience these risks and complications. Following all the doctor’s instructions closely before and after surgery further helps to cut down on risks.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Facelifts
An eyebrow lift, eyelid surgery, chin augmentation, rhinoplasty, and fat transfer are several examples of procedures that are often combined with a facelift to deliver more dramatic results.
Healthy adults who have moderate to severe excess skin or sagging on their face are good candidates for a facelift. Although the majority of facelift patients are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, facelifts may benefit younger and older patients, depending on the situation. Dr. Frankel can advise individual patients on whether or not a facelift makes sense for them.
After a facelift, there may be scars that are in pink in color. These scars will lighten up over the next few months and become less prominent as the skin heals. Since most of the scars will be hidden well under the hairline or with the natural creases of the skin, they are barely noticeable. By taking excellent care of their skin and reducing their exposure to the sun, patients can significantly reduce the appearance of their scars.
Unlike fillers, which normally disappear within a year, a facelift completely recontours the tissues in the face and removes excess skin to eliminate sagging. These changes are permanent, so your facelift will give you lifelong results. It’s important to remember, however, that you will continue to age normally after your facelift, so for the longest-lasting facial rejuvenation, it’s important to maintain normal preventative measures like proper skincare, sun protection, and nutrition.
Your face may look and feel slightly tight and tingly for several days after the surgery, but that’s a result of the swelling. A permanent tight look is a hallmark of a poorly performed facelift. Dr. Frankel is careful not to stretch the skin too much or overly adjust the natural contours of your face, so your facelift results should yield natural-looking results.
Skin treatments like laser treatments and peels can improve skin texture, and injectable treatments like fillers and neurotoxins can reduce fine lines and wrinkling, but these are all temporary, and none can provide results as dramatic as a facelift. If you’re looking for significant, permanent results, there is no true alternative to a surgical facelift. Some procedures may complement a facelift, but they cannot replace this effective surgical procedure.
Why choose Dr. Frankel
- Board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
- Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California
- Dr. Frankel was one of only two doctors to be involved with the clinical research trials for both Restylane and Juvederm which led to their approval by the Food and Drug Administration as dermal fillers.
- Dr. Frankel was granted the distinction of becoming one of only 36 Fellowship Directors under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
- Member of the National Domestic Violence Project