Our experienced Dallas Facelift Surgeons can create a youthful, natural appearance for patients, helping them increase their confidence. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and begins to sag and wrinkle. Because of constant exposure to the sun and elements, facial skin can lose elasticity quicker than the rest of the body. The face looks tired and old before its time. A face lift at our practice can remedy this.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Face Lift?
A face lift can reverse the following signs of aging:
- Deep lines and folds that run from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth are erased
- Cheek and neck wrinkles are suddenly invisible
- Sagging skin on the upper cheekbones is rendered taught and firm
- Hanging, loose neck skin around the neck and chin area, referred to as jowls, is gone without a trace
Most people exhibit multiple signs of aging, and the face lift procedure can’t make all signs of aging disappear. To correct facial problems that do not respond to face lift, we offer a range of other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as eyelid surgery and brow lift. Non-surgical enhancements such as JUVÉDERM®, Sculptra® Aesthetic, or BOTOX® Cosmetic, or skin treatments such as laser skin resurfacing, can be effective preliminary treatments. KYBELLA®, a revolutionary new injectable treatment that reduces excess fat under the chin without surgery, can be incorporated into your facial rejuvenation treatment plan.
For our face lift patients, the cosmetic surgeons at Regional Plastic Surgery Center will recommend the appropriate cosmetic surgery procedures to meet your needs.
The Face Lift Consultation
All of our face lift patients undergo an extensive consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons at Regional Plastic Surgery Center. The consultation includes a thorough discussion of the facial features a patient wants to correct and how the patient expects to look after the face lift procedure. Our dedicated cosmetic surgeon will discuss options that will best meet the patient’s expectations. This consultation is an open, honest conversation patients have with their cosmetic surgeon. In addition to the cosmetic surgery procedures under consideration, patients also discuss their medical history and how they expect to look after surgery. From this discussion, a personalized cosmetic surgery plan is formed. The cosmetic surgery plan might include procedures in addition to a face lift to give our patient the desired appearance.
The Face Lift Procedure
Each face lift is personalized to fit the individual patient’s unique facial characteristics. Face lift is usually an outpatient procedure involving anesthesia. Typically, incisions are placed within the hairline, behind the ear, and beneath the chin so they are hidden or less obvious. The skin is then pulled up and back, excess skin is removed, and the skin is stitched into place. Sometimes areas of tissue beneath the cheekbone are manipulated to enhance the youthful appearance of the face.
We thoroughly discuss the risks of face lift with our patients. Face lift risks vary per patient, but common risks associated with a face lift include blood accumulating beneath the skin, infection, and complications with the anesthesia. Damage to underlying facial tissue may occur, but this usually heals over time.
What Happens After the Face Lift Procedure?
Most of our face lift patients return home the same day, a few hours after completion of the surgery. Face lift results are not immediately apparent because your face will be swollen and bruised.
A few days after the face lift at our cosmetic surgery facility, the swelling and bruising will begin to diminish. Some patches of puffiness and discoloration may linger for several weeks but can be covered with makeup. Facial numbness is common but should also subside after several weeks. Four to seven days after the face lift, the stitches are removed.
After your face lift with our cosmetic surgeon, your doctor will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions. Typically movement and activity are limited for a few weeks after the face lift procedure. After several weeks, results of the face lift will become apparent, although some facial “settling” may occur over the next several months.
Combining Fat Transfer and Face Lift
Frequently, fat transfer (also known as fat grafting) is performed at the same time as the face lift procedure to restore the volume around the cheeks, lower eyes, temples, etc., which are hallmarks of a youthful face. In order to provide volume to the face with fat transfer, fat must be harvested using liposuction techniques from another area of the body. Once collected, the fat cells are separated to concentrate healthy fat and stem cells, which provide for the longest-lasting enhancement results. The refined fat is then strategically reinjected into areas of the face that require volume to achieve a more youthful appearance.
Fat transfer can also be performed alone to provide youthful enhancement for patients experiencing facial volume loss due to aging. Typically, patients who benefit most from exclusively undergoing fat transfer procedures have good skin elasticity and do not exhibit aesthetic complications caused by excess skin.
If your face is exhibiting unwelcome signs of aging, consider a face lift. The cosmetic surgeons at Regional Plastic Surgery Center will be happy to consult with you regarding face lift and other cosmetic procedures. Restore youth and vitality to your face with a face lift. Look over our gallery of face lift before and after photos to see the type of work we can achieve.