What is a facelift?
We want our facial features to reflect inner and outer beauty. As we age, no matter the amount of exercise or healthy lifestyle choices we make, there is no way to fight the signs of aging and maturing skin. While the passage of time, sun exposure, and stress take their tolls on our complexion, all of these things will influence the appearance of wrinkles, a double chin, age spots, and skin laxity. When your skin begins to lose its firmness, you do not have to accept the aging process. Instead, a facelift or a dermal injectable intervention may be an excellent option for your needs.
Miami, FL, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. LaGrasso has three different strategies for facial rejuvenation, including a full facelift, a mini facelift, or a liquid facelift. A facelift reshapes and tightens displaced facial tissues. If you have excess fat and skin that cause unsightly bulges, we can reduce the issue with liposuction. Facelifts are generally invasive in nature, but the more recent methods use techniques that minimize incisions compared to traditional facelifts. This results in a faster recovery and a reduced risk for complications. If you would like to learn which facelift procedure is right for you, please call and speak to Dr. LaGrasso’s friendly patient advisor today and schedule a consultation.
You may want to consider a complete facelift with Dr. LaGrasso if you have muscle, skin, and fat that is visibly affected by gravity and aging. Hollowness may appear under the eyes, and you may see less contour on the cheeks, sagging skin, and droopiness in the jaw area. A complete facelift with Dr. LaGrasso brings back your youthful appearance and provides natural results. We generally recommend this technique for men and women 50 years old and older.
A limited lift cosmetic surgery is known by a variety of names, such as mini-lift, middle facelift, and short incision facelift. Its purpose is to revitalize the appearance of the face by tightening the skin and removing the appearance of wrinkles and sagging in the mid-face. A limited lift is appropriate for our 40 – 50-year-old patients who exhibit early signs of aging and do not have an excessive amount of loose skin around the jaw and neckline.
Using injectable wrinkle relaxers (such as BOTOX® and Dysport®) and facial fillers (such as VOLUMA™, RADIESSE®, Restylane®, and JUVÉDERM®) for patients 30 – 40 years of age, we can help patients improve the appearance of wrinkles and gaunt facial features. Known as a liquid facelift, Dr. LaGrasso can perform this nonsurgical intervention and refresh your appearance with injectables. Luckily, you will have little to no downtime, but you will need to regularly schedule maintenance injections.
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How is a facelift performed?
The technique used during a facelift is dependent on the patient’s facial features and conditions. Most surgeons will always aim for the less invasive technique, but some cases are severe and will require internal tissues, fat, and skin to be manipulated. Patients must also understand the procedure in detail, including the level of invasiveness, placement of incisions, what layers of tissues will be corrected, and what risks may be associated with the surgery before moving forward.
What can I expect from a facelift?
We perform all facelift procedures in an accredited surgical facility with general anesthesia. Even though this is considered an outpatient procedure, some patients may need to stay overnight for monitoring. It is normal to experience bruising and swelling after the surgery, and patients will feel as if their face is being pulled tight. However, this sensation subsides within a couple of weeks. Optimal results will occur after several months. It is important that you limit activities to help encourage safe and quick healing.
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Can I undergo a nonsurgical facelift?
Cosmetic surgery is constantly evolving and always finding ways to minimize the invasiveness of procedures. Patients can select from several less invasive treatment options, including wrinkle relaxers, such as BOTOX, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion, and chemical/laser peels. These procedures aim to address signs of aging, such as wrinkles, as well as flatten and soften folds and contours. The effects, while effective, are often short-term. Often, many of them only last about six months to a year. Although these procedures can be safely repeated, for some, a facelift may work better and offer a longer-lasting option.
Can I just remove excess skin from my face?
Also referred to as the cutaneous facelift, this technique removes excess and loose skin to create a natural, tightened look. The remaining skin is repositioned to lift sagging cheeks and jowls. It also improves the profile along the jawline. With this facelift technique, the muscles or fat tissues are left untouched. Because the treatment focuses on the skin only, recovery is quick. This treatment is ideal for those who still have good tone muscle and distribution of fat but still experience skin elasticity.
Will my results look natural after a facelift?
Right after a facelift procedure, the patient will feel tightness and a pulling sensation. This is normal as the facial tissues, skin and muscle adjust to their new positions. It is important to choose a reputable plastic surgeon that has years of experience in facial cosmetic surgery. A doctor with experience in facial surgery will create natural, smooth results that will last for years to come.
Will I have visible scars after a facelift?
A traditional facelift requires a long cut from the temple to the lower hairline, but the scars will be well concealed within the hairline and natural creases on the face. With the less invasive techniques, the scars heal pretty well and will almost be completely invisible to the naked eye.
What is the best age to undergo a facelift?
Anyone can consider a facelift as soon as aging starts to take a toll on the skin. Generally, patients who are age 50 – 70 consider a facelift. Personal habits and environmental conditions can impact the skin and some patients, who although they are only 40, may also benefit from a facelift.