Facelift surgery, sometimes called a “rhytidectomy,” is a cosmetic procedure designed to provide a more youthful, refreshed facial appearance. Have you ever thought that you look older than you feel? Do you find that you look tired, even after a good night’s sleep? As time progresses, genetics, gravity, stress, and environmental conditions can take a toll on skin and may cause us to look older and tired. Having facelift can improve the signs of aging in the face and neck. A facelift can help to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, jowls, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and hollows beneath the eyes.
Benefits of a Facelift
Prior facelift techniques only worked to tighten the skin, which resulted in a pulled or ‘wind-swept’ look. What is depicted on television and the mainstream media is most likely very different from the facelift techniques employed at Gilpin Facial Plastics. Current facelift techniques work to tighten the skin along with the underlying structures of the face. These newer techniques provide natural looking results that also stand the test of time.
Restore Confidence, Feel Refreshed
At Gilpin Facial Plastics we strive to provide patients with a refreshed and natural appearance. A facelift allows patients to not only feel better about themselves, but also can boost their confidence and self-esteem.
Whether you desire minimal wrinkle correction or complete facial rejuvenation, there are various facelift options to meet any and all of your needs.
How do I know when I’m ready for a facelift?
A facelift may be the right option for you if you can relate to the following:
- You have sagging areas and loose skin on your face or neck
- You can ‘lift’ the sides of your face, with improvement in this loose skin
- You always appear tired, sad, or angry because of deep-set wrinkles on your face
- You appear older than you feel or older than your actual age
- You have fine lines and wrinkles on your face or neck
I’m ready for a facelift!
Types of Facelifts
Deep Plane Facelift
A deep plane facelift addresses wrinkles and sagging skin in the lower face, jowls, and neck. This procedure is different from older facelifting techniques, in that the deeper muscle tissues (also called the SMAS) beneath the skin are tightened with sutures. As Dr. Gilpin lifts the underlying tissues, this will lift and reduce tension on the overlying skin and smooth wrinkles and jowls. This technique gives a long-lasting result, as the deeper SMAS layer is secured. Along with the deep plane facelift, Dr. Gilpin will remove the loose ‘banding’ in the midline of the neck, and remove fat from the neck, if needed, with liposuction.
A deep plane facelift provides the following benefits:
- Achieves significant improvements and makes you feel younger
- Eliminates signs of aging in areas of the lower face, neck, and jowls
- Produces a very natural, youthful appearance
Limited Incision Facelift
A limited incision facelift is a less invasive procedure and differs from the traditional facelift. The Limited Incision Facelift is an ideal procedure for men and women who are looking to achieve subtle improvement to the lower face.
A limited incision facelift provides the following benefits:
- The use of fewer and shorter incisions than a traditional facelift
- Improvement to fine lines and wrinkles in the lower portion of the face
- A shorter recovery time than a traditional facelift, less downtime after the procedure
A neck lift is an ideal procedure for patients who want to focus on the loose and sagging skin in the neck, or for those who say they have a “double chin”. Dr. Gilpin tightens the neck muscles and removes sagging skin in order to produce smoother and refreshed looking neck contours. Dr. Gilpin will also remove any fat deposits in the neck and remove ‘banding’ in the midline, in order to give you a more natural, toned facial appearance.
A neck lift provides the following benefits:
- Eliminates wrinkles, loose skin, “neck bands,” and any sagging skin in the neck area
- Improves the appearance of a double chin, or a chin that ‘hangs’
- Gives you a more youthful-looking neck and appearance
Q. What is the recovery time after a facelift? Does a face or necklift hurt?
A. Most of our patients report a minimal discomfort after a face or necklift. Many will report a “tightness”, especially under the chin and neck, which fades away as time progresses. Dr. Gilpin will see you on your first post-operative day to remove bandages and check healing. We recommend someone to be with you and to drive you home after surgery. Swelling and bruising will last from a few days and up to two weeks, and we advise that most patients can go to a restaurant or social gathering from seven to ten days after surgery. Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks.
Q. Who is an ideal candidate for a facelift? What is the ideal age to have a facelift?
A. There is no “ideal age” or circumstance to have a facelift. If you are able to lift your face and neck in the mirror and see a moderate improvement in your facial skin looseness, we usually will say you are ready! The ideal man or woman for a facelift may already be unhappy with the appearance of wrinkles and/or sagging skin on their face and neck. The best candidates usually do not smoke or have bad health habits and will have an understanding of realistic outcomes post-procedure.
Q. Where will the incisions for a facelift located? Where does the physician ‘lift’ the skin?
A. Dr. Gilpin meticulously hides incisions for a facelift within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face. When performing a deep plane facelift, the incision typically begins at the hairline of the temples, continues around the ear, and ends in the lower scalp area. Neck lift incisions often wrap behind each of the earlobes and then end in the lower scalp. There is also a small incision under the chin, which is hidden in a natural crease. Our goal at Gilpin Facial Plastics is that no one will ever know you have undergone a procedure!
Q. When will I see the final results of my facelift?
A. Most patients see significant results from their facelift within the first one to two months after the procedure. Subtle changes may continue to occur for up to a year after the procedure, as well.
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