The goal of a Rhytidectomy, or facelift, is to significantly improve or reduce signs of aging and smooth out the deep wrinkles and creases of the face and neck. It is recommended for patients seeking to resolve sagging skin, deep creases along the nose, creases under the lower eyelids, and excess fat under the jaw and chin. A facelift can give you a more refreshed and youthful appearance, which can take years off your face.
Rhytidectomy Before and After Results
Who Is An Ideal Candidate For A Facelift?
Everyone’s face ages differently, and Dr. Low adapts the method he uses to fit your needs. Some people have more sun damage. Other people have more volume loss. A facelift rejuvenates the mid-to-lower face and neck. With the reality of aging, just about anyone over the age of 45 could use the improvements made with a facelift.
These are characteristics Dr. Low looks for when a patient is considering a facelift:
- Mid-face sagging
- Deep nasolabial folds
- Deep creases under the eyes
- Fatty, loose areas below the cheekbones
- Banding, fatty tissue, and loose skin on the neck
What Are The Benefits Of Having A Facelift?
Thanks to our outdoor lifestyles in sunny South Florida, our facial skin takes a beating from the sun and the wind. Plus, our bodies produce one additional percentage point less collagen every year after our 20th birthday. Since collagen is the protein in the body that provides the structural framework that supports our skin and keeps it firm this allows the skin to sag and form lines and creases. Gravity and heredity play a role as well.
The result is the formation of deep creases beside the mouth, hanging jowls, sunken cheeks, loose skin and fat deposits on the neck, and an overall loose, saggy look.
A facelift with Dr. Low can reverse much of these changes in your aging face. These procedures firm the skin, remove creases, elevate sagging muscles, and generally take a decade or so off your facial age. That’s the reason people have been opting to have facelifts for over a century. These procedures can boost your self-confidence that had been sagging along with your sagging facial countenance.
What Are The Risks With A Rhytidectomy?
The facelift is one of the original plastic surgeries, the first recorded facelift was performed in 1916. In the following century, millions of people around the world have had facelifts performed. They have proven to be safe and effective for reducing the signs of aging across our mid to lower face.
These procedures with Dr. Low are major surgery. That means they include the risks associated with surgery: bleeding, infection, hematoma, and the like. Beyond those general risks of surgery, facelifts can create a temporary loss of muscle function and sensation. The incision scars can thicken and widen, especially if recovery procedures are not followed. There can be hair loss at the incision sites within the hairline. These complications are rare, however, and facelifts are a very satisfying procedure for most patients.
How Long Does Facelift Surgery Take?
These surgeries with Dr. Low can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on the method he uses and on your unique situation.
Facelift Options at CRS Plastic Surgery!
The following links will take you to in-depth descriptions of the face lift options that we offer.
- Full Face Lift - A Full Facelift is the most traditional procedure and is appropriate for patients seeking an optimal correction from moderate to significant facial aging.
- MACS Lift (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) - This procedure is ideal for patients with mild or moderate facial aging but with good skin tone.
- Mid Face Lift - The mid-facelift is effective in treating the mid-face (cheek) area and the tissues below the eyes.
- Liquid Face Lift - This is a non-surgical procedure. Treatments with Injectable Dermal Fillers are indicated to prevent or delay the need for a facelift surgery. The fillers are used to smooth the creases and folds, plump lips, and fill hollowing areas in the face. The most popular fillers are Juvederm, Voluma, and Sculptra.
- Fat Transfer - This technique of fat transfer, sometimes called fat grafting, requires no incisions at the target site and can produce very natural-looking results. Fat transfer can provide a more natural alternative to cosmetic injectables and restore loss of facial volume that occurs due to the aging process. Fat transfer is most commonly used on areas of the face where volume has diminished over time, including the hollowed cheeks or temples, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, depressed tear troughs, and other deep creases or wrinkles.
What Is Recovery Like After A Rhytidectomy?
Facelifts are not a simple recovery, no matter the method Dr. Low uses. This is because skin is lifted off the underlying muscular structure, which creates trauma. Full facelifts obviously involve more difficult recovery due to the extensive incision lengths. Mid-face and mini facelifts have the shortest incisions.
Regardless of the method used in your facelift, you will return home with your face wrapped in bandages. Dr. Low may have placed drainage tubes. There will be extensive bruising and swelling that will last from two to three weeks. The first few days are the hardest, but then you will feel better quickly. Initially, your skin may feel tight in the face and neck. You will likely have numbness in areas and your incisions may itch at some point. This is normal and can last up to a couple months, as the facial nerves adjust to the re-draped skin. With more involved facelift procedures most patients can return to work by the third week. Mini facelift patients may only need a week before returning to work.
With any type of facelift, you’ll need to be patient with your results. This is because residual swelling can return. This usually occurs in the late afternoon or evening. Complete healing can take between 9-12 months.
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What Kind Of Results Can I Expect From My Facelift?
Today’s improvements in methods used by Dr. Low and other surgeons also delivers a much more natural looking rejuvenation compared with the former stretched look often associated with poorly done facelifts.
Depending on the method used and the areas targeted, you can expect a noticeable firming of your skin, reduction of lines and creases, removal of loose skin, and an overall younger, refreshed facial appearance.
How Long Will My Facelift Results Last?
Most people feel that facelifts make them look from 10-15 years younger. The changes made by Dr. Low are permanent, but your face will continue aging, as you would expect. It will age from a younger starting point, however, as the elevated facial structure created will endure and you will never return to the same degree of sagging you had previously. Your facial aging is also predicated on the amount of sun exposure you receive, along with personal habits such as smoking. To keep pace with the aging process, many patients return for a more limited procedure in 8-10 years or so.
What Will My Scarring Be Like After My Facelift?
Dr. Low is a board-certified plastic surgeon with rigorous training and over a decade of surgical experience. He uses his expertise with the different options for facelift surgery to effectively hide your incisions. He uses the natural chin crease and hides the ear incisions in the hairline as much as possible. These scars will heal well naturally and will be quite inconspicuous in a matter of months.
Schedule a Facelift Consult in Fort Lauderdale!
If you wish to learn more about Facelift surgery, or if you wish to determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure, be sure to book a personalized appointment with with Dr. Christopher J. Low and Dr. Michael C. Cheung today! Call 954.533.8029 today or fill out the appointment request form in our contact page. Our practice looks forward to serving you!