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5 Key Benefits of Getting a Facelift

Key Benefits of Getting a Facelift

Getting a facelift can be one of the most transformative cosmetic procedures ever. It can significantly reduce sagging skin, wrinkles, creases, and displaced facial fat. A skilled board-certified cosmetic surgeon will hide the incisions in your natural hairline and within the natural skin creases around and inside your ears. This will help other people who have yet to learn you have had a facelift done.

Reduces Wrinkles and Crease

While wrinkles and creases are a natural part of the aging process, they can make you appear much older than you are. A surgical facelift helps to eliminate fine lines and creases, which gives you a more refreshed appearance. A surgical facelift works by tightening loose skin and removing excess fat. The surgeon makes incisions along the hairline, around the ears, and sometimes behind the ear to remove excess skin, reposition muscles, and redrape the skin. In most cases, wrinkles are dramatically reduced after surgery. Even if some can’t be fully ironed out, they are still significantly less noticeable than before.

Rejuvenates Your Appearance

A complete facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, reduces signs of aging by tightening muscles and redraping skin. This helps minimize deep creases between the nose and mouth, a double chin, jowls, and displaced facial fat. It also improves the jawline and neck. The procedure may be performed independently or with other cosmetic procedures like a neck lift and eyelid surgery. The best candidates for a facelift are men and women who have begun to see sagging of the skin in the face and neck. They should still have some skin elasticity and a well-defined bone structure. The surgeon places the incisions so they’re invisible, using a technique that allows for a natural-looking appearance without a pulled or windblown look. The most important benefit of a facelift is that it rejuvenates your appearance, so you look younger and more refreshed. It can also help boost self-confidence and encourage you to maintain a healthier lifestyle, including following a better diet and exercising more often. This can lead to a happier and more successful life.

Minimizes the Appearance of Jowls

Sagging jowls can make the lower face, chin, and jaw appear heavier than it should. This often leads to a tired appearance and can impact your self-perception in personal and professional settings. A surgical facelift can minimize the appearance of jowls by lifting and tightening the underlying tissue and redistributing or trimming excess skin. During the procedure, you’ll be sedated for your comfort, and incisions will be made in areas where they’ll be hidden post-operation. The exact location of these incisions depends on your specific treatment goals, but they are all designed to be invisible so that no one will know you underwent cosmetic surgery. Your surgeon will then sculpt and redistribute the underlying fat of the face, jowls, and neck and tighten the muscles to give your face a more youthful, refreshed appearance. Your neck and jawline will also be better defined, which helps you avoid an unbalanced facial contour that can detract from your rejuvenation results. In addition, a facelift can be combined with a neck lift to provide even more comprehensive rejuvenation.

Lasts Up to Ten Years

A facelift has long-term results that will last for the rest of your life. However, the longevity of your results will depend on how well you care for your skin, and factors such as age and genetics can affect how long your results will last. The best way to ensure your facelift results last is to work with a board-certified surgeon specializing in facial rejuvenation.  During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision in your hairline above the ears and front of the ear, and then lift the fatty tissue from the deep neck and face, redistribute it, and remove any excess fat to tighten your face and jowls. The surgeon will then redrape your skin over the uplifted tissues and trim away any excess to create a youthful and natural-looking appearance. In addition, we encourage our patients to follow a healthy diet that includes foods that will promote collagen production and minimize inflammation, such as fish, dark green vegetables, fruits, eggs, nuts, white tea, garlic, and avocados.

The Recovery Isn’t as Significant as You Think

A surgical facelift is a safe procedure by a trained facial plastic surgeon. It can minimize the appearance of sagging skin, deep wrinkles, creases, and even a double chin while reducing excess fat in the area. It can also reduce the appearance of jowls and restore youthful volume to the cheeks. The recovery after a facelift isn’t as significant as you might think. Most patients can return to work about two weeks after surgery. However, they should avoid strenuous activity and saunas until the sutures are removed (unless they were made from dissolvable stitches). You might experience some tingling or numbness in the area after your facelift, but this usually fades in a week. In addition, you should avoid smoking 4-6 weeks before surgery because it can decrease your body’s ability to deliver the nutrients necessary for post-surgery healing. Plan your recovery by arranging for someone to stay with you while you rest. Stocking up on nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats would be best. Eating well can help speed up your recovery and enhance the results of your facelift.