Facelift Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ
“I love restoring the youthfulness to the face in a very natural way and making patients feel great about how they look without looking overdone.”
What Is A Facelift?
In time, gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces and necks. Deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jawline slackens and becomes jowly, and the neck develops loose folds and fat deposits. Facelifts counteract these signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat, and trimming excess skin, giving your face a fresher, youthful look. After surgery, some patients look 10-15 years younger.
What Can A Facelift Do?
Facelifts, technically known as rhytidectomies (literally, “removal of wrinkles”), rejuvenate the mid- to lower face and neck. Facelifts are most effective for patients who want to correct:
- Midface sagging
- Deep creases under the eyes
- Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
- Jowls due to loss of muscle tone
- Sagging areas of fat
- Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw
What Should I Expect During A Facelift?
Facelifts can produce a dramatic improvement in appearance for patients with the problems mentioned above. However, facelifts do not stop the aging process; in time, signs of aging will gradually appear once again.
Further, facelifts will not rejuvenate the brow, eyelids, nose, and some of the midface. Patients who want to improve these areas may consider combining a facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).
How Facelift Surgery Performed?
New technology and methods allow Dr. Admire to perform different types of facelifts depending on individual patient needs. As he does with all of his surgeries, he adapts each procedure to the unique needs of the patient. These are different methods he uses for today’s facelifts. He may combine techniques, but these are some overall descriptions of these surgeries:
- Traditional facelift — This is also known as a full facelift and involves the largest degree of lifting and repositioning of the muscles and other involved tissues. Incisions begin at the temples on each side of the face, run down in front of the ears, wrap around the earlobes, and terminate in the hairline behind the ears. Dr. Admire lifts the skin and tightens the underlying muscle layer. Excess skin is trimmed before being re-draped, and fat is repositioned to avoid the patient acquiring a hollow look. If you have excessive sagging skin on your neck, a second incision may be made under the chin to allow Dr. Admire to lift, tighten, and trim the skin and muscle of your neck.
- Mid-face lift — The target here is the mid-face, particularly the cheeks and the areas under the eyes. Mid-face lifts can correct deep nasolabial folds (creases running from the nose down to the corners of the mouth), reduce puffiness under the eyes, and improve the contour of the cheeks. For a mid-face lift, Dr. Admire makes small incisions in the lower eyelids or the mouth.
- Limited-incision facelift — If you don’t have too much-sagging skin, this method can be a good option. This facelift provides limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth. Shorter incisions are made at the temples, around the ears, and possibly in the lower eyelids and/or under the upper lip.
- Neck lift — While not technically a facelift, neck lifts are often combined with a facelift to address sagging and banding on the patient’s neck. Incisions are made around the earlobe and behind the ear into the lower scalp. An additional incision may be made under the chin. The focus is on the jowls and fat under the chin.
How long does facelift surgery take?
Depending on the method he uses, facelift surgeries with Dr. Admire take between 2 and 4 hours. They are outpatient procedures.
Can I combine a facelift with other procedures?
Some of Dr. Admire’s patients misunderstand the scope of a facelift. Despite the name, a facelift doesn’t address the entire face. Facelifts work on the areas of the face from below the eyes down through the jaw and upper neck. A neck lift extends the procedure down the entire neck.
Facelifts do not address sagging on the brows or aging in the eyes. That’s because those areas are controlled by different muscle groups than the mid to lower face. To achieve more extensive facial rejuvenation, many of our patients opt to include either eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and/or a brow lift with their facelift. These are natural complements to a facelift and they provide rejuvenation to the eyes and forehead areas.
At what age should I consider facelift surgery?
There is no set age or profile for those who should consider a facelift.
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectation
Where are the facelift scars placed and are they noticeable?
Each surgeon’s techniques including placement of the scars are different.
Depending on the degree of change you’d like to see, your facelift choices include a traditional facelift or a limited incision facelift.
A traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls, and neck and underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck or to remove fat. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions
A short scar or Mini- facelift is an alternative to a traditional facelift and uses shorter incisions at the temples, continuing around the ear. “Mini-lifts” is usually reserved for patients with less skin relaxation, as the results are less rejuvenating than a full facelift.
What should I expect during a facelift consultation?
During your facelift consultation be prepared to discuss:
- Your surgical goals
- Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use
- Previous surgeries
Your surgeon will also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Discuss your facelift options
- Examine and measure your face
- Take photographs
- Recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of a facelift and any risks or potential complications
- Discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used
What is the recovery process like?
Following completion of a facelift, a bandage might be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising. Small tubes may be present to draw off any excess blood or fluid.
You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your recovery period.
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
- When will they be removed?
- When will the stitches be removed?
- When can I wash my face and wear make-up?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When can I color my hair or get a haircut?
While most people are presentable to the public within 10-14 days, it will take 2-3 months for the face to feel “back to normal” in terms of texture, sensibility, and loss of tightness. Continuing daily sun protection and a healthy lifestyle will help extend the results of your facelift.
As swelling and bruising subside, the visible improvements of a facelift appear. Your final result should not only provide a more youthful and rested appearance but also help you feel more confident about yourself. Although good results are expected, there can be no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
Follow your physician’s instructions to ensure the success of your surgery.
Will I experience any severe pain during my recovery?
You will have some pain for the first 2-4 days after your surgery, but it is far less than you would assume. The main area of discomfort is the feeling of tightness and stiffness on your face and upper neck. You may have some trouble opening your mouth for several days. The skin at your incision sites will be numb, and this will transition to itching.
Will I need to stay in the hospital after my facelift?
No. These are outpatient procedures. You will return home after your anesthesia wears off and we check to ensure everything is fine.
Are facelift sugery results permanent?
We can’t stop the aging process. However, a good facelift should last 10-15 years. Some patients that develop a little skin laxity in the neck or jowls in 5-10 years can usually get that treated with a Mini-lift and not need a full facelift again.
What are the risks and complications involved with a facelift?
Facelift surgery with Dr. Admire is major surgery, and the risks with any surgery are applicable with a facelift: bleeding, poor incision healing, infection, and reaction to anesthesia. These are specific risks that apply to this procedure:
- Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles (usually temporary)
- Numbness or tingling around the incision areas (temporary)
- Hair loss at the incision sites
- Skin discoloration (rare but can continue for several months)
- Skin healing issues (more common with smokers)
Schedule a Consultation Today!
If you’re interested in learning more about facelift surgery please contact us for a consultation at 480.946.3155 or fill out our contact us form. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.