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Dr. Anthony A. Admire, board-certified plastic surgeon and founder at AdmireMD Plastic Surgery, has refined and improved the traditional Deep Plane Facelift Technique for patients in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas, as well as for out-of-town travelers. Dr. Admire has trademarked the Perfect Plane™ Facelift, by utilizing his own techniques for deep plane dissection to more effectively reposition the muscles and tissues of the face and neck, with a greater level of precision and reproducibility.

Over time, gravity, sun exposure, the stresses of daily life, and simple genetics can start to really take their toll on the appearance of the face and neck. Deep creases can begin to appear beside the mouth, while the jawline becomes less defined, with jowls forming and the neck becoming more full with the development of stretched vertical muscle bands and loose skin. Luckily, these common concerns can be addressed with a facelift in Scottsdale at Admire Plastic Surgery. 

What is a facelift?

Dr. Admire’s signature Perfect Plane™  Facelift and Necklift effectively reverses the signs of aging by repositioning or tightening muscles, removing or relocating fat, and trimming away excess skin to reveal a fresher, more youthful appearance. Dr. Anthony Admire at AdmireMD Plastic Surgery + Skin Clinic, has revolutionized the Deep Plane Facelift and Necklift, known as The Perfect Plane™ - one of the best facelift procedures available in the country.  Contact us for a personal consultation to learn how Dr. Admire’s position as one of the premier facial rejuvenation specialists, not only in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area but also across the country, can help you achieve your youthful face from 20-30 years ago.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift in Phoenix?

In general, the facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy (literally, “removal of wrinkles”) procedure, is designed to rejuvenate the mid-to-lower face and neck. You are most likely a great candidate for a facelift procedure if you are in the Phoenix or Scottsdale areas, and looking to address any of the following issues:

  • Midface sagging and loss of cheek volume
  • Deep creases or hollowness under the eyes
  • Deepening nasolabial folds, between the cheek and mouth
  • Jowls, due to loss of muscle and skin tone
  • Fat loss
  • Loose skin and vertical muscle bands in the neck

When it comes to the issues mentioned above, a facelift in Phoenix can produce a dramatic improvement and reverse the signs of aging in a more subtle way and looking substantially younger than other people of a similar age.

However, a facelift will not necessarily rejuvenate the brow, eyelids, and nose. Combining your facelift with a brow lift, eyelid surgery, and/or nasal surgery, however, is a great way to address multiple areas of concern during the same surgery. 

What are the benefits of facelift surgery?

A facelift provides a younger, more sculpted appearance that allows you to feel confident and attractive. Facelifts are a popular procedure with a number of benefits:

  • Tightens and lifts sagging, aging skin
  • Reduces or eliminates jowls or a double chin
  • Targets many signs of aging in one procedure
  • Takes as much as ten years off the face
  • Revitalizes and refreshes the appearance
  • Lifts a heavy brow
  • Greatly reduces or erases wrinkles and heavy lines
  • Sculpts and refines the lines and contours of the face

Customizing Your Facelift Procedure

An important part of the facelift procedure involves ensuring that it is tailored to the unique physical characteristics of each patient and their individual goals and cosmetic aspirations. His commitment to the latest technologies and methods allows Anthony A. Admire to customize the Perfect Plane™ facelift in Scottsdale, depending on the patient’s needs and areas of aging.

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Dr. Anthony A. Admire’s Signature Deep Facelift: The Perfect Plane™

Dr. Anthony Admire has refined the art and science of the Deep Plane Facelift, creating The Perfect Plane™ Facelift, a revolutionary procedure for patients looking to reverse the many classic signs of facial aging. Having performed hundreds of face and neck lifts, The Perfect Plane™ Deep Facelift is the culmination of Dr. Admire’s 15 years of excellence and experience in facial plastic surgery. The Perfect Plane™ is designed not to make you look “different,” but to make you look better and decades younger.

It improves all of the most common signs of aging, including the following:

  • Separation of the lower eyelid and cheek, with the lower eyelid getting longer.
  • Flatness or loss of volume of the cheeks due to soft tissue descent.
  • More prominent nasolabial folds due to cheek descent, inferior and medial.
  • Jowling, causing blunting or loss of contour of the jawline.
  • Deep marionette lines.
  • Laxity or stretching of the neck’s platysma muscles, causing loose bands of muscle and skin.
  • Loss of sharp definition of the chin, neck, and jawline.

The Perfect Plane Facelift is a greatly-refined and entirely unique version of the Deep Plane Facelift that restores the face to a much more youthful appearance, resulting in patients looking refreshed and rejuvenated, and finally feeling that their outward appearance mirrors their inner youthfulness and vibrance.

The Perfect Plane™ Deep Facelift is perfectly suited for younger and older patients alike. The ideal candidate is a healthy patient ranging in age from the 40s to the late 70s, whose goal is to retain or restore facial volume, position, and proportions in a very natural-looking way

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Types of Facelifts

Traditional Facelift

The so-called “full facelift” 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 a hollow look. A second incision may be made under the chin, allowing Dr. Admire to lift, tighten, and trim the skin and muscles of the neck, in case of excess sagging skin.

The Perfect Plane™ Facelift

The Perfect Plane ™ Deep Facelift is a refined, improved version of the deep plane facelift offered exclusively by Dr. Anthony A. Admire at AdmireMD Plastic Surgery + Skin Clinic. It represents the culmination of 15 years of his expertise, experience, and skill in doing several hundred of these procedures.

The Perfect Plane™ Facelift is a greatly-refined and entirely unique version of the Deep Plane Facelift that restores the face to a much more youthful appearance, resulting in patients looking refreshed, rejuvenated, and many decades younger.

The Perfect Plane™ Facelift is perfectly suited for younger and older patients alike. The ideal candidate is a healthy patient ranging in age from the 40s to the late 70s, whose goal is to retain or restore facial volume, position, and proportions in a very natural-looking way.

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Mid-Face Lift

Addressing the mid-face, particularly the cheeks and the areas under the eyes, the mid-facelift can correct deep nasolabial folds that run from the nose down to the corners of the mouth, reduce puffiness under the eyes, and improve the contour of your cheeks. For a mid-face lift, Dr. Admire makes small incisions in the lower eyelids or the mouth.

Limited-Incision Facelift

For patients without an excessive amount of sagging skin in the lower face and neck, this method can be a good option, providing specifically targeted rejuvenation around the mouth (mild jowls). This process involves much shorter incisions, made mostly around the ear with very little extension into the neck hairline.

Neck Lift

While not technically a facelift, a neck lift is often combined with a facelift to address sagging and vertical muscle banding under the chin, as well as address mild jowls. Incisions are made under the chin only, treating the mild jowls, mild skin laxity, vertical muscle bands, and eliminate excess fat under the chin.

When Should I Get a Facelift?

Really, there is no definitively set age range or profile for those who should consider a facelift. We encourage you to reach out and set up a consultation to learn more about a facelift if you think the following describes you:

  • Healthy individual in the 40s to late 70s, without medical conditions that might impair healing
  • Nonsmokers
  • Individuals wanting to look 10-20 years younger version of themselves but also with realistic expectations from the surgery and postoperative recovery

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

Depending on the method used, facelift surgery in Phoenix with Anthony A. Admire typically takes around 3 hours. Additional time might be needed if other procedures such as fat injections, eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasties are performed at the same time. Dr. Admire customizes a facial rejuvenation plan during the consultation and addresses all areas of concern about your appearance, as well as thoroughly reviews the post-operative recovery process and expectations. This is typically an outpatient procedure that allows the patient to recover at home, or if they prefer or additional procedures are performed to recover overnight at a state-of-the-art and comfortable surgery center.

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What Should I Expect During My Consultation?

Your consultation with Dr. Anthony A. Admire will evaluate both your aging concerns and expectations and goals:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Discuss the Perfect Plane ™ Deep Plane technique if recommended
  • Examine all aspects of your face, including bone composition, volume loss
  • Take photographs
  • Recommend a surgical plan and any adjunctive procedures needed
  • Discuss realistic expectations and outcomes of the facelift and any risks or potential complications
  • Discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used
  • Discuss the facility that will be used

What is recovery like after facelift surgery?

Following the completion of the Perfect Plane ™ Deep Facelift and Necklift in Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix areas, a bandage will be placed at the time of surgery around your face, to help minimize swelling and bruising, and small tubes may be present to draw off any excess blood or fluid. We will provide you with detailed and specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally, and specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health. We will also follow up with you to ensure that you’re healing up properly.

While most patients feel ready to return to daily life within 7-10 days, it can take between two and three months for your face to feel “back to normal” in terms of its texture, sensitivity, and tightness. Regular sun protection and a healthy lifestyle will extend your results. Also, a medical-grade skin care regimen from AdmireMD Skin Clinic will be recommended to ensure lifelong results. As swelling and bruising subside, you will notice improvements more clearly, with the final result providing a more youthful and rested appearance, while also helping you feel more confident about yourself and looking decades younger.

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Some Good Questions to Ask Before Your Surgery

Your consultation is not only our chance to learn about you and your goals, but your chance to learn about us, your future procedure, and what to expect during the recovery period. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Anthony A. Admire and his staff at AdmireMD Plastic Surgery specific questions about what you can expect after your Perfect Plane ™ Deep Facelift in Scottsdale. Here are a few helpful ideas:

  • 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?

Is the Recovery Process Painful?

While it’s quite normal to experience some pain during the first two to four days following your surgery, we will make sure you are provided with anything you need to keep this managed and stay comfortable. You may have some trouble opening your mouth for a few days and therefore a soft diet is recommended for just a few days.  Also, the skin at your incision sites will be numb for a short while, but up to 6 months, before sensation fully returns.

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Will I Have Scarring After My Facelift?

Dr. Admire is known for his meticulous suturing techniques that make scars nearly imperceptible. Also, Dr. Admire places the scars that are very well hidden and avoids hair loss. Nearly all the sutures are dissolvable, which also enhances scar recovery. Dr. Admire and his team will put you on a 6-month post-surgical scar recovery program following your surgery. 

A traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear, and ends in the lower scalp, with a second incision under the chin sometimes being necessary to further improve an aging neck or to remove fat.

Alternatively, a so-called “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 and aging, as the results are less rejuvenating or dramatic than a full facelift.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you are interested in learning more about facelift surgery and his proprietary Perfect Plane ™ Deep Plane Facelift and Necklift in Scottsdale with Dr. Admire, please contact us for a consultation at 480.781.4016 or fill out our contact us form. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action, and put together a facial rejuvenation plan that will exceed your aesthetic and cosmetic goals.

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How do I prepare for facelift surgery?

Preparing for a facelift usually involves lab work and medical testing, ceasing smoking as necessary, and avoiding certain drugs or supplements that can affect bleeding and bruising.

What procedures can I combine with my facelift?

If the patient desires it, Dr. Admire will consider combining a neck lift, eyelid surgery, or rhinoplasty into the same surgical session. He strives to find the balance between reduced recovery time and ensuring totally adequate attention can be given to each individual procedure.

How soon can I go back to work after my facelift?

Most patients will be able to return to work within 10 to 14 days of their facelift surgery. You may still have the last bits of bruising, but this is often easily covered up with makeup.

Will I need to stay in the hospital after my facelift?

Most likely your facelift will be an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be able to return home after your anesthesia wears off and you are stable and comfortable to be discharged. Some patients can elect to stay overnight at our state of the art surgery center, especially if additional procedures will be done at the same time.

Will my facelift results be permanent?

While we cannot stop the aging process, your results should last between 15 to 20 years plus. Patients who develop skin laxity in the neck or jowls often find that a mini-lift addresses their skin issues, and do not require another full facelift.

Are there risks associated with a facelift?

A facelift is considered a major surgery, and carries with it the risks that would come with any similar procedure: bleeding, poor incision healing, infection, and a reaction to anesthesia. Other specific risks that apply to this procedure include:

  • Temporary Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles
  • Temporary numbness or tingling around the incision areas
  • Hair loss at the incision sites
  • Skin discoloration
  • Skin healing issues (more common with smokers) that could cause wound care

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