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As the years go by, the signs of aging on the face can make you look old, tired, and upset. Our facial plastic surgeons perform personalized facelifts to reverse the signs of aging, refresh your facial appearance, and make you look youthful.

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How the Face Ages

As you grow older, the gradual loss of collagen and elastin from the skin leads to the onset of facial wrinkles. Collagen and elastin hold your skin tissues together, so their gradual degradation leads to a sagging appearance. Furthermore, as the muscles underneath your facial tissues weaken, you develop jowls, deep facial folds, and a double chin. Our surgeons measure and grade the degree of laxity to curate a facelift technique that refreshes your appearance, re-introducing you to your younger self.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that reverses the effects of age on your face. The procedure involves making strategic incisions along the hairline or behind the ears, following which the flap of skin on both sides of the face is pulled back. The surgeon trims away excess skin tissues, removes excess fat deposits, and tightens underlying facial muscles, making your face look firm and youthful. A facelift can take a decade off your face.

Facelift Can Correct:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Furrowed forehead
  • Hollow eyes
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Sagging jowls
  • Deep facial creases
  • Nasolabial folds around the nose
  • Marionette lines around the mouth

Types of Facelift

Primary Facelift

A primary facelift refers to an individual’s first-ever facelift surgery. This is a personalized procedure that takes a three-layer approach to reverse the signs of aging on the face. The surgeon trims away excess skin tissues, removes excess fat deposits, and tightens underlying facial muscles. This procedure can make the cheeks look smoother and more youthful and help you achieve a chiseled jawline.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift, also known as a weekend facelift, is suitable for patients with moderate skin laxity, usually those in their 40s and early 50s. The surgeon makes small incisions behind the ears to tighten the exterior skin layer. This surgical technique doesn’t manipulate the underlying muscles and includes a minimal recovery period. Instead of weeks of downtime, you can resume most daily activities in a few days.

Lower Facelift

A lower facelift is a surgical procedure focusing on the lower third of the face, i.e., the regions below the corners of the mouth. This procedure is meant for patients with excessive nasolabial folds, marionette lines, jowls, and a double chin. The surgeon only trims excess skin from the lower facial regions to improve the contours of the chin and jawline. The lower facelift is often combined with a neck lift.

Revision Facelift

A revision facelift is a term used to describe any facelift surgery after the primary surgery. You may undergo a revision facelift to touch up the results of the primary procedure or correct the unwanted results of a botched surgery. A revision facelift is generally more complicated than the original because the surgeon must also correct the issues arising from the previous surgeon’s techniques.

Your Facelift Journey: Consultation, Surgery, Recovery

Your facelift journey starts with a thorough consultation with our surgeons. Our facial plastic surgeons offer extended consultations, during which they discuss your specific goals and concerns, understand why you’re pursuing a facelift, review your medical history, and determine if you’re a good candidate for facelift surgery. Our facial plastic surgeons also measure and grade the degree of skin laxity to select the facelift technique for you — primary facelift, revision facelift, mini facelift, or lower facelift.

Your facelift surgery is performed in our accredited surgical center under total intravenous anesthesia. Generally speaking, a facelift surgery involves making strategic incisions along the hairline, behind the ears, or/and under the chin. The specific location of the incision depends on the chosen surgical techniques, but they’re all positioned in discreet locations to minimize visibility. The surgeon elevates the skin, trims excess skin tissues, and tightens underlying tissues and muscles, after which the skin is re-draped in the new position.

The specific details of the facelift surgery vary from one individual to the next. The entire procedure may take 3 to 6 hours, following which you will be taken to the recovery suite for observation. After the procedure, you may experience moderate pain, swelling, bruising, and numbness. Your incisions will be covered with bandages, and a small tube may be placed underneath your skin to drain away excess fluids. You must take the prescribed medications and ensure optimal care for your incisions to prevent complications.

Patients can usually resume their daily activities and work within 1 or 2 weeks. But you must avoid strenuous workouts and high-intensity activities for 4 to 6 weeks. However, if you undergo a mini facelift, you may only need a few days of downtime. Your surgeon will walk you through the complete post-surgery recovery timeline to ensure optimal healing.

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Wright Spellman Plastic Surgery is a facial plastic surgery practice specializing in personalized facelift techniques in Florida. Our surgical facility is led by board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons who discuss your concerns and goals and curate personalized treatment plans that ensure natural results. The incisions are always placed along the natural folds of your skin or within discrete locations to minimize visibility. To learn more about your facelift options, please schedule an appointment.

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