A facelift is one of the most effective and long-lasting ways to address signs of aging in the area between your cheeks and collarbone. With aging there is a loss of cheek volume and a gradual descent of the cheek pad, resulting in jowls along the jawline. You may also develop excess skin in the lower neck from a loss of elasticity caused by sun exposure or genetic predisposition.
The Facelift Procedure
With a facelift procedure, Dr. Michael Eisemann can address cosmetic imperfections such as:
- Loose skin and excess fatty deposits in the neck
- Double chin and jowls
- Creases around the nose and mouth
- Mid-face sagging
- Wrinkles and creases below the lower eyelids
A traditional facelift will lift the cheek by tightening the skin and fill the cheek with a fat injection or a naturally occurring hyaluronic acid product such as Voluma®, Restylane®, or Perlane®.
If wrinkles are your main concern, wrinkle removal is best treated separately by a laser, chemical peel, or dermabrasion.
The Midface Technique
For younger people desiring a more refreshed and rejuvenated look, Dr. Eisemann may recommend a mid-facelift alone, which targets those areas most impacted by the initial effects of aging.
With the midface technique, no visible scar is made on the face. Your incisions are made intraorally and through the lower eyelid, similar to blepharoplasty.
Patient selection, as well as superb technical skill of the facelift surgeon, is key to a successful result. Ideal candidates for facelift surgery are unhappy with the way aging, genetics, and other factors have impacted the youthful appearance of their face and neck. In addition, good facelift candidates should be:
- In generally good health
- Prepared for a surgical procedure
- Willing to take time off to recover
Facelift surgery can take up to ten years off of your appearance, but cannot make you look like a teenager again. It is important to have realistic expectations about the abilities and limitations of this or any other facial rejuvenation procedure.
During your consultation, Dr. Eisemann will evaluate your excess skin distribution, direction, quality and texture to determine the type of procedure that is most appropriate for you. If another type of facial rejuvenation is more appropriate, Dr. Eisemann will recommend the right treatment to achieve your desired results.
Preparation and Recovery
In preparation for your facelift, you should quit smoking at least two weeks in advance of surgery. You should not be taking any nonsteroid anti-inflammatory medication, such as Advil, aspirin, Motrin, or Aleve, for one to two weeks before surgery.
During recovery, your bruising will last about ten days, but your swelling may last three weeks. Your drain is removed one to two days following surgery when the dressing will also be removed. Sutures are removed one week following surgery.
A facelift can produce results for upwards of ten years, significantly longer than nonsurgical skin care options such as BOTOX® Cosmetic. The goal of facelift surgery is to create a harmonious natural youthful appearance without telltale signs of the operation.
Your face will become more angular from the frontal view and more "S" shaped on the oblique view. Your jawline will also appear to lengthen. All of this results in people noticing that you look much younger, but they may not be able to guess why.
To schedule your initial consultation with our triple board-certified Houston plastic surgeon, please call (855) 813-7077 today. Based in Houston, Texas, Dr. Eisemann welcomes patients from across the country and around the globe.