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Over the last decade or more, facelift procedures have increased significantly and grown in popularity in Austin and throughout the nation. Individuals desire to remove signs of aging such as wrinkles, loose skin, and deep lines and a facelift can address these concerns.
If you are considering a facelift, the first step is to have a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons here at Wellspring Plastic Surgery in Austin to evaluate whether facelift surgery is appropriate for you. Your doctor will review a number of factors, including your bone structure, hairline, skin elasticity, wrinkles, medical history, and family history. It is important to let your doctor know about any current medical problems you have as well as any medications you are taking. Certain medications may produce unwanted reactions to a facelift procedure.
Often, medication will be prescribed during the recovery period due to mild discomfort associated with the swelling of the facial areas and eyelids. Facelift recovery time is typically seven weeks. After two weeks, the swelling and bruising will subside which allows for a certain amount of social activity – usually with family and personal friends. Generally, it is recommended to have a facelift done no sooner than three months prior to a major event.
Regardless of the skill set of your surgeon, eventually, gravity will take hold and produce the sagging effects of aging again. Many times individuals have a secondary facelift surgery to revisit sagging skin and/or target areas not addressed in the original facelift procedure.
Mid Face Lift
A mid-face lift is a surgical procedure which primarily rejuvenates the middle region of your face. This is the area across your face that includes your cheekbones and the upper portion of your nasolabial folds. It is also a critical component in the appearance of your eyes and the region around your eyes. When gravity and aging negatively affect the underlying structures that support the midface, this region weighs down your lower eyelids and alters their appearance.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A facelift is the ultimate surgical procedure for making a man or woman look younger. It is the standard to which all other facial rejuvenating procedures are compared.
A facelift involves an incision around the ear and sometimes under the chin. A facelift removes loose skin, thereby tightening the remaining skin. It elevates sagging tissues that cause nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It makes the outline of the jaw clearer and tightens the skin and muscles of the neck.
Facelifts are for both men and women. Candidates are individuals who have a sufficient amount of facial laxity to make the procedure worthwhile. Typical physical characteristics are visible neck muscles that are causing banding in the neck, laxity of skin or an excess of fat in the neck, a loss of the clear border along the jaw between face and neck, jowling, deep lines from the corner of the mouth to the jaw, and lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Low eyebrows are not treated with a facelift; those are fixed with a browlift. Extra skin and/or fat of the eyelids are treated with an eyelift procedure.
The most important factor to consider is whether a facelift does what you want it to do. A facelift tightens and lifts the face, but it does not fundamentally change elasticity. It does not remove fine lines or sunspots.
A nicely done study showed a portfolio of photographs of a group of patients before facelift and another portfolio of photographs to groups of observers. On average the facelift patients were judged to be nine to ten years younger!
A patient will always look better for the rest of their life than their imaginary identical twin that never had a facelift. It is not as if one day the result goes away and you look the same as if you never had one. Remember, gravity and normal aging occurs after the facelift has healed. In general, patients will develop enough laxity that repeating the facelift starts to become reasonable after seven to ten years later. The results last longer on a younger patient, but it is also true that by and large the woman getting a facelift younger will be more interested in repeating it at a shorter interval than an older woman.
A facelift is more about lifting than it is about removing wrinkles. By elevating and tightening, the wrinkles on the cheeks will be a little more stretched flat and will look better. But it will not effect anything in the chin and upper lip area. A facelift does not actually make any change in the skin itself. So some patients will also do a peel either at the same time or later.
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