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Aging, hereditary and environmental factors affect all women and men, taking a toll on the way their skin looks and feels. Even the most diligent skin regimen, a healthy diet and consistent precautions against sun exposure will not stop fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity from appearing. Other factors also contribute to the appearance and development of these aging symptoms.

For example, as we age, our bodies create increasingly less collagen, a crucial substance vital to maintaining healthy, firm and youthful looking skin. Collagen, along with elastin and hyaluronic acid, helps the body create and sustain the underlying structures that give the skin its elasticity, volume, and moisture. Further, dynamic lines and wrinkles will inevitably develop. These issues are caused by repeated, natural and unavoidable muscle contractions which form are facial expressions.

While individuals should do all they can to nourish and protect their skin, many may eventually need to look at cosmetic surgery as an option to restore and maintain the rested, youthful and vibrant look they wish to have. A facelift by Dr. Lickstein provides many benefits. Among these benefits, a facelift can improve your skin tone, decreasing skin laxity, help re-volumize areas which look hollow and better define facial contours and provide long-lasting rejuvenation.

A facelift can also help improve your confidence and relationships, providing you with personal and lasting wellbeing. After your procedure, you will likely feel much less self-conscious and increasingly relaxed and at ease, which can help improve all aspects of our life. While all surgeries have some risks, the vast majority of patients who have a facelift do not experience problems and can begin enjoying their facial rejuvenation in a few short weeks after surgery.

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What is a facelift?

Facelift surgery, technically known as a “rhytidectomy,” is a cosmetic procedure designed to provide a more youthful facial appearance. Over time, heredity, gravity, stress, lifestyle and environmental conditions take a toll on our skin and cause us to look noticeably older. A rhytidectomy procedure improves signs of aging in the face and neck, including fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, jowls, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and hollows beneath the eyes.

Benefits of a Facelift

Restore Your Confidence

Facelift surgery provides a significantly more youthful, rested appearance, which allows patients to feel better about themselves and boosts their confidence and self-esteem.

Natural-Looking Results

Previous facelift techniques only tightened the skin, resulting in a pulled or “wind-blown” look. Current facelift techniques tighten the skin as well as the underlying structures of the face, providing very natural-looking results that last.

Feel Younger

A facelift can take years off of your appearance, and when you look younger, you often feel younger. With facelift surgery, you can look as young as you feel.

Multiple Options

Whether you desire minimal wrinkle correction or complete facial rejuvenation, there are various facelift options to meet any and all of your needs.

Will my facelift look over-done?

A common fear that many individuals have when considering cosmetic surgery, and especially a facelift, is that their procedure will look noticeable in an unflattering way or will look “overdone.” Prospective patients may also fear that they will lose the facial characteristics which give them a unique look and make them attractive, or that these features will be altered in a way that makes them less recognizably “themselves” after surgery.

Indeed, a poorly performed surgery, a surgery performed by a surgeon who does not fully consider his patients’ desires or who does not agree with them can leave some patients with an unsatisfying result. However, this possibility is far from the norm. In most cases, a facelift preserves and enhances the patients signature facial features, helps them look more relaxed, refreshed and at ease and, most importantly, provides years of healthy rejuvenation.

A feeling of tautness, especially near the sutures, is entirely normal in the days and weeks immediately after surgery. However, as your incisions heal, your skin’s suppleness and fluidity will return, the taut sensation will quickly subside and you will find yourself able to resume your natural facial expressions as you did before, with ease, and you will look very much like a younger and more rested version of yourself.

How do I know when I’m ready for a facelift?

Ideal candidates for a facelift or neck lift are unhappy with the appearance of lines, wrinkles or sagging skin on their face or neck areas. Prospective patients should also be adhering to a healthy lifestyle, protecting their skin from sun exposure, avoiding smoking and maintaining realistic expectations about the results the procedure can provide.

If you can relate to any of the following, a facelift may be the right option for you:

  • You have fine lines and wrinkles on your face or neck
  • You have sagging tissues on your face or neck
  • You always appear tired, sad, or angry because of deep-set wrinkles
  • You appear older than you feel or older than your actual age

Types of Facelifts

Traditional Facelift

A traditional facelift addresses fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin in the lower face, jowls, and neck. The surgeon tightens the facial muscles and removes sagging skin to provide a more youthful appearance. The surgeon may also redistribute or remove fat with liposuction to provide the most aesthetically pleasing results. A facelift may be combined with eyelid surgery for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

A traditional facelift provides the following benefits:

  • Achieves the most significant improvement
  • Eliminates signs of aging in all areas of the lower face and neck
  • Produces a very natural appearance

Limited Incision Facelift

A limited incision facelift is a less-invasive alternative to the traditional facelift. It is an ideal procedure for men and women who seek a subtle improvement to the lower face.

  • A limited incision facelift provides the following benefits:
  • Uses fewer and shorter incisions than a traditional facelift
  • Improves fine lines and wrinkles in the lower face
  • Allows for a shorter recovery time than a traditional facelift

Neck Lift

A neck lift is often performed along with a traditional facelift procedure. The surgeon tightens the neck muscles and removes sagging skin to produce smoother, more youthful-looking neck contours. The surgeon can also remove fat deposits in the neck during this procedure.

A neck lift provides the following benefits:

  • Eliminates wrinkles, “neck bands” and sagging skin in the neck area
  • Improves the appearance of a double chin
  • Produces a more youthful-looking neck

What will happen during my facelift consultation?

During your consultation, Dr. Lickstein will listen to your concerns and goals in detail and establish the results you expect to see after your surgery. You will also have a full examination, taking particular note of the areas of your face you wish to improve. Through the examination and a review of your medical records, Dr. Lickstein will determine if your health and skin condition make you a good candidate for facelift surgery.

If a facelift can deliver the results you desire, Dr. Lickstein will begin discussing your facelift options, recommending the type of facelift that will work best with your age, skin condition and goals. Your final desired look will strongly contribute to this recommendation since you will have this look for as many as ten years and maybe even longer. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the procedure during your consultation, but you can always follow-up with Dr. Lickstein after your consultation if new questions arise. Ask for facelift before and after photos at this time as well to better gauge your results.

What will happen during my procedure?

When your surgery appointment arrives, you will check-in at the surgical center and meet Dr. Lickstein. For your surgery, you will have general anesthesia, and once you are fully sedated, your surgeon will begin the procedure. Dr. Lickstein will disinfect the area, mark the areas where he will make the incisions and then make the primary incision. The primary incision will generally begin in the hairline at the temple, pass down in front of the ear, follow the lobe behind the ear and end in the scalp-line behind the ear, approximately two-thirds up the length of the ear.

Once the initial incisions have been made, Dr. Lickstein will begin to repair the underlying deep tissue and soft tissue, and the resurfacing of the skin can begin, according to the plans discussed during your consultation. Upon completion of the necessary augmentation, your surgeon will suture and close the incisions, applying compression bandages to protect the newly treated areas. Once you have passed through the anesthesia, and Dr. Lickstein has assessed your condition, you may return home. However, it is recommended that a friend or family member stay with you overnight and for the next 72 hours.

What risks does a facelift surgery have?

A facelift shares the same risks as other surgeries. Those risks include adverse reactions to anesthesia, the risk of hematosis (blood clots), the risk of hemorrhage (excess bleeding) and in some cases changes in the patient’s skin sensitivity due to nerve damage. While you do face the risk of these complications after surgery, the vast majority of patients do not experience problems as a result of their facelift surgery and have excellent results.

What can I expect during recovery from my facelift?

You will need to arrange transportation home after your surgery and help you with daily care for the first two to three days of your recovery. Swelling and bruising may last from a few days to a few weeks. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to help minimize pain and keep you comfortable during this time. You will also take antibiotics to minimize the possibility of infection. All patients will recover at their own rate, so your experience may differ slightly from a typical experience.

A full recovery may take up to six months, on average; however, most patients can return to their normal daily activities, including light exercise, usually two weeks after their surgery, with Dr. Lickstein’s approval. You can ensure a safe and quick recovery by getting enough rest and taking the proper precautions while you are at home and specifically avoiding more strenuous activities early in your recovery. If you fully commit to your recovery, you will be able to enjoy your new look sooner.

What results can I expect after my facelift? 

Most patients will see the results from their facelift surgery within six months, although subtle improvements may continue to develop for up to a year after the procedure. After a facelift, patients will experience reduced lines, wrinkles and furrows, improved skin laxity, and an overall refreshed, relaxed and youthful appearance, often with improved facial volumization. The results of a facelift are long-lasting, and many patients enjoy facial rejuvenation for 10 to 15 years or longer before a second procedure need be considered. This makes facelift cost worth the results in nearly every instance.

Trust Your Facelift to Dr. Lickstein at Lickstein Plastic Surgery

To learn more about whether you qualify for a facelift, and to find out more about your facial and body rejuvenation options, contact Lickstein Plastic Surgery today at 561-571-4000. Our office can discuss the many benefits of a facelift with you or share facial rejuvenation alternatives. Over a nearly 30-year career, Dr. Lickstein has helped thousands of patients look younger and feel healthier and more confident. He looks forward to helping you show your best face to the world.