How Does a Facelift Work?
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that dramatically reduces the signs of aging for men and women alike. If your fine lines and wrinkles are deepening and you're… Read On
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While many non-surgical treatments can help you look younger, the results are temporary. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace performs facelift surgery in Lexington and Louisville, KY, to provide dramatic, yet natural-looking facial rejuvenation that may last 5 to 10 years. Women and men choose this procedure to restore a firmer, more youthful contour in the mid to lower face.
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A facelift is most often performed on men and women over the age of 40. When performed by Dr. Calobrace, the procedure creates results that appear natural. It can help you look 5 to 10 years younger by:
For an even greater facial rejuvenation, you may choose to combine a facelift with other procedures such as eyelid surgery or a brow lift. We also offer non-surgical skin tightening with ThermiRF® treatments if you are not ready for surgery or want to enhance your facelift results.
Depending on the degree of correction required, your surgeon may perform your facelift while you are under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Once you are anesthetized, your surgeon begins by making incisions around your ears and behind your hairline. Once healed, these incisions create very discreet scars that remain almost completely hidden by your natural hair growth.
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After making the incision, your surgeon repositions the underlying muscle of your lower face and neck, surgically tightening these tissues and lifting them to reduce a drooping appearance. He may also remove extra skin for smooth, youthful-looking contours. Finally, your surgeon closes your incisions with sutures. Facelift surgery typically lasts between 3 and 5 hours.
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Once the procedure is complete, you should expect temporary swelling, numbness, bruising, and tenderness of the skin. Individual experiences may vary.
You should be ready to return to work in 10 to 14 days, with more strenuous activities limited for a month or more.
Bruising may last 2 to 3 weeks. Exposure to the sun must be limited for the first several months. While no surgery can stop the aging process, a facelift may provide improvements that last 5 to 10 years.
The risks involved in facelift surgery include damage to the nerves that control facial muscles and sensation, poor healing, excessive scarring, and asymmetry to the face or hairline.
Because everyone ages at a different rate, there are no official guidelines dictating how old someone must be to have a facelift. Some people are ready for the surgery in their 40s, while others can put it off until their 60s or beyond. Instead, Dr. Calobrace evaluates your face as a whole, assessing the quality of your skin and muscles to determine whether a facelift is warranted. He also considers a prospective patient’s overall health, especially if he or she is older. Patients should be healthy enough to undergo anesthesia safely and care for themselves after surgery.
Although the aging process continues, the results of facelift surgery can be very long-lasting, especially if you take proper care of your skin after surgery. This includes avoiding smoking and keeping your skin well protected from the sun. You can expect to enjoy the results of your facelift for about a decade, although this timeframe varies between individuals. However, since facelift surgery temporarily “freezes” the aging process, you may continue to look younger than your peers indefinitely. Some people choose to undergo an additional facelift later on, but it’s not required. Your surgeon can help you better understand how to maintain your results.
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Facelift surgery is especially useful for treating wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, including marionette lines and nasolabial folds. But because the surgery only focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face, wrinkles of the upper face, such as frown lines and crow’s feet, will likely remain. However, these concerns respond well to non-surgical treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, which can be easily incorporated into your facelift procedure for complete rejuvenation. For more severe wrinkles and laxity of the upper face, eyelid surgery or brow lift may be more appropriate.
The cost for a facelift depends on many factors, including technique and the complexity of the procedure. The cost for a mini facelift ranges from $10,000 to $13,000, a lower facelift costs between $13,000 and $16,000, and a facelift typically costs $14,000 to $18,000. During your surgical consultation, Dr. Calobrace will perform a full assessment of your face and determine the best surgical approach to help you achieve your goals. He will provide a customized estimate for your procedure at that time. We offer several financing options for our patients to set up affordable monthly payments.
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