The passage of time is inevitable, and unfortunately, so are the changes the natural aging process brings to your face. Gravity, heredity, lifestyle choices and environmental pollutants all work to reduce the skin’s elasticity and youthful fullness gradually. Over time, folds and wrinkles begin to emerge, and facial tissues lose volume and start to droop. Jowls, a double chin or the dreaded “turkey wattle” may develop, causing you to look older than you feel. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery today offers both safe and highly effective options for reversing these unwanted signs of aging and restoring your natural, youthful beauty.

Facelift surgery, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical cosmetic procedure that is performed to address concerns with the aging present on the mid to lower regions of the face. Facelift procedures are often considered to be the most comprehensive surgical approach in plastic surgery for treating multiple symptoms of aging on the face within a single operation. By eliminating excess, loose skin as well as lifting and tightening the underlying tissues of the face, a facelift can effectively smooth your complexion and restore youthful facial contours for a genuinely transformative and long-lasting rejuvenation.

Reasons For Considering Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is an ideal procedure for women and men who are in good physical health and who are displaying a moderate to severe degree of aging on their midface, lower face and neck. While there is no right or wrong age to have facelift surgery, a majority of facelift candidates will fall between 40 and 70 years of age. Your facial structure, skin quality and aesthetic concerns will all be considered by Dr. Vasisht when determining your candidacy for the surgery. Facelifts at South Shore Plastic Surgery may address any or all of the following aesthetic concerns with stunning, natural results:

  • Sagging skin along the lower face and jawline (jowls)
  • Displaced or fallen facial volume
  • Nasolabial folds (creases that extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth)
  • Marionette lines (lines that extend from the edges of the mouth to the chin)
  • Submental fullness (double chin)
  • Deep wrinkles in the cheeks and lower face

While facelift surgery is often considered to be the gold standard of facial rejuvenation procedures, it is not a one-stop-shop for all visible signs of aging. A facelift works to specifically target the lower regions of the face and neck, including your cheeks, midface and jawline. The surgery is not intended to address signs of aging around the eyes and forehead, remove wrinkles or improve the skin’s quality and texture. These aging symptoms may, however, be treated using additional cosmetic procedures that may be combined with a facelift if more comprehensive facial rejuvenation results are desired.

Younger patients who are displaying early signs of aging or who wish to enhance their complexion are generally better-suited for noninvasive or minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments. Dermal fillers or Botox are popular facial rejuvenation options for patients of all ages due to their safety and efficacy. Dr. Vasisht will ensure that you understand all of the treatment options available to you after evaluating your concerns during your initial consultation.

It is also essential for patients to have realistic expectations about what facelift surgery can help them to achieve. A facelift will not dramatically change your appearance or alter the existing structure of your face. You will still look like yourself after your facelift procedure, only decades younger and more refreshed.

What to Expect From Your Facelift Procedure

The techniques utilized in facelift surgery have evolved significantly over the years. Gone are the days where facelifts yielded results that appeared windswept or stiff. Today’s facelift techniques are designed to minimize scarring and downtime, produce more natural-looking results and are more customizable than ever before. As several different facelift techniques can be employed during your procedure, Dr. Vasisht will recommend the best approach for your surgical technique based on your concerns, anatomy and overall goals for the surgery.

A traditional facelift, or a full facelift, may take several hours or longer to complete depending on the extent of correction needed as well as whether any other additional cosmetic procedures will be performed during your appointment. Depending on your needs, your facelift may require general anesthesia or local anesthesia with heavy sedation. In a standard facelift, incisions will be placed discreetly on each side of your face within the hairline, beginning at the temples. These incisions continue down the contour of the face in front of the ears and wrap under the earlobes, extending behind each ear and ending at the lower scalp.

Through these incisions, the skin is gently lifted to allow Dr. Vasisht to adjust the underlying causes of facial aging. Fat deposits will be sculpted or redistributed and deeper facial tissues will be tightened and repositioned to create a more youthful configuration. The skin is then redraped over your improved facial contours, and any excess skin will be removed before closing the incisions with minuscule stitches to reduce the development of future scarring.

What to Expect From Your Facelift Recovery

Facelift surgery at South Shore Plastic Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, so you will be free to recover in the comfort of your own home after your face is carefully fitted with bandages to aid your healing process. The recovery experience after a facelift will look different for each patient based on the extent of their surgery, their age and personal rate of healing; however, most patients can expect about two weeks of downtime before they feel comfortable returning to work and resuming their normal activities. Any stitches, clips or staples used to close your incisions will typically be removed within a week of your procedure.

Immediately after your surgery, you can expect to experience some mild discomfort, bruising, swelling and stiff facial movements for the initial stages of your recovery. Dr. Vasisht will provide you with thorough post-operative instructions on how to manage residual side effects with oral pain medications and how to allow your face to heal correctly. Strenuous activities such as exercise or physical labor will generally need to be avoided for about four weeks or until you have received clearance from Dr. Vasisht.

Your face will be particularly vulnerable to UV rays for several months after your facelift procedure, so you must be committed to limiting your sun exposure and applying sun protection daily to ensure your skin is not subject to damage. This will also help to ensure that your incision lines heal as inconspicuous as possible for natural-looking results.

What to Expect From Your Facelift Results

While a facelift procedure cannot stop the passage of time or aging process, the results of your surgery will be remarkably long-lasting. While the longevity of your results will vary by factors like your age and how well you care for your skin post-op, most patients can expect to enjoy their more refreshed and younger-looking complexion for up to 10 or 15 years before signs of aging begin to emerge once again. Dr. Vasisht also offers a multitude of surgical and nonsurgical treatments that can help you to prolong your youthful new appearance if signs of aging appear sooner than you’d prefer.  Your rejuvenated facial contours and smoother, tighter skin will allow you to look and feel years younger and will age naturally with you for natural beauty that lasts.

A surgical facelift is one of the top facial rejuvenation options for patients who wish to achieve both dramatic, natural and long-lasting results. To learn more about facelift surgery and how it can restore youthfulness to your appearance, contact South Shore Plastic Surgery today at 856-322-8100 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Vasisht.