In time, gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces: deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jawline slackens, and folds and fat deposits appear on the neck. Anyone interested in looking younger and refreshed can benefit from a facelift. A facelift is the true expression of your surgeon’s artistic ability.
What are the intended results of facelift surgery?
Facelift plastic surgery restores a smooth, youthful appearance to the face. Facelift plastic surgery restores a smooth, youthful appearance to the face. It reduces facial lines and wrinkles, tightens sagging skin, and lifts areas of the face and neck that have lost their elasticity.
The facelift procedure is performed either on an outpatient basis at an ambulatory surgical care facility or in the hospital. Patients can typically go home the day of their surgery, but occasionally an overnight stay is recommended. We can recommend recovery facilities or home care if you would like additional private post-operative care in the days following surgery.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Facelift plastic surgery may be performed under general anesthesia, which is given by an expert anesthesiologist. These services will be provided by the surgical facility where your surgery is performed, and the fee for this service will be billed separately.
How long does facelift plastic surgery take?
Dr. Agha, a Plastic Surgeon in Newport Beach, usually takes several hours to complete a facelift, but the duration of the procedure varies by patient.
What is involved in the facelift procedure?
Dr. Agha will perform a short scar mini-facelift, unless significant skin laxity exists. He prefers incisions that are well hidden, as can be seen in the below picture of a facelift patient at six months. The incision starts at the hairline, continues into a natural crease in front of the ear and then inside the ear cartilage, and ends around the ear lobule behind the ear. If a necklift is needed, a small incision may be made under the chin.
Dr. Agha then elevates the facial skin from the underlying fat and muscle. The underlying muscle fascia is then tightened and the fat elevated to appropriately correct for the anatomical changes of the aged face. The excess skin is then excised. Dr. Agha adheres to the principles that allow him to provide a natural, younger, fresher look to his patients.
Fat may be removed from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. Following surgery, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain any blood that might collect there.
The surgery is often performed in conjunction with a brow lift to provide full facial rejuvenation. Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty may also be performed at the same time as a facelift, especially if a patient has significant skin overhang in the upper eyelids.
What happens after surgery?
The incisions are covered with light dressings, and stitches, if used, will be removed in five to 10 days. Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication. Scars will usually fade within a few months.
When can I return to work and regular activities after facelift surgery?
What restrictions will I have? Some bruising and swelling may be present within the first week or so after facelift surgery. Most facelift patients choose to return to work after the initial healing is complete (in 5 to 10 days) and sutures are removed. Residual bruising can typically be hidden with cosmetics until bruising completely fades.
Is facelift plastic surgery typically covered by insurance?
A facelift is a cosmetic procedure and unlikely to be covered by insurance.
Dr. Siamak Agha is a board certified plastic surgeon who is well-known for providing excellent facial plastic surgery results through procedures such as facelift, eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty. With years of experience in the field, he is also a leading provider of body contouring and Newport Beach breast augmentation. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact his practice at 949-245-6713.