What is a Facelift?
Advances in medicine have all of us living longer. Unfortunately, medicine hasn’t come up with a way to delay the aging of our skin and underlying tissues to keep pace with our expanded longevity.
Part of the problem is sun and environmental damage, but over the past 20 years, we’ve made great strides in protecting our skin. Still, we can’t do much about our body’s dropping collagen production. Our collagen production drops by one percent every year after our 20th birthday. Do the math — a 50-year-old’s body makes only 70% of the collagen that a 20-year-old’s body is producing. And since collagen is the body’s protein that is responsible for the skin’s structural support, it’s inevitable that the 50-year-old’s body will have more saggy, loose skin.
This is especially true on the face, which has some of the body’s thinnest skin. It shows itself in deep creases beside the mouth, hanging jowls, sunken cheeks, loose skin and banding on the neck, and an overall looser face.
A facelift with Dr. Shah can take a decade off your face. The procedure will remove loose skin on your face and neck, tighten underlying muscle and tissue, and remove excess fat. The result is a face that looks 10 to 15 years younger.
Would a Facelift help me?
There are different methods employed by Dr. Shah depending on the patient’s needs. The amount of sun damage, personal habits such as smoking, stresses, and other factors all work to age the face. A facelift, clinically known as rhytidectomy, rejuvenates the mid-to-lower face and neck. Generally, most anyone over the age of 45 could benefit from a facelift.
At Signature Plastic Surgery, we offer various facelift procedures in Las Vegas and Henderson that can reduce these signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles and redraping the skin around the neck and face. In many cases a facelift can reduce the outward signs of aging by ten to fifteen years. Facelifts are often combined with other facial procedures including neck lifts and eyelid surgery to achieve optimal results.
If you have these characteristics, a facelift with Dr. Shah could be a good procedure:
- Mid-face sagging
- Deep nasolabial folds
- Fatty, loose areas below your cheekbones
- Deep creases under your eyes
- Banding, fatty tissue, and loose skin on your neck
What are the different Facelift options?
The facelift is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures, practiced in one form or another since early in the last century. Most of those facelifts would now be known as “traditional” or “full” facelifts. But with the addition of endoscopes and advanced techniques, Dr. Shah can perform a variety of different facelift methods depending on your particular needs.
Traditional facelift — A full facelift aims to rejuvenate the face, jowls, and neck. This procedure involves the largest degree of lifting and repositioning of the muscles and other involved tissues. Fat is mostly repositioned by Dr. Shah to avoid the patient having a hollow look afterwards. Excess skin is trimmed before being re-draped. Incisions begin at the temples on each side of the face, run down in front of the ears, wrap around the earlobes, and terminate in the hairline behind the ears. If there is excessive neck sagging, a second incision may be made under the chin to better access, lift, tighten, and trim the involved skin and muscle on the upper neck.
Mid-face lift — As you would expect, this lift focuses on the middle of the face, particularly the cheeks. Mid-face lifts can reduce puffiness under the eyes, correct nasolabial folds, and improve the definition of the cheeks. In mid-face lifts, Dr. Shah usually makes small incisions in the lower eyelids or the mouth.
Limited-incision facelift — This method can be a good option when a patient doesn’t have as much sagging. This facelift provides limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth, including nasolabial folds and other deep creases. Shorter incisions are made at the temples, around the ears, and possibly in the lower eyelids and/or under the upper lip.
Neck lift — Neck lifts are not actually facelifts, but are often combined with a facelift to address sagging and banding in the neck. A neck lift focuses on the jowls and fat under the chin. Incisions are made around the earlobe and behind the ear into the lower scalp. If needed, an additional incision is made under the chin.
Before and After
What other procedures can be combined with a Facelift to expand my results?
Facelifts are often combined with neck lifts, as discussed above. Since facelifts don’t address the forehead, a brow lift may also be done. Eyelid surgery is another popular complementary procedure.
What’s the recovery process like?
Facelifts are not a typically “easy” recovery. This is because so much tissue is lifted and repositioned, and this causes tissue trauma, swelling, and bruising. After your surgery, your face will be wrapped in bandages and drainage tubes will probably be in place. The first few days are the most difficult, but then you will feel better quickly. You’ll have to sleep with your head elevated for at least the first week and not on your face. Your skin on the face and neck will feel tight initially. After the pain subsides, you will likely have numbness in some areas. This is normal and is a result of the facial nerves adjusting to your re-draped skin. Most patients can return to work by the third week after surgery.
When will I see results and how long will they last?
Your results will show themselves more and more as your swelling decreases. Still, full results may not be seen for a few months, as swelling can come and go, especially later in the day.
As for your results, they are permanent. But it’s important to remember that your skin and underlying tissues will continue to age. Many patients have a smaller procedure again in five to 10 years to update results.
What to expect during your Facelift consultation
Facelift surgery is personalized process driven by your specific needs. During consultation with Dr Shah, you'll get details about how this procedure helps tighten the facial skin and also redraping the skin so it looks taut and natural.
Schedule a consultation
If you have any questions about each segment of the procedure, feel free to bring them up with our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Himansu Shah. He has great experience performing face lift surgeries for patients of many backgrounds, and will endeavor to make sure you feel confident and comfortable about choosing this surgical option to improve the aesthetic qualities of what is often thought of as one of the most important part of the body, the Face.
Contact our office today by calling (702) 684-5502 or filling out our online form on the right hand side of the page to book your consultation!