What is a Facelift?
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.
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 re-draping 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.
Am I a good candidate for a Facelift?
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
Types of Facelift Procedures
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 Procedure
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.
As you would expect, this facelift focuses on the middle of the face, particularly the cheeks. Mid-facelifts can reduce puffiness under the eyes, correct nasolabial folds, and improve the definition of the cheeks. In mid-facelifts, Dr. Shah usually makes small incisions in the lower eyelids or the mouth.
Limited-Incision Facelift Procedure
A limited-incision facelift 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.
Facelift Before and After
What other procedures can be combined with a Facelift to expand my results?
Facelifts are often combined with neck lifts, as mentioned above. Since facelifts don’t address the forehead, a brow lift may also be done. Eyelid surgery is another popular complementary procedure.
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.
How long will my facelift results 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 long lasting. 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.
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