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These days there are more options than ever before when it comes to facial rejuvenation, but still, one of the most popular and effective ways to bring youth back into the face remains to be facelift surgery. Facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to lift the face to decrease common signs of aging in the areas of the face and neck.
The Benefits of a Facelift
Let’s take a look at some of the issues which can be improved through facelift surgery:
It can improve the appearance of a double chin
- It can improve sagging caused by fallen or displaced fat
- It can improve the appearance of jowls
- It can minimize sagging throughout the middle of the face
- It can minimize deep creasing which appears from the nose down to the corners of the mouth
- It can minimize deep creasing under the lower eyelids
Often times a facelift surgery may be done in conjunction with a brow lift or eyelid lift surgery for a more complete rejuvenation. It’s important to note that while a facelift surgery is one of the most comprehensive facial rejuvenation procedures, there are some things it will not change. Your fundamental appearance will not be altered through a facelift, nor will it keep your face from aging further in the future.
Am I an Ideal Candidate for a Facelift?
Ideal candidates for a facelift procedure are in good physical and mental health, non-smokers, with a realistic expectation for the procedure outcome. As with all surgical procedures, there are risks which you should discuss in detail with your Plastic Surgeon. You should ask any and all questions and address your goals and concerns with your Plastic Surgeon in order to assure a safe procedure and positive outcome.
- Written onOctober 16, 2016 Looking back, having a facelift was a wonderful decision. I’m so glad I didn’t scare myself out of it. My more youthful jawline, neck and cheeks reappeared – jowls and flabbiness are gone – but I look and feel completely natural for my age. Dr. Darrow is truly an artist! Making the decision to get a facelift, though, was the easier part. Finding the right doctor was a bit more scary. I had consultations with other surgeons, but when I met Dr. Darrow I quickly felt at ease. He has a wonderful manner about him and clearly takes pride in “his work.” Dr. Darrow is easy to talk to – open with answers to my questions. I felt very comfortable and secure in his hands. Now I think of him more as a body-sculptor than a surgeon. And Helen, his assistant, was (and is) ever-responsive and welcoming – fabulous with the surrounding details and all my questions. Plus, The Boston Center facility is top-notch – including their attentive nurse care and top-notch anesthesiologist.
The Facelift Procedure
Let’s take a look at the procedure itself:
- First comes the anesthesia which may be introduced intravenously or through general anesthesia.
- Next, the incision will be made. You may opt for a traditional facelift, in which the incision usually begins at the temples in the hairline and goes around the ear to end at the lower scalp. The fat will be re-sculpted or re-distributed, muscles of the face will be lifted and excess skin will be removed.
- During a limited incision facelift the incisions are shorter and start at the temples, continue around the ear and possible include the lower eyelids or upper lip. Additionally, a neck lift may be performed alone or in addition to one of the above to lift the skin of the jowls and neck with an incision which starts in front of the ear and wraps around to the lower scalp.
- The incisions are typically hidden in the hairline or in natural creases.
- As you heal, your results will be more and more revealed. The swelling and bruising will go down and you will be left with a well rested, revitalized and more youthful appearance.
The Recovery Process
Following the procedure, during your recovery, it will be important to follow your Plastic Surgeon’s instructions and restrictions for optimal healing. It may take several months for incision line to fully mature and swelling to completely go down. You will need to continually be aware of staying protected from the sun. If you experience any shortness of breath or chest pain, seek medical attention immediately.
The Mini Facelift
A mini facelift is a less-invasive variation of the traditional facelift technique. It specifically focuses on aging issues in the lower third of the face, including sagging skin on the jawline, chin, and neck.
Ideal candidates for a mini facelift include patients who would like to get rid of their subtle or moderately drooping jowls. It can be paired with an upper and/or lower blepharoplasty for more comprehensive results.
The mini facelift is an outpatient procedure. At the start of the surgery, a combination of local anesthesia and sedation is administered (though general anesthesia may also be an option). Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Darrow creates incisions around the ears. The length of these incisions is shorter than that of traditional facelift incisions.
Excess skin is then removed, and the underlying tissues are lifted to tighten the area and make it look more youthful. The skin is redraped, and the incisions are closed using stitches.
The recovery time is typically the same as that of a full facelift. However, there is sometimes less bruising and swelling associated with it, since it is an overall less-invasive surgery.
No drains will be required during recovery. You will need to return for a follow-up, at which time Dr. Darrow will check on the progress of your healing and will remove your stitches.
The cost of a mini facelift is from $6,500 to $9,500. The exact price varies based on the patient’s individual requirements.
Contact Us Today
To find out more about the mini facelift and the facelift in Boston, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Darrow. Contact our office to arrange your appointment.