Facelift in Beverly Hills
Dr. Minniti is an expert in performing facelifts in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and the surrounding California areas
A facelift in Beverly Hills restores smoother, more pleasing contours to your face and neck. It can help you look as good as you feel, and perhaps feel younger than you are.
Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for a facelift in Los Angeles:
- Deep lines, or folds, running from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth.
- Jowls, or loss of a well-defined jaw line associated with youthfulness.
- Deep wrinkles in the cheeks and sagging of the "highlight" areas of the cheekbones.
- Loose skin, wrinkles, vertical cords, or excess fatty tissue in the neck.
A facelift can improve all of these problems, It cannot, however, correct conditions, such as sagging eyebrows, excess skin and fatty deposits in the upper and lower eyelids, or wrinkles around the mouth. Your plastic surgeon, Dr. Minniti, can provide further information if you have an interest in other procedures to treat these areas.
During the initial consultation, your plastic surgeon may ask you to look in a mirror and point out exactly what you would like to see improved. You should be very frank in discussing anything about your appearance that bothers you as well as what you hope to achieve with surgery. This will help your surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved.
In evaluating you for facelift surgery in Beverly Hills or Los Angeles, your plastic surgeon will assess the thickness, texture and elasticity of your skin, and the severity of wrinkles and folds. Your hairline will be examined to determine where incisions can be discreetly placed. All of these factors as well as your bone structure and underlying tissues will be considered in developing as individual surgical plan.
Your plastic surgeon may discuss additional procedures with you that can be performed along with a facelift in order to address all of the concerns that you have identified. For example, a facelift is frequently combined with a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, nose reshaping or skin treatments, such as a chemical peel, dermabrasion or laser resurfacing in Beverly Hills.
Because of individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from a facelift. Dr. Minniti will select the surgical technique that he feels will obtain the best outcome for you.
Although there are many variations to the facelift procedure, generally, an incision is hidden in the natural contour of your ear, and then extends around the earlobe and back into the hairline. Following surgery, incisions can be easily concealed by your hair or with makeup. There may also be a small incision hidden underneath you chin.
Through these discreet facelift incisions, your plastic surgeon is able to free the skin from the underlying tissues to the extent necessary for the particular surgical technique selected. After the skin has been pulled up and back, the excess is removed. In some instances, the deeper tissues may also need to be repositioned in order to restore a more youthful contour to your face. If necessary, a small incision beneath the chin permits the removal of fatty tissue in that area and smoothing of the cord-like structures of the underlying muscle in the neck.
RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
Fortunately, significant complications from facelift surgery are infrequent. Every year, thousands of women undergo successful facelift surgery, experience no major problems, and are pleased with the results.
Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection, and reactions to anesthesia. While plastic surgeons are trained in techniques for safely manipulating facial skin and tissue, injury to underlying structures is possible, though it is usually only temporary. Facelift incisions are most often inconspicuous, but this is not entirely predictable due to individual variations in healing.
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after surgery.
PREPARATION FOR SURGERY
If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions. If your hair is very short, you may want to let it grow enough to cover your incisions while they heal. If you are overweight and you have a realistic desire to lose more than 15 pounds, you should discuss this with your surgeon.
The goal of your plastic surgeon and the entire staff is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.
Your surgery will be performed in a fully accredited outpatient surgery center in the same building as Dr. Minniti’s office. A general anesthetic is administered, so that you will sleep throughout the procedure. For your safety during the operation, various monitors are used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse and the amount of oxygen circulation in your blood. Afterward, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. A bandage will be wrapped around your face, and small tubes will be inserted beneath the skin to drain fluids that might accumulate, but you will not feel these at all. In fact, there is surprisingly little discomfort from the surgery.
You probably will be permitted to go home after a few hours, although some patients may stay overnight in a surgical aftercare facility.
It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
After surgery, you will be asked to restrict your activities and simply relax for a few days. Elevating your head when you sleep will help to minimize swelling and bruising. Remember, you must not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications, and you should not smoke or be exposed to heavy secondary smoke for a while.
Bandages and tubes will be removed in one to three days. At that time, you will notice puffiness and discoloration that may be more pronounced in some portions of your face than others. Do hot be alarmed by any unevenness or temporary asymmetry caused by this variance in swelling and bruising, which is perfectly normal. Generally, the greatest amount of swelling occurs 24 to 72 hours after surgery, but it may take several weeks before all puffiness is resolved. Most bruising will disappear within two weeks. After a few days, you will be permitted to wear makeup, which will help conceal any discoloration. You will also experience some numbness in the facial area, which may be present for several weeks or longer. Your stitches will be removed from four to seven days after surgery.
Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within two weeks and begin to exercise three to four weeks after surgery. You will be instructed to temporarily avoid exposure to direct sunlight and, for the long term, be conscientious about the use of a sunblock to protect your skin.
The results of your facelift in Los Angeles may be dramatic or subtle, depending on how you look before surgery as well as the specific goals that you and your plastic surgeon have established. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several weeks for an accurate picture of your "new look." Additional minor changes, or settling, may occur over several months. Take a minute to look at the before and after photos of facelift patients.
You will return to your plastic surgeon’s office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated.
Contact us to schedule a consultation or discuss the cost of your facelift in the Beverly Hills or Los Angeles areas.