A facelift is a time-honed cosmetic procedure that can turn back the clock and make you look 10 years younger. This surgery tightens muscles and underlying facial tissues, reduces and firms loose and sagging skin to lift and smooth the skin. It also treats fine lines and wrinkles and can give a youthful contour to your face.
Facelift surgery is often performed in combination with other procedures, including brow lift, eyelid surgery, neck lift or skin treatments including dermabrasion, chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
Ideal Candidates For The Facelift Procedure
Any one or a combination of the following indicate you are a good candidate for facelift surgery:
- Deep lines or folds that run from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth;
- Jowls or loss of a well-defined jaw;
- Deep wrinkles in the cheeks and sagging of the “highlight” area of the cheekbones;
- Loose skin, wrinkles, vertical cords or excess fatty tissue in the neck.
A facelift may help improve all of these problems. It cannot correct conditions like sagging eyebrows, excess skin and fatty deposits in the upper and lower eyelids, or wrinkles around the mouth. Dr. Minniti will recommend other procedures to help treat those issues.
The doctor spends considerable time with each patient. In your initial consultation, he will ask you to look in a mirror and identify exactly what you want to see improved. You should be very honest in discussing anything that bothers you about your appearance and what you hope to achieve with surgery. This will help Dr. Minniti understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved.
Dr. Minniti will assess the thickness, texture and elasticity of your skin along with the severity of wrinkles and folds. He will examine your hairline to determine where incisions can be placed strategically. These factors, along with your bone structure and underlying tissues, are important to develop the best surgical plan.
There are many variations in facelift procedures. The most common involves making an incision along the lower hairline extending around the earlobe. The incision is hidden in the natural contour of your ear and may easily be concealed by your hair or make-up. Sometimes a small incision is made underneath your chin. Through these incisions, Dr. Minniti can free the skin from underlying tissues, pull it up and back and reduce excess skin. If necessary, a small incision beneath the chin allows the doctor to reduce fatty tissue and smooth the cord-like structures of the underlying muscle in the neck.
Dr. Minniti will select a surgical procedure most suited to your anatomy and desired outcomes. You can trust in this doctor’s extensive experience to select techniques based on prevailing medical evidence and time-tested results.
Preparations For Facelift Surgery
The doctor will provide you with detailed pre-surgery instructions. Most often you’ll be asked to:
- stop smoking well in advance of surgery;
- avoid aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs which can increase bleeding;
- get a complete physical exam to be cleared for surgery;
- discuss any plans to lose more than 15 pounds with the doctor as they can affect surgical outcomes.