There two major changes that occur in the face with aging. The obvious changes are a loosening of the skin in the face and neck from laxity and sagging, the prominence of nasolabial folds, jowl formation, and what are referred to as “marionette lines”—creases extending downward from the corners of the mouth. The other less obvious change is a loss of volume, particularly in the cheeks. Genetics, diet, smoking, sun exposure, weight fluctuations, and the natural aging process can all contribute to these changes. The neck muscles can also loosen, causing people to look years older than they really are. Facelift surgery is designed to eliminate face and neck wrinkles simultaneously, thereby rejuvenating the skin and restoring a youthful appearance. When performing facelift surgery at his South Carolina practice, plastic surgeon Dr. Ram Kalus’ goal is to produce the “un-operated” appearance of a natural, younger-looking face.
Today, the effects of aging on the skin no longer need to be permanent. The appearance of youth can be restored with surgical or non-surgical procedures designed to enhance the look of facial skin. Dr. Kalus provides patients with multiple options for facial rejuvenation to accommodate their busy lives. For individuals seeking long-lasting results, a surgical facelift can address many cosmetic signs of aging to achieve your desired aesthetic outcome. Whether your goal is to elevate skin tissue to a more youthful position or undo damage caused by excessive sun exposure, a facelift can provide comprehensive facial rejuvenation customized to your unique needs.
You may want to consider facelift surgery if you are bothered by signs of aging in the face and neck and you are seeking a more long-lasting solution than cosmetic injectables can provide. A facelift can restore your youthful appearance by eliminating or improving:
- Loose and sagging skin
- Deep creases below the eyelids and from the nose to the mouth
- Fallen or displaced fat
- Double chin
- Furrowed brow
The Facelift Procedure
Depending on the complexity of your facelift surgery, the length of the procedure may vary but is usually several hours. Typically, the facelift procedure is an outpatient surgery, but a short inpatient stay may be required for some patients. General anesthesia is utilized. The particulars of a facelift vary according to each patient’s unique treatment plan, but generally, the goal of surgery is to firm, smooth out, and tighten facial skin for a more refreshed, youthful facial appearance.
During your facelift consultation, Dr. Kalus may recommend additional facial plastic surgery or skin treatments. Microdermabrasion and other adjunctive procedures, such as fat grafting, radiofrequency, microneedling, laser or IPL treatments, chemical peels, and skin conditioning can all be excellent complements to facelift surgery and help further refine the skin’s texture and restore volume.
Facelift Surgery Recovery and Results
Detailed post-operative instructions will be provided by our surgeon. Following surgery, patients may experience some bruising or swelling; these reactions are to be expected and typically diminish as your recovery progresses. Any discomfort can be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Kalus. Bandages are worn on the face to facilitate healing for a few days after the procedure, and you may also be advised to keep your head elevated during this time. Plenty of rest is essential during your healing period. In general, patients typically return to their daily routines within one to two weeks, although strenuous activity and aerobic exercise should be abstained from until you receive confirmation from our surgeon.
After the facelift procedure, patients typically report satisfaction from the surgery’s ability to tighten sagging facial skin and lax musculature. Depending on your treatment plan, the noticeable reduction in wrinkles, creases, jowling, and excess skin and fat generally results in a renewed, youthful aesthetic that looks natural.
For more information on facelift surgery, contact our plastic surgery center. During your consultation, Dr. Kalus will help you decide which surgery and which technique can provide you with the most natural-looking results.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the best age for a facelift?
Good candidates for facelift surgery are determined based on an individual’s unique needs and desires as opposed to what age is considered “appropriate.” Our plastic surgeon has performed this procedure with successful, beautiful results on a range of ages. While many patients considering facelift surgery are near middle-age, the aesthetic concerns that can be resolved by a facelift are found in patients as young as their twenties. During a consultation, our surgeon can examine your facial anatomy and help you determine whether you would benefit from facelift surgery.
Does facelift surgery address the entire face?
Facelift surgery typically addresses the lower two-thirds of the face, and the neck. The area that extends from the upper cheeks to the neck generally exhibit signs of aging—such as jowling and sagging skin on the cheeks—most prominently. If you wish to address aesthetic concerns in the upper face, our practice also offers brow lift and eyelid surgery to correct a descending forehead and improve the appearance of droopy eyelids or aging eyes. Brow and eyelid surgery can be performed together, or as lone procedures.
Will there be any noticeable scarring?
Because our Dr. Kalus strategically places incisions above or beyond the hairline, any residual scarring is typically hidden by an individual’s hair. As the healing process progresses, many patients report substantial fading in any existing scars to the extent that they are virtually undetectable.
How long do results from facelift surgery last?
Facelift surgery can typically provide exceptional results that last for years. The longevity of surgical results generally depends on a patient’s lifestyle habits, skin tissue elasticity, skin care regimen, age, and genetics, among other factors. However, if an individual’s facial rejuvenation begins to diminish after a number of years, a variety of non-surgical procedures and touch-up treatments can restore a more youthful aesthetic.
What are non-surgical alternatives to a facelift?
Should an individual decide against a surgical facelift, our practice offers an array of non-surgical options that can improve the look, feel, and texture of facial skin for a youthful and revitalized aesthetic. The Perfect Derma™ Peel and SilkPeel® Skin Rejuvenation treatments can effectively address oily and acne-prone skin, diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and smooth wrinkles and fine lines in the face for impressive results. Additionally, BOTOX® Cosmetic, Juvéderm®, and other injectables offered at our practice are designed to target common areas of concern that may cause an aging appearance, such as the nasolabial folds and “smoker’s lines.” For more medical-grade treatments that can fulfill whatever your unique needs may be, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice.