The signs of aging begin subtly — a new laugh line, looseness of the cheeks and neck. But eventually you may feel like you just don’t look like yourself anymore (even though it may not seem that way to anyone else). We can’t stop the aging process. However, in most patients, we can turn back the hands of time, helping them look about 10 years younger with a facelift in Sacramento.
Do you want to freshen up your look? Maybe it’s time to visit our practice in Sacramento. Facelift surgery can help. Call 916-929-1833 or request a consultation online today.
Having a face lift in Sacramento doesn’t necessarily mean major downtime or major expense. Today’s facelifts are much less apparent to others and much more natural-looking. New techniques enable our surgeons to give the look you want while hiding scars in the most inconspicuous places.
Everything You Need To Know About a Facelift
As you age, your face begins to show the effects of gravity, sun exposure, facial expressions and the stresses of daily life. A facelift – also known as a rhytidectomy – can improve the most visible signs of aging by removing excess skin, tightening underlying muscles and suctioning extra fat from the face and neck.
Benefits of Facelift
Facelift rejuvenates the face by:
- Diminishing lines and wrinkles around the mouth and on the chin by tightening skin on the lower portion of the face
- Removing fat deposits that round the jawline and create jowls
- Restoring sleek contours to the neck by removing loose skin and concealing vertical platysmal bands
The doctors at the Plastic Surgery Center utilize advanced techniques so that patients have natural results that do not appear overly tight and so that scars are well-concealed.
Are You a Candidate for Facelift?
If you have noticeable signs of aging on the lower face and neck that you would like to address, you may benefit from facelift. You should be in good health overall and set reasonable expectations about what facelift surgery can accomplish. Remember that facelift is designed to make your face look like it did a decade prior, not alter the way you look altogether.
During a consultation, your facelift plastic surgeon can confirm your candidacy after hearing your wishes and reviewing your medical history. Your surgeon may suggest an alternative treatment like blepharoplasty, Coolsculpting or injectables to better achieve your goals.
How a Facelift Is Performed
A facelift takes several hours to complete, especially if combined with another procedure such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. Incisions are made, muscles tightened and excess skin removed. Additionally, depending upon improvements you wish to make to the contour of your face and neck, liposuction may be performed. Stitches are used to close the incisions and your head is bandaged. Our doctors will try to hide the scars within your hairline and in and around your ears, making them difficult to visualize. Prior to any cosmetic surgery procedure, be sure to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions on taking medications and vitamins, eating, drinking and stopping smoking.
Patients who have mild to moderate signs of aging may benefit from mini facelift, a less-invasive version of traditional facelift surgery. This procedure primarily focuses on adjusting the muscles and tissues on the lower part of the face to minimize jowls and restore definition to the jawline. While many patients find the easier recovery appealing, those who have visible lines and wrinkles on the lower face and sagging skin on the neck would benefit more from full facelift.
What To Expect After Your Rhytidectomy
Most patients feel very little discomfort following their facelift. If you experience pain, medication will be provided. To keep swelling to a minimum, you should keep your head elevated for several days. After the bandages are removed, your face might appear pale, bruised and puffy. Any distortion of features or stiffness should diminish after just a few weeks.
During your initial recovery time, you are instructed to avoid strenuous activity, including sexual intimacy and heavy work around the house. Also, you should abstain from alcohol, steam baths and saunas, as well as keep your sun exposure to a minimum during the first few months. Finally, be sure to get plenty of rest. Most men and women are able to return to work 10 to 14 days following their facelift.
The price for facelift depends how significant the signs of aging are on the face, the specific techniques used in the procedure and whether neck rejuvenation is included in the surgery. After developing a customized surgical plan during a consultation, your surgeon can provide a complete quote.
Because facelift is an elective, cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by medical insurance plans. If you would like to make payments toward the total cost of your surgery, the Plastic Surgery Center accepts plastic surgery financing options through M-Lend Financial Services and CareCredit.
The combination of sun damage, misspent youth and aging left my face saggy and bony. During the consult with Dr. Coscia, his professionalism and attention to detail (along with his super friendly staff) made me feel right at home and comfortable choosing this practice. The transformation achieved by Dr. Coscia on my face and neck are spectacular. Finally, I look as young as I feel.
I could not be happier with the results of my facelift! Such natural results that people do not have a clue I have had anything done, except that they can’t figure out why I look 15 years younger. They think it’s my shorter haircut! So thrilled I chose Dr. Green.
Dr. Yamahata is honest, kind and a true perfectionist. My neck and lower face look 10 years younger and there are no signs of stitch marks.
How can I ensure a natural-looking result?
The first step toward achieving an outcome that matches your expectations is to choose a surgeon who will work to understand your needs and will never pressure you into trying an unnecessary procedure. Your surgeon’s experience is also key to ensuring a successful facelift. A highly skilled surgeon knows the importance of stretching both skin and muscle with a precise, coordinated and conservative surgical technique.
The ideal plastic surgeon will be a gifted artist as well. So much of the final result will depend on the surgeon’s eye for balance and beauty. That involves considering the patient’s entire facial profile. Each area of the face contributes to an individual’s distinctive look. Treating one area only can upset the aesthetic balance of the face, making a person look unnatural and even unrecognizable.
What are the advantages of combining facelift with neck lift?
After facelift, the loose, wrinkled skin of the neck may present a noticeable contrast with your rejuvenated facial appearance. If you were born with skin that lacks flexibility and resilience, your neck skin may lose integrity and begin to sag. By removing fat, excising skin where appropriate and tightening neck muscles, a neck lift procedure can ensure your neck will enhance your overall look, rather than detract from it.
Do men get facelifts?
Although women make up the largest share of facelift patients, men are increasingly turning to this surgical option as a way to restore a youthful, vital look. The Plastic Surgery Center team is skilled in tailoring facelift to the preferences and unique facial anatomy of men. Key considerations are placement of incisions and taking care not to detract from the natural masculine lines of the face. Men typically prefer shorter hair styles, so hiding the scars of facelift requires both artistry and surgical precision. Men are also more likely to fear the prospect of a facelift that looks “done” or unnatural, and therefore prefer less change in facial contours.
What are the phases of recovery?
As the anesthesia wears off in the hours after your procedure, you will feel tightness and tenderness near your incisions. The area will be covered with a dressing that will also hold in place tubes to drain excess blood and reduce swelling.
Swelling builds during the first three to four days after surgery. It is accompanied by bruising and some pain, which can be managed with medication prescribed by your surgeon. Swelling and bruising won’t entirely disappear for one to four months. During this phase you may feel some minor numbness and tightness of the skin, but these side effects will not last long. Pain should never be severe; in fact, you will probably only need pain medication for a few days.
Your face will continue to heal for up to a year. You will notice an immediate change from your facelift, but the final result won’t fully emerge for many months. Help the healing process along by eating healthfully, drinking plenty of water and avoiding high-sodium foods that can aggravate swelling. If your procedure included incisions in the mouth, you will need to follow the special diet your doctor outlines.
Call 916-929-1833 now to learn more about medical spa services, facial rejuvenation and cosmetic surgery procedures for both men and women, such as a facelift. Sacramento plastic surgeons at The Skin Care Center and at The Plastic Surgery Center make enhancing the body, mind and spirit easy. With offices on Scripps Drive in Sacramento and in Granite Bay, looking and feeling your best is convenient as well.
Be sure to reserve your spot at a Free Seminar hosted by The Plastic Surgery Center in Sacramento and Granite Bay and get expert insight into such subjects as breast augmentation and tummy tucks. Or, instead, you can simply request a consultation online and start working with your own patient coordinator today.