A facelift can be a saving grace for those who want to turn back the hands of time and restore youthfulness and buoyancy to the skin around their face.
Effects of Aging on the Face
Your skin loses its elasticity as you age. The extracellular matrix of skin degrades, and collagen and elastin fibers reduce in quality and in total volume. The reduction of these proteins, collagens, and elastin causes thinner skin and fine lines — making your face appear older, tired, and less voluminous. An aging face is typified by wrinkles, loss of volume in the face, cheeks and under-eye area, as well as generalized ptosis (droopiness) of tissues in the midface, jowl region, and the neck.
The primary goal of facelift surgery is to tighten tissues that have started sagging due to age and gravity. A facelift will tighten the jowls, cheeks, and neck tissues, as well as soften the smile lines. Advances in surgical techniques and materials allow tailoring facelifts for individual patients.
At Athré Facial Plastics, all facelifts lift the muscle and tissue layer, leaving no tension in the skin — therefore, the effect lasts longer. In addition, incisions are hidden in order to produce a flawless final outcome. Dr. Athré also performs a mini facelift procedure called the RT Mini Facelift that is more affordable and requires less downtime than the traditional procedure.
Non-Surgical Approaches to Facial Rejuvenation
The best way to prevent harsh signs of aging around the face and the breakdown of elastin and collagen is prevention. A medical grade sunblock can block the sun’s harmful UV rays, which causes the breakdown of collagen, uneven skin texture, and age spots. A full medical grade skin regimen can lightly resurface skin, remove fine lines, even skin color, and reverse existing skin damage.
Other nonsurgical options to help with facial anti-aging include laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, and injectable fillers such as Juvéderm® and BOTOX®.
Facelift Surgery Process
Dr. Athré will make an incision in the hair around the temples and ear. A small (less than one inch) incision is made right under the chin to sculpt and tighten the next tissues. After Dr. Athré lifts the skin, the underlying muscle layer is tightened, and the excess skin is trimmed. Meticulous technique, attention to detail, and microscopic sutures all contribute to a natural, nonoperated look.
The goal of a facelift procedure is to restore a very natural appearance, and to have the patient look like themselves, refreshed. No two patients are identical, so no two facelifts Dr. Athré performs are the same. Tailoring the surgery for each patient is the only way to prevent a “pulled” or unnatural windblown appearance.
Dr. Athré performs the facelifts while the patient is under sedation or general anesthesia. A facelift can be combined with other procedures such as eyelid surgery, fat transfer, or even brow surgery.
Marking the Incisions for a Facelift
Facelift Recovery and Results
The surgery itself takes approximately 3 ½ hours, and swelling will decrease after a few days. One week post-operation, patients should return to the clinic for an assessment. Patients are generally back to work in one or two weeks, and complete healing can take up to one year.
How much does a facelift procedure cost?
A facelift starts at $9,500.
How long does a facelift last?
A full facelift lasts up to 15 years.
What is the best age to get a facelift?
The best candidates for facelift surgeries are those 40 years old and older.
How long does a facelift take?
The entire facelift procedure takes approximately 3.5 hours.
How long does it take to recover from a facelift?
Patients can expect to be back to their normal, everyday lives after a facelift procedure in about 10 days.
“Couldn’t be any more pleased! I came in with a mindset of what I was expecting and they surpassed my expectations! His staff made me feel so comfortable along the way. Dr. Athre was so kind and makes sure you know what’s going on during the procedure. To anyone contemplating a procedure, go in for a consult and just do it!”