As people get older, their appearances change in many different ways. From the clothes they choose to wear to the blemishes and wrinkles that they have no control over, people can look drastically different from one decade to the next.
Several internal and external factors — including genetics, environment, diet and lifestyle choices, and how well you care for your skin — play a role in when and how you start showing subtle signs of aging.
But eventually, your skin will lose elasticity and begin to feel the effects of gravity. This can lead to sagging and loose skin around your face.
At Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Marietta, GA, we perform facelift procedures that help people of many ages restore youth and radiance to their faces. Keep reading to learn more about facelifts and find out whether you’re a good candidate for surgery.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift is a popular cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin, tightens sagging skin, diminishes the appearance of smile lines, and recontours the face in order to create a more youthful appearance.
What Areas Can a Facelift Improve?
Facelifts can improve the appearance of your entire face, including your cheeks, chin, jawline, and neck. A facelift can help address common problems such as sagging jowls, fat deposits under your chin, and loose skin anywhere on your face.
What Are the Benefits of a Facelift Procedure?
Facelifts come with several benefits that you may not immediately think of when you first consider this popular cosmetic procedure.
Target Multiple Signs of Aging at Once
Many cosmetic procedures only address one problem at a time. However, facelifts address several signs of aging in a single procedure. They go beyond simply removing excess or loose skin; they actually tone your facial muscles to achieve longer-lasting results and to create better definition in areas where this is needed.
Suitable for Men and Women
Some cosmetic treatments have been developed with only women’s concerns in mind, but this is not true for facelift procedures. Men are just as vulnerable to the effects of aging as women, and both men and women are excellent candidates for facelift surgery.
No Minimum Age
The average facelift patient is between 50 and 65 years old, but there’s no rule that says adults must reach a certain age to get a facelift. It’s important to remember that the aging process looks different for everybody. If you have unwanted excess skin around your face, a facelift can be a practical and long-lasting solution, regardless of your age.
Easy to Pair with Other Surgeries
Oftentimes, people elect to have complementary surgeries when they decide to have a facelift. This is because facelifts are simple to pair with other procedures, especially on the face.
Procedures that are commonly paired with facelifts include rhinoplasties, brow lifts, neck lifts, liposuction, and eyelid surgeries. Combining procedures can help save you time and money and give you more dramatic results.
What to Expect During a Facelift
It’s never a good idea to walk into something as major as a facelift and not know what to expect. Below, you can find information about what to expect at every step of your facelift journey.
When you come to our office in Marietta, GA, for a consultation, our skilled surgeon will sit down with you to discuss what kind of results you’re hoping to achieve. We’ll help you decide whether your aesthetic goals can be accomplished with facelift surgery.
We will also go over your medical history and assess your skin’s elasticity and your facial muscles’ activity as you emote to determine whether you’d be a suitable candidate.
If you’re interested in multiple procedures, this is when we will discuss your various options and come up with a detailed plan for surgery day.
Facelifts are generally performed under general anesthesia. On the day of the facelift surgery, small incisions are made along your hairline. This is done not only to expose the underlying facial structures but also to hide the incision areas so that they will not be visible once the facelift procedure is complete.
Once the incisions are made, our surgeon will carefully manipulate the facial tissues and tone the muscles to recontour your face and create a more youthful shape. The skin is then gently pulled tighter and reattached at the hairline after any excess has been removed.
Recovering from a facelift usually takes two to four weeks, but this number could look different for different people. Expect to spend some time resting at home in the weeks after the surgery.
Your surgeon will discuss all restrictions and aftercare instructions with you before and after your surgery and answer any questions you may have.
How Much Do Facelifts Cost?
Although price is important, it should never be the deciding factor when having surgery. A doctor’s level of expertise and your level of comfort are always the most important factors.
At Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the facelifts we perform may vary in cost depending on what kind of facelift the patient gets done and the patient’s unique situation.
When you come in for a consultation, you will receive a personalized and comprehensive estimate that includes all costs related to your surgery.
Getting Started at Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The first step toward getting a facelift is scheduling a consultation to determine whether you’re a good candidate. At Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, our team is ready to help you get started today; all you have to do is give us a call.