The human face is an essential part of the body. It is capable of making or destroying an individual’s first impression. Wrinkles, sagging skin, volume loss, and other aging signs will make you feel less than your best. If that happens, maybe it is time to consider a full facelift.
A full facelift is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to revive the look of their face and take years off of their appearance. If you are wondering what a full facelift is and what it entails, you have come to the right place.
What is a Full Facelift?
A facelift or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure that reduces visible aging signs. A facelift removes excess facial fat and tightens the skin, helping to get rid of wrinkles and restoring a more youthful appearance.
There are several reasons why you are losing the youthful look on your face. Some reasons include:
- Inherited genes from your parents.
- Too much stress in your life.
- Having your skin exposed to an excess of sunlight.
- Not getting enough water in your diet to allow for hydration in your skin.
- Not using enough moisturizers, or not using the right ones.
Whatever the cause of damage to the skin on your face, a full facelift can help take years off your appearance. Though, you should know that a full facelift will not stop the aging process. It will, however, protect your skin from going in the wrong direction. So is this a procedure you should consider?
Why Would Someone Consider A Full Facelift?
There are different reasons why you can decide to have a full facelift. Here are the top reasons why most people consider having a full facelift.
Ends Jowls and Droopy Skin
If you want to reduce jowls, drooping, and sagging skin, having a full facelift will help. Facelift will also help tighten facial muscles creating a youthful and refreshed look.
Reducing Saggy Second Chin
Excess skin that develops a saggy second chin look is a common sign that you are growing older. A facelift will help remove the excess skin and create an attractive neckline.
Reduce Deep Creases Along the Nose and Below the Eyelids
A full facelift will help reduce deep creases and lines between the mouth, nose, and under the eyes. It will also reduce crow’s feet, facial wrinkles, and lines across the cheeks.
Brightens Up Tired Appearance
Skin is always exposed to harmful chemicals and excess sunlight. This environmental stress makes the skin look dull and old after some time.
Undergoing a facial facelift will help restore the lost energetic and bright appearance. A facelift improves the chin, eyes, jaws, and eyes appearance.
Makes You Look Young as You Feel
Do you feel young and energetic on the inside but tired and older-looking on the outside? A facelift will help restore your youthful look, making you look as young as you feel.
Lifting facial tissues will ensure your outer self has a vibrant and young look. This will build self-confidence, improving your personal, social, and professional relationships.
What Can A Full Facelift Do?
A full facelift can do many things for a person’s appearance and confidence. Here are some motivations to think about when considering if you should get a full facelift:
Gives You a Younger Look
Having a full facelift will restore our youthful appearance. For some patients, a full facelift has made them look more than ten years younger. Most celebrities opt for a full facelift procedure to help remove aging signs. When you come to us, our experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Learn, and her team will strive to ensure you get the best results.
A full facelift will have lots of effects on the texture of your face. This procedure comprises lifting, tightening, and contouring the face, neck, and skin. It also reduces facial wrinkles, mouth and nose creases, and skin sagging.
Suitable for both Genders
Contrary to people’s belief that facelifts are for women, even men can undergo a full facelift. This procedure brings similar benefits to men as it brings to females.
Helps in Tightening the Skin
A full facelift will help reduce skin sagging on the neck areas and jowl. It will tighten the skin, reducing or eliminating sagging.
A Full Facelift can be Used Together with Other Procedures
You can use a full facelift and other procedures like liposuction or breast reduction. It helps in reducing surgery time and saving your time and finances.
With the ever-growing technology, new surgery methods have come into place. Modern technology has made full facelifts less invasive than they used to be. The time it takes to recover from a facelift is less than before.
Modern facelift technology enables you to return to your daily life faster, and also allows for lower pain or discomfort levels.
A Full Facelift Gives You a Natural Appearance
Some people think a full facelift will lead to unnatural results, however, this is not the case. If you work with us, we guarantee you a natural look.
Feel free to ask us questions on how we can achieve a natural and more youthful look for you. We will also explain the entire facelift procedure before we embark on the process, and be with you every step of the way.
Has a Short Recovery Time
Recovery time for full facelifts is short. If you abide by our doctor’s instructions after the surgery, recovery time will always be fast. You will also achieve natural results without any side effects.
Other reasons why you should also consider a full facelift include the following:
- It helps in restoring the lost facial volume due to aging
- Tightens the muscle layers
- Defines the neckline
- Sharpens the jawline
- Repositions the cheeks while redefining their curve
The Ultimate Pick Me Up
A full facelift can provide subtle to dramatic results reducing aging signs. The incision will be made at the temples close to the ear and the lower scalp. This will ensure it hides beneath the hairline, ears, and face natural creases.
We will lift your skin and pull them tighter as the underlying muscles are repositioned. We will remove excess skin and redistribute or remove excess fat. To help prevent subjecting you to pain and discomfort, we will administer anesthesia.
What to Expect When Getting a Full Facelift
There are three phases involved in a successful facelift procedure. The first phase leads up to the process. The second phase is during the procedure, and the last is post-procedure care.
Leading Up to the Procedure
Before embarking on the facelift procedure, a series of examinations will be performed. The examinations will help us understand your expectations and goals, and will enable us to devise a treatment plan that suits your needs and desires.
We will take you through the process and answer all your questions to help you make an informed decision. You also have to get clearance from your general physician. A series of tests will be performed to ensure you are healthy before the facelift procedure. Medical control and preoperative study after intervention are of great importance.
Preoperative consultation will help define the full facelift procedure type you will have. Depending on your needs, different procedures can be used or combined to achieve great results.
The Procedure Itself
General anesthesia or intravenous sedation is first administered. This helps in ensuring you are comfortable during the facelift procedure. We will recommend the best choice for you. We will choose the right facelift type depending on the degree of change you want. It can be a limited incision, traditional facelift, neck facelift, or combination.
Traditional facelift starts in the temple’s hairline. It thereafter proceeds around the ear and lower scalp. We will redistribute or sculpt fat from the jowls, face, and neck. We will list the muscles and reposition underlying tissues.
All the excess skin is trimmed away, and skin is re-draped over contours. Another incision below the chin will help improve the aging neck.
Skin adhesives or sutures will be used to help close the incisions. We will conceal the incision lines from the facelift with the hairline.
The facelift’s visible improvements will appear after the bruising and swelling subside. The final result will restore your youthful appearance and improve your self-confidence.
Take a rest at home in the first few weeks. Straining, such as running or lifting heavy objects, can increase blood flow to the face, which you do not want to do. An increase in blood to the face will increase hematoma, bruising, and bleeding.
East soft foods and drink fluids to help rest your jaw in the first 2 to 3 days. Always read and eat from a high table as it will help prevent bending the chin downwards.
Avoid driving in the first 3 to 5 days until the swelling reduces. You can resume your normal activities after two weeks. Avoid strenuous activities for four weeks.
You should not wear pullover tops for the first two weeks. Whenever you are outside in the cold, wrap up in a hat and scarf to avoid developing frostbite.
Only shampoo your hair and cleanse incisions after removing the drains. Shampoo the hair daily until all the sutures are removed. Avoid using makeup in the first ten days.
Avoid dark and heavy makeup brands since scars and incisions can collect pigments. Do not apply Polysporin after the incisions have healed. Instead, use scar cream like Dermatix.
How Long Should a Full Facelift Last?
Although a facelift will not prevent future aging, it will help hold off aging for up to 20 years. Full facelift results will always last longer than other facelift procedure results.
Maintaining your body weight using a healthy lifestyle will help maintain a youthful appearance. Commit to anti-aging skincare routines and never avoid any procedure that defies aging.
A Little Extra Help
Although a facelift will do wonders in restoring a youthful look, it will never turn the clock back. Several other procedures will always offer extra support. For example, eyelid surgery will help correct droopy lids that are always making you look tired.
Facial filler injectables will reduce wrinkles further as chemical peels rejuvenate the skin. A neck lift will help make your neck a young and vibrant look.
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Contact Dr. Learn to Discuss More
Dr. Learn has several years of experience offering patients great facelift results. She is an award-winning plastic surgeon recognized in several national publications.
Your facelift with Dr. Learn will be customized to suit your goals and solve all your concerns. Dr. Learn first studies your facial anatomy before creating a refreshed appearance. To discuss your facelift goals or if you are curious to learn more, call us today at (954) 380-8411, or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation. Let us help you get the look you have dreamed of!
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