What Is a Facelift?
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz offers a full variety of facial cosmetic surgeries in Dallas, TX. This procedure concentrates on specific areas of the face to address loose skin and create a younger, softer appearance. Based on your unique concerns, a facelift can focus on the areas around the eyes, the mid-face area and cheeks, the bottom area of your face, including the jowls, mouth, neck, and more for an all-over youthful look. The facelift method used depends on your goals, the health and condition of your skin, the degree of skin laxity, age, lifestyle, and other influences. Some individuals may be candidates for a full facelift while others may only want a mid-face lift. The goal is to produce a natural look that's gorgeous, subtle, and still striking.
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Would I Benefit from A Facelift?
Ideal candidates for a facelift have visible lines and facial wrinkles on the entire face or on the upper, mid, or lower face. A facelift can address various sections, depending on your unique signs of aging and your overall goals. It is important to understand that age doesn't necessarily define the appropriate time to have cosmetic facial surgery; there are countless other factors and concerns to consider when deciding to get a facelift. The treatment chosen will vary for patients who are in their 30s vs. those who are older, such as 60 or 70 years old. Skin elasticity is one of the key elements in the decision-making process. You should be physically healthy, refrain from smoking, and have realistic expectations.
How Does a Facelift Work?
Depending on your goals, there are a number of facelifts to consider. Some facelifts address the upper area of the face, and others focus on the lower two-thirds. In addition, some techniques are slightly more invasive than others. It is also common for some patients to combine their facelift with a brow lift, or BOTOX and fillers to complement their final results. A few common facelift methods include:
- Full Facelift
The full or "traditional" facelift most often incorporates an incision along the hairline, extending down to the area near the temples, stopping near the base of the ears. The underlying facial muscles are delicately pulled and securely tightened to produce a lifted outcome, reducing excessive wrinkles and sagging. This facelift is used for men and women who have visible signs of aggressive aging.
The mid-facelift addresses the features near the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works nicely for those who hope to attain improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face, which also improves the look of the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
This lift corrects the neck and chin and sometimes the jowls. Nonsurgical injections can also be used to attain a younger, tighter-looking neck.
- Mini Facelift
A mini facelift starts with a small incision placed near the ears to lift the skin, which helps the mouth and jawline. This technique creates nice and subtle enhancements that look natural.
What Should I Expect After My Facelift?
Following your procedure, Dr. Hanz will monitor your health before you are released to go home. You should have a family member or friend there to drive you home. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Hanz or someone on his staff will plan your follow-up visits and discuss tips to help you heal properly. You should expect to have bruising, swelling, possible drainage, and some moderate soreness and discomfort, which can be helped by prescribed pain medication. You should feel and physically look better after about a month. After you heal, you can expect a softer, more youthful appearance in your face.
Frequently Asked Questions about Facelifts
How much will a facelift cost me?
The cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used and areas being addressed. During your consultation, Dr. Hanz will create your treatment plan and then he can discuss estimates of fees. To avoid unnatural-looking results, it's better to concentrate on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Hanz, instead of the lowest price. Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery can give you information on low-interest medical financing that will make your facelift affordable.
Which technique is best for me?
The best surgical facelift technique for you will vary based on your concerns, goals, degree of skin laxity, which areas are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Hanz will explain the different surgical techniques in your consultation. He will then help you choose which technique is best.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
Although there are several great noninvasive skin tightening procedures, these can usually only give you small improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is typically the best choice to improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Hanz will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you decide what is best for your goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX and JUVÉDERM, have become more popular to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments usually help with early signs of aging; however, the results won't last more than 1 – 2 years. A surgical facelift can produce more significant improvements than injectables with results that last much longer. Ask Dr. Hanz about injectable treatments during your consultation, and he can help you make the right decisions based on your goals.
Will my results look natural?
Some patients worry that a facelift will make their skin look shiny, overly tight, or like they live in a wind tunnel. Dr. Hanz focuses on giving you a natural-looking result so you look refreshed and not fake.
The Right Facelift for You
Facelift surgery can turn back the hands of time for your face and help create a rejuvenated look that can help you look and even feel younger. Thankfully, there is a wide variety of choices for surgery, depending on your unique concerns and goals. This surgery is meant to help you look younger but still natural. To learn more, we invite you to contact Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX to set up your appointment.
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