What is a FaceLift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that will remove or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and sagging of the face due to loss of volume. These natural effects of aging are normal and can result from several different factors, including:
- Environmental conditions
- Personal habits
- Many other natural causes
Medically known as a Rhytidectomy, a facelift can help bring back a natural, more youthful appearance to your face, helping to improve self-esteem and complementing a positive body-image. These highly-desirable results make facelifts one of the most requested plastic surgery procedures in the United States. They are very commonly performed to diminish the signs of aging in the face and neck by reducing or eliminating:
- Sagging in the cheeks, jawline, or neck
- Deep creases below the lower eyelids
- Deep creases along the nose and extending to the corner of the mouth (nasolabial fold)
- Fat that has begun to fall lower in the face
- Loss of skin elasticity in the lower face creating the appearance of jowls
- Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw that give the false appearance of a double chin
Facelifts are a restorative surgery and cannot change your fundamental facial appearance; they also will not stop the natural aging process. Dr. Nikko’s facial non-rejuvenation treatments may be used in conjunction with a facelift to enhance results. Facelifts are not covered by insurance carriers and patients will be financially responsible for their cosmetic procedures.
FaceLift Q&A with Dr NIkko
Dr Nikko answers questions regarding facelifts
How is a Facelift Performed?
A facelift procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The incisions are placed where a natural crease of the skin will provide a camouflage for the incisions. A facelift procedure can take between two to four hours depending on the extent of the procedure.
- Nikko begins the incision in the area of the temple hair, just above and in front of the ear.
- Next, the incision continues under the earlobe and follows the back of the ear, blending into the hairline. The skin is gently raised and the muscle and connective tissue underneath are tightened. During this time, excess skin and fat deposits may also be removed.
- After trimming the excess skin, Dr. Nikko closes the incisions in a way that allows maximum precision and avoids the need to shave any hair in the incision sites.
How long is the Recovery Process?
- Following your facelift procedure you will be able to go home, shower, and wash your hair. You can expect some bruising and swelling that will go away after a few days. Any pain you may experience will be managed using oral medication.
- Dressings will have been applied to hold tissue in place during the healing process and will be removed a few days following surgery.
- Sutures may be removed in several stages to minimize any possible scarring.
- Within two weeks patients typically feel comfortable wearing make-up and being among strangers; after three weeks you will look and feel confident enough to go out with friends. Recovery time can vary based on the patient and you should allow several weeks for recovery before expecting to resume normal social activities.
- Throughout the healing process direct sunlight and strenuous exercise should be avoided. If you are not sure if you should begin strenuous activity yet, Dr. Nikko will be happy to make a recommendation for you. He and the staff will monitor your recovery and schedule regular visits as you heal.
How long can I expect my facelift to last?
Every patient is different, but younger patients will generally enjoy longer-lasting results from a facelift. For example, a patient in their 40s may expect the effects of a facelift to last for up to ten years; a patient in their 60s may expect their results to last from five to seven years. Using cosmetic fillers such as Botox® in conjunction with a facelift can also be helpful in reducing the deep forehead wrinkles and labial fold lines around the nose and mouth, improving and extending the results. Your lifestyle choices including diet, exercise, smoking, and sunlight exposure, and physical characteristics such as bone structure, skin type, and other hereditary traits all play a role in determining how long a facelift will last.
What can I Expect from my Consultation with Dr. Nikko?
Dr. Nikko has been correcting wrinkles, heavy lines on the forehead, sagging skin, and laxity in the jowls and neck for over a decade. During your facelift consultation at the Nikko Cosmetic Surgery Center in Houston, he will discuss your particular facial characteristics, your expectations, and the probable outcome of your surgery. You will be shown several “Before” and “After” photographs and, with your consent, “Before” photos may be taken for documentation of your restored facial features.