Facelifts are among the most popular cosmetic procedures for both men and women around the country. Faces can show signs of aging as early as your thirties, thanks to several different causes. UV rays from the sun, contaminants in your environment, genetics, stress, and gravity all take a toll. Your skin loosens and begins to sag a little. Wrinkles begin to develop around your mouth and eyes due to constant muscle movement. Fat deposits start to move down towards your chin and neck. Over time, all these effects create an aged look in your face. Facelift surgery performed by Dr. Douglas Steinbrech, MD, FACS, can correct all these concerns by lifting and tightening the skin around the middle and lower half of your face.
Types of Facelifts
Faces don’t all age in the same way, so all facelifts are not done the same way. Every facelift is customized for each patient. Dr. Douglas Steinbrech, located in New York, NY can customize your facelift based on your gender, the condition of your skin, the position of any fat deposits, your age, or a variety of other considerations. Your specific facelift procedure will also depend on what your specific concerns are regarding your appearance. Patients who are more concerned about the wrinkles around their nose and mouth will have a different facelift procedure than those who are concerned loose skin around their jaw line. You have your own unique face, and so will have your own individualized facelift surgery.
What Problems Can Facelift Surgery Fix?
One of the primary concerns for facelift patients is loose skin that has begun to sag or hang looser around the middle of their face. Loose skin can also be a concern at the jaw line or under the chin, as this creates jowls around the lower half of the face and neck. Facelift surgery performed by expert Dr. Steinbrech can lift the skin back up to an appropriate position and trim away excess skin if necessary.
Fat deposits that have started to migrate down towards the cheeks and jaw can also be fixed with facelift surgery. The fat can be removed through incisions to get rid of a puffy appearance and unnecessary bulges around the face.
Wrinkles start forming around the mouth and at the nasolabial folds (the area between your nose and mouth) as you age. A facelift can change how these look by tightening and smoothing the skin. The wrinkles may not be eliminated completely, but their appearance will be improved significantly.
Issues that Facelifts Can’t Fix
Facelifts focus on the middle and lower half of your face, so any concerns about the upper half of your face will require a different procedure, such as an eyelift or a brow lift. Facelifts also can’t change the shape of your nose, chin, or cheeks, which would require their own separate cosmetic procedure.
Once you get a facelift, your face won’t stop aging completely. It will continue to age along with the rest of your body. However, a facelift can take 10-15 years off your appearance and that effect will stay with you permanently. You will continue to look younger than you actually are, even as you get older.
Dr. Steinbrech discusses the facelift procedure
The Facelift Procedure
Facelifts are a little different from other cosmetic procedures in that there are different techniques a surgeon can use to do the surgery. For patients who need rejuvenation for most or all of their midface and lower face regions, a traditional facelift is the best option. For those who only need work around their mouth and underneath their eyes, a limited-incision facelift can be used. If the neck is more of an issue than the face, a neck lift can be used.
In a traditional facelift, the incisions made by Dr. Steinbrech start from the temple across the front of the ear and then behind the ear to your hairline. The incisions are made close to your hairline and ear to keep the scarring hidden. The incisions can also be made under the chin if there is excessive loose skin around the jaw and neck. The skin can be trimmed and then lifted back to the incision sites to tighten up the soft tissue.
In a limited-incision facelift, loose skin isn’t the primary concern for the patient, so the soft tissue doesn’t have to be tightened as much. This means that the incisions can be smaller and spaced apart. These are made along the same lines as the traditional facelift incisions. Dr. Steinbrech may also make incisions in the lower eyelids or around the mouth if necessary.
In a neck lift, the focus is shifted to the jaw line and the neck. This is geared to patients who have a problem with jowls and excess skin or fat deposits around these areas. For this procedure, the incisions are made behind the ear and around the earlobe.
All three of these facelift techniques can involve tightening loose skin, removing fat deposits, and improving the contouring of your face and neck. After the surgeon has finished fixing the appropriate areas, the incisions are closed with stitches or tissue glue.
Facelift Surgery Recovery
After the incisions are closed and bandaged, you’ll be moved into the recovery area until you’re ready to go home. You might have drainage tubes in place to remove any excess fluid buildup over the first 24 hours. Surgical clips may also be used to keep your incisions closed, which will be removed after one week.
There will be some swelling and bruising around your face during the first stages of your recovery. You might also experience some numbing or tightness. It might be a little disconcerting to see your face when you first get out of surgery, but your face will heal and improve with each day of your recovery. You should take it easy as much as possible in the first couple weeks and keep your head elevated while you rest. Cold compresses will also help with the worst of the bruising and swelling. It’s also important to be careful with your skin and hair while you recover so you don’t injure yourself or set back your recovery.
You should plan to take at least two to three weeks off to recover from your surgery. Some patients need a little longer before they can resume their normal routines and go back to work, while others may recover faster.
Facelift Surgery Complications
There are risks with getting a facelift, but these are minimal or very rare. Infection, bleeding, bruising, bad reactions to the anesthesia, uneven swelling or skin discoloration, and temporary or permanent sensation loss in the face are possible issues you could encounter. If you are a smoker, you might also experience skin blistering. Any problems you encounter, whether they are big or small, should be discussed with Dr. Steinbrech.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
The best candidates for a facelift have concerns about the midface and lower face regions or around the jaw line and neck. They can have loose or sagging skin, but it should still have some elasticity. They should also be in good overall health and be a nonsmoker. Realistic expectations about what a facelift can do for you are also important when you’re meeting with Dr. Steinbrech. Facelift surgery has many benefits for your face and overall appearance, but it also has its limits.
Are There Other Procedures That Could Work With a Facelift?
It is common for patients to combine their facelift with another procedure to give their appearance an extra boost. There are several options for additional procedures, including the eye lift, brow lift, dermal fillers like Restylane, and injectables like Botox or Kybella. Surgical and nonsurgical procedures can be mixed and matched in different combinations to complement your facelift depending on what your face needs. You can learn more about what will work best for your face during your consultation with Dr. Steinbrech.
The Facelift Consultation
Before you can get a facelift, you have to see Dr. Steinbrech for a facelift consultation. Dr. Steinbrech will examine your face to determine the best technique for the procedure and any additional procedures that could benefit your appearance. He will discuss your goals for surgery and go over the procedure, including the potential risks and complications. Dr. Steinbrech will also answer your questions and discuss any concerns you may have.
To schedule a facelift consultation with Dr. Steinbrech, call (210) 750-0070 or fill out the contact form in this page.