Facelift Procedure

A facelift in Salinas is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. As people grow older, gravity can result in the formation of prominent age signs, from sagging skin to deep folds. These issues can make individuals appear older than they are. A facelift can effectively reverse the signs of aging.


What Is a Facelift?

A rhytidectomy, more commonly known as a facelift, is a cosmetic procedure used to tighten loose skin and smooth away wrinkles in the face. It accomplishes this by removing excess skin and lifting the tissues.

This creates tighter, better-defined facial contours. The facial features become lifted, and the various lines that add an aged look are greatly reduced to create a younger-looking appearance.

Constant exposure to the sun, stress, and gravity over time are the main causes of baggy skin and excess fat that appear on the face and neck.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Facelift procedures are appropriate for individuals aged thirty and above, and they are best suited for individuals in their fifties and sixties.

In general, you are a good candidate if you are in good health, do not smoke, and do not have medical conditions that hinder the healing process. It is also important to have a positive outlook and realistic goals before undergoing this procedure.

If you are bothered by the following signs of aging in your face, facelift surgery may be right for you.

  • Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Sagging in the mid-face that creates jowls
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Fat that has fallen or has atrophied
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jawline
  • Sagging neck muscles

Your Facelift Consultation

During the consultation, a discussion of your health history, medications, expectations, and goals will be conducted. Your doctor will also examine the skin elasticity of your lower face to determine if it is in good condition for surgery. Any questions or clarifications you wish to ask your doctor will be addressed.

What Is a Facelift Like?

Facelift surgery can last from two to six hours, depending on the extent of work needed to be done. Before the start of the facelift surgery, anesthesia is administered to reduce discomfort.

A facelift usually involves an incision in front of the ear. When properly done, the scar is partially hidden inside the ear. The scar also can go up into the hair, but more commonly is placed right in the front of the hairline of the temple area to avoid changing the hairline level when the excess skin is excised. Many facelifts also include a short incision in neck just under the chin in order to work on tightening the muscles in the neck.

Once incisions have been made, excess tissue is trimmed away, and the tissues are pulled taut to create that “lifting” effect. Finally, incisions are closed with stitches.

Recovery and Healing

After the facelift surgery, you may need several days for recovery. Bandages are applied to avoid post-surgical swelling and bruising, which are normal side effects of a facelift. You will be provided with instructions for facelift aftercare, and prescriptions will be given to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery.

Like most cosmetic surgeries, rigorous activities like exercise and sports should be put off for at least four weeks. However, daily non-strenuous tasks may be resumed two weeks after the procedure.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

The cost of a facelift procedure will vary greatly from one patient to another due to the client-centered plan developed for each patient. The overall price can vary based on anesthetic and surgical fees.

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If you’re looking for an effective and long-lasting facial rejuvenation option, a facelift in Salinas is proven to reduce visible signs of aging on your face and neck. Other facial procedures sometimes performed in conjunction with a facelift include liposuction of the neck and Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty Surgery. If any of these procedures interest you, please call today for an appointment for a consultation.

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Short Scar facelifts end at the bottom of the ear, but a standard facelift incision goes all the way around the ear into the skin and hairline behind the ear. The decision between these two options depends on the amount of skin and muscle laxity of each patient.

Other facial procedures sometimes performed in conjunction with a facelift include liposuction of the neck and Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty Surgery. If any of these procedures interest you, please call today for an appointment for a consultation.

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