A facelift is a safe, proven, and effective plastic surgery procedure to mitigate the signs of facial aging and restore an attractive and more youthful appearance.
At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will discuss the various aspects of the procedure to familiarize the patient with facelift surgery.
Facelift surgery is an intricate procedure that involves multiple steps. Therefore, it should be undertaken only by an experienced and highly skilled surgeon. The plastic surgeon will use advanced surgical techniques to create beautiful outcomes.
Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides facelift to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding locations.
Administering Local or General Anesthesia
The facelift plastic surgery procedure commences with the patient being administered local or general anesthesia.
The surgeon will recommend the most appropriate choice for anesthesia depending on the extent of the surgery and the patient’s condition. The surgeon will consider the patient’s current medical status, health history, and other aspects to determine a safe anesthesia procedure.
A qualified anesthesiologist or a registered anesthetist nurse will administer the anesthesia. If the surgery is performed using local anesthesia, the patient will be relatively conscious during the procedure but will not experience any pain in the local area.
If the facelift procedure is undertaken using general anesthesia, the patient will remain asleep throughout the surgery.
Placing the Incisions
After the anesthesia, the plastic surgeon will make incisions in pre-determined areas. As far as possible, they will place the incisions in inconspicuous locations without any compromise on the effectiveness of the procedure. The incisions are typically made above the hairline to ensure that any future scarring remains discreet.
At times, the incisions may be hidden in the natural creases of the face as these locations heal well and can hide the scars more efficiently than other locations. The incision typically starts behind the hairline on one side of the head, slightly above the temple area. It extends down to the ear and continues into the lower scalp beneath the hair.
Tightening Facial Muscles and Skin
The surgeon will use these incisions to lift the facial skin from the underlying tissue. They will remove excess fat deposits and trim loose skin. The surgeon will also tighten underlying muscles to enhance the facial contours.
After this process is complete, they will re-drape the skin and use sutures and staples to hold in its new, tauter position. The surgeon will then cover the incision area with a bandage.
Combining Multiple Procedures
According to the needs of the patient, the surgeon may recommend facelift surgery in combination with other procedures for improved contours. These additional procedures may be invasive or non-invasive. In general, facial and neck liposuction is usually performed along with facelift to eliminate stubborn fatty deposits gently.
Others procedures that can be undertaken with a facelift are lip implants, lip enhancement with fat transfer, or soft tissue filler injections. The patient can also choose to receive eyelid surgery to lift drooping lids and enhance the upper face appearance in combination with lower and mid facelift.
In some cases, the surgeon may recommend facial implants to add fullness to the cheeks or chin in addition to facelift surgery. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and nearby areas for facelift.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA.
Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.