Aging, sun damage, and environmental factors all leave their marks on our faces in the way of wrinkles, deep creases, sagging cheeks, jowls, and loose neck skin. This loss of definition can affect the way you see yourself, which in turn affects the way you present yourself to others in professional and social situations. Facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, targets noticeable aging on the lower and middle sections of the face. Dr. Careaga’s surgical artistry and state-of-the-art techniques restore definition and youthful contours to create a balanced and natural facial appearance.
Why Choose Careaga Plastic Surgery?
Careaga Plastic Surgery offers an immaculate and serene setting with cutting-edge technology suited for your cosmetic surgery needs. Additionally, the dedicated staff at Careaga Plastic Surgery are highly professional with an abundance of experience in the beautification industry. Dr. Daniel Careaga has acquired years of higher education, which is reflected in his fruitful and extensive career as a plastic surgeon.
Facelift Surgery Can Correct:
Facial wrinkles can develop anywhere on the face as a result of gravity, sun damage, and collagen loss. Facelift surgery eliminates wrinkles and fine lines along the mid and lower face, including fine lines and folds that develop around the mouth. Tightening excess skin allows you to look younger while maintaining a natural appearance.Request More Information
Facial sagging occurs when gravity meets weakened skin and muscle. As the elasticity of your tissues breaks down, the tissues begin to droop under their own weight. This causes the muscles to drop toward the jawline, resulting in the formation of jowls. This makes you appear older than you are, and it can alter the contours of your face. Facelift surgery returns definition to your cheeks and jawline.Request More Information
Many patients experience skin laxity and vertical banding on the neck as they age; additionally, their skin loses its elasticity. Facelift surgery addresses this excess by trimming and tightening the skin, leaving your neck perfectly in balance with your newly enhanced facial contours.Request More Information
Facelift surgery restores youthful contours and definition to your mid and lower face. Dr. Careaga offers variations to the traditional facelift, and he will help determine the best option for you based on your aesthetic goals and desired results.
Traditional facelift surgery provides a long-lasting improvement in facial aging. Incisions are made along the hairline, running from the temples to just around the earlobe. From here, sagging muscles are tightened and repositioned, facial fat is redistributed, and excess skin is trimmed away, resulting in increased definition of the midface and jawline.
Combining a neck lift with your facelift is vital for patients who are experiencing moderate to severe facial laxity, as this maintains balance and harmony between the face and neck. A small incision is made beneath the chin to remove excess skin and fat that lead to vertical neck banding and laxity.
Patients commonly combine their facelift procedure with eyelid surgery, also known as an eye lift or blepharoplasty, to address drooping eyelids that can obstruct vision and cause patients to appear tired, angry, and older. Additional issues that eyelid surgery can address include puffiness underneath the eyes, wrinkles, dark circles, and loose skin. Patients can select upper or lower eyelid surgery, or a combination of both, to correct these concerns.
Facelift surgery can also be combined with non-surgical options, such as injectables, IPL (intense pulsed light), or laser treatment for full facial rejuvenation. Dermal fillers and neuromodulators, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, can address wrinkles on areas of the face that are not targeted by facelift surgery, and lasers and IPL can treat concerns such as pigment and texture issues. We also recommend these procedures along with our skin care treatments to prolong the results of your facelift.
While this is an outpatient procedure, you should have someone drive you home and stay with you for the first night. You may experience tightness, numbness, swelling, and bruising in the first few days after surgery. Bandages, coverings, and cold compresses will help minimize any swelling, and oral antibiotics can remedy any discomfort. Keeping your head elevated will also help minimize swelling and promote healing. Dr. Careaga may place a drain that will be removed after a day or so.
Scars will be present at the incision locations. Fortunately, Dr. Careaga places these incisions in the hairline and creases of the skin so that they will be inconspicuous. All scarring will likely fade with time.
The cost of your facelift is dependent on the extensiveness of the procedure and techniques used as well as anesthesia fees, surgical fees, and facility fees. Dr. Careaga and his dedicated staff will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
Facelift patients can generally return to work within one to two weeks. Normal exercise should be avoided for at least three weeks while you rest and recover.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for a facelift?
Ideal candidates for facelift surgery experience moderate to severe signs of facial and neck aging. These signs include deep facial creases, jowls, sagging cheeks, and neck banding. Candidates should be in good general health and have realistic expectations of their results. To ensure quality and safety during the procedure, candidates should not smoke six weeks before and after the surgery.
What type of anesthesia will be used?
General anesthesia is used to ensure a painless procedure.
When is the best age for a facelift?
Facelift surgery improves facial contours at any age. Most commonly, patients are between the ages of 40 and 60. This is an ideal age for the facelift procedure, as patients still have good skin elasticity, a vital element to lasting and successful results.
What procedures can be combined with a facelift?
Facelift and neck lift surgeries can be combined with a brow lift or eyelid lift to provide full facial rejuvenation, as a facelift only addresses the mid and lower face.
What are the risks associated with facelift surgery?
Facelift surgery is a safe and common procedure. Although rare, complications can occur. These include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Poor wound healing
- Nerve injury
How long will my results last?
The results of facelift surgery are known to be long lasting. That being said, this procedure will not prevent future aging from occurring. Leading a healthy lifestyle, practicing sun protection, and proper skin care will allow you to best maintain your results.