Face Lift at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C.
As a person advances in age, the most prominent effects are typically seen on the face in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, furrows, and the sagging of the chin and jowls. For the ultimate facial rejuvenation and the most dramatic results, we may recommend a traditional facelift procedure, or a rhytidectomy. A full facelift procedure involves the removal of excess fat and skin, the tightening of underlying muscles, and the redraping of the skin around your face and neck to give your face a tighter, more youthful look.
Candidates for a facelift at Atlanta Plastic Surgery include men and women whose faces and necks have begun to sag due to advancing age and who are typically 40 years of age or older.
The procedure involves tiny incisions, usually above the hairline at the temples, behind the earlobe, or near the lower scalp. If the neck needs tightening, a small incision may also be made under the chin. Facial skin is then lifted, fat may be trimmed or suctioned, underlying muscle and membranes are tightened and lifted, and the excess skin is removed. During the procedure, fat is sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck, and the underlying tissue is repositioned.
The full facelift described above is recommended for people who wish for dramatic results to treat the signs of aging in the neck, lower face, and cheeks. Aging changes of the eyes and brow must be treated by a separate procedure, either eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or brow/forehead lift, which is most often performed in conjunction with the facelift.
A mid-facelift is an alternate procedure, similar to a traditional, full facelift, but which is designed to pinpoint areas of the mid face. Mid-facelifts are done endoscopically (using a tiny camera probe to look beneath the skin) with tiny incisions made in the eyelids, mouth, or hairline – depending on the area of the face that need excess fat and skin removed. During this procedure, the fat pads on your cheeks are lifted and repositioned over the cheekbones and excess fat is removed under the eyes to reduce puffiness. Our surgeons often perform mid-facelifts in conjunction with lower-lid blepharoplasty to rejuvenate the area around the eyes or with facial implants to accentuate the natural contours of the face.
The upper facelift is another variation of the traditional facelift, but pinpoints areas of the upper face, like the eyes, brows, and forehead. An upper facelift, similar to a brow lift, endoscopic brow lift, or forehead lift can be performed two basic ways – the plastic surgeon making incisions at several places in the hair line or endoscopically (using a tiny camera probe to look beneath the skin). In both methods, excess fat is removed from around the eyes, and the skin is lifted and tightened upward. The upper facelift gives the area around the eyes a more youthful and alert look.
As the name implies, the lower facelift tightens and rejuvenates the lower part of the face. During the procedure, the plastic surgeon makes an incision either around the ear, or enters endoscopically, in order to remove the excess fat. The muscles are then tightened and the skin repositioned, trimmed, and smoothed out. Usually a neck lift is performed at the same time as the lower face lift to remove the extra skin or “double chin” commonly found in patients. Those patients with drooping skin around the jawline and/or sagging corners of the mouth as well as a neck with excess skin are ideal candidates for lower facelift surgery.
What type of facelift would be best for me?
Every face is different, and no two individuals age in exactly the same way, which is why mini-facelifts are customized to individual patient needs. A mid-facelift focuses on the areas between the corners of the eyes, under the eyes, and down to the corners of the mouth. An upper facelift involves eliminating wrinkles on the forehead, in between the eyebrows and around the eyes, while lower facelift procedures address the lower third of the face, including jowls and excess skin and fat on the neck area. Finally, a full facelift can be best for overall rejuvenation across the entire face. Many men and women also undergo complementary procedures, like fat transfer or Juvéderm® facial filler, to help restore lost volume and give the face a more plump and youthful appearance. A comprehensive consultation with one of our seven board certified plastic surgeons can help you determine your individual areas of concern and what sort of approach would be more beneficial to your needs.
What sort of post-surgical downtime and results can I expect after a facelift?
Generally most traditional facelift patients are able to return to their regular routines within two weeks, although many recover much more quickly. Those who undergo mini facelifts can expect significantly shorter downtime time due to the less invasive nature of the procedure. In short, treatment and recovery will vary from patient to patient. Although facelifts can give you a renewed and more youthful appearance, they cannot fully stop the aging process. The benefits that they provide can be long-lasting, but the procedure should be combined with preventative non-surgical and cosmetic treatments if you wish to maintain your rejuvenated look.
Can different “mini” facelifts be combined into a single procedure to address multiple areas?
Absolutely, combining different cosmetic procedures into a single surgical session is very common. It is important to note, however, that treating multiple areas of the face requires more extensive surgery and, hence, a longer post-surgical recovery time. Most people choose a mini (partial) facelift over the traditional procedure in order to get back on their feet quickly, so while the different techniques can certainly be combined, these patients should be aware of that the amount of anesthesia and recovery time needed will increase with additional surgery. Your doctor will review all of the necessary information with you during your consultation and work with your specific concerns in order to determine what approach will safely fit your individual needs.
View Face Lift Surgery Photos to learn more about this procedure for men and women and such items as costs, risks, advanced techniques, and frequently asked questions. Consultations are available at our offices in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming / Forsyth, Newnan, and Northside / Sandy Springs, Georgia.
The following doctors perform facelift surgery at Atlanta Plastic Surgery. Click on a doctor to learn more about their practice and to view Before & After facelift surgery photographs.