Facelift Frequently Asked Questions (Part 1)
At AMAE Plastic Surgery we understand that the decision to undergo a facelift is a big one. We want you to be elated with your results and love your younger, more beautiful face.
Renowned Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali believes that educating patients is crucial to achieving the best results possible during a facelift, so he has provided these answers to commonly asked questions about facelifts.
However, each facelift surgery performed by Dr. Ali is customized to your unique skin condition and appearance goals. The following information is general in nature only – and may or may not apply to your situation. Your facelift procedure will be unique!
The best way to get your facelift questions answered is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic surgery in the Troy, MI area.
What is a Facelift?
Rhytidectomy -the medical name for facelift- a surgical means of improving the face and neck’s visible signs of aging. As the aging process continues, both the muscles and skin of the facial region are subject to a loss in tone. A facelift can help reverse this by re-draping the skin of the face and neck, removing deposits of fat, and tightening deeper facial structures. A facelift may be performed by itself, or in a combination with other cosmetic procedures such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or liposuction.
Is a facelift procedure right for me?
Whether or not someone is a good facelift candidate will vary from person to person. Prior to every procedure, board certified Troy, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali comprehensively evaluates each of his patients to determine whether facelift surgery is right for them. Once this is determined, Dr. Ali will educate the patient on all the specifics of their procedure and makes sure they are comfortable with their treatment plan. And for patients whom he determines are not right for the procedure, Dr. Ali will offer other treatments available that can help reach their specific aesthetic goals.
What should I expect during a facelift consultation?
Board certified Troy, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali takes great care to make sure each facelift patient is sufficiently prepared for their procedure. This begins by conducting a consultation with the patient, during which the patient’s medical history and treatment goals will be extensively discussed. The patient’s facial features will also be analyzed, to help determine the best course of treatment.
During the consultation, patients will also receive in-depth answers to any questions they may have regarding their facelift. Based on this information, the patient can determine if they still feel a facelift is the best way to meet their aesthetic goals. Should the patient or the doctor determine this not to be the case, alternative methods of facial rejuvenation will be discussed.
Will a facelift make me look stretched?
No, as long as it performed by a skilled and highly experienced board certified plastic surgeon.
In the time during which the facelift was being perfected, plastic surgeons typically performed the procedure by pulling back the skin of the face, cutting away the remaining skin, and sewing up the incision. Since then, remarkable advancements have been made that rely on lifting and tightening facial muscles and restoring volume, rather than simply tightly pulling the skin. The end result is a much more natural appearance than the dramatic “stretched” look people often erroneously associate with early facelift procedures from several decades ago.
In sum, a skilled board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali can make a patient look years younger, by tightening skin in a natural looking manner.
Will a facelift also fix my sagging neck?
Facelift surgery is frequently combined with a neck lift, as long as the patient is an appropriate candidate. Neck lifts are most commonly performed to treat the appearance of a “turkey neck” – loose folds of skin beneath the chin. Neck lifts are also performed to restore the underlying muscle structures of the patient’s neck.
What kind of anesthesia is used for a facelift?
The anesthesia used in a facelift will depend on the specifics of the procedure being performed. Facelift patients have the option of either local anesthesia with IV sedation or general anesthesia (being “put under”), with the latter being the significantly more common choice.
During the consultation, board-certified Troy, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali will discuss all options regarding anesthesia. At AMAE Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ali’s surgical team employs an expert, board certified anesthesiologist, whose skills are put to use on a regular basis throughout every week.
How long does the facelift surgery last?
The time it takes to perform a facelift fluctuates from patient to patient, based on which exact procedure will best meet the patient’s desired outcome. On average, however, it takes 3 to 4 hours to perform facelift surgery.
The mid-facelift, a relatively simple procedure performed on the cheek/temple area, can generally be performed in roughly 2 hours. Conversely, a traditional facelift, as well as a neck lift or eye lift, can take up to 5 or 6 hours.
Facelift Surgery – Troy, MI
Just like any surgical procedure, there are plenty of considerations to take into account prior to undergoing facelift surgery. Fortunately, in the care of Troy, MI board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali, facelift surgery patients are guaranteed top of the line care that exceeds their expectations. For more information regarding facelift surgery, contact AMAE Plastic Surgery today for a consultation.
Troy, MI board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali ensures that all of his patient feel as comfortable and well-informed as possible going into their facelift surgery. For more information regarding facelift surgery, contact AMAE Plastic Surgery for a consultation today.