Sun exposure, weight fluctuation, and the natural aging process make facial skin loosen and sag, resulting in the wrinkles and jowls. The muscles in the neck also loosen, causing “cording” or “banding” in the neck. A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to reposition the skin and muscle that contribute to this problem in the lower face and neck. The result is a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
Incisions are made within the scalp, in front of and behind the ear, and back into the hairline behind the ear. Excess skin, along with a broad, thin sheet of muscle in the neck, is lifted and partially removed. The remaining skin is then smoothed, tightened, and secured with sutures and small clips. Depending on the condition of your skin and your desired results, the procedure may take up to four hours. Common side effects may include swelling, numbness, bruising, and tightness. The majority of our patients report only minor discomfort following surgery.
For a select group of patients who want to maintain a youthful look but do not require a “full” or traditional facelift, a mini facelift may be an option. A mini facelift, sometimes referred to as the “weekend” or “lunchtime” facelift, is performed under local anesthesia or light sedation and has a shorter recovery time than the traditional facelift. The procedure is similar to a traditional facelift, however, the incisions are shorter and the amount of dissection is significantly less. This results in a faster procedure time and less postoperative recovery time. Dr. Hillstrom and Dr. Wright can customize a mini facelift for their patients to address specific problem areas, such as early jowling and mild laxity under the chin.
It is important to understand that the results of a mini facelift are not as long lasting or as dramatic as the results of a traditional facelift. In select patients, a mini facelift is an excellent procedure for making quick, subtle changes that can help slow the aging process. The procedure is popular among younger patients because it can reduce the appearance of aging, and help individuals to maintain a youthful appearance.
Revision facelift procedures are typically more difficult and complicated than the original facelift. The formation of dense scar tissue and relocation of facial skin can make the procedure more difficult. Therefore, the revision surgery typically takes longer to complete and is more costly than the original surgery. However, because Dr. Hillstrom and Dr. Wright perform their facelifts on the deeper layer of the face called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system), they are able to perform revision facelifts and correct many of the problems that occur when this technique is not utilized by other surgeons. The goal of revision facelift surgery is a natural and rejuvenated look. During your consultation, Dr. Hillstrom or Dr. Wright will discuss your revision facelift options and the specific goals of your surgery.
Dr. Hillstrom and Dr. Wright are expertly trained and highly experienced in performing revision facelifts for patients from all areas of the country.
To learn more about Facelift, Mini Facelift, and Revision Facelift Surgery, please contact Dr. Robert Hillstrom and Dr. Harry Wright at Hillstrom Facial Plastic Surgery and today.