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What Is A Facelift?

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As we age, we develop creases in our forehead, mouths, and all around our faces. A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that tightens facial muscles, removes fat, and trims excess skin in order to reverse signs of aging. After surgery your facial features will be more prominent, your skin will be tighter, you will have fewer wrinkles, and your eyes will be more open. You’ll still be you, but a much younger-looking you.

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Candidates For Facelift Surgery

Ideal candidates for a facelift have some facial sagging and want to correct one or more issues in the middle and lower area of the face. Additionally, patients should be in good overall health, have remaining skin elasticity, and have realistic surgical expectations.

“Dr. Michelle Cabret and Dr. Albert Carlotti are the definition of the dynamic duo. I was blessed to be a patient of Dr. Michelle Cabret. She was not only knowledge beyond belief, but made me feel comfortable, excited, safe, and “in the know” about what I was going to experience and the procedures I was going to have. She welcomes you with a warm smile, encouragement, and optimism.” -Megan

Internationally acclaimed team Drs. Albert Carlotti and Michelle Cabret offer unparalleled facelift results with their unique four-dimensional facelift technique! To learn more about facelift surgery at Austin Cosmetic Surgery, contact our office in Austin TX or Scottsdale AZ today to schedule your consultation.

At What Age Should I Consider A Facelift?

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There are a few guidelines involved with getting a facelift. Age is not one of them. People often make the mistake of thinking that they must wait for a certain point to seek treatment for the signs of aging. According to statistics, many of the patients who undergo facelift surgery are in their forties or fifties. To be a good candidate for a facelift is to be healthy and have realistic expectations, not to be a certain age. If you’re considering having a facelift, contact our office for a consultation.

Dr. Cabret is thorough in their consultation process and answer patients’ questions so each feels empowered to make an educated decision about their care.

What To Expect During Your Facelift Consultation

Before making a final decision, Dr. Cabret will meet with you to discuss your surgery. They will review your medical history and perform a thorough physical examination to determine if you are healthy enough for the procedure. Using digital photography and computer imaging, Dr. Cabret will create a strategy that is tailor-made to your own unique features and proportions.

Is Facelift Surgery Safe?

Complications of facelift surgery are uncommon. Cosmetic procedures are generally safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive training in facial rejuvenation. 

What Is The Facelift Procedure Like?

After your consultation, we will schedule your procedure. A facelift is an outpatient procedure in which patients can choose to be under sedation or general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Cabret will make several small, hidden incisions along the hairline and facial contours. Skin, tissue, and muscles are then lifted and tightened into the desired position. Next, our staff will remove any excess skin. Finally, Dr. Cabret will close the incisions with stitches or glue. The whole procedure takes about 2 hours.

How Long Is Facelift Surgery?

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Facelift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients typically receive general anesthesia for this rejuvenating procedure and can expect surgery to last at least a few hours. The time it takes to complete a facelift is determined by the extent of improvement being sought. Some patients combine their facelift with other procedures, such as blepharoplasty or a brow lift. Because each treatment plan is customized on a case by case basis, we discuss the anticipated surgery time with patients individually.

Are Facelift Results Long Lasting?

The facelift procedure is popular among adults from their forties to their eighties. This is because the repositioning of facial tissue is permanent. The effects of age will recur at some point, but the face looks younger than it would if the facelift had not been performed. Some patients never need to repeat their facelift and are able to maintain beautiful youthfulness using nonsurgical approaches such as injectables and periodic skin resurfacing.

Risks of A Facelift

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with a facelift. These potential risks include:

  • Allergic reaction to the anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Nerve injury
  • Skin blistering
  • Swelling or discoloration
  • Temporary or permanent loss of sensation in the face

What Is Recovery Like?

After the procedure, it’s common for patients to experience some discomfort for 1-3 days. If needed, patients can take some pain medication to aid in recovery. One week later patients can have the stitches removed from incision sites. Temporary side effects, including swelling, numbness, bruising, and stiffness, resolve within a few weeks. In addition, as time passes scars heal and become less noticeable.

Will I Have Scarring After a Facelift?

Scars are the natural result of incisions. Facelift incisions are made in inconspicuous areas around the ears, so the scars that form from healing are not visible. When it is necessary to make incisions in front of the ears, those nicks are very small. Once they heal, they are not immediately recognizable as scars. Patients may improve their scarring by implementing a scar treatment program using a special cream or other product beginning about 4 weeks after surgery.

When Can I Resume Normal Activity?

The first week after a facelift should be dedicated to rest.

It is necessary to avoid high-intensity activities, but also important to maintain optimal circulation. Walking helps to avoid complications such as blood clots and poor wound healing. Patients may begin to gradually move more often and with greater intensity after 7 to 10 days but should not resume any form of strenuous exercise until we have conducted a follow-up visit and cleared them for activity. Once clearance is given, patients should resume exercise slowly. Every person is different but we must remember that the body needs extra time to heal. If you become tired when you begin to exercise again, stop. Your body is still recovering from the physiological impact of surgery.

When Will I See Results?

Initial results will appear about a month after surgery. Over the next year, patients will continue to see improvement in their appearance. Facelift results are not permanent, however, the effects are permanent and the face looks better than if surgery had not been performed.

Will My Facelift Results Look Natural?

The way that facelift surgery is performed today is more advanced than previous techniques. Surgeons do not focus only on the skin and superficial tissue that has become lax, they address the underlying structural changes that have led to jowls, deep creases, and the elongation of the face. The repositioning of subcutaneous tissue and muscle results in natural, beautiful rejuvenation that lasts many years.

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Our internationally recognized facial rejuvenation experts can help you look and feel your best. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation at 512-688-8000. We serve patients in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and surrounding areas in Texas, as well as Scottsdale AZ and surrounding areas.