A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to remove wrinkles and to decrease the signs of aging. During a face lift, excess fat and skin are removed. Dr Lee’s face lift technique tightens the deeper muscles of the face to improve the contour of the face rather than just pulling on or lifting the skin which gives that windswept look. His results are very natural looking. He also complements the face lift by doing selective fat transfer to areas of the face that may have lost volume, for instance tear troughs, cheeks, lips or nasolabial folds. This creates an even softer and more youthful appearance. Face lift surgery is a serious medical procedure, but the results can yield a most satisfying appearance for patients.
What are realistic expectations for a Face Lift?
Skin type and patient age influence the final results. Skin will continue to age after the procedure. Dr. Lee strives to make the scars as inconspicuous as possible. His technique to minimize visible scarring is to hide the incisions inside the ear so there is no scarring in front of the ear like you may see with other surgeons. The little visible scarring there fades with time. Patients should also understand and be prepared for the healing process, which will continue for several weeks beyond surgery. During that time, pain medication is usually required, and physical and social activity will be limited.
In some cases, an additional treatment may be advisable to augment or complement the effects of the face lift. Dr Lee does complementary fat injections as part of the facelift procedure. The fat injections can treat nasolabial folds ( area that extends from the nose to the corner of the mouth), the marionette lines (the area that extends from the corner of the mouth to the jawline) and the lips to give more fullness.Other cosmetic procedures commonly combined with face lift surgery include, chemical or laser resurfacing of the skin, a brow lift and eyelid surgery.
What are the benefits of a Face Lift?
Face lift surgery can create a younger appearance and improve self-esteem. By removing excess skin, the procedure can result in significant wrinkle reduction. The effects of sun and wind damage can be diminished through face lift surgery, as well. Face lift surgery does not change skin texture and every wrinkle cannot be erased. Another cosmetic treatment may be necessary to achieve additional goals. Also, the aging process will continue after the surgery, meaning that even long-lasting results are not permanent. But we have often found that patients come back for a visit after 10 years and look better than ever!