If you look in the mirror and don’t recognize yourself anymore because the signs of aging have become so severe that non-invasive skincare treatments aren’t making a difference, we want to let you know there is a solution. At The Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL, we offer the facelift an effective cosmetic procedure that can restore a natural, youthful-looking appearance.
Facelift FAQs: How It Works, What Kind of Results You Can Expect, and How Long They Last
Everyone knows that a facelift can deliver some incredible results, but if you’re considering this procedure, you probably have many different questions about what it is, how it works, and what you can expect.
If you want the results of a facelift and want the details about everything that happens between achieving those results, we can help. We’re going to provide you with all the information you need to know so you can make an informed decision about this procedure and then walk into the process with complete confidence.
How Long Do the Results Last?
When you undergo a facelift, expect some incredible results. Also known as rhytidectomy, this procedure will not only give you amazing results but long-lasting results as well. Patients can expect to enjoy their results for seven to ten years or longer based on their skin elasticity, and the rate at which they age after the procedure is complete.
This procedure will deliver anti-aging results, but it cannot stop aging. However, living a healthy lifestyle and taking good care of your skin after your procedure can help you enjoy your results for as long as possible.
Making Your Results Last Longer
Even though you cannot stop the aging process, you can take steps to enhance and prolong your results. The easiest and most cost-effective way to maintain your results involves living a healthy lifestyle. Drinking plenty of water, eating foods that promote skin health and a healthy body will go a long way in helping you maintain a tight, contoured, and lifted appearance post-op.
What To Avoid
As long as you avoid some specific foods and unhealthy habits, you can help maintain youthful skin in the years following your procedure. The number one way to maintain and enhance your results is to avoid smoking of any form. Not only does smoking pose significant health issues, but it negatively impacts the appearance and health of your skin as well as your body and your facelift.
Smoking will accelerate the aging process, so if you are a smoker, take every possible measure to quit. You should also work to avoid excess sugar and excess sodium. Sugar causes inflammation and will affect your blood sugar and cortisol levels which can speed the aging process. By simply avoiding processed foods, salt, and excess sugars, you can help ensure long-lasting results.
The Importance of Hydration
Hydration is extremely underrated when it comes to maintaining youthful skin. Drinking an adequate amount of water each day and avoiding the overconsumption of beverages that negatively impact the skin, like alcohol and caffeinated drinks, will go a long way in helping you maintain youthful skin long-term.
Drinking plenty of water daily along with avoiding beverages that will negatively impact your skin health and elasticity will help you enjoy your results for as long as possible. Plus, adequate water intake will help you maintain optimal skin health by promoting detoxification and adequate skin hydration.
In-office anti-aging and skin-perfecting treatments combined with an effective morning and evening skincare routine will help you maintain and enhance your post-procedure results.
Facials, chemical peels, and other anti-aging skin treatments will help promote collagen and elastin production after your procedure and help you maintain a clear, beautiful, and healthy complexion. Additionally, using the right skincare products from a professional-grade skincare line with nutrient-rich ingredients will promote youthful, healthy skin.
While skincare is important, so too is the level of commitment you have to wear sunscreen. The sun ages your skin, and if you want to help maintain your post-procedure results long-term, you can easily do so simply by investing in a high-quality sunscreen and making it a part of your daily skincare routine. Applying sunscreen regardless of the weather will protect your skin from sun damage and additional aging.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift is a surgical cosmetic procedure also known as rhytidectomy and involves the lifting, restructuring, and tightening of the lower two-thirds of the face. The procedure will address the signs of aging in the mid and lower half of the face by lifting, tightening, and contouring the skin and tissues.
What Does It Treat?
While this procedure primarily addresses the lower and middle half of the face, it does address some specific concerns. It will help address nasolabial folds, wrinkles around the mouth and lips, marionette lines, and jowls. It can also improve and tighten the appearance of the neck to help patients look and feel years younger.
How Does It Work?
Rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure, so it’s important that you attend an initial consultation before scheduling this procedure. Even though this procedure addresses the same area of the face for all patients, we can customize it to your needs. It’s important that we understand your ultimate aesthetic goals so that we can plan your procedure accordingly to help you achieve the best possible results.
We will evaluate your primary problem areas in person and then custom-tailor your procedure. We want you to feel confident knowing that your facelift will correct your specific areas of concern and help you look and feel your best. We will also review your health history to confirm that this procedure is a safe choice for you.
It’s important that patients are in good physical, mental, and emotional health before undergoing the procedure. It’s very important that you understand the procedure’s limitations and benefits before moving forward. We will explain this during your initial consultation so that you are fully informed and prepared about everything involved in this process.
You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment on the day of your procedure. Since you will receive anesthesia before the procedure begins, you will not be able to drive yourself home. You should have meals prepared and someone who can help at home for those first few days while you rest and recover.
During the procedure, our surgeon will address the problem areas, any excess skin, redistribute fat or tissue as necessary, and complete your procedure by suturing the incisions. He will use the SMAS technique during the procedure, which will deliver some amazing results. Depending on your specific treatment plan, the procedure itself can take anywhere from two to four hours total.
A bandage of sorts will be applied to your face after your procedure is complete. Our surgical team will provide you with extensive aftercare and recovery directions so that you know how to care for your face in the days and weeks following your procedure. We will provide you with detailed instructions regarding what you should avoid and what activities you should do to promote a quick and healthy recovery.
Am I a Candidate?
If Botox, dermal fillers, and non-invasive anti-aging treatments aren’t delivering the kind of results you would like, you may be a good candidate for a facelift. If the signs of aging have become more severe and you have deep lines, extensive skin laxity, and other signs of aging that cannot be improved with non-invasive treatments, this procedure may be right for you. The best candidates understand the procedure and have realistic expectations going into this process.
This procedure is not designed to change your face and make you look like a different person but instead is designed to restore your youthful appearance by eliminating the more common signs of aging that affect the mid and lower half of the face. If you have realistic expectations and are committed to the recovery process and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to maintain your results, you can expect the entire process to be an enjoyable and effective one.
Restore Your Youth
If you want to restore that youthful appearance to your face, this procedure may help you reach your anti-aging goals while also helping you feel more confident about your appearance. Contact us today at The Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL, to learn more about this procedure and set up your consultation to see whether you are a good candidate.