You can’t stop time, but you sure can slow it down when it comes to your face. A simple facelift dramatically changes your appearance so you look, on average, 12 years younger after the procedure.
At Plastic Surgery Arts Center in Webster, Texas, Jan Garcia, Jr., MD expertly rejuvenates the structure and appearance of your face. During a facelift, he surgically removes excess skin and pulls back what’s left to create a tauter, more youthful look. In conjunction with the procedure, he may also lift and tighten the skin on your neck as well.
We share some reasons why you should consider a facelift as a way to regain a youthful look and boost your self-confidence.
What happens during a facelift?
A facelift, clinically called a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure. Dr. Garcia pulls back a flap of skin on each side of the face and contours the tissue underneath to restore a youthful look and height. Any excess, sagging skin is removed, and he sutures the flaps closed.
The neck lift, also called a platysmaplasty, may be done as part of a facelift to reduce any fat deposits or sagging skin at the neck.
Why should I consider surgery?
Most anti-aging treatments that use noninvasive or minimally invasive strategies don’t address sagging, lax skin. A facelift is an effective way to restore the appearance and shape of your face that’s been altered because of exposure to the environment, sun damage, gravity, genetics, and lifestyle habits.
A facelift can lift a sagging appearance in your cheeks. It also eliminates any jowls and smooths out the deep lines that form from the side of your nose to the corner of your mouth.
Am I a candidate for a facelift?
Dr. Garcia customizes your facelift to match your aesthetic goals. You do need to be a nonsmoker who is in generally good health. He goes over what you should expect from the procedure and the outcome, so you have no surprises or unrealistic expectations. After a facelift, you’ll look like yourself, only younger and rejuvenated.
How simple is it?
You prepare for a facelift just as you would for any other surgery. You’ll need to do preoperative blood work and halt certain medications that may interfere with general anesthesia or proper healing.
After the surgery, you’ll be prescribed pain medications to ease discomfort. The severity of your pain depends on your personal threshold, but it’s likely you will have some swelling and bruising, which is completely normal.
Following the procedure, you’ll go home bandaged, with small surgical drains to remove excess fluid. Dr. Garcia gives you thorough after-care instructions so you recover well at home.
It takes just about two weeks before you can resume a normal level of daily activity, and more strenuous exercise does need to take about a four-week pause.
What are the limits of a facelift?
If you’re unhappy with age spots, fine lines, and superficial wrinkles, you may need another procedure in lieu of or in addition to a facelift. Dermal fillers and injectable wrinkle reducers correct lines and wrinkles, and laser treatments can create a more evenly toned and textured complexion.
Additional procedures, such as a brow lift and eyelid surgery, can add to the youth-enhancing effects of your facelift. A brow lift elevates sagging eyebrows that make you look sad and tired, and eyelid surgery opens up eyes that are hidden by excess, puffy skin.
For all of your facial rejuvenation plastic surgery needs, trust Dr. Garcia and Plastic Surgery Arts Center. Call our office or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation to learn how you can benefit.