A facelift can be an excellent way to achieve a more youthful look by improving the overall appearance of the face and neck. However, it’s crucial to not only do your research on what a facelift entails, but it’s also important to ensure that this procedure is right for you. Knowing the answer to these five critical questions can help you make an informed decision.
1. AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A FACELIFT?
The only way to determine if you are a good candidate for a facelift is to seek the expertise of a plastic surgeon that specializes in facial plastic surgery. During your necessary consultation, your plastic surgeon will perform a full examination to give you all the information you need to decide if you should move forward with plastic surgery.
2. HOW LONG DOES FACELIFT SURGERY TAKE?
Typically, a facelift procedure can take between 3 to 4 hours. Still, each facelift patient is different, and it may depend on any other procedures the patient will have in conjunction with a facelift.
3. WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME FOR A FACELIFT?
A facelift procedure involves separating tissue layers, which elevate deep tissues, removing excess skin, contouring, and removing excess fat. Recovery time is different for each patient. However, patients can regain a normal appearance after 2 to 3 weeks providing there aren’t any other procedures done simultaneously with a facelift. Patients can expect to be fully healed at around six months.
4. WHAT TYPE OF RESULTS WILL I SEE POST-FACELIFT?
After a facelift, you may see the following improvements:
- Improved muscle tone and skin elasticity.
- A fresher, less tired appearance.
- A tighter appearance around the neck.
- Diminished appearance of folds and creases, including “marionette lines” and “smile lines.”
- Added definition around the jawline.
5. WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A PLASTIC SURGEON?
When it comes to facial plastic surgery, having a surgeon who specializes explicitly in facial plastic surgery procedures can ensure that you get the appearance you wish to achieve. When it comes to facelifts, Dr. Apostolakis takes the approach of lifting and reshaping tissues rather than stretching them, as many other plastic surgeons might do. This approach avoids the swept look that some patients may see after a facelift. The incisions are made to be as subtle as possible, and no hair is removed in the process.
Increase your confidence and feel beautiful! Learn more about facelifts and other plastic surgery procedures that may be right for you. Contact our Austin plastic surgeon today at 512-329-8989 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Louis William Apostolakis.