The aging process takes its toll on our facial appearance through a loss of tissue volume, skin elastic support and sun damage. We frequently hear patient complain that they don’t recognize the aged face they see in the mirror and what their face to match their youthful internal age. A Facelift procedure is the gold standard for returning the tissue to their proper location and tightening the skin to create a natural appearance. There are several different variations depending on your individual needs and desires. The most important factor is that the deep SMAS layer is addressed and lifted. This can be done through a “Mini” lift incision, or a more extensive full facelift incision. Dr. Butz believes in a conservative approach that is safe and will rejuvenate your facial tissues while not creating the windswept or overlying tightened look.
Facelifts can be combined with brow lifts, eyelid surgery and fat transfer for total facial rejuvenation.
A facelift can be considered at any point when you start to notice the effects of aging. Most people wait until they’re in their early 60’s but some undergo mini-lifts earlier in their 40’s.
Ideal candidates are healthy men and women who desire improvements in the following:
- Loose skin of the face and neck
- Submental fullness or neck fat
- Nasolabial folds
- Midface volume loss
Preparing for your Procedure
As with any procedure, you should stop any medication or supplements that are not essential for 10-14 days prior to decrease your risk of bleeding complications. Please refer to your list of medications to avoid and always check with your Doctor prior to stopping medications.
There are many different techniques and variations of facelifts and a lot of the terminology can become confusing and it just comes down to marketing. During your consultation with Dr. Butz he will evaluate your individual concerns and needs and determine the best procedure for you. If you have early signs of aging a mini-lift maybe all that’s required to restore your facial contour. However, if you have more extensive loose neck and facial skin a more advance technique may be required to give you the result you desire.
The procedure is typically performed in an accredited outpatient surgery center with the assistance of an anesthesiologist. A lighter version of anesthesia is all that is required. A light dressing will be in place when you wake up and this will be removed by Dr. Butz the following day in clinic. If you have drains placed, these will also be removed the following day. Drains can reduce the amount of bruising and swelling and speed up your recovery process. Most people have minimal pain and are ready to be social in 10-14 days. You should avoid rigorous exercise for at least 2 weeks but we encourage you to be up and walking several times throughout the day.
Recovery Time: 10-14 days
Schedule a consultation today to discuss your concerns and learn about your potential treatment options.