Dr. Haitham Masri, a highly skilled and experienced surgeon at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, is pleased to offer facelift surgery in Birmingham and Dearborn, MI for patients who want to look younger and feel more confident.
Table of content
- What is a Facelift?
- Choose a Facelift
- Preparing for a Facelift
- Why Choose Dr. Masri
- Schedule a Consultation
Aging is unavoidable. While the rate of aging varies from person to person, most people will eventually exhibit some combination of wrinkling around the mouth and eyes, forehead lines, pouches along the jawline, a double chin, folds on the neck, and sometimes even a web of fine lines throughout the entire face.
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, corrects signs of aging by removing excess skin, tightening the underlying facial tissues, and re-draping the skin on the face and neck to remove folds.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
What is a Facelift?
The facelift is a classic facial rejuvenation procedure that has evolved significantly in the last few decades. Today, there are many different facelift techniques that can be used to customize the facelift procedure to suit each individual patient’s needs.
The traditional facelift procedure (also known as a full facelift) has the most incisions, but it effectively tightens the skin and underlying facial structures to give the most comprehensive results, which can often last well over ten years. A traditional facelift typically addresses both the face and neck, as sagging neck skin can contribute significantly to an aged appearance.
Another variation of the facelift procedure is the limited incision or mini lift, which is faster and less invasive than the full facelift. In this version, all work is done through small incisions, which means less recovery time and only a small number of short scars. This limited version minimizes scarring and reduces sagging skin but will not eliminate loose folds. The results typically last about five years. There are also specific versions like the neck lift suitable for patients whose problems are localized to one small area.
Why Choose a Facelift?
Each person’s unique aging process varies based on factors like genetics and lifestyle, but skin can’t be expected to stay tight and smooth forever, no matter how many creams and sunscreens you use. The facelift is the most comprehensive plastic surgery available for facial rejuvenation. With facelift techniques, patients can correct loose skin, facial sagging, marionette lines, a double chin, and sagging jowls.
Facelifts can also be combined with a neck lift to remove and tighten loose neck skin under the chin. Adding a blepharoplasty or forehead lift to the facelift can further reduce signs of aging. This makes the facelift a great option for those who believe that their aging face does not reflect their self-image or feel that they just don’t look like themselves anymore.
Am I a Candidate for A Facelift?
Men and women who are bothered by signs of facial aging, are in good general health and do not smoke or have any medical conditions that may complicate healing may be good candidates for facelift surgery in Birmingham, MI.
In addition, patients should have realistic expectations and understand that while plastic surgery may rejuvenate their appearance, anti-aging procedures will not alter their facial features or appearance. They should also realize that a facelift procedure cannot stop the natural aging process entirely, though it can refresh the face and slow down future aging.
The Facelift Consultation in Birmingham
A patient’s first step when considering a facelift in Birmingham is a consultation with Dr. Masri at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Birmingham or Dearborn. During the consultation, patients will talk about their needs and aesthetic goals, and Dr. Masri will go over the types of facelifts available to them.
Their face will be examined, measured and photographed. In addition, there will be a discussion of their aesthetic vision and the likely outcomes of their facelift surgery. Dr. Masri may also share before and after photos of real patients and answer any questions a patient may have. During this meeting, patients will find out if they are a good candidate for facial rejuvenation surgery.
Medical conditions, previous medical treatments or surgeries, and drug allergies will be documented together. There will be a review of the patient’s current medications, herbal supplements, vitamins, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use before their facial surgery is scheduled.
Preparing for a Facelift
For best results and to help ensure patient safety, Masri Clinic suggests that patients stop using tobacco products several weeks before and after their facelift procedure in order to minimize the risk of complications. Patients may need to stop taking some medications and supplements a few weeks before their facelift procedure to prevent excessive bleeding. Masri Clinic will provide patients with all the necessary information at the time of scheduling.
Patients should pick up any prescriptions prior to their procedure and should arrange for a friend or family member to drive them home after surgery and stay with them for the first day or two. Since traditional facelift procedures are performed under general anesthesia, patients will typically need to refrain from eating or drinking after midnight the night before surgery.
The Facelift Procedure
Depending on the patient’s preferences and on the extent of the surgery, the facelift procedure will begin with either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
For patients getting a traditional facelift surgery, the incision will start above and in front of the ear. It moves down around the ear and extends back through the hairline. The incisions will be carefully placed in natural creases near the ears.
After the incisions have been made, the skin is then moved out to the temples, cheeks, and neck so that underlying tissues can be repositioned and tightened before the excess loose skin is removed.
Fat may or may not be removed, depending on the patient’s natural facial anatomy, and a small cut may be made under the chin to access tissues in the jowls and chin area. Once the tissues have been tightened and contoured, drainage tubes may be placed. Finally, the skin edges will be secured and the dressings applied before the patient is removed to the recovery area.
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Recovering from a Facelift
After a facelift in Dearborn or Birmingham, patients will usually experience a moderate amount of pain and discomfort for the first 48 hours, but at no point should they be in severe pain. Discomfort should be controllable with oral medications and will typically begin to fade within 48 hours.
There will be a considerable amount of bruising and swelling, as well as liquid drainage for a couple of days. For the first 48 hours or so, the patient will need to wear a bulky dressing to prevent blood from collecting under the skin. This dressing is generally replaced with an elastic face garment to support the tissues while they heal for several more days.
For the first few weeks, the patient will need to recline rather than lie down. This helps to hold down the swelling, which will peak around 48 hours post-surgery. It will begin to decline after that, but most patients do not feel comfortable resuming normal social activities for 10-14 days after surgery due to remaining swelling and bruising.
A patient’s activities will be restricted for some time after a facelift. They should not drive or exercise for the first week, but they should try to stay vertical as much as they can to help with the swelling. Water activities should be limited to brief showers for a full month after surgery, and strenuous exercise should be avoided. The patient will also need to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Strong sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats are recommended to minimize scarring.
In most cases, it will take about six months for everything to heal up fully and up to a year before the scars fade to their final shade.
What are the Possible Side Effects or Risks of Facelift?
Since a facelift in Dearborn is a surgical procedure, it does involve some side effects and risks including:
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The good news is that these risks can be minimized by a highly skilled surgeon like Dr. Masri. Choosing a plastic surgeon carefully is key for ensuring optimal safety and results.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Masri for a Facelift in Birmingham or Dearborn?
Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery is comprised of three physicians who are board-certified in facial plastic surgery, general plastic surgery, and aesthetic medicine. The clinic has extensive experience performing facelifts in Birmingham and Dearborn, MI.
Haitham Masri, MD is board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, otolaryngology and in sleep medicine. He is a facial plastic surgeon and an ENT, which enables him to perform highly complex facelifts with incredible results.
Masri Clinic’s staff includes a broad range of skilled professional support including an allergy nurse, certified audiologist, medical assistant, and three board-certified physicians. Masri Clinic’s Dearborn office is upon until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and its Birmingham Clinic office is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
Frequently Asked Questions About Facelifts
Is 40 too young for a facelift?
There is not really any particular age that is too young for a facelift. If a patient is dissatisfied with their appearance due to facial aging, the problem will only get worse without intervention, so there is no reason to wait for an arbitrary age to have things corrected. In fact, having a facelift done younger may even yield some benefits in terms of having better skin elasticity.
How can I avoid that pulled-tight facelift look?
Facelift techniques have improved over the last few decades, but unfortunately, the stereotypes have not changed. We can now perform gentle facelifts that preserve all of a patient’s existing facial structures and leave them with their own, natural-looking face, just younger. When people think of the stereotypes about celebrities with bad facelifts, remember that they only notice those few people who have problems and would never even guess about the vast majority who have had good results.
Can a facelift correct asymmetric facial features?
A facelift is not the best procedure to correct asymmetric features because facial asymmetry typically is caused by small differences in the bone structure on each side of the face. That said, asymmetry may sometimes be corrected with another procedure at the same time as a facelift. Please see Dr. Masri for a consultation on the best method to treat facial asymmetry.
There are “natural facelift creams” advertised everywhere. Do they work?
Unfortunately, no. Some topical creams such as retinoids do have proven anti-aging benefits, and other non-surgical options like Botox can reduce wrinkles, but if the problem is drooping facial skin, no cream will help.
I’ve just had a facelift and my skin feels like it has been pulled too tight. Will this get better?
Yes, almost certainly. For the first few weeks after getting a facelift, a patient’s facial tissues will be very swollen, making their skin look and feel much tighter than the final result will be. As everything heals and settles into place, your face will feel much more comfortable soon.
Schedule a Facelift Consultation in Birmingham or Dearborn
Dr. Haitham Masri, MD performs facelift procedures at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, which has locations in Dearborn and Birmingham, Michigan. Schedule a consultation by calling 866-487-3223 or filling out an online contact form.