Facelift

Signs of aging are unavoidable, no matter how much you care for your skin. Forehead lines, wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, jawline pouches, neck folds, a double chin, and more. A face that was once taut and smooth eventually becomes soft, fleshy, and wrinkled.

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.

WHAT CAN A FACELIFT DO

Tightens and removes sagging skin | Removes sagging cheeks and jowls | Lifts the face | Reduces facial creases | General long-lasting anti-aging facial results

Understanding the Facelift

What is a Facelift?

The facelift is a classic facial cosmetic surgery 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, whether surgical or non-surgical.

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.

For patients looking for impressive anti-aging results without the downtime and discomfort of a surgical facelift, our team at Masri Clinic also offers the FDA-approved, minimally invasive FaceTite rejuvenation treatment. This proven method demands no incisions, treating the skin through radio-frequent or RF energy that engages with the body’s natural rejuvenation processes to create long-lasting results. Each procedure is personalized to the patient’s unique goals and needs.

Why More People Now Choose a Facelift

With the growth of non-surgical alternatives like the Cool Touch and more, some people may wonder if the facelift surgery procedure is still right for them. The truth is that more patients than ever before are opting for facelifts – according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 28% more people underwent a facelift in 2015 than in 1997.

A huge part of the facelift’s growing popularity is its recent advancements over the last few years, increasing the facelift’s success rate, general youthful appearance, and reducing its complications. With downtime and risk of scarring lower than it was two decades ago, more people are willing to try the facelift.

 

Some of the recent facelift advancements include:

  • Treatment Depth: The way facelifts are performed are now more advanced and sophisticated. While older facelifts involved just pulling back and removing extra skin, surgeons now operate on the foundational muscles themselves, tightening and repositioning the muscles underneath the skin.
  • Redrape, Not Stretch: Whereas older facelifts involved stretching the skin back, creating a strange “wind-tunnel” look, facelifts today now create a more natural look by “redraping” the skin. With the use of sutures to tighten the muscle tissue underneath the skin, doctors can redrape or reposition the direction of the muscles, pushing the skin naturally into tighter positions.
  • Greater Understanding: Facelifts done one or two decades ago were performed by doctors with much less information and understanding than they have now, meaning much of the work was done with improvisation.

These days, doctors have mastered the science of facial anatomy, and have a nuanced understanding of the amount of skin necessary to create certain looks. Instead of cutting away at all the excess skin, doctors now know exactly how much skin needs to be removed and how much can be tightened. This minimizes scarring and downtime.

Facelift Techniques: Upper Facelift, Midface, and Lower Facelift

A common misunderstanding of the facelift procedure is its area of coverage. Most patients generally believe that a facelift is a complete treatment of the face and its three areas – the upper face, midface, and lower face.

However, the typical facelift procedure generally only works on the lower half of the face, or from the tips of the ears down. For work on the upper half of the face, surgeons employ a procedure known as an upper face lift, also known as a brow lift. These two other type of facelift procedures can be performed in the same sitting if required.

Upper Facelift

Midface

Lower Facelift

Area

Above the eyes, including the forehead and the brow line

From the side of the eyes to the side of the mouth, including the cheeks, nose, and the upper lip area

Below the mouth, including the jawline and the laugh lines. In some cases, also including the chin, jaw line and neck area

Top Concerns

Forehead wrinkles

Saggy cheeks, lip and mouth wrinkles

Jowls, saggy skin, excess skin around the chin and neck

Surgical Differences

For the upper face, surgeons may employ the eyebrow lift or also the blepharoplasty or eye lift surgery; these procedures are not typically included in a traditional facelift, however they can help with results for patients who need more work for the upper face. These procedures work on the brow and the sagging lower eyelids through small incisions

The surgeon must cut deeper into the face’s muscle tissue, allowing them to manipulate the cheek and nose muscles. The purpose is to lift these muscles, stitching the tissues into parts of the face right underneath the eye sockets. Mid-facelifts are more complex than traditional facelifts, and are more prone to complications

A small incision is made in front of the ear, extending downward. Doctors can also use endoscopes for assistance, inserting the small cameras in incisions. If neck work is included, incisions are made underneath the chin. Fat is removed from the area and the facial muscles are smoothed and tightened

Upper Facelift

Midface

Lower Facelift

Area

Above the eyes, including the forehead and the brow line

Top Concerns

Forehead wrinkles

Surgical Differences

For the upper face, surgeons may employ the eyebrow lift or also the blepharoplasty or eye lift surgery; these procedures are not typically included in a traditional facelift, however they can help with results for patients who need more work for the upper face. These procedures work on the brow and the sagging lower eyelids through small incisions

Area

From the side of the eyes to the side of the mouth, including the cheeks, nose, and the upper lip area

Top Concerns

Saggy cheeks, lip and mouth wrinkles

Surgical Differences

The surgeon must cut deeper into the face’s muscle tissue, allowing them to manipulate the cheek and nose muscles. The purpose is to lift these muscles, stitching the tissues into parts of the face right underneath the eye sockets. Mid-facelifts are more complex than traditional facelifts, and are more prone to complications

Area

Below the mouth, including the jawline and the laugh lines. In some cases, also including the chin, jaw line and neck area

Top Concerns

Jowls, saggy skin, excess skin around the chin and neck

Surgical Differences

A small incision is made in front of the ear, extending downward. Doctors can also use endoscopes for assistance, inserting the small cameras in incisions. If neck work is included, incisions are made underneath the chin. Fat is removed from the area and the facial muscles are smoothed and tightened

QuickLift Mini Facelift

Another variation of the facelift procedure is the limited incision or QuickLift mini lift (one hour face lift), which is faster and less invasive than the full facelift. With the mini face lift, all work is done through small incisions, which means less recovery time and only a small number of short scars. It is also known as the short-incision facelift.

This 1-hr face lift 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.

FaceTite: The Non-Surgical Facelift Alternative

With zero recovery time, results that continuously improve over time, and a total procedure time of just a few hours, it can be difficult to say no to the FaceTite procedure. Patients who prefer non-surgical options with minimal recovery can turn to the FaceTite procedure, which offers anti-aging, rejuvenation results that improve for 6-12 months after the treatment is performed.

A patient can look several years younger; in some cases, they can look a decade younger with tighter, smoother skin and underlying tissue, dramatic improvements in facial skin damage, and a general brighter and younger disposition.

The FaceTite procedure is simple: during the procedure, the FaceTite device is gently placed on the treatment area, and the operator or doctor guides the amount of RF energy delivered from the device to the treated tissue. This RF energy tightens and rejuvenates aging skin and loosening underlying tissue, while promoting the body’s natural healing processes in the skin. With no scars and virtually no discomfort, the FaceTite procedure is the ideal low-commitment facelift.

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 lifts 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.

Facelift or Fillers?

It can be tempting to opt for a nonsurgical technique such as a dermal filler for a liquid facelift (nonsurgical facelift). However, can the effects of a dermal filler truly compare to a facelift performed by a trusted and seasoned cosmetic surgeon? Here are some key insights on the differences between facelifts and fillers:

  • Longer Lifetime: A full facelift can bring about significant results to the face, and these results have a maximum lifetime of 15 years. Dermal fillers only generally last for up to 6-12 months, with some lasting for a few years.
  • Greater Results: A full facelift can accomplish dramatic results, significantly changing the appearance of an aged face. A dermal filler can only accomplish subtle results, and patients looking for “big results” may find themselves disappointed with the outcome.
  • Same or Less Cost: A popular argument for dermal fillers is that they cost less than a full facelift. However, if you consider the duration of the results, the number of treatments required to maintain it over an extended period of time, and the growing cost of injectables, you may actually end up paying the same or even more for fillers.

Facelift and You

Facelift Candidates: Are You a Candidate?

You may not be able to have a facelift if you:

  • Smoke cigarettes, as this can possibly complicate recovery
  • Have serious medical issues; you must be in suitable physical and mental health
  • Have poor bone structure and skin elasticity, both of which are necessary for successful facelifts
  • Have diabetes or high blood pressure

In addition, patients should have realistic expectations and understand that while plastic surgery may rejuvenate their appearance, anti-aging facial 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.

Everything to Consider Before a Facelift

Getting a facelift can feel like a big decision. Here is everything you should think about while you consider getting a facelift:

Ask yourself…

The Wrong Answer

The Right Answer

“Why?”

“I will have a new life after this surgery.”

“I’m happy or content with my life. This surgery will help align my physical image with who I am inside.”

“What do I expect?”

“I will look like a movie star, I will get a new promotion, I will find new love.”

“My doctor will fine-tune my face, getting the most out of what is already there.”

“How do I feel?”

“I’m in the middle of or I’m recovering from a huge emotional event, such as a divorce or depression.”

“I’m emotionally stable and I’m making this decision with full understanding.”

“Who is with me?”

“I’m alone with no one to talk to about this decision.”

“I have a support system of friends and/or family, and I’m talking to them about this decision.”

“Can I afford it?”

“I can find money somewhere.”

“I have comfortable savings and I can afford a facelift without breaking bank.”

“Do I know what I want?”

“I’m going with the first doctor I found online.”

“I’ve researched all my options and I know who is the best doctor in my area.”

“Do I know who I want?”

Forehead wrinkles

Saggy cheeks, lip and mouth wrinkles

Ask yourself...

“Why?”

“What do I expect?”

“How do I feel?”

“Who is with me?”

“Can I afford it?”

“Do I know what I want?”

“Do I know who I want?”

The Wrong Answer

“I will have a new life after this surgery.”

The Right Answer

“I’m happy or content with my life. This surgery will help align my physical image with who I am inside.”

The Wrong Answer

“I will look like a movie star, I will get a new promotion, I will find new love.”

The Right Answer

“My doctor will fine-tune my face, getting the most out of what is already there.”

The Wrong Answer

“I’m in the middle of or I’m recovering from a huge emotional event, such as a divorce or depression.”

The Right Answer

“I’m emotionally stable and I’m making this decision with full understanding.”

The Wrong Answer

“I’m alone with no one to talk to about this decision.”

The Right Answer

“I have a support system of friends and/or family, and I’m talking to them about this decision.”

The Wrong Answer

“I can find money somewhere.”

The Right Answer

“I have comfortable savings and I can afford a facelift without breaking bank.”

The Wrong Answer

“I’ll just leave it to the doctor to make me look beautiful.”

The Right Answer

“I know exactly the kind of changes I want to my face, including possibly pictures to show my doctor.”

The Wrong Answer

“I’m going with the first doctor I found online.”

The Right Answer

“I’ve researched all my options and I know who is the best doctor in my area.”

The Facelift Experience

Consultation

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. 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.

Before the Procedure: 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.

During the 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 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. Although results may vary, an experienced surgeon can guarantee positive results almost every time.

After the Procedure: Recovery

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 is a surgical procedure, it does involve some side effects and risks including:

  • Face Muscle Weakness
  • Bleeding
  • Numbness
  • Skin Loss
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Bruising
  • Nerve Injuries

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.

FAQs

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 or skin only face lift 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 cosmetic 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.

Will a facelift give me scars? Where are facelift scars?

Traditional facelifts and mini facelifts can leave patients with scars around the ear area. Some surgeons may leave patients with scars that stretch up to the temple, above the ear. For patients of neck lifts, the scars can be found to the back of the hairline. The extent and thickness of the scarring is unpredictable, as it depends on the patient’s unique healing ability.

Do you have face lift or one hour facelift reviews I can see?

Yes, please check our testimonials to read our patient reviews.

Schedule Your Facelift Consultation With Dr. Masri Today: Your Facelift Michigan Clinic of Choice

Masri Clinic is led by Dr. Haitham Masri, who has performed various surgical and non-surgical cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures on patients for nearly 30 years. Dr. Masri and his team at Masri Clinic understand the importance of offering a patient-centric service that prioritizes the comfort and well-being of every patient we serve.

Dr. Haitham Masri, MD performs facelift procedures in the comfort of our very own state of the art Advanced Surgery Center located in the same building as Masri Clinic of Dearborn. Schedule a consultation or request for more patient resources by calling 866-487-3223 or filling out an online contact form.

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Other Procedures at Masri Clinic

Masri Clinic offers a wide range of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. These include:

Acne Scarring Removal | Hydrafacials | Chemical Peels | Microdermabrasion | Laser Resurfacing (Laser Skin Resurfacing) | Anti-Aging Facial Solutions | Eyelid Lift | Injectable Fillers or Dermal Fillers | Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Treatment | Chin Implant

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