Facial Plastic Surgery Procedure
What is a Facelift?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgery that reduces the signs of aging by contouring and tightening the jawline and neck. While there are other options to rejuvenate the facial skin, the facelift is the most comprehensive method of reducing or even eliminating sagging skin, jowls, and deep wrinkles like marionette lines. In addition to the standard procedure, which primarily treats the lower face and neck, we specialize in the deep plane facelift, a highly technical version of the procedure that also includes work on the midface between the eyes and mouth to reduce drooping and visible folds in the cheek region. We are among the most experienced surgeons in the world with the deep plane facelift. Our 20 years of experience with this procedure have convinced us that it is the most natural and longest lasting facelift procedure.
Afraid to get a facelift?
Contrary to the stereotypes, a well-performed facelift leaves behind a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance rather than a tight or overly done look. In fact, the Deep Plane Facelift was developed to avoid the pulled mouth and cheek swoosh that is often seen with standard facelifts. Our high level of training and experience allows us to focus on providing each patient with natural-looking results and a rapid recovery in the safest environment possible.
Laura’s Facelift Journey Part 1, Pre-Op – Dr. Robert Glasgold
Every facelift begins with a detailed consultation in one of our New Jersey offices. During your consultation, you’ll be able to carefully review the concerns you have with your current appearance and go over your goals for the end result. Your face will be evaluated to determine the best approach for your situation, and you will be advised on whether you can realistically get the results you want.
Once you’ve decided on the procedure that fits your needs, you’ll also go over the finer details like scheduling, payment, medical history, and pre-surgery precautions to minimize the risks of the procedure.
Facelift Surgery Experiences in New Jersey
It is important to take the proper steps before your surgery to ensure a good experience. The day before the procedure, feel free to go about your normal business but be sure to stay well-hydrated since all eating and drinking will need to stop at midnight. Remove all jewelry, particularly facial piercings, the night before your procedure, and take a shower with soap. You’ll need to make sure your face, including the ears and hairline, are clean and that all traces of makeup are gone. You’ll need clean skin for your procedure, so don’t apply any products such as moisturizer after your shower.
The morning of your procedure may be a nervous time, but try to relax. Take another shower to remove any traces of sweat from the night, and again be sure that your face is quite clean. Don’t apply any products, even deodorant, after your shower, since these can interfere with necessary surgical markings or anesthesia monitoring. You may not eat or drink anything, but brushing your teeth is fine as long as you are careful not to swallow any water. Contact lenses should be avoided as well, but glasses are fine. Try to avoid clothing that pulls over your head; loose-fitting garments that button or zip will be much easier to manage.
Once you arrive in our office, you’ll be taken to our AAAHC-certified operating suite where the details of your procedure will be discussed with you one last time before the surgery begins. After surgical markings are made on your face to ensure accurate incisions, you’ll be placed under anesthesia. Since your safety is always a primary concern for us, we do not use general anesthesia. All of our surgeries are performed using conscious sedation, or “twilight sleep.” You will feel as if you are asleep for the entire procedure and will not experience any pain.
Once you’re anesthetized, incisions will be made around your hairline from the temples down past the ear to the back of your neck. The muscle and fat will be repositioned as necessary before the skin is redraped, trimmed as necessary, and reattached at the incision points. Once the incisions have been closed, dressings will be applied, and you’ll be moved to the recovery room.
Mini Facelifts vs. Deep Plane Facelifts – New Jersey – Dr. Robert Glasgold
Our Deep Plane Facelifts are performed under twilight anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. After a brief stay in the recovery room to determine that you’re recovering normally, you’ll be able to go home. We do not use any drains or bandages so you will be comfortable moving about and eating right after surgery. We will examine you in our office the next day and you may shower and wash your hair and get your face wet after you are examined. You can expect to have swelling and bruising for the first week or two. Patients usually only report some discomfort after surgery and you will be given pain medication should you need it. Sleeping with your head elevated will also help. We recommend light activity for the first few days. Sutures are removed within a week and make up can be used as soon as the sutures are removed. Aerobic exercise can be started at one week. Most patients feel well enough to resume normal activities within 2-3 weeks, but full healing will take about 6 months.
Suzanne’s Facelift Experience – Dr.Mark Glasgold
Does a facelift improve the eyes?
A facelift is an operation that addresses the area below the eyes. A facelift can be combined with other procedures such as Fat Transfer, Blepharoplasty or Browlift to improve the appearance of the eyes during the same surgery.
How visible are facelift scars?
Your incisions will be carefully placed in creases and along the hairline to minimize visibility, but there will be some minor scars if you look closely. Most patients are pleased by how nearly invisible the scars end up after 6-12 months. You can improve your chances of minimal scarring by avoiding unprotected sun exposure, since that can darken scars.
What type of anesthesia is used on a deep plane facelift?
Twilight anesthesia (conscious sedation) is used for all of our cosmetic procedures. The patient is safe, comfortable and pain free. There is a rapid and comfortable recovery. To learn more, watch this short video here featuring Dr. Mark Glasgold.
Are there any nonsurgical alternatives to a facelift?
There are a variety of skin treatments that can improve skin texture and reduce fine lines, but no cream or laser treatment can eliminate sagging and deep wrinkles like a facelift can. Since a facelift actually removes excess skin, it provides much more dramatic result than any topical treatment.
How long will it be before I can go out in public after my facelift?
We specialize in careful techniques to minimize recovery times. Most patients will feel comfortable with most daily life activities after a week or so. For more intimate settings such as dinner with friends, it will likely be a few weeks for the swelling and bruising to be gone enough to feel really comfortable.
How long will the results last?
A facelift is a permanent procedure; the repositioned tissues will stay in their new position. Almost all of our long term follow up patients feel that they look better 8 – 10 years after the surgery than they did before. That said, you will continue to age normally after your facelift and secondary facelifts are easily done starting about 10 years after the first. You can preserve your new youthful look as long as possible with normal anti-aging measures like skin treatments, sunscreen, and proper nutrition and hydration. To learn more watch this short video featuring Dr. Mark Glasgold.
What age is best for a facelift?
It’s more a question of skin condition than chronological age. If you are suffering from facial sagging, marionette lines, jowls, or other problems of aging, you can benefit from a facelift regardless of your actual age. Likewise, a facelift can be performed on anyone who is in good health regardless of age. We have examples of all types of patients from very early to a bit late in our photo gallery. To learn more watch this short video featuring Dr. Mark Glasgold.
Is a facelift painful?
Just because your opting for surgery, doesn’t mean the healing process is painful! To learn more watch this short video featuring Dr. Mark Glasgold.
Do I have to stop smoking for a facelift?
We strongly recommend that you stop smoking prior to a facelift. The better you take care of your overall health and the fewer medical problems you have including smoking and being overweight, the better you will heal from any major surgery.