Understanding the Traditional Facelift
As your body ages, the skin loses a lot of its elasticity. The collagen hidden within the skin isn't as dense as it used to be. As a result, your skin sags and forms wrinkles. A traditional facelift typically solves these issues by tightening the skin across your bones.
There are several types of different facelifts, and each doctor has their own strategy during these procedures. Your doctor will move, tighten and trim certain areas on your face during a lift, including:
• Facial skin
• Facial muscles
• Other soft tissues
When you visit our Orange County facility, your doctor can look over your features and decide on the right procedure. Each facelift is custom designed for the patient's overall needs.
What About the Mini Lift?
A popular choice among middle-aged patients is the mini lift. When you're in your 40s or 50s, the skin doesn't sag as much as an older person. However, you may still want to refine your appearance. The mini lift differs from the traditional facelift in several ways, such as:
• Fewer incision points
• Smaller incisions
• Shorter recovery time
Patients who choose the mini lift will only have some of their soft tissues reorganized across their face. There is no major muscle or skin changes that are made. Our Fashion Island doctors simply move and trim some soft tissues from the face in order to achieve a more youthful appearance.
Incorporating the Neck Lift
When you look at your face and neck, these body parts are closely associated with each other. They're both exposed to sunlight at the same rate, which contributes to aging across this entire area. If you have a facelift performed exclusively, you may see a significant difference between your facial features and neck. For this reason, many patients seek out neck lifts.
During a neck lift, your doctor will correct several features, including:
• Excess skin and fat
• The "turkey neck" appearance
• Loose, muscle tissue
By pulling the skin and muscle upward to the jawline, you'll have a smooth neck that matches your facial features. No sutures or scars can be seen either because doctors use advanced stitching techniques and the natural curve of your jaw to hide any imperfections.
Facelifts and neck lifts are considered cosmetic surgeries so they're not covered under basic health insurance. When you want to achieve that youthful appearance, it's important to look at the costs associated with it. In general, you'll spend between $5,000 and $7,000 on a traditional facelift. Consider what's included in these costs, such as:
• Preop charges
• Physician's fees
• Facility fees
• Anesthesia costs
• Material charges
• Recovery fees
Your doctor will outline all of these costs for your particular procedure before you commit to it. Full transparency about our fees reflects our dedication to our patients.
Anesthesia and Recovery Times
Typically, you'll be put under general anesthesia for any lift procedure. Your body can be flexible and relaxed as doctors manipulate the tissues. It takes a few hours for you to wake up from the surgery as well. Afterward, you should expect about a two-week recovery period as your incisions heal.
One of the best parts of any lift procedure is the immediate results. After a few days of recovery, any bruising or swelling will give way to smooth and tight skin. Your board certified surgeon makes it a goal to hide every incision point under your jawline in order to make the final results as natural as possible. As Orange County's leading facial plastic surgery center/office, the Appearance Center of Newport Beach can make your cosmetic dreams come true with just one procedure. Give us a call today, and we can start your youthful journey in no time.