All of us, at some time or another, begin to undergo the aging process. The aging process has several common features seen in everyone. These features include:
- A loss of facial fat, especially in the cheeks
- A down and inward migration of the cheek tissue
- Flattening of the upper cheeks and deepening of the Nasolabial folds
- A build up of loose skin and fat around the jaw line, called jowls
- Changes to the neck, such as loose skin, formation of bands and build up of fat
These changes are the result of a loss of the elasticity in the skin and soft tissues of the face combined with the effect of gravity. A facelift procedure, also called a Rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure, which is designed to correct each of these features. It accomplishes this by redistributing the skin and soft tissues to their natural position in an up and back direction. This is done by tightening and repairing the underlying muscle and fascia as well as removing excess skin.
The main goal of a Facelift is to fill out the cheeks, re-establish the jaw line and smooth the neck to create the normally sharp, youthful angle between the jaw and neck. A facelift can’t turn the clock back, but it can help to restore your face to a natural, more youthful appearance.
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Warren Lent, takes special care to perform this facelift procedure leaving each patient with a natural look. He takes great pride when many of his patients describe the positive reaction of friends and co-workers who tell them that they ‘look great!’ but don’t know why. The friends often ask, ‘Are you doing something different or did you go on a vacation?’ His patients look younger and refreshed without that ‘pulled’ or artificial look.
Facelift procedures are usually performed under sedative or general anesthesia. Incisions are made in natural creases and folds, as well as behind the ear and in the hairline to allow for optimal healing and maximum camouflage. Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lent, is known for his meticulous closure of all incisions to aid in providing the best healing possible.
After your facelift surgery, the majority of swelling and bruising usually resolves in 10 to 14 days. Patients are instructed to avoid all exercise, heavy lifting and bending over for two weeks after the procedure. Drains may be placed under the skin at the conclusion of the procedure, to aid in the removal of any fluid build-up and are usually removed between one and three days after a Beverly Hills facelift.
Facelifts or rhytidectomy are generally a safe plastic surgery procedure, but like all medical treatment, there are risks. The risks include bleeding, infection, nerve injury and the risk of anesthesia. Under the care of a Board Certified plastic Surgeon, like Los Angeles plastic surgeon, Dr. Lent, every effort will be made to prevent and minimize risk to make your outcome a successful one. Of note, smokers are instructed to quit smoking and using nicotine products for one month before and for at least one month after the surgery.
Having a facelift plastic surgery in Beverly Hills is an excellent way to restore a youthful look, but they may be just one component to an overall plan to improve the appearance of one’s face. You may want to consider laser eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of your eyes, a forehead Lift to raise droopy eyebrow and eliminate forehead wrinkles, or laser skin resurfacing to eliminate fine wrinkles. Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Lent, has performed thousands of these procedures with great success.
To best understand all of your options, a full plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Warren Lent is recommended. For further details on each aspect of a facelift Los Angeles plastic surgeon, Dr. Lent invites you to visit his collection of articles in his facelift in Beverly Hills Education Center.