How Much Younger Could a Facelift Help You Look?

If Father Time has graced you with lines, wrinkles and sagging skin that you’d rather not have, it might be time to consider a facelift to restore a more youthful, energized and alert appearance. But just how much younger could a facelift make you look? Researchers seem to have pinpointed the answer.

Shave 7 Years off Your Look

To determine this figure, a team of plastic surgeons asked 40 medical school students to look at before and after photos of 54 women and 6 men who’d had facial plastic surgery and guess the age of the person in each picture. On average, the “after” photos were estimated to be 7.2 years younger than the “before” photos of the same person.

Of course, this isn’t to say that everyone who has a facelift can expect to look exactly seven years younger, but it can give people a better idea of the results that they could achieve from this procedure.

Keep a Soft, Natural Appearance

While a facelift won’t magically turn a 60-year-old into a 40-year-old, it can help you look like a more refreshed and rejuvenated version of yourself.

Facelifts and other facial plastic surgery procedures aren’t just about looking years younger, although that certainly is a great benefit. People who choose to get facelifts are also looking for very smooth, natural-looking results that don’t appear fake or “done.” When you work with board-certified plastic surgeon who has ample experience performing facelifts, these are exactly the kinds of results you can look forward to.

The Secret to Eternal Youth

Combining broadband light photo facials (BBL) and Botox injections can stop the clock on the appearance of aging skin.

Who doesn’t want to stop the aging process in its tracks? Or better yet, reverse it all together taking years off your look? While the fountain of youth is merely a myth, there are some aesthetic treatments that can feel like you have found the secret to eternal youth. Continue reading The Secret to Eternal Youth

Should You Treat Yourself to a Laser Skin Treatment?

We all have something we’re unhappy with, whether it be an aspect of our body or our face. You’re sure to have problem areas of your own and may have been considering some of the various procedures available to help you tackle them. Laser skin resurfacing is one of the popular treatments aimed at improving the skin and offering a number of benefits to those choosing it. Continue reading Should You Treat Yourself to a Laser Skin Treatment?

Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

The facelift is a well-known facial plastic surgery procedure that is performed to reduce signs of aging in the mid to lower face. Common problems that are treated by a facelift include sagging skin or jowls, and deep facial folds or wrinkles. Dr. Kolder and Dr. Improta can perform a facelift for men and women who are wanting the naturally youthful look they had several years ago.

Your Facelift Consultation

Dr. Kolder and Dr. Improta will take a close look at the condition of your face to determine the best treatment plan for your facelift surgery. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about facelifts during your consultation. Details such as surgery steps, facelift benefits, and recovery will be explained, so you are able to make a well-informed decision about this surgery. There will also be facelift “before and after” photos available.

If you are considering a facelift, you may benefit from combining your surgery with other facial procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. Dr. Kolder and Dr. Improta can perform these procedures in a single surgery to provide you with a full rejuvenation of your face.

The Facelift Procedure

Your facelift will be performed using general anesthesia at our outpatient Ambulatory Surgery Center. An incision will be made within your natural hairline, beginning near each temple, continuing just in front of your ears, and then finishing back by the nape of your neck. From here, Dr. Kolder and Dr. Improta are able to tighten underlying muscles, remove or reshape the facial tissue to achieve a more youthful and lifted facial structure, and reduce excess skin to get rid of any drooping or sagging. Liposuction may also be performed to eliminate any stubborn facial fat around your chin or neck. When addressing bands in the neck region, an incision is performed in the crease under the chin. Finally, suture repair is performed. A temporary wrap will often be applied after your surgery to help reduce swelling and any accumulations of fluids under the skin.

Recovering from a Facelift

Bruising, swelling, and some discomfort is normal following facelift surgery. Your face will likely feel sore and tight for a few days, but pain medications can be used at this time. After about ten days, you should be able to cover up most surgery signs with makeup until your face fully heals. You will need to take a couple of weeks off work and should avoid strenuous exercise for about three weeks.

Facelift Results

You will notice an immediate change in your appearance once your facelift is complete, but it will take some time for your face to fully heal. As bruising and swelling goes away and your incision lines fade, your face will appear much more youthful and well toned than before your surgery. Patients are often able to take up to ten years off their appearance while still maintaining a very natural look.

Facelift Next Steps

For more information about a facelift, please contact our office to schedule your consultation with one of our Southern California board certified plastic surgeons. All cosmetic consultations are complimentary at Pacifica Institute in Camarillo.