Facelift Surgery in Albany
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Nothing is able to more dramatically rejuvenate your facial appearance than a facelift. This procedure is designed to surgically correct the visible signs of aging such as deep cheek folds, jowls, and loose skin on the front and sides of your neck. Albany-area plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Barach customizes every facelift to make sure it addresses your needs, and he will evaluate your unique facial features when creating your aesthetic plan.
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Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?
Most facelift patients are in their forties to sixties, but facelifts can be done successfully on people well into their seventies or eighties as well. As long as your skin has some elasticity and your bone structure is strong and well-defined, then you are a prime candidate for the procedure. If you are not a candidate, or do not want to have a facelift, Dr. Barach offers nonsurgical facelift options, such as laser resurfacing and injectable fillers.
A facelift can make you look younger and enhance your self-confidence. However, it cannot give you a totally different look or restore the health and vitality of youth. Dr. Barach will discuss the potential outcomes with you, so you can properly understand your face lift expectations and goals.
What a Facelift Can Improve
The various facelift procedures that Schenectady cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bruce Barach performs can vastly improve any or all of the following conditions:
This is the fold of skin that runs from beside the nose to the corner of your mouth. A nasolabial fold that is too obvious or exaggerated can make you look surly and make you feel unattractive. The upward and backward pull from your facelift should help to reduce it significantly. Although it may not be eliminated, it should at least be reduced to a more normal appearance.
“Crow’s Feet” Wrinkles
These are the wrinkles that gather at the corner of your eyes and the fat cushions that bunch around your cheekbones. The upward traction of your facelift should improve these. Your cheekbones will appear higher and more youthful as well.
These are aptly named after the cuts on a puppet’s face which allow its jaw to move and are located below the corners of your mouth.
These are the unsightly jaw or chin folds which typically extend from below and behind the corners of your mouth to the edges of your jaw. Your facelift procedure should almost completely remove them.
This is the excess skin that hangs below your chin, bridging across from chin to neck. A facelift should make it disappear, though the neck muscles may need some of your surgeon´s attention as well.
A face lift can even help with your acne scars, because it stretches out the depressions as it does with wrinkles, rendering them somewhat less noticeable. For significant acne scarring, fraxel laser treatment would be required to effectively achieve your goals.
If you suffer from any of the above conditions, then you may be a candidate for facelift surgery.
Your Facelift Procedure
The conventional facelift incision begins on the scalp, above the ear and well inside the hairline. It then moves downward, in front of the ear, eventually curving underneath the earlobe and up around the back of the ear. From there, it travels in a straight line toward the back of the head, staying within the hairline. It is a lengthy but shallow incision that only goes down to your superficial level of fat. A small incision under the chin is sometimes used in patients with unsightly bands of muscle (“turkey gobbler”) in the neck.
After the incision is made, your skin is lifted away from the underlying fat. The area involved in this procedure extends from near the nasolabial fold to your jowl, and then your neck’s middle. Excess neck fat may now be cut away.
With the temples, face, and neck skin disconnected, your face is ready to be “lifted.” There is a layer beneath the skin called the SMAS which is tightened up, providing a strong, long-lasting recontouring of the jaw line. The skin is lifted upward and backward. This traction stretches out most of the facial wrinkles and flattens out the nasolabial fold. It also smooths out drooping jowls and removes any protruding skin from your neck. Unsightly bands of muscle in the neck are eliminated.
Once the skin has been pulled taut, the excess is trimmed off at the incision line, and the remaining skin is reattached. At this point, Dr. Barach sutures all of the incisions and wraps your face and head in a soft and bulky compression dressing overnight.
Facelift Recovery & Results
You will receive detailed instructions about how to care for your facelift incisions as well as a prescription for painkillers to manage any discomfort in the unlikely event that you need them.
As far as a recovery timeline, understand that everyone experiences facelift recovery differently. Expect to have some bruising, swelling and a tight or tender sensation around your face for a few weeks after surgery. The worst of the bruising and swelling should subside within two weeks or less, at which point you can return to most of your normal activities and conceal residual bruising with makeup. It can take up to a few months for your results to stabilize into their final condition.
Typical scars from a facelift procedure are usually thin and hardly noticeable. At first, they may appear to be a little red, but the redness should gradually fade away until your scars become barely visible. Under some rare circumstances, some patients do develop thick scars, but these can be revised later to minimize their visibility.
What is the best age for facelift?
There is no single best age for facelift. The general age range is between 40 and 70 years old, although patients over 70 can still benefit from surgery if they are in good physical health.
Is there a non-surgical alternative to facelift?
Non-surgical treatments like injectable fillers or laser tightening can add volume or slightly tighten the skin. However, these treatments are not adequate for candidates with significant skin laxity or volume loss. The results these treatments provide are not as comprehensive or dramatic as those of a facelift. Also, filler injections and other non-surgical treatments must be repeated regularly to maintain the effects.
Facelift remains the gold standard for treating signs of aging. The procedure will take years off your appearance and deliver long-lasting improvement.
What are the risks of facelift?
Long-term complications are rare when facelift is performed by an experienced, qualified surgeon like Dr. Barach. Complications can include bleeding, infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, facial nerve injury, numbness and other changes in skin sensation.
Will facelift rejuvenate my entire face?
Facelift concentrates on the mid-face, lower face and neck. The procedure is commonly combined with procedures like eyelid surgery or brow lift for full-face rejuvenation.
Will other people notice I have had a facelift?
Dr. Barach’s approach is such that you will look like a younger version of yourself after surgery (as opposed to looking like a completely different person). He focuses on making subtle improvements that preserve your unique qualities and expression. Dr. Barach carefully places the surgical incisions so that scarring is concealed within your natural hairline and/or the creases around your ears and therefore is not noticeable to other people.
Will I need to repeat facelift again in the future?
Probably not. The improvements of facelift can last for many years as long as you take good care of yourself. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not smoking and protecting your skin from the sun can preserve your facelift results for a very long time. Non-surgical treatments like laser skin resurfacing or chemical peels can also help to enhance and accentuate your results.
Please contact Dr. Bruce K. Barach, a trusted plastic surgeon near Albany today to schedule your initial facelift consultation. During your consultation Dr. Barach will help you decide if a facelift or nonsurgical option is the best for you.