The face is usually the first place to show signs of aging, which can be disheartening for men and women who strive to look and feel their best. Facelift surgery is a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation that targets various areas of concern and delivers outstanding results that last. This procedure can reduce the appearance of marionette lines, nasolabial folds, midface skin laxity, and other imperfections. Dr. Pedro Puebla is careful to personalize each facelift procedure to produce natural rejuvenation effects and an attractive aesthetic for all of his patients.
Benefits of a Facelift
Ideal candidates for facelift surgery must be in good health and have a realistic expectation of their results. The advantages of facelift surgery include the following:
- A visible reduction in facial wrinkles and skin laxity
- A more youthful aesthetic
- Improved jawline definition
Facelift surgery is an entirely customizable procedure that is strategically tailored for each patient. During the initial consultation, Dr. Puebla performs a thorough assessment of every patient’s unique facial anatomy and cosmetic goals to develop a surgical plan that addresses their needs.
- SMAS: This traditional facelift technique involves adjusting the underlying facial musculature and removing excess skin to produce a smooth and lifted surface. Patients who wish to address significant signs of aging in the lower face can benefit from this type of facelift.
- Mini facelift: Patients with moderate signs of aging in the lower face may consider a mini facelift. This procedure involves minimal tightening on the facial muscles and the removal of a small amount of excess skin.
Facial Volume Restoration: Aging can result in a loss of youthful facial volume, creating displeasing and hollowed features. Dr. Puebla typically uses dermal fillers or fat transfer to enhance the contours of the cheeks, restore other recessed areas, and plump thinning lips. This technique can also be used to improve the appearance of the temples and under-eye area if desired.
Upper Face Techniques
To achieve the best facial rejuvenation effects, qualifying patients can combine their facelift with other cosmetic techniques. Facelift surgery is often performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery or brow (forehead) lift surgery to address multiple signs of aging simultaneously and deliver optimal results. These techniques are unlikely to lengthen the recovery process, which makes it even more convenient to have them combined into one procedure.
Patients who struggle with a weak chin or undefined jawline can create a more sculpted and prominent profile with chin augmentation. Using a solid silicone implant that complements the patient’s individual facial structure, Dr. Puebla can enhance the chin area and produce a beautiful contour to the jawline. The implant is placed through a small incision inside the mouth or just beneath the chin.
As men and women age, they can accumulate neck fat that compromises their appearance. Facial liposuction can permanently remove stubborn fat deposits to reveal the natural contours underneath the surface of the skin. Liposuction is also necessary for fat transfer, which can be used to move unwanted fat to areas of the face that have recessed with age.
Immediately following facelift surgery, patients can expect some discomfort, bruising, and swelling. Dr. Puebla provides the necessary compression garments that will help minimize these side effects and improve comfort during the initial stage of recovery. Prescription pain medication can help alleviate any residual discomfort. Facelift patients are offered a one night stay at the hospital for professional observation, which reduces the risk of postoperative complications. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled seven days after surgery so that Dr. Puebla can evaluate the incisions and how well they have healed.
Facelift patients will notice some improvement right after their procedure, but bruising and swelling can conceal the final outcome for several weeks. Any incisions will be placed in inconspicuous locations, and any scarring that develops should fade over time. It is recommended for patients to lead a healthy lifestyle and use proper sun protection to preserve their facelift results. With optimal maintenance, those who opt for a traditional SMAS facelift can enjoy their refreshed appearance for as long as 10 years, and mini facelift patients can expect results to last approximately five years.
Patients who undergo elective surgery can have a revision procedure in the future. No matter which cosmetic procedure you opt for, your body and face will continue to age naturally. If you have excess weight on your body, you may still experience fat deposits that need to be taken care of with additional liposuction treatments. The same goes for wanting a bigger buttocks or hips, extra rounds of treatment may be necessary to achieve your desired result. Aging, sagging, scarring, and other changes are attributed mainly to genetics and your aftercare routine. Should you desire revision surgery one year after your initial procedure, necessary fees may be required for the hospital, surgical facility, lab work, and medical supplies or devices (i.e., breast or facial implants). These revision surgeries will be personalized per patient, and there will always be a discounted rate available for return patients. Only patients who follow the recommended postoperative protocol and attend all follow-up appointments will qualify for the revision policy and associated courtesies.