What Is a Facelift?
The appearance of your face can be affected by many factors such as age, disease, sun exposure, obesity, or weight loss. Men and women of different ages may seek facial rejuvenation, desiring to give an impression of beauty or elegance, vitality, sensuality, masculinity, or femininity. Fortunately, due to social media and medical shows, patients are more educated than ever and come to our office with specific requests for a facelift, neck lift, fillers and etc. But most often patients need a combination of procedures to obtain the best results.
An aging face is a result of three issues: Skin damage, skin sagging, and/or deflation. In order to achieve the best results and a youthful, aesthetically pleasing appearance, all three factors must be addressed. Therefore, we discuss a skin care regimen with all patients seeking facial rejuvenation. This is a very extensive topic that will be customized based on your skin color, tone, race, and lifestyle. If indicated, patients will be advised to add laser, chemical peels, or neurotoxins to their surgical package for the best possible outcome.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hakimi offers a variety of cosmetic facial surgeries in Beverly Hills, CA. One of the most common surgeries that Dr. Hakimi performs is the facelift. Facelifts concentrate on precise sections of the face to address loose skin and create a smooth, more youthful appearance. Depending on your aesthetic goals, a facelift can focus on the lines and wrinkles near your eyes, cheeks, mouth, jowls, neck, and more for an all-over younger look. A unique treatment plan will be created based on your desired outcome, the health and condition of your skin, the amount of laxity in your skin, your lifestyle, age, and anatomy. Dr. Hakimi is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who has a complete understanding of the complexity and delicate features of a facelift. The objective is to create a natural appearance that's soft and beautiful. Men and women in Newport Beach, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills, CA desiring a more youthful look should contact Hakimi Plastic Surgery for more information on this cutting-edge facelift procedure.
"I cannot say enough about Dr.Hakimi and his team , caring and super professional , I felt so comfortable in their care and my results amazing and exactly what I wanted Dr.Hakimi listened to what I was looking for and gave me his expert opinion and I’m so happy I listened to him I would recommend him to my family and friends because so far he is the best .. thank you again Dr.Hakimi I will see you soon"- D.R. / Google / Jul 19, 2022
"I am a 70 year old woman. I had a lower face lift with Dr. Michael Hakimi about 3 months ago. Dr. Hakim's promise was "perfection expected" and be lived up to my expectation. Besides , Dr. Hakimi is a humble and kind doctor. I was totally surprised to leave the long surgery without any blood and with a pretty scarf. An excellent Doctor. 👌💃🙏"- A.K. / Google / Aug 08, 2022
"Dr. Hakimi and his team are amazing! From the beginning with his office staff being so kind and helpful! Thank you Naz and Teofana!! Dr. Hakimi of course did an amazing job, made me feel comfortable in my decision and in the operating room. I don’t regret my choice at all, I’m so happy I could cry lol can’t wait to return for more!"- A. / Google / Aug 26, 2022
"I interviewed many plastic surgeons before choosing Dr. Hakimi . I am so pleased I trusted Dr. Hakimi with my face . It certainly was the best decision I made and I am so pleased with my result which is very NATURAL . I had a minimal amount of bruising & pain after surgery . Dr. Hakimi is hands down the most amazing, talented, artistic and attentive Dr. I've ever met. He genuinely cares for his patients, a genius with outstanding quality of his work . Thank You Dr. Hakimi for making me look as young as I feel . You are truly are the BEST !!"- N.F. / Google / Mar 28, 2023
"I would give Dr. Hakimi 10 stars review. I received exceptional care and unbelievable results with my neck, face, and brow lift, I truly look 10 years younger. It was my first plastic surgery, I was very nervous about outcome, had questions about my incisions, I was afraid that I am not going to look like myself. Dr Hakimi was very honest, confident, he promised me that he will not leave operation room until everything will look perfect. He kept his promise. I look refreshed, younger, my neck and face look tight, amazing, my incisions are tiny, not visible, no bruising, minimal swelling, I could not be happier. My recovery process was smooth, without any complications, Dr. Hakimi was in touch with me all the time after the surgery, always happy to answer my questions, and I am so grateful for his patience. I was socially presentable in two weeks!!! People keep commenting on how much younger and natural I look. I believe this young talented surgeon has a bright future. He is professional, passionate, genuinely cares about his patients and delivers the best results. Thank You so much, Dr. Hakimi!"- N.B. / Google / May 24, 2022
Can I Get a Facelift?
You may be a good candidate for facelift surgery if you have drooping skin, lines, and wrinkles on either your entire face or on the upper, mid, or lower sections of your face. Whether you're 40 or 70, a facelift can address your unique signs of aging. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the time in life to have a facelift. There are so many factors and concerns and also numerous lift techniques, depending on what needs to be addressed. Skin elasticity is one of the key elements in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health, be a nonsmoker, and have realistic expectations. Contact plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Hakimi, at his Beverly Hills, CA office for more information.
How Do Facelifts Work?
Skin laxity and excess will be addressed with facelift surgery through inconspicuous incisions that are made behind or within the hairline and in the natural folds of the face and ears and will heal nicely. To avoid a face with stigmata of surgery it is important to avoid tension on the skin. The appropriate level of tightness will be achieved by tightening the deeper layers of SMAS and muscles. Skin will merely be redraped as it is not strong enough to achieve sustainable results.
Skin redraping however does not correct the loss of volume that happens with aging in areas such as lips, cheeks, jawline, and temporal area. The majority of patients presenting for facial rejuvenation will require a fat injection to different areas to replenish the volume loss.
A youthful face is not a tight face. There are a number of facelift options, depending on your needs. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper area of the face while others focus on the middle and lower. Furthermore, some techniques are slightly more invasive than others. It's very common for some to have a brow lift or injectables, like BOTOX, to complement their results. A few of the more known facelift methods include:
- Full Facelift: The full facelift generally puts an incision close to your hairline that extends down to the temples, reaching the base of your ears. The deeper layer of facial tissues and muscles are carefully tightened to produce a lifted look, which diminishes excessive loose skin and droopy features. A full facelift is reserved for men and women who show signs of significant aging. With this lift, many methods may be combined to get your ideal look.
- Mid-Facelift: The mid-facelift addresses the hollow and lax areas close to your cheekbones, as well as the upper jaw. The mid-facelift works well if you hope to improve the lower two-thirds of your face, including the cheeks and jowls.
- Lower Facelift: A lower facelift addresses your lower face, jawline, and neck, as well as jowls. It is less invasive with a quicker recovery period.
- Mini Facelift: When undergoing a mini facelift, a small incision is placed around your ears to lift your skin to a higher position, which affects your mouth and jawline. This technique creates subtle improvements that look beautiful and natural.
After surgery, you will be monitored before being released to go home with a responsible adult. You should expect very mild swelling and maybe small bruises here and there. It is not a painful recovery. You will be completely functional and independent after the surgery. Dr. Hakimi will see you the day after the surgery, 1 and 2 weeks following to remove all of your sutures. You will be able to go back to work by the second or third week. If you are preparing for a photo shoot or a wedding, for example, you should plan your surgery 2 or 3 months before the event so you look very natural in your photos.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift will depend on the technique being used, as well as other factors. In your consultation, plastic surgeon Dr. Hakimi will create your unique treatment plan to match your needs and goals. Once this is complete, our office manager can go over an estimate of the related fees. To avoid unnatural-looking results, it's best to concentrate on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Hakimi, instead of the lowest price. Hakimi Plastic Surgery can give you information on low-interest medical financing that will make your facelift easier to afford.
Will my results look natural?
Many patients worry that a facelift will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they are in a wind tunnel. However, Dr. Hakimi prides himself on giving you a natural-looking result so you appear a younger version of yourself than rather than different. He listens to your needs and goals before creating your custom treatment plan to produce your best results.
Why sleeping with your head elevated is not good for your facelift or neck lift surgery?
In theory, it's a good idea because when your head is elevated, gravity pulls the lymphatic drainage down, pulls the swelling and bruising down. However, what happens when you actually do fall asleep? Your neck bends. That bend and that crease prevents lymphatic drainage, prevents swelling from going down. That's why majority of our patients, after we do the facelift or neck lift surgery, my recommendation is to sleep with your head flat on a very thin pillow or on a shoulder roll, so your neck is extended. The more extended the neck, the faster, the easier the swelling goes down.
How to treat neck bands?
Platysmal bands can be difficult to take care of. In the early stages, we can Botox them. These are the bands that form from the chin all the way down to your neck. They're from either aging in your forties, fifties, when you activate the muscle, when you talk, you're going to be able to see the bands. Sixties and seventies, the bands are there even when you are not activating them.
Some earlier stages, some younger patients genetically or from muscle exercises, et cetera, they have very strong, thick bands. You can easily Botox them. In my opinion, it works in about 50-60% of patients. If you have a surgical intervention, which is called a neck lift from under your chin, we go in and we sew the edges of the muscle together. But still, sometimes the edges of the muscles still end up finding each other. They form a scar tissue and that band can get reactivated after seven or 10 years. Sometimes we even put fat there, but the muscle is really smart and can find each other, there's edges. But even if it does come back, it's usually not as strong as it was before your initial surgery. Hope that helps.
What is the difference between facelift techniques?
Deep playing, extended deep playing facelifts, mass facelift, uh, low mass, high mask, skin facelift, composite facelift. There are so many different types of facelift these days that even my patients with decent knowledge of anatomy are having a hard time before they get to the office, figuring out what doctor does RO augment and what the differences are. So I figured it would be a good idea to discuss them today. Who cares what SMASH stands for? Think of it as a large, wide muscle that contains all the internal structures of your face. It covers the muscle that makes you smile, the muscle that makes you close your eyes, all the nerves and internal organs in your face. When we do a face lift, first we make an incision around the ear into the hairline, lift the skin. Then we have to do something to this mass, which is the muscle underneath the skin.
Now, that's where the lingo gets confusing. Some people make an incision high up on the arch and they enter this mass From there, they release this mass from the underlying structures and they bring it up, cut the extra skin, the extra smash, and then, uh, sew it together. Some people make an incision from here to here and they enter the smash at a different level. It's called the deep plain facelift. Extended deep plain facelift is almost the same thing. It just said the dissection comes more anterior. Okay? Now, some people don't cut the SMAS. Some people do the same thing except they placate the SMAS, meaning they put a stitch, they sew the muscle over itself to tighten up the muscle that has been loosened and has been sagging over time. I personally do a deep plain facelift, and that's because I believe strongly that all the tenderness, attachments that hold the muscle down when we get old, they, I need to go under, release them, bring them back up to where they belong, and releasing those attachments is what helps us have a longer lasting results.
Because no matter how hard you pull this, if the attachments are still there, they're gonna pull it down over the next few years. Now, having said all of this, I always tell my patients in cosmetic surgery more so, uh, than any other, uh, subspecialty. It's not so much the method that you use. It's the degree to which you carry out your method, meaning high mass, low mass, deep plane application. Whatever you do, you can gra get great results depending on how well do you know the technique and how well do you feel comfortable performing the technique. I've seen excellent results from my colleagues that apply Kate the face. I've seen excellent result with highest mass facelift, deep playing facelift. It's, it's more than what you think the comfort level of your surgeon than the actual technique.
The Right Facelift for You
A facelift treatment can take years off your appearance and help give you a rejuvenated look. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of facelift choices to meet your unique goals. This procedure is meant to make you younger-looking but natural. For more information, get in touch with Dr. Hakimi's office in Beverly Hills, CA to set up your private consultation with Dr. Hakimi.
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