What Is a Facelift?
Appearance of the face is affected by many factors such as age, disease, sun exposure, obesity or weight loss. Men and women of different ages seek facial rejuvenation desiring to give 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 face lift, neck lift or fillers and etc. But most often patients need a combination of procedures to obtain the best results.
Aging face is a result of three issues: Skin damage, skin sagging, fat deflation. In order to achieve the best results and a youthful aesthetically pleasing face all three factors must be addressed. Therefore, we discuss 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 peel or neurotoxins to their surgical package.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hakimi offers a variety of cosmetic facial surgeries in Newport Beach, 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 surgery. 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 Liftique for more information on this cutting-edge procedure.
"Liftique 'One and Done" Procedure - I am very happy that I had the "One and Done" Liftique procedure by Dr Hakimi to tighten the skin of my face and neck. I was injected with local anesthetic then the procedure was done and was very comfortable. I took Tylenol only once afterward. There is significant swelling to be expected and a little bruising so it's a good idea to stay home for the first few days.The tightening then occurs over the next few weeks to months and in my case, is comparable to that I have seen with a facelift, but without the incisions. I look refreshed and much younger. Highly recommend!"- S. / RealSelf / Jul 13, 2019
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 Newport Beach, CA office for more information.
How Do Facelifts Work?
Skin laxity and excess will be addressed with face lift through inconspicuous incisions that are made behind or within the hairline and in 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, jaw line and temporal area. Majority of patients presenting for facial rejuvenation will require fat injection to different areas to replenish the volume loss.
A youthful face is not a tight old 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 our 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 estimates of fees. To avoid unnatural-looking results, it's best to concentrate on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Hakimi, instead of the lowest price. Liftique 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.
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 Newport Beach, CA to set up your private consultation with Dr. Hakimi.
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