There’s no way to avoid it. Heredity, years of expressing emotions, facing the world (gravity, sun, wind, and the elements), and the simple passing of time lead to wrinkling and loosening of the skin causing you to think about a face lift procedure.
You may notice a softer jawline, a looser neck, folds on the neck, or deeper grooves around the nose. Perhaps crow’s feet are appearing by the corners of your eyes, or thin forehead creases are deepening. You could be in your thirties, or in your eighties – you just don’t feel like you like yourself anymore. If you fall into any of these categories a face lift at our Boston cosmetic surgery practice might be right for you.
To some these wrinkles and folds are considered signs of character, but you may look older than you feel. And, can’t you have character without the wrinkles?
For more information please reach out to our Boston, MA office at email@example.com or call 617-566-3223 if you would like more information on the face & neck lift to give you that youthful look you are looking for.
Dr. Spiegel before and after photos:
Face lifts are among the most commonly desired facial plastic surgery procedures, and are not as involved as you might think. However, not everybody who wants a facelift actually needs a facelift! Sometimes, a neck lift, or a mini facelift (sometimes called a weekend face lift) is the right choice. In other situations, liposculpture is all that is needed. And sometimes, a simple filler material is all that is needed.
If a facelift is right for you, we will discuss in detail what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Of course, each individual person has a different experience as the surgery is customized to his or her needs.
After our initial consultations, photographs will be taken and a detailed medical history and examination is done. Bruising history, blood pressure problems, smoking, and any medications you are taking are important considerations to ensure the best results.
Depending upon your age and medical history, in some situations a visit will be arranged with your anesthesiologist. Facelift surgery can be done with a variety of anesthetic methods, and meeting the anesthesiologist will allow for you to have the most pleasant surgical experience.
During surgery, an incision is made in a crease just in front of the ear, and then behind the ear into the scalp. The skin is raised and underlying muscle and connective tissues are tightened. Excess skin and fat are removed to provide a smooth and natural facial contour, and the incisions are closed with fine sutures. Then, a large fluffy protective dressing is applied for overnight.
You can go home the same day as your facelift, but many patients choose to stay with us overnight. The hospital has comfortable quiet rooms with friendly helpful nurses who can attend to your needs and allow you to rest and relax. Cold compresses will be used to keep swelling and bruising to a minimum, and while most patients experience very little pain after surgery, pain medications will of course be available.
For the next week, a soft compressive dressing (like an ace wrap), is worn as much as possible. This also reduces the swelling and helps you get the best result. Sutures are typically removed after one week, and most patients feel well and ready to get back to their normal routines at this point. Still, I prefer you to avoid vigorous activity and to wear the soft wrap at night while you sleep for another week.
With time, the incision site scars heal into thin lines that are usually not very noticeable, and these thin lines are hidden in natural skin creases or in the hair.
A face lift sets the clock back by restoring your facial skin and underlying tissues to where they once were, but the clock doesn’t stop and relaxation will continue to occur with the passing of time.
My approach with facelift is to make you look the way you did before, not like somebody else. As a result, I want people to see you after your face lift surgery and wonder why you look so good. Questions you might hear include “Have you lost weight?” or “Did you just go on vacation?”
I want you to look like yourself looking your best.