Face Lift Boston

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. If you are unhappy with the aged and wrinkled appearance of your face, it may be time to think about getting a facelift.

Is a Facelift Right for Me?

A facelift is among the most commonly desired facial plastic surgery procedures and it’s not as involved as you may think. However, not everybody who wants a facelift actually needs a facelift! Sometimes, a neck lift or a mini facelift (sometimes called a weekend facelift, short scar facelift, or ponytail effect) is the right choice. In other situations, liposculpture, liposuction or Face Tite is all that is needed. And sometimes, a simple filler material is all that is needed.


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Facelift Candidates

Good candidates for a facelift should be in good overall health and have noticeable signs of facial aging. 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 New England 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? Didn’t you have character and personality before looking older?

For more information please reach out to our Boston, MA office at [email protected] or call 617-566-3223 if you would like more information on the facelift & neck lift to give you that youthful look you are looking for.

After we’ve determined that a facelift is right for you, we will discuss in detail what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

Face Lift Procedure
Before and After Face Lift Procedure

Facelift Process and Procedure

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 also removed to provide a smooth and natural facial contour, and the incisions are closed with fine sutures. Then, a large fluffy protective overnight dressing is applied. People regularly comment on Dr. Spiegel’s s skill at closing these incisions for a nearly invisible scar.


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Facelift Recovery

You can go home the same day as your facelift, but many patients choose to stay with us or with a nurse overnight. We can arrange a quiet room with a friendly helpful nurse 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 discomfort after surgery, pain medications will of course be made available to you. For the next week, a soft compressive dressing (like an ace wrap), is recommended to be worn as much as possible. This helps reduce the swelling and gets you feeling well sooner for 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, we 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.

What to Expect After Your Face lift

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. We’ve got a full array of procedures and treatments that are easy to help you maintain your great results.

Our approach with a facelift is to make you look the way you did before, not like somebody else. As a result, we 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?”

What kind of facelift procedures are there?

Facelift terminology can be confusing. Some terms used are J-lift, auralyft, lifestyle lift, and others, but in the world of Facelifts there are just a few types of facelifts — regular facelifts, or deep plane facelift and short-incision facelifts. A regular facelift uses an incision that starts in the hair just above the ear, wraps around the front of the ear (hugging the curves of the ear), and then goes behind the ear into the hair behind the ear. This type of facelift raises the facial skin, jowls, and neck (so it includes a neck lift). In this group of regular facelifts there are two basic types: those that lift the tissue layer (the SMAS) under the skin, and those that go even deeper. These latter “deep-plane” facelifts can sometimes provide a longer lasting or dramatic result for the right person. Dr. Spiegel is an expert at all facelifts, including deep plane facelifts, and can help you decide on the right procedure for you.

What are Short Scar Facelifts?

Short-incision facelifts include mini-lifts, weekend-lifts, upper face lifts, neck lifts, and ponytail effect lifts, among others. These are more limited facelifts, where only part of a regular facelift is done. When there is less surgery, there’s less recovery time! Some people only have one area that bothers them. For example, you may only care about your upper cheeks, or your neck, and the rest of your face looks great. If so, a short-incision lift may be perfect for you.

There are also “nonsurgical” facelifts where energy is used to shrink the skin. Imagine you have a sweater that’s too loose. You can bring it to the tailor and get it altered (surgery), or you can put it in the laundry dryer to shrink it (nonsurgical facelift). For some people, the Embrace procedure (Necktite, Facetite, and Morpheus 8) is a great alternative to a surgical facelift.

At TSC we’ve got decades of experience in all types of facelifts, an impeccable safety record, and a straightforward approach to get you looking the way you want honestly and effectively.

Ponytail Effect

Maybe you want just a bit of a lift as if you had a tight ponytail pulling your hair back. In these situations, Dr. Spiegel will adjust the face to give you a refreshed natural boost with just a few stitches hidden in the hair above your ears. No incisions in front of the ears at all! This “ponytail effect” lift (sometimes called by other doctors a Ponytail lift) gives you a fresh, youthful look with minimal downtime. Go back to life even the next day!

You’ll look like yourself, looking your best.

What Is the Cost of a Facelift?

There are several factors that go into determining the cost of your facelift in Boston. These include the type of procedure performed, the techniques used, and whether or not your facelift is combined with another facial rejuvenation procedure. During your consultation with Dr. Spiegel a patient care coordinator will walk you through the investment you’ll be making in feeling and looking great, and let you know about the payment options we offer.

Schedule a Consultation

At the Spiegel Center, our priority is providing you with the best possible care and results. If you want to restore the youthful beauty of your face, contact our office today t to schedule a consultation for your facelift in Boston. Dr. Spiegel can let you know if you are a good candidate for a facelift or ponytail effect and can recommend any additional facial rejuvenation treatments that can help you reach your beauty goals.

 

Facelift Q&A

The best way to know if a facelift is the right choice for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Spiegel. During your consultation, Dr. Spiegel can listen to the specific aesthetic concerns you have and want to address through surgery. Dr. Spiegel will also be able to examine your face in detail so that he can determine if you are a good candidate for a facelift in Boston.

The exact procedure length will vary based on a variety of factors like the extent of the work required and type of facelift done. On average, it takes around two to four hours to perform a facelift.

One of the main goals is to provide facelift results that look as natural as possible. While a facelift does require incisions, Dr. Spiegel uses extreme precision and chooses specific areas where they will be well concealed once fully healed.

After your facelift, you may experience a feeling of tightness and some discomfort around the incision sites. In general, a facelift is well tolerated and the discomfort is easily managed. Of course, we make sure you have access to medications to keep you comfortable.

The bruising and swelling can make some people feel uncomfortable with going out in public. Majority of the swelling and bruising should subside after 10 days or so. Most people feel comfortable returning to work and public appearances after this time.

While a facelift can help to rejuvenate your appearance and give your face and neck a smoother, tighter, and more youthful appearance, your face will continue to age naturally. With that said, your appearance, even years down the line, will look much fresher and more youthful.

 

Related Reviews

Facelift: Well Cared For
Date: 12/20/2019
Source: Real Self
I felt well cared for and safe and comfortable. I have had 3 procedures over the course of 1 yr, including a facelift and have been very satisfied all through. I feel much younger than my chronological age. Surgical scars look excellent, especially at the nose, and sides of my face. All the staff are just angels!

 

 

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