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 is 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 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.
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.
Before and After Face Lift Procedure
Facelift Process and Procedure
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 also 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. People regularly comment on Dr. Spiegel’s skill at closing these incisions for a nearly invisible scar.
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 very confusing. Some doctors throw around made-up terms such as J-lift, auralyft, lifestyle lift, and others to suggest they have some special new technique. But, rest assured, they do not. It’s just marketing and branding. It’s similar to how all wheel drive (AWD) is called xDrive on a BMW, 4-Matic on a Mercedes, and Quattro on an Audi. Each manufacturer will tell you their system is not just AWD and is vastly superior to others, but truthfully there’s no meaningful difference.
In the world of Facelifts there are just a few types of facelifts — regular facelifts and short-scar 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 necklift). 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 more long lasting or dramatic result, but the recovery tends to be longer and the swelling prolonged, plus they have some degree of increased risk of complications.
What are Short Scar Facelifts?
Short-scar facelifts include mini-lifts, weekend-lifts, upper face lifts, neck lifts, and ponytail effects, among others. These are limited facelifts where only part of a regular facelift is done. When there is less surgery, there tends to be less recovery! Now, some people only have one area that bothers them. For example, you may care only about your upper cheeks, or your neck, and the rest of your face looks great. If so, a short-scar 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. (link to necktite)
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.
Maybe you want just a 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 investment in your facelift in Boston, like 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 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 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: Well Cared For
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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