Facelift (also called “rhytidectomy”) is a surgical procedure used to correct sagging skin and facial muscles, and improve facial contour around the chin, jawline, and other areas of the face. It rejuvenates and reverses the signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat and trimming excess skin, giving the face a fresher, more youthful look.
There are a few types of facelift procedures, including the Mini Facelift, and some non-surgical alternatives, as well. Although approaches vary depending on the treatment and the patient’s needs, facelift surgery has some universal characteristics that make the surgery safer and more intricate than ever before.
Dr. Serebrakian is a leading surgeon in the San Francisco Bay Area for facial rejuvenation procedures. He is double boarded by American board of Head & Neck Surgery and American board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery.
With advances in medicine we’re all living longer, but our skin doesn’t necessarily stay up with the trend. Most anyone over the age of 45 could benefit from a facelift of some sort. The length and involvement of the procedure depends on how much time you’ve spent in the sun, environmental issues, personal habits, and stresses. Generally, a facelift rejuvenates the mid-to-lower face and neck. If you can relate to these characteristics on your face, a facelift with Dr. Serebrakian could be a good option:
Facelifts can be equally effective for men as for women. Increasingly, men are seeking the benefits of facelift surgery to achieve a younger, rejuvenated look. A consultation with Dr. Serebrakian can help you determine the approaches that best suit the male face, as well as the benefits and risks of the surgery.
Adequately preparing for facelift surgery can keep you relaxed and healthy before, during, and after the procedure. Preparation begins at your pre-surgery consultation. Three to four weeks before surgery is a key time to stop smoking, stop taking certain medications, and start following your pre-surgery instructions. Getting ready for recovery — by mentally preparing for the downtime and making arrangements for transportation and after-care — is also essential to a successful rhytidectomy.
The facelift surgeries are being performed at Bay Area Laser Surgery Center, an accredited & certified ambulatory surgery center. All the procedures by the patient’s choice could be done either under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure takes about 2 hours. The way a facelift is performed depends on the surgeon, the patient’s facial structure, and the extent of correction desired. The types are traditional facelift and limited-incision facelift. In both methods, incisions are closed with stitches or tissue glue. Scars are hidden in the hairline and natural contours of the face.
After facelift, the surgeon wraps the incisions in bandages, and may place drainage tubes, which are removed the next day. One week after the procedure, any surgical clips and stitches holding the incisions are removed. Swelling, numbness, bruising and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck may be felt. Most of these side effects resolve within 3 to 6 weeks, and sensation typically returns to normal within a few months. Scars become less visible and sensitive over time.
Results of a facelift are not permanent, and some patients choose to undergo another in 5 or 10 years. In some sense, however, effects are permanent; years later, the face continues to look better than if rhytidectomy had not been performed.
Of course, all of the risks that accompany any surgery apply to facelift surgery, but there are some specific potential side effects:
During your consultation, Dr. Serebrakian will discuss the options available to you. He will consult with you to help you determine which procedures are best suited for your needs, and which will give you the results you desire. Some patients might find that they can attain their goals with a less invasive procedure, such as chemical or laser peels. Others may be happier with their results if they combine facelift surgery with other procedures, such as a neck lift or brow lift.
At Bay Area Cosmetic Laser Surgery Center, we look forward to helping you diminish the signs of aging and restore a youthful and rejuvenated appearance to your face. To schedule a consultation, please call our Pinole office at (510) 724-8282 or our Larkspur office at (415) 461-5755. Dr. Armen Serebrakian serves San Francisco, Larkspur, Pinole CA and surrounding areas.