Facelift surgery can reduce the appearance of sagging skin, fat deposits, and deep folds, among other conditions exacerbated by the aging process. During treatment, your plastic surgeon works to revitalize your appearance by removing excess fat, tightening muscles and underlying tissues, then redraping the skin.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Sattler performs facelift surgery, along with several other procedures for facial rejuvenation in LA County.
Before and After Facelift in Glendora, CA
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Who Can Undergo a Facelift?
While the majority of patients who seek facelift procedures are over forty years of age, an increasing number of under-forty individuals are looking to facelifts as a preventative measure in keeping a youthful, healthy appearance.
You may want to consider a facelift if you have noticed an increase in loose skin or loss of firmness. Ideal candidates will still have some elasticity so that it is possible for the skin to look firm. Other indications for facelift surgery include:
- Deep folds and wrinkles
- Fat deposits or folds around neck
- Sagging face and/or neck
- Healthy, non-smoker with realistic expectations about cosmetic surgery
As with many cosmetic procedures, it is important to keep in mind that while a facelift may improve your appearance considerably, it will neither permanently, nor completely, eliminate visible signs of aging.
What Happens During Facelift Surgery?
Facelift surgery is usually completed within about 2 - 3 hours. The surgery can be done under a local or general anesthetic, depending on the facelift technique. In order to access the facial skin, chin and neck, the plastic surgeon makes incisions above the hairline at the temples, which then follow the natural contour in front of the ear, continuing behind the earlobe to the lower scalp.
If rejuvenation of the neck is part of your surgical plan, small incisions are made under the chin. The skin is then separated from the underlying tissue. Excess fat is removed through surgical excision or liposuction, and both muscle and tissue are tightened. Finally, the skin is lifted or pulled upwards, the excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed. Your plastic surgeon first sutures the tissue layers, then the outermost skin layer.
How Will I Look and Feel After a Facelift?
Dr. Sattler or a member of our staff will provide detailed, individualized aftercare instructions so that you will know what to do when you begin recovery at home. Most likely, you will be asked to keep your head elevated, get plenty of rest and limit physical activity during recovery. Patients typically recover from surgery between 2-3 weeks. Immediately after surgery, loose bandages are applied to minimize swelling; numbness, bruising, and puffiness can be expected.
If you are interested in learning more about the facelift procedure in LA County and the associated risks and benefits, please contact Dr. Sattler for a personal complimentary consultation. His office is conveniently located in Glendora, California easily accessible along the I- 210 corridor from Pasadena to Rancho Cucamonga.