As you age, the skin on your face loses its elasticity causing it to droop. Lax muscle tone, facial creases, displaced fat, and sagging skin can make you look tired and old creating a lack of confidence. The muscle and tissue beneath your skin begin to descend and your cheeks appear flatter, which deepens the folds or creases that occur from your nose to the sides of your mouth (nasolabial folds). This declining tissue builds up in the lower part of your face, causing a heavy appearance and the lower portion of your jaw loses definition making it appear that the bottom part of your face is blending in with the upper part of your neck.
Obviously, all of the conditions listed above are unwelcome signs of aging but fortunately there is a solution. A facelift can dramatically rejuvenate your appearance by diminishing the signs of aging in your face. From his state-of-the-art facility, Shine Cosmetic Surgery located in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Daniel H. Lin M.D. can perform a facelift to correct the laxity in your face by tightening your underlying muscle and removing excess fat deposits. The surgery will involve the precise removal of excess skin and the tightening of remaining skin for a youthful, yet natural look. Through his years of extensive training and unsurpassed expertise, Dr. Lin thoroughly understands the aging process and he offers procedures that will effectively make a lasting change in your appearance that you can be proud of for years to come.
A facelift is not a very exact term because it does not lift your entire face. A facelift is a facial surgery option that targets the middle portion of your face around your eyes and upper cheeks. The original facelift operation pulled the skin of the face and neck upwards causing several problems. Skin stretches and since it was an operation involving only the skin, it would eventually stretch back out after several years. Surgeons now know that the underlying problem of the aging face is not the skin but the tissue underneath and pulling the skin upwards did nothing to correct or fix the problem.
Over the years, the facelift continues to evolve and the procedure has changed from merely lifting the skin to more complex deeper plane lifting techniques. Many different techniques are available today with outcomes that are consistently reliable and satisfying and the key to a successful facelift is to tighten your underlying tissues with a vertical pull without removing too much skin. Unnatural looking face-lifts are caused by excessive skin removal and that is why you should entrust your surgery to Dr. Lin. Patients in the California area and even around the globe seek Dr. Lin’s services because of the reputation he has earned for his natural and beautiful facelift results.
Like most surgical procedures Dr. Lin performs, due to advanced technology a facelift requires IV sedation or local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia. Incisions will be made in front of and behind your ears and sometimes they may extend into your scalp or the lower portions of your hairline. Once Dr. Lin makes the incisions, excess skin and tissue is removed and underlying structures will be adjusted and “lifted”. Muscle tightening as well as liposuction of your neck and jowls may be performed and your excess skin will be removed or repositioned before being sutured in place. To complete your surgery, Dr. Lin may place surgical drains under your skin at the incision site to prevent fluid build up. Preventing fluid build up reduces swelling and facilitates healing and the drains will be removed after several days. Your sutures will be removed one week after your surgery and swelling and bruising typically lasts 7-10 days. Although most patients report minimal discomfort, pain is common in the first days after your surgery and it is important that you receive adequate rest. You should refrain from any sort of strenuous activity and as the weeks progress, you will be able to return to normal activities as instructed by Dr. Lin.
How long the results of your facelift lasts are as individual as you are. A facelift procedure will turn back the clock but facial aging will continue at a normal rate. For this reason, typically patients consider another facelift in six to ten years although many people never have a second procedure. Ideal candidates for facelift surgery should have good overall physical and mental health, as well as realistic surgical expectations.
With just one procedure, your facelift can achieve the following results including:
- A more redefined jaw line
- Restoration of the fuller cheeks of your youth
- Softening of your nasolabial folds
- A more slender, smoother neck
- Your lower eyelids will have a more youthful appearance
Shine Cosmetic Surgery offers several cosmetic procedures depending on the extent and type of change you seek. A traditional facelift addresses the deep layers of your face but for those with less extensive issues, a mini-facelift may offer the level of rejuvenation you need. A mini-lift tightens your jowls, cheeks, and neck using less extensive incisions. Though traditional and mini-facelifts provide great anti-aging results, they may not address all of your aesthetic facial issues. In some cases, Dr. Lin may recommend a combination of procedures such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or neck lift for a more complete cosmetic transformation.
Considering whether a facelift is right for you can be an overwhelming decision but if you are ready to see a younger looking person when you look in the mirror, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lin invites you to explore your options by scheduling your complimentary patient consultation. Dr. Lin will take the time to listen to your goals and together you will determine if combining procedures would be advantageous. He understands that facelift terminology is confusing and he advises that you be aware of promises that sound too good to be true. Untrained surgeons can leave you with an unbalanced, extreme, or artificial appearance and he urges you to thoroughly research the credentials of a physician before you choose to have a facelift or any cosmetic procedure. Dr. Lin is an expert at modern facial procedures, bringing state-of-the-art techniques and unsurpassed care to his patients so to learn more about looking and feeling your best, please call Shine Cosmetic Surgery today.