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What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?

A facelift is the most effective way to restore a smoother, more youthful appearance to your face with long-lasting results, eliminating some of the early signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. 

Some of the incredible benefits that come from a facelift in Newport Beach at Wirth Plastic Surgery include:

  • Subtle, natural-looking improvements
  • Long-lasting results
  • A smooth, refreshed facial appearance
  • Firmer, tighter facial muscles
  • Restored facial contours
  • Improved jawline definition 
  • Removal of sagging jowls or turkey wattles

Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?

There are no age restrictions for facelift patients. However, the procedure is most commonly performed on patients between 45 and 65 years of age. Ideal candidates will be physically healthy and possess realistic goals and expectations.

During your in-person consultation, we’ll work with you to learn about your issues and what it might look like to realize your cosmetic goals properly. You’re likely to be a great candidate for a facelift at Wirth Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach if you’re dealing with the following:

  • Loss of muscle tone in the lower face, resulting in jowls
  • Loose or excess fat under the chin and jaw
  • Deep creases below the eyelids or along the nose
  • Loose, wrinkled skin
  • Loss of volume in the cheeks

How is a Facelift Performed?

A facelift is generally performed under a general anesthetic and takes four to six hours to complete, depending upon the extent of your procedure. There are various surgical techniques utilized for facelift surgery, and Garrett Wirth, MD, MS, FACS will work with you to design a customized surgical plan before your surgery, to optimize your results.

Incisions are typically made in front of and behind the ears, in natural creases to hide the scars, and in some cases, can also extend upward toward the scalp region. Once the incisions have been made, Dr. Wirth will gently separate the skin from the underlying tissue and muscle to trim excess skin and fat so that the skin can be re-draped across the face.

Liposuction may also be utilized to suction out excess fat around the neck and jowl area. Fat grafting, as well as muscle and fascia support techniques, are also frequently utilized to enhance the final outcomes and promote harmony and balance. Incisions will then be sutured with fine stitches to complete the procedure.

What is the Recovery After a Facelift Like?

Garrett Wirth, MD, MS, FACS will provide you with personalized aftercare and hygiene instructions following your facelift surgery.

You’ll experience some discomfort, which can easily be controlled with pain medication, and you’ll notice some visible swelling and bruising, which will begin to subside within a couple of weeks following your surgery. Temporary numbness and tightness are also common as the repositioned tissues begin to heal.

A facelift typically takes one to three weeks to heal fully, and you might need a few days to recover before gradually resuming daily routines.

Work and social activities can be resumed within 10 days, but strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided during the first month of recovery. Finally, permanent results of your facelift will be visible within three to six months, although it’s worth noting that a facelift does not put a stop to the aging process, which will continue gradually and naturally, even following a facelift.

Facelift FAQ

How much does a facelift in Newport Beach cost?

The cost of your facelift will depend on the state of your skin and the level of work needed to accomplish your aesthetic goals. For a mini facelift, you can expect to pay around $8,000, whereas a more comprehensive and in-depth facelift may cost up to $17,000. Dr. Wirth will perform a comprehensive examination of your face and discuss your goals in detail, at which point he will provide an accurate cost for your tailor-made facelift.

Is a facelift procedure painful?

A facelift is performed under general anesthesia, so you won’t feel anything. You may experience some discomfort after the procedure, including tightness, stiffness, and pain — but this will fade over the following days, with your level of discomfort depending on the extent of your procedure. Before your surgery, we’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions, so you’ll know exactly what to expect as you make your way through the healing process.

Will I have scars after a facelift?

Due to the surgical nature of a facelift, some scarring is unavoidable. Fortunately, Dr. Wirth applies his artistic expertise to make sure your incisions are located in areas that will naturally hide scars, like the natural creases of your face and around the backs of your ears. In some cases, incisions are made under your chin or in other locations, but these are done carefully to minimize any scarring. You can expect your scars to fade over time and eventually become almost invisible.

Is there any way to get the same results without surgery?

Unfortunately, no. Non-surgical options like BOTOX®, dermal fillers, laser treatments, and peels can help minimize or slow the unpleasant signs of aging, but the results are temporary. A facelift physically readjusts your skin and the underlying facial structure to reverse the long-term effects of gravity and provide you with results that can last up to ten years.

If I’ve already had a facelift that I’m not happy with, can you help?

Yes! A facelift is only as good as your plastic surgeon, and we understand how disappointing it can be to find yourself dissatisfied with the outcome of a cosmetic surgery. Dr. Wirth has a reputation as a leading facial reconstructive surgeon, and he will be happy to evaluate your condition and advise you about revision surgery to help you achieve your vision.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Wirth

With today’s cutting-edge technology, your facelift won’t only affect the superficial layers of your skin but will additionally address your underlying facial structure for results that can last as long as ten years or more. Dr. Wirth will work with you to learn about your cosmetic goals and will fully customize your facelift, drawing on years of experience and expertise to artistically enhance your face and realize your aesthetic goals.

If you’re considering a facelift in Newport Beach, Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Garrett A. Wirth would be happy to offer his consultation and expertise. Contact our offices to set up an appointment today.

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