The most visible signs of aging often appear on the face and neck regions. A facelift is a procedure designed to surgically rejuvenate these areas. Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Garrett A. Wirth routinely performs facelift surgery in Newport Beach. Many patients seeking facial rejuvenation often elect other procedures such as brow lift surgery in conjunction with their facelift procedure.
Candidates for a Facelift
There are no age restrictions for facelift patients, however, the procedure is most commonly performed in patients 45-65 years of age. Ideal candidates will be physically healthy and possess realistic goals and expectations.
A facelift can dramatically improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:
- 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 volumes in the cheeks
Wirth Plastic Surgery is an aesthetic concierge practice. Call today at (949) 238-6713 to schedule your initial consultation!
How a Facelift Works
A facelift is generally performed under a general anesthetic and takes 4-6 hours to complete, depending upon the extent of your procedure. There are various surgical techniques utilized for facelift surgery. Dr. Wirth will design a surgical plan with you prior to surgery to optimize your results.
Incisions are typically made in front of and behind the ears in natural creases to hide the scars. In some cases, they will 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 in order to trim excess skin and fat, so 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 Happens After a Facelift?
Dr. Wirth will provide you with personalized aftercare and hygiene instructions following surgery. It is likely that you will experience some discomfort, which can easily be controlled with pain medication. You may also see some visible swelling and bruising that should 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 1-3 weeks to fully heal. You may need a few days to recover before gradually resuming daily routines. Work and social activities can be resumed within 10 days. Strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided during the first month of recovery. Final results of your facelift will be visible within 3-6 months and the results will be permanent, although the face will continue to age naturally following a facelift.
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 at (949) 238-6713 to set up an appointment today.