How many times have you heard “50 is the new 40”? Don’t let your appearance give you away. Procedures which create more youthful contours are more popular than ever in New Jersey. The tight windswept Facelifts of the past have been replaced with comprehensive procedures that help you to look like a younger, natural looking version of yourself.Have a Question
What is a Facelift?
A facelift is a procedure performed by New Jersey Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Friedlander that can make your face look younger and fresher. As we age, gravity, heredity, stress and weight change all take their toll causing a loss of facial fullness. Take a look at a child or a young adult. They both have fuller faces. Now look at your parents or grandparents. They have lost that fullness or volume. The key to a successful rejuvenation is a restoration of volume. The best way to achieve this is with a facelift surgery which can turn back the hands of time by lifting your sagging cheeks, smoothing your jawline, tightening the loose skin of your neck (“turkey gobbler”), and removing excess fat below your chin.
New Jersey Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Friedlander may recommend eyelid or brow surgery to help provide facial harmony and prevent one area from appearing more youthful than another. Complimentary procedures involving skin care and treatment will help to further improve the negative effects of gravity and sun exposure and help you maintain your result.
What are the benefits of Facelift surgery?
- It improves the appearance of the lower two thirds of the face.
- It restores volume to the face.
- It tightens and lifts sagging muscles.
- It smoothes wrinkled skin.
- It improves the tone and elasticity of the skin.
- It improves the jawline.
- It is often combined with a neck lift to improve the sagging of the neck or to reduce the excess fat that is sometimes present.
Am I a good candidate for a Facelift?
The facelift is typically performed on patients aged 40-60, although this procedure is successfully performed on patients in their 70’s and 80’s who are in good health. The decision to have a facelift is a personal one. If you are feeling tired and are unhappy with the what you see in the mirror, then a facelift may be of benefit. Each facelift candidate is different, in that the skin, the muscle and the supporting bone structure are all affected by heredity, lifestyle choices such as smoking and sun damage and of course, age. A facelift is one of many modalities that Dr. Friedlander recommends to fight the war on aging. Your skin is one of the most important factors in achieving a good result, and she will discuss the benefits of achieving healthier skin with your facelift. Age related changes such as the loss of collagen in the skin and the loss of bone substance would suggest that surgery should be done at an earlier age, such as the 40’s and 50’s. A facelift can help to remove 7-10 years from your appearance and achieve a younger looking version of yourself.
In general, good candidates for a Facelift include:
- Healthy individuals of any age where loose sagging skin becomes noticeable, most commonly in the 40’s and 50’s.
- Healthy individuals who do not have any conditions that impair healing
What can I expect during my Facelift consultation with Dr. Bev?
Dr. Friedlander will customize the procedure for you and address your areas of concern. It is important to maintain facial harmony. After all, you want all of your face to look younger, not just some of it. You may choose to add eyelid surgery or other ancillary procedures to create a balanced look. Dr. Friedlander incorporates features of a neck lift into all of her face lifts to achieve a more youthful appearance. She will utilize liposuction to help define the jawline and suture suspension to help lift and define the neck, jowl and cheek.
Stephanie talks about her Facelift with Dr Bev
What is a Facelift like?
During the facelift surgery, incisions are classically made in the hairline, as well as in front of and behind the ears. Modifications limiting the extent of the incisions are common. An incision may also be made under the chin. These incisions result in minimal scarring which can be easily covered by hair or makeup. The skin and underlying fat are separated from the muscle. The fat may be thinned or suctioned to improve the overall contour of the face, neck and jawline. The muscles of the face and neck will be tightened to provide longer lasting correction. The skin is lifted and re-draped by pulling it upward and outward, and the excess skin is removed. Suction drains may be used.
What can I expect after a Facelift?
Swelling and bruising are normal after surgery and begin to disappear after a few days. There is very little pain or discomfort, but most patients feel “tight” especially around the neck. It is best to plan on 2 weeks out of work and away from social activities, although Dr. Friedlander has patients who are “lunching out” 2-3 days after the surgery. Stitches around the ear are removed 5-7 days after the surgery, and stitches or staples hidden within the hair are removed 10-12 days after the surgery. Strenuous activity must be limited for at least four weeks after surgery.
What other procedures can be combined with a Facelift?
- Fat Transfers-This helps to improve the jowl, the nasolabial fold (between the nose and corner of the mouth), the cheek and the orbit.
- Eyelid Lift-This helps to improve puffy eyelids and extra skin which can age us dramatically.
- Brow Lift-This helps to correct one of the causes of the drooping upper eyelids.
- Neck Lift/Neck Liposuction- This helps to improve the jaw line and to contour the neck.
Are there risks involved with a Facelift?
Dr. Friedlander will carefully review your medical history and the medications which you are taking. There are conditions which could conceivably cause problems during surgery such as high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, and others which will be discussed if they apply to you. If you smoke, she will counsel you on the increased risks associated with smoking. This is true for all surgeries, not only facelifts.
Schedule a Facelift consultation
If you are interested in learning more and would like to find out if you are a candidate for a facelift, please contact us to schedule a consultation at our office in New Jersey call 973-524-7124.