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What is a Facelift?

Facelifts are truly the cornerstone of facial rejuvenation surgery. Nothing enhances facial appearance like a skilled face lift surgery for the right candidate. A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the face and neck. This procedure can address common signs of aging, such as sagging skin, deep creases, and jowls. It is a safe and effective procedure that can help patients achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Today’s advanced facelift technique is used to lift and firm sagging facial tissues without pulling the skin back so tight that you get that “windswept” look. A facelift can take 10 years off your appearance without changing your natural appearance. Dr. Gal is highly trained to perform this procedure, emphasizing natural results and focusing meticulous attention to detail. When you choose Peoria Cosmetic Surgery, your friends and associates will recognize your refreshed or rejuvenated appearance, but they will not be able to easily identify that you have had a facelift unless you want them to know.

In many cases, Phoenix area facelift surgery is combined with a neck lift for complete rejuvenation and harmony of the lower face and neck. A neck lift tightens skin and the muscle on the neck and helps to create a more defined profile underneath the jaw. Other procedures like brow lift or eyelid surgery are often performed in conjunction with face lift surgery to enhance results and complete the overall rejuvenation process.

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Facelift Candidates:

Candidates for a facelift are typically men or women who are bothered by signs of aging in their face and neck and want to achieve a more youthful appearance.
Some common reasons why a person may be a good candidate for a facelift include:

  • Sagging skin
  • Deep creases and wrinkles
  • Loss of facial volume
  • Cosmetic reasons

It’s important to note that a facelift is a surgical procedure that involves recovery time. Candidates for a facelift should be in good overall health, have realistic expectations for the procedure, and be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the surgery.

Frequently asked questions

Why choose a Facelift?

As aging is hard on our appearance and can be even harder on our self-confidence, a facelift can dramatically rejuvenate your facial appearance. This will ultimately help make you feel better about yourself. This renewed sense of confidence can also positively impact your social and professional life.

If you would like to achieve the following, a facelift may be the right procedure for you:

  • Reduce or eliminate jowls
  • Smooth and tighten the neck contour
  • Soften deep facial folds
  • Improve definition of your neck and jawline
  • Look like a younger version of yourself

Your Facelift Consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Gal will listen to your goals and what you are trying to achieve. After reviewing your medical history, she will perform a physical exam. Based on your goals, overall health and physical exam, Dr. Gal will explain the best surgical approach for you. If you only have mild signs of facial again, Dr. Gal may offer non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation, such as fillers or neuromodulators.

Your Facelift in the Phoenix – Scottsdale area

If you hear facelift and think of the windswept look, it’s time to put that fear to rest. Dr. Gal uses a multi-layered technique, using the underlying tissue layer called the SMAS (submusculoaponeurotic system) to lift and and remodel the facial structures, separately from the skin. This allows Dr. Gal to maintain your natural features. Think of it this way, by using the strong underlying layer for support, rather then the skin- which is not really up for the job, Dr. Gal ensures that she will maintain your natural looking features and that your results last longer.

During surgery, Dr. Gal uses advanced surgical techniques to subtly lift both the skin and the SMAS tissue layer just beneath the skin, achieving a natural appearing, long lasting result. If a necklift is being performed in conjunction with the facelift, your surgeon will tighten the neck muscles and remove excess skin and fat to create a firmer appearance underneath the jaw. All incisions are planned and executed in a meticulous fashion to ensure that scars are very inconspicuous when fully healed.

Superior results take time. A facelift for Phoenix-Scottsdale residents requires several hours in surgery. If performed quickly, the results of a facelift usually do not last very long and a patient may be left with poorly located, visible scars. Since any facial rejuvenation surgery is a major investment in one’s appearance, Phoenix area residents considering a facelift are encouraged to take the time to research this procedure thoroughly. After all, it’s your face and we want you to be happy with the results.

Recovery after Surgery

Most of the men and women who choose a facelift near Phoenix at Peoria Cosmetic Surgery experience only mild discomfort during recovery, and this is generally well-controlled with prescription medication. It is normal for patients to experience decreased facial skin sensation for several weeks to months following facial rejuvenation surgery. The sensation gradually returns to normal as the fine sensory nerves re-grow into the skin that was elevated during the facelift procedure.

Dr. Gal will remove any bandages or drainage tubes within a one to two days of your surgery. Surgical clips and sutures are removed by the first week. Bruising and swelling will occur for the first couple of weeks, and your face will look and feel tight. Many Phoenix facelift surgery patients go through a period of mild depression during this healing phase and may question the wisdom of having a facelift procedure. These concerns will fade as a more natural look begins to reveal itself after 2 to 3 weeks.

Most patients are ready to return to work within about 10 to 14 days. Camouflage makeup can be worn to help cover any residual bruising. Dry skin is common for several weeks but can be controlled with a high-quality moisturizer.

Why Peoria Cosmetic Surgery?

Undergoing facelift surgery at our clinic offers several benefits to women and men who have sagging skin, deep creases, and jowls. Our team provides personalized care, state-of-the-art technology, an experienced surgeon, and a comprehensive range of services to ensure that each patient achieves the best possible outcome from their procedure. To experience the art, innovation, and excellence of our practice for yourself, request a consultation by calling our office today.

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