All About Facelifts

There’s no doubt that getting older comes with its pros and cons. While the aging process can add wisdom to the mind, it can also add wrinkles, sagging skin, and double chins to the body, leaving you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. Fortunately, the facelift procedure from Discreet Plastic Surgery can turn back the clock on aging and give you a rejuvenated look for years to come. Keep reading to learn more about this anti-aging cosmetic procedure and how we can help give you the results you’ll love. 

What Causes Wrinkles?

The skin is a remarkable tissue – it protects us from disease, it heals itself, and it has an amazing elasticity that allows it to bounce back from nearly any strain. This is because your skin contains two important proteins: collagen and elastin. These proteins allow your skin to stretch and move naturally.

As you get older, however, your body’s protein production begins to slow down. The collagen and elastin proteins that are so important to your skin’s elasticity decrease in number, leading to drooping skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. Depending on your lifestyle and genetic factors, these effects can become even more exaggerated, leaving you to feel the effects of the aging process.  

How a Facelift Can Help

For many patients experiencing drooping or sagging skin around the face or neck, it can be hard on their self-esteem. Fortunately, choosing to get a facelift at Discreet Plastic Surgery can help improve the look of your skin and restore your self-confidence. 

This surgical cosmetic procedure eliminates excess skin by creating folds in the tissue. By pulling these folds up and back, as well as removing extra skin or fat deposits beneath the surface, a facelift removes large-scale wrinkles and gives patients a more youthful appearance. The discreet incisions we make around the temple, earlobe, or above the ear allow for a nearly seamless look once the scars have healed. 

Who Is a Good Candidate? 

The first step to a successful facelift procedure is meeting with Dr. Doshi to decide whether the surgery is right for you. Facelifts are invasive procedures that require the help of heavy sedatives or anesthesia, so ensuring you are a good candidate for surgery is key. 

Facelift patients must fit several conditions to qualify for the procedure. In general, a patient must be over the age of 18 and in good health. Our team recommends waiting until you are around age 50 before considering this procedure, however, as this is when a facelift will prove most effective and long-lasting. 

Dr. Doshi will also assess your skin’s elasticity to ensure that the procedure will work for your skin type. Although facelifts are a solution for lost elasticity as a part of the aging process, you should still have some degree of suppleness to qualify. 

Finally, good candidates for a facelift are committed to the process and to their recovery. They’re willing to follow their surgeon’s instructions in post-op, so their skin heals properly, and they get the most out of their results. Patients looking for a facelift typically voice concerns about: 

  • Jawline contour
  • Sagging jowls or sunken cheeks
  • Severe wrinkles
  • Loose skin
  • Double chin

If you’re worried about fine lines and wrinkles, a facelift might not be the right choice for you. This surgery works on a broader scale to fix severe wrinkles and loose skin, rather than laugh lines or crow’s feet. Be sure to communicate your desired results with your doctor during your consultation so that the Discreet Plastic Surgery team can find the right solution for your needs. 

What to Expect: Procedure and Recovery

Once we’ve determined that a facelift is right for you, we’ll schedule the procedure and start the process. Dr. Doshi will provide you with pre-operative instructions specific to your needs, but you should generally avoid smoking or drinking several days or weeks before your surgery.

The night before your operation, we’ll ask you to follow several steps. First, you’ll wash your hair and face with a germicidal shampoo and face wash that will sanitize your skin and surrounding areas. You’ll also avoid eating after midnight before your procedure to prepare for general anesthesia the next day. 

After your surgery, you may experience numbness, swelling, or bruising, but this is a normal part of the recovery process. You should spend the first few days following your doctor’s instructions, using cool compresses to reduce inflammation, and elevating your head. About a week into recovery, we’ll meet to check your progress and remove the stitches. 

Recovery Tips from the Pros

For most patients, facelift results won’t be fully apparent for days, weeks, or even months after the procedure. The best way to speed up recovery is to relax and concentrate on healing the site. Follow these tips from our experts to keep your recovery on track for success. 

  • Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. 
  • Avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, or taking any illicit drugs.
  • Take pain medications as prescribed to you by your surgeon. Do not take any pain medications other than Tylenol (acetaminophen) or those prescribed to you by your surgeon.
  • After three weeks post-op, you can try a simple silicone-based scar gel to apply to the incisions in non-hair-bearing regions.
  • After four weeks post-op, you can slowly resume physical activity. Be sure to listen to the needs of your body as you re-introduce your exercise routine. 
  • Avoid sleeping on your face or on your sides until cleared by your surgeon.
  • Avoid direct sunlight for six weeks post-op. 

Turn Back the Clock at Discreet Plastic Surgery

If you’re looking for a cosmetic procedure that can melt years off your age, getting a facelift from Discreet Plastic Surgery may be the right move for you. Most facelift results last up to ten years post-procedure, so you’ll experience the youthful effects for years to come. Schedule your facelift consultation in New York to get started today!