Improve Visible Signs of Aging with a Lasting Facelift from the Plastic Surgery Experts of Arizona Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery
A lasting facelift from the plastic surgery experts at Arizona Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery has proven to be the top procedure to improve aging of the face for Phoenix area adults. When combined with a brow lift or eyelid surgery, the effects can drastically improve the visible signs of aging. Schedule your free consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rod, today to find out if a Lasting Facelift is the right procedure for you!
Dr. Rod will provide thorough preoperative instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery. You may also be required to obtain medical clearance from your personal family physician.
What Will the Procedure Entail?
If you opt for surgical facial rejuvenation with Dr. Rod, a number of considerations will be made to determine your personalized surgical treatment plan. Factors that will be considered include your current facial appearance, skin laxity, and the problem areas you most want to be resolved.
The surgery itself will begin by placing you under general anesthesia, so you are completely asleep and unaware of the procedure. Then, Dr. Rod will make an incision in your hairline, from your temple down and around your ear to your chin line. This long incision will give him the access to your facial muscles and tissue that he needs, but by placing it in your hairline, he’ll be able to disguise your scar, so you don’t have telltale signs that you’ve had work done.
The operation is done under local anesthesia with deep sedation provided by a board certified anesthesiologist; this combination allows you to be comfortable and unaware during surgery as well as avoiding general anesthesia. A small incision is made under your chin to allow access to the muscles of your neck and allow correction of vertical bands. Incisions are also made around the natural contours of your ears, which allow access to your facial muscles and correction of jowls. The position of the incisions is designed to be easily concealed, so you don’t have telltale signs that you’ve had work done. More importantly, working with the facial muscles to rearrange the deeper tissues, Dr. Rod does not solely rely on pulling the skin, resulting in a more natural appearance.
The actual techniques that will be used are all going to depend on your unique surgical plan. This surgical plan will also dictate the length of your surgery. You’ll have a better idea of what you can expect from your procedure after you meet with Dr. Rod in his Phoenix-area office.
Prior to your plastic surgery procedure, Dr. Rod will ask you to:
- Stop smoking for six weeks before your surgery to promote wound healing and to reduce scarring. Smoking also increases your risk of serious complications.
- Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs: Advil, Motrin, Aleve) and vitamins/homeopathic regimens. These can increase bleeding.
- Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.
Dr. Rod will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After your plastic surgery procedure, your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your post-surgical care, including information about:
- Drains, if they have been placed
- Normal symptoms you will experience
- Potential signs of complications
It is important to follow all postoperative instructions, including information about bandages, drains, taking an antibiotic (if prescribed), and the level of activity that is safe. Recovery time will vary by patient and the extent of your surgery.
Your genes, skin quality, and maintenance routine are important factors in the longevity of your facelift, but the facelift technique is the number one factor in determining how long the results will last.
For safety, as well as the most beautiful and healthy outcome, it’s important to return to Arizona Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery for routine visits with Dr. Rod for follow-up evaluations and whenever you have any questions about your facelift healing and results.
Fortunately, significant complications from facelift surgery are infrequent. This surgery remains the gold standard for facial rejuvenation and is usually performed without any major problems.
Risks and potential complications of surgery should be discussed during your consultation. The risks of most operations are similar.
Some of the potential complications of all surgeries are:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
- Changes in sensation
- Allergic reactions
- Damage to underlying structures
- Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How Much Younger Will I Look After a Lasting Facelift?
This is one of the most frequent questions that Phoenix men and women ask Dr. Rod during a consultation. And it’s understandable. After all, you want to know what your results will look like before you commit to undergo plastic surgery.
While we can’t tell you how much younger you’ll look until you’ve had your initial consultation, we can give you some upfront guidelines. In general, Dr. Rod’s goal is to make you look good for your age, and not “done up” or “wind blown.” He focuses on providing natural-looking results that make you look like the best version of yourself. Generally speaking, you may be able to achieve a look that is 10 years younger than your current appearance, but achieving that look will all depend on your current, unique facial appearance, the techniques Dr. Rod is able to use for your procedure and your lifestyle choices such as always wearing sunscreen on your face and refraining from smoking – which makes your face age faster.
- What Signs of Aging Can Be Addressed?
Every Phoenix resident ages differently, and therefore, every one of Dr. Rod’s patients has different needs. In general, a Lasting Facelift is designed to address the mid to lower face and neck. It can address problem areas such as deep wrinkles, sunken cheeks, and deep jowls. If you have deep wrinkles or lowering brows, you may want to combine your surgery with a brow lift to achieve your overall, desired results.
- What Will the Recovery Process Entail?
The most important things you need during your recovery is rest, relaxation, proper nutrition and refraining from using tobacco products. You’ll also want to take any pain or antibiotic medication you may be prescribed exactly as instructed. Recovery periods vary in length from patient to patient. In general, you can expect to be off work for at least a week, if not more depending on your unique case. You’ll also have postoperative follow up appointments scheduled that you’ll need to keep so that Dr. Rod can ensure you are recovering properly. Your individualized post-op instructions will be tailored to your unique case and be given to you and your caregiver upon release from the surgical facility.
There is no time like the present to start looking and feeling better than you have in years! Phoenix patients can schedule your consultation today by calling (623) 535-7050.