Facelift surgery is an art form dedicated to correcting age-related imperfections of the neck, jawline, lower face and the cheeks. A facelift is the general term for a surgical procedure that works to restore a youthful appearance in these areas.
Dr. Richard Rand is an extremely experienced, board certified plastic surgeon who is known as one of the top facelift specialists in the greater Seattle area. Dr. Rand considers the facelift to be the highest art form of all plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Rand and his expert staff at the Northwest Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery are committed to patient education, ultimate safety, completely natural looking results, and to ensure the most positive cosmetic surgery experience from consultation through recovery.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of facelift surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact our office in Bellevue today for more details.
Branded Facelifts: Do They Get Predictable Results?
You may have heard about or seen advertising for a branded facelift such as the Lifestyle Lift®, SmartLift® and countless others. Although it is very tempting to assume that a designed procedure such as this would give you more predictable results, unfortunately this is not the case. These branded facelifts are not the same as what Dr. Rand performs. They also are typically rated on national sites such as RealSelf with only 38% satisfaction rates.
Facelift surgery has no standardized technique. Experienced surgeons perform facelifts differently for each patient because each patient presents different anatomical variations. It is therefore always up to the surgeon to interpret each procedure and each patient in a customized way that allows for the best facelift results possible.
How to Know if a Face Lift Is Right for You
There are many different facelift surgery techniques and the potential results will vary widely by the technique and chosen surgeon.
Dr. Rand places his highest priority on the following goals:
- The restoration of a beautiful, angular neck with no excess fat or loose skin
- Creating a smooth youthful jawline with no jowls
- Enhanced cheek volume restoring the fullness of youth
- The complete absence of an “operated on” look
With the right plastic surgeon and a suitable and appropriate patient, these goals are achievable. So how do you know if you’re a good candidate for facial plastic surgery?
If you are concerned about loose skin and fat in your neck and jowls along the jawline, you have moved beyond what can be done with simple skin care, fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic. Surgery is your best treatment option at this point. Additionally, sagging tissues in the cheeks and deep folds around the nose and mouth will also make you a good candidate for a facelift. Being a healthy, psychologically stable, non-smoker is also required.
To get the best results possible, Dr. Rand advises patients to prepare for surgery by maintaining their ideal body weight and using high quality skincare products to promote skin elasticity.
The Procedure: How Facelift Surgery Is Performed
A general anesthetic as administered by a Board Certified anesthesiologist is safe and effective for the proper performance of a facelift. The procedure takes time, roughly 3.5 to 4 hours, and most patients have a better experience being asleep for a facelift.
Local anesthesia is also occasionally an option, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You would be awake but relaxed, and your face would not be sensitive to pain. It is possible to feel some sensations or slight discomfort.
Ask Dr. Rand what the major differences are between general and local anesthesia.
Basic procedural steps
- 1. Incisions are carefully crafted around the ear to make them virtually invisible, and along the sideburn and lower scalp to prevent hair loss, following the natural contour of the areas to remain well hidden regardless of your preferred hairstyle.
- 2. Separation of skin, subcutaneous tissue and muscle of the neck and face is performed. Fat can be removed or repositioned and underlying muscles are tightened. The SMAS is the deep tissue of the cheek which is carefully lifted to restore youthful cheek volume.
- 3. Deep tissues are repositioned and tightened and excess skin is trimmed or removed.
- 4. Stitches are placed to maintain the new form and fixate the results during healing.
Facelift Incisions and Techniques
The incisions will vary: most are placed along the hairline and some stop right at the top of the ear. Quality facelift surgery requires an ability to create inconspicuous scars around the ears. Dr. Rand uses meticulous pre-surgical design customized to each patient. Gentle handling of the tissue and incision closure under no tension produces rapid healing, 2 weeks for most patients before being very presentable publicly. He has a unique eye for addressing the “aesthetic units” of the area. Dr. Rand believes that a multi-plane technique such as a SMAS lift gives the best facelift results without producing an operated upon appearance.
After Your Facelift Surgery: What to Expect
You should plan to relax for your recovery period and arrange for someone to help you for the first few days. Recovery time is approximately 10 days and you should be presentable in about 2 weeks. Pain is generally minimal and specific postoperative instructions will be provided to help you expedite the recovery process. Medications will be prescribed to help manage discomfort but Tylenol usually suffices. All of the stitches are removed at the end of the first week of recovery.
Contact our office in Bellevue, Washington today area for more information about lower facelift surgery.