About Facelift Surgery
Experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Sasmor offers a full variety of facial surgical treatments in Newburyport, MA. One of the most sought-out surgeries at RiverSong Plastic Surgery is a facelift. This surgery concentrates on distinct sections of the face to tighten loose skin, creating a more taut and youthful appearance. Depending on your concerns and goals for surgery, a facelift can focus on the lines and wrinkles near the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, or the bottom of the face (including the jowls, mouth, neck, and more) for an all-encompassing youthful look. The facelift technique used depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, your lifestyle, age, and anatomy. Some men and women are of age and have skin laxity for a full facelift, while others may only be ready for a mid-face lift. Dr. Sasmor is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who has a complete understanding of the complexity and delicate anatomy of a facelift surgery. The overall goal is to create a natural look that's gorgeous, subtle, and striking.
Men and women who are suitable for a facelift have drooping skin, lines, and wrinkles on the face, whether it be on the entire face or on the upper, mid, or lower face. Facelift surgery can address one or more areas, depending on your unique goals and desired outcome. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the time in life to have a facelift. There are so many aspects and factors, and also numerous lift techniques, depending on the cosmetic concerns of the patient. The lifting technique chosen will vary for patients who are between 30 and 40 years old versus those who are older, such as 60 or 70 years old. The condition of the skin is one of the most important elements in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health and refrain from smoking.
No matter the issue you wish to correct, there are various levels of facelifts to think about. Some facelifts address the upper portion of the face, while others focus on the middle and lower. In addition, some methods are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some patients to have an eyelid lift, brow lift, or fat grafting to complement and enhance their final results. A few of the more common facelift options include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift most often places an incision close to the hairline, then extends down to the area near the temples, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are carefully pulled and safely tightened to produce a lifted outcome, which reduces excessive loose skin and droopy features. This facelift is reserved for individuals who have visible signs of advanced aging. With this lift, various techniques may be combined, including blepharoplasty, to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
With a similar approach to the mini lift, the surgery known as a mid-facelift focuses on the hollow and lax areas close to the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works well for those who hope to attain improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face, which also improves the look of the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
This lift addresses the chin area and neck, and in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods, such as a Kybella injection, can also be used for chin reduction to attain a younger, tighter-looking neck.
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a thin, small incision is made around the ears to lift the skin to a higher position, which enhances the mouth, jawline, and jowls. This process creates subtle improvements that look natural.
What to Expect
After surgery, you will be monitored in the hospital overnight before you are released to go home with a responsible adult. Before your procedure, Dr. Sasmor or a member of her team will make your follow-up appointments and go over tips to expedite your recovery. You should expect to have bruising and swelling, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped by acetominophin and/or prescription pain medication. You will also have a compression garment over your neck and cheeks to help decrease swelling. You should look and feel normal after several weeks. You will see a more glowing look with fewer lines and sagging. In all, your face will be lifted and younger looking.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used. During your consultation, Dr. Sasmor will develop your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once this is established, she can discuss cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it's best to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Sasmor, instead of the cheapest price. RiverSong Plastic Surgery can help you find low-interest financing that will make your surgery easier to afford.
Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, the degree of skin laxity, which areas are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Sasmor will go over the different techniques during your consultation. She will then help you decide which technique is best for you.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening procedures, these can only produce mild improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Sasmor will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you select what is best for your goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like Juvéderm and BOTOX, have become very popular to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments are good for early signs of aging, but the results are temporary. A facelift can produce more dramatic improvements than injectables with results that can last for a long time. Ask Dr. Sasmor about injectable treatments during your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Many patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they live in a wind tunnel. Dr. Sasmor focuses on giving you a natural-looking result so you look refreshed and not fake. She listens to your needs and goals before developing your personal treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.
The Right Facelift for You
Cosmetic facial surgery can take years off your face and give you a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your unique goals. This surgery is designed to help you look younger but natural. For more information, we invite you to get in touch with RiverSong Plastic Surgery in Newburyport, MA to set up your appointment with Dr. Sasmor.