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A facelift in Bellevue can do wonders for your appearance when performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Liebertz. A facelift can address many of the visible signs of facial aging like nasolabial folds, heavy skin sagging, and a loss of definition around the chin and jawline. Dr. Daniel J. Liebertz is a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is dedicated to providing the best facelift results Seattle has to offer.
Facial Rejuvenation (Facelift)
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure to address wrinkles and sagging skin that appear on your face. This procedure results in a firmer facial profile, giving patients an overall more youthful appearance.
Over time gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces: deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jawline slackens, and folds and fat deposits appear on the neck. Facelifts counteract these problems by removing fat and tightening skin and muscles, giving your face and jawline a fresher, more youthful look. After surgery, some patients can appear 10-15 years younger.
Incisions are created in inconspicuous places such as behind the hairline and in natural folds of the face and ears, and scars fade to near invisibility in time. Results of a facelift do not last forever, but in another sense, the effects are permanent: years later, your face will continue to look better than if you had never had the procedure.
Enhancing the Results of Your Facelift
A facelift at Liebertz Plastic Surgery at Yarrow Bay can be combined with a neck lift, browlift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping for more dramatic results. During your consultation, Dr. Liebertz will ask you what your goals are for your surgery and based on that information he can recommend which additional procedures you can benefit from.
Ideal Candidates for a Facelift
The best candidates for a facelift are individuals aged forty to sixty years old. You are an excellent candidate for a facelift if you have some degree of facial skin elasticity remaining, are in good physical health, and have a stable medical history without any conditions that may hinder the healing process after surgery.
Non-smokers are more suited to undergo a facelift, and it will be important to have realistic expectations about results. You must be willing to follow recovery instructions, since this leads to quality post-surgical results that last longer.
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A discussion of your medical history will take place, including past surgeries, current medications, and underlying conditions. It is important to mention if you have known allergies to anesthesia and other medications.
A physical examination of your target areas will be conducted to determine if you are a good fit for the surgery. A treatment plan will be created and discussed with you so you can make an informed decision. A date will then be set for the surgery.
Facelifts take approximately three hours to complete and are performed under general anesthesia with a licensed anesthesia provider. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis at our plastic surgery facility located in the greater Seattle area. Once the procedure is completed and the incisions have been properly closed and dressed, you will be able to return home without needing to spend the night at our facility.
Meticulous incisions are hidden behind the hairline and through the nooks and crannies of your natural ear contours. The incisions are made in these locations to ensure that they are well-hidden in order to provide results that look as natural as possible.
After the incisions have been made, the skin is carefully elevated off the underlying facial ligaments and muscles (called the SMAS, or superficial musculoaponeurotic system). The SMAS layer is then incised and elevated off the underlying facial tissue. The SMAS is tightened, and the skin re-draped over the newly contoured face. Excess skin is removed, the skin edges are expertly closed with specific sutures, and a sterile dressing is applied. In lieu of surgical drains, Dr. Liebertz employs a sub-dermal surgical adhesive called Artiss that helps hold the skin in place, reduces post-operative fluid collections, and hastens healing.
This surgical procedure may require some downtime for recovery, so be prepared to take time off work. After your facelift surgery in Seattle, a light compression dressing is worn overnight on the head and neck. The dressing is removed the next morning in the office. Sutures are then removed five days and eight days after the procedure. Patients should expect to experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the area following the procedure.
Recovery time ranges from seven to fourteen days. Strenuous activity, including all “cardio” exercise, is limited for four weeks. Blood thinners such as aspirin, NSAIDS (ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc), fish oil, vitamin E, and others are to be avoided for at least two weeks after surgery. Your doctor will give you specific instructions for your individual recovery and following these instructions can help speed your recovery and reduce the risk of post-operative complications.
Patients located in the greater Seattle area or those who are visiting for an extended period in order to have their facelift performed by Dr. Liebertz should make note of any recovery complications. These issues will be addressed during a follow-up visit.
Facelifts improve and restore a youthful appearance to the lower one-third of the face. They address excessive jowling, slackening of the jawline, and sagging of the cheeks. It can enhance a patient’s appearance and confidence. Results are seen immediately upon the removal of the dressings and will improve as facial swelling subsides over the next three to seven days. Scars fade over time with significant long-term results settling in after four to six weeks.
While you may not be able to preserve the initial results of your facelift forever, you can maintain them for as long as possible by taking proper care of your skin. Having tight, strong, hydrated, and nourished skin will prevent wrinkles and reduce the severity of skin laxity.
Look for creams and moisturizers that work for your skin, and consider getting treatments like facials, chemical peels, and microneedling. Applying sunscreen daily is also important for keeping your skin safe and healthy for as long as possible.
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Though rare, post-operative complications from any surgical procedure are possible. They may include infection, bleeding, blood clots, and poor healing (including scarring), all of which may require further surgery
Risks specific to facial surgery also include asymmetry, numbness or paresthesia (tingling or pins-and-needles feeling), and damage to the facial nerve resulting in partial or complete facial paralysis.
The cost of your facelift in Seattle will depend on whether you choose to undergo a QR Mini-Lift or a traditional facelift, as well as the cost of any additional procedures you may choose to undergo. Anesthetic fees can also affect cost, as can total surgical time. Our team can go over the details of the expected price of your facelift and let you know about the payment options available to you during your consultation.
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Reduce the appearance of a turkey neck and a sagging jawline by undergoing a facelift in Bellevue.
Contact Liebertz Plastic Surgery at Yarrow Bay today to schedule a consultation for your facelift in Seattle. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Liebertz can use his surgical expertise to restore the beautiful appearance of your face.