Is this procedure right for me?
The best candidates for a facelift usually notice sagging or looseness through the lower part of their face, along the jowls, or in the upper neck. Men and women should also be in good physical and mental health and have realistic expectations about the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Savalia will listen carefully to your concerns and examine your facial structure to make sure that a facelift is the best procedure to help you meet your cosmetic goals.
Am I too young for a facelift?
While there’s not a set age that’s too young for a facelift, the best results are seen in patients with visible signs of aging through the lower face. Not everyone ages at the same pace or in the same ways, so Dr. Savalia may recommend a different approach for younger patients. Most often, patients who are just beginning to feel troubled by the early signs of aging do very well with a nonsurgical approach: resurfacing with chemical peels while correcting deeper lines and wrinkles with dermal fillers can revitalize the skin’s surface with beautiful results.
Will my face look “done” or too tight?
Dr. Savalia’s philosophy is to take a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation. For some, this means proceeding with a full facelift as planned, while for others this may mean a less complex surgery combined with nonsurgical med spa treatments. His top priority is ensuring very natural-looking results that, although they will help you look unmistakably revitalized and more refreshed, are never obviously surgical.
Will a facelift fix my crow’s feet and frown lines?
Because a facelift primarily addresses the lower face, crow’s feet and frown lines will not typically be improved. However, Dr. Savalia can combine a facelift with additional procedures that specifically target problem spots in the upper face, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic injections for crow’s feet or frown lines. You can also discuss other options for upper face concerns. For example, if your lower facial skin and muscle tone is still firm, a brow lift or eyelid surgery may be a better option for you. These are all possibilities you can discuss with Dr. Savalia during your consultation.
What should I expect during my consultation?
During your initial consultation, you and Dr. Savalia will talk about your goals for facelift surgery. He will examine your skin tone and laxity as well as the underlying structure of your facial features to decide which approach will best meet your goals. You will talk about the pros and cons of a facelift, and he will give you more information on what to expect during your surgery and recovery.
When will I see results?
After surgery, you’ll see some initial bruising and swelling, and will probably notice some discomfort at the incision sites. The majority of this should dissipate within the first week, and residual discoloration or bruising can usually be hidden with makeup by the second week. Dr. Savalia takes care to place incisions in an unobtrusive spot behind the hairline, and the scars should become nearly invisible over time.
How long does it last?
A facelift is a long-lasting procedure that can help you look several years younger, but nothing can completely stop the aging process itself. While you will look much younger than those within your age group who have not had a facelift (and maintain a more youthful look much longer than your peers), your face will continue aging as time passes. Facelift patients often continue coming in for med spa treatments to help maintain and extend their results as long as possible.