Aging of the face is inevitable. As the years go by, the skin begins to loosen on the face and neck. Crow’s Feet appear at the corners of the eyes. The jawline softens into jowls. Heredity, personal habits, the pull of gravity and sun exposure contribute to the aging of the face.
The most commonly requested facelift is a surgical facelift. These procedures are performed by Dr. Aaron Shapiro, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon.
Facelift Procedure: What to Expect
Facelift surgery is performed in an outpatient, private cosmetic surgery center under light general anesthesia.
Dr. Shapiro will make an incision around the ear and below the chin. The skin will be gently raised to reposition and tighten the underlying muscle and connective tissue. In some cases, liposuction may be used in combination with the facelift to remove excess fat and thin the skin to perform a natural contour and lift.
While we can’t stop the aging process completely, we can slow it down. A facelift will last 10 years or more.* You can increase the longevity of the facelift and maintain the youthful effects by having a healthy skin routine that includes sunscreen and professional skincare products. Other patients may benefit from procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, dermal fillers and Botox as well.
Why Choose Dr. Shapiro?
Aaron L. Shapiro, M.D. is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. His focus is on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery for the face and neck.
Dr. Shapiro is also a worldwide lecturer and physician trainer for new and innovative procedures in facial plastic surgery.
Are facelift incisions noticeable?
Dr. Shapiro is a highly-skilled plastic surgeon. Any incisions he makes are made so that they can be hidden as completely as possible.
What is the recovery after a facelift?
We recommend that facelift patients take one week of rest following surgery to allow for proper healing and recovery. You may experience mild to moderate swelling and bruising in the lower face and neck in the first 5 – 7 days.* A mild prescription pain medication will be prescribed to alleviate any pain or discomfort.
Are there risks associated with a facelift?
No surgical procedure is without risk. The risks associated with a facelift are very rare and may include bleeding, hematoma, infection, skin breakdown (especially in smokers), mild loss of sensation, and the possibility of a repeat operation. Dr. Shapiro takes great care to minimize these risks throughout your surgery and during your time of healing. He will go through these in detail at the time of your consultation.