What is a facelift?

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy or rhytidoplasty, is designed to remove excess fat from the face and tighten facial muscles to erase signs of aging from the face and neck. Creases between the mouth and nose, jowls, and excess fat deposits can all be targeted with this procedure. 

Facelifts can be performed independently or in tandem with complementary procedures, such as eyelid surgery. Various combinations of treatments can be employed to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals. 

Dr. Nassif performs the deep plane facelift technique. The SMAS, a layer of connective tissue under the skin but on top of the facial muscles, is lifted to tighten the cheeks, jawline, and neck. This type of facelift is considered more effective than traditional facelifts, as most of the facelift dissection underneath the SMAS layer releases it, producing an exceptional lifting and tightening effect while reducing the risk of healing complications and irregularities.

Who is an ideal candidate for a male facelift? 

Ideal candidates for a male facelift are men who have developed unwanted signs of aging in the face and/or neck region. While the most common age range for a male facelift is 40 to 60, men as old as their 70s and 80s can see a major benefit from the treatment. 

Ideal patients will also meet the following criteria: 

  • Be of sound body and mind
  • Be a non-smoker, or be willing to stop smoking for a minimum of six weeks
  • Be free of any serious medical conditions that could lead to complications
  • Have realistic expectations for the results of the treatment

How to plan for a facelift

As with any cosmetic treatment, a facelift procedure will be different for everyone. The first step is the consultation, during which Dr. Nassif will perform a thorough assessment of the patient’s facial features, skin quality, and bone structure. The patient’s medical history will also be taken into account to determine whether they are a good candidate for the procedure or not. 

If it is found that the patient is a good fit for the treatment, they will be given ample information regarding the details of the procedure and how to go forward. Patients will be informed on what type of anesthesia will be used, where the procedure will take place, and any other pertinent information. 

Preparing for a facelift procedure

Before the facelift procedure, patients are given detailed instructions regarding food and drink restrictions, medications, and supplements. They will also be instructed to quit or temporarily stop smoking at least 1 week prior to the treatment. It is vital that patients follow all of these directions. Avoiding smoking is especially important, as it inhibits blood flow to the skin, preventing the incisions from healing properly. 

Patients should bring someone with them on the day of surgery who can give them a ride home. It is recommended that this person stays with the patient for the first few days following the treatment as they will need help around the house. 

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The different types of anesthesia

Facelifts are usually carried out under general anesthesia. In some cases, however, other types of anesthesia may be used. Patients will have a chance to learn about their anesthesia options during the private consultation. 

What does the procedure entail? 

A facelift typically takes several hours to perform. If the patient chooses to undergo complementary procedures, the operation may need to be split into two separate sessions on different days. 

Incisions are made at the patient’s temples just above the hairline. The incisions go along the lower scalp, spanning from the front of the ear to the back of the ear lobe. If work on the neck is needed, an additional incision may be made under the chin. 

Performing a facelift involves dividing facial skin from the fat and muscle layers. Excess fat is removed completely, allowing for the face and neck to be properly contoured. The facial muscles are tightened thoroughly before the skin is redraped onto the face. Excess skin is also removed during this process, and layers of tissue are secured into place by way of absorbable sutures. The incisions are then sutured shut. 

In some cases, a drain may need to be inserted behind the ear to allow blood to drain out from the treated areas. The patient’s head will also be wrapped up with bandages to prevent swelling and bruising. All drains and bandages will be removed approximately 24 hours following the procedure. 

How much does a facelift typically cost? 

As facelift procedures are unique and look different for each patient, the price will vary. During the private consultation, a treatment plan will be curated that meets the patient’s needs. Once the details of the procedure are known, an estimate can be given regarding the costs of the treatment. 

Aftercare Following a Facelift

After undergoing a facelift procedure, patients must keep their heads elevated for the first few days to ensure a positive healing process. Patients should set up a comfortable environment for themselves at home, as they should not be up and moving around much. 

As with any surgical procedure, the results from a facelift settle in slowly and will not be immediately visible. Over the course of a few months, the final results of the treatment will start to become perceivable. 

While it is vital to prioritize rest, patients should be able to get up and move around within a day or two following the procedure. Getting up to walk around is good for encouraging proper blood flow to the head. Most patients find they are able to get back to work just 10 to 14 days after the procedure. 

It is paramount that patients avoid strenuous activity such as vigorous exercise and physical housework for at least two weeks. While walking around the house and doing some light stretching are encouraged, sports and major physical activity must be avoided at all costs. 

Why choose Dr. Nassif? 

A highly revered expert in the field of anti-aging cosmetics, Dr. Nassif has been proudly providing the greater Los Angeles area with some of the best treatments available for years. Beyond his extensive knowledge and experience with modern cosmetic treatments, his commitment to patient satisfaction sets him apart from the rest. He prioritizes communication, ensuring that his clients feel comfortable working with him every step of the way. 

Reach out to our office today to set up a private consultation. 

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