When we age, our skin’s natural elasticity diminishes and collagen production slows over time. This leaves skin unable to shrink and tighten as it did in our youth while the lost collagen causes the face to lose volume and wrinkles and folds to emerge. As this happens, the face loses its youthful contours and skin begins to sag, showing visible signs of aging in the face and neck. There can be many causes for this including the natural thinning of the skin and loss of facial fat, heredity, lifestyle, and stress.
At North Texas Plastic Surgery, our two Harvard-trained, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Sacha Obaid and Dr. Jon Ver Halen, have extensive experience providing facelifts to those who wish to improve the appearance of their face. This restorative surgery helps to achieve a smoother and more youthful complexion.
If you’re interested in learning more about our facelift procedure, please give us a call at 877-629-6468 to schedule your free consultation. We welcome those who live in Dallas, Plano, Southlake, and nearby North Texas.
Why Should I Consider a Facelift?
With age, the skin over the face and neck becomes lax, causing wrinkles to form over the cheeks. The fold of skin between the cheeks and lips starts to deepen, forming a crease that is often the most frequently noticed sign of aging. The loose skin over the cheeks eventually can hang below the jaw line.
A similar process occurs in the neck which sees the skin become loose, eventually hanging like a hammock from the chin. In some people, two bands will form in the middle of the neck. These unattractive bands are often brought out when people smile or speak.
A facelift can turn back the clock when done properly. The facelift procedure can help create a more youthful appearance by:
- Removing fine wrinkles in the cheeks
- Soften the deep folds seen between the cheeks and mouth
- Tighten the loose skin and bands in the neck
Will I Look “Natural”?
The biggest mistake that people make is to think that to look younger, the skin of the face should be tight and all wrinkles removed. The reality is that babies, children, teenagers, young men and women all have wrinkling of the skin when they smile or make certain expressions. This is natural.
The key to facial rejuvenation is to soften your deep creases and remove the fine lines, not to pull your skin as tight as possible. A full face with soft wrinkles where appropriate will make you look younger as opposed to looking as if you’ve been operated on. Our plastic surgeons specialize in delivering a natural looking appearance that will have you appearing 10 years younger as opposed to your current age with your skin pulled and tucked.
What Is the Recovery Time?
A typical facial rejuvenation surgery will last approximately two and a half to three and a half hours. Sometimes, these procedures can be performed with only oral medications (i.e., patients do not need to go fully to sleep). Patients will typically go home the same day. You will be expected to be up and walking immediately after the surgery. By the next day, most patients feel well enough to eat and drink whatever they want and are able to get around comfortably.
Dr. Ver Halen and Dr. Obaid recommend that the patient plan to take it easy the first week to allow the swelling to go down and the body’s natural healing response to take place. We will see you back in the office the first day after surgery to change your dressings. After the second day of surgery, you will be able to shower and gently wash your own hair.
Typically, sutures do not need to be removed, as they will dissolve on their own. It is normal to have some mild bruising after this operation, and we recommend that patients plan to take five to seven days off from work or social activities so that you may heal in privacy.
My Real Concern Is the Loose Skin on My Neck
A facelift is designed to eliminate loose skin in the cheeks and neck. The loose skin of the neck is drawn upward towards the ear and hair where it can be removed and the scars hidden behind the ear and in the hairline. This allows for rejuvenation of the neck without visible scars on the neck.
Do Many Men Have Facial Rejuvenation?
In this ultra-competitive business world, more and more men are having this procedure each year not just to look better but also to help them compete. A youthful appearance can signal energy and vitality. It tells those around you that you are willing to work hard and you are full of new ideas. By contrast, heavy eyelids and deep wrinkles can make one appear tired, uninterested, and perhaps unable to keep up.
Dr. Ver Halen and Dr. Obaid see many men in our office. We can design an operation that will look natural and that will hide the scars well no matter what your hair pattern is.
Contact Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons Today
For a complimentary, comprehensive discussion of your facelift options, please call 877-629-6468 today. North Texas Plastic Surgery has offices in Southlake and Plano, Texas, and we serve patients throughout the Dallas area.