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 probably 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 fine wrinkles in the cheeks can be removed. The deep folds seen between the cheeks and mouth can be softened. The loose skin and bands in the neck can be tightened causing a more youthful appearance.
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 operated on. Our plastic surgeons specialize in delivering a natural looking appearance that will have you appearing ten years younger as opposed to your current age with your skin pulled and tucked.
What Is the Recovery Time?
After your surgery, you will stay overnight in the hospital, where a nurse will watch over you and care for your every need. Most patients are able to get up and walk the night of 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 recommends 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 at the end of the first week of recovery. At that time, the surgeon will remove your stitches and make sure that you are healing well. It is normal to have some mild bruising after this operation, and we recommend that patients plan to take two weeks 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 having this procedure each year not just to look better but also to help them compete. A youthful appearance can signal energy and vibrance. 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 see's 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.
For a complimentary, comprehensive discussion of your facelift options, please call 817-416-8080 today. North Texas Plastic Surgery has offices in Southlake and Plano, Texas, and we serve patients throughout the Dallas area.