When dermal fillers and injectables fail to meet your expectations, it might be time to consider plastic surgery. Dr. Juris Bunkis can help with a facelift for Newport Beach men and women. The surgeon offers full facelifts, as well as mini facelifts to rejuvenate your appearance.
When dermal fillers and injectables fail to meet your expectations, it might be time to consider plastic surgery
Facelift is one of the most common aesthetic surgical procedures performed at Orange County Plastic Surgery. Signs of aging make people feel as if their appearances don’t reflect their physical and mental energy, but a facelift can help. After facelift surgery, you will look as vigorous as you feel. A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, may be beneficial if you have excessive sagging of the facial and neck skin or dynamic wrinkles and fine lines.
Facial aging and rhytidectomy
Rhytidectomy, the definition of which is a facial surgery that corrects facial aging, is recommended for men and women who have advanced signs of aging, such as:
- Deep nasolabial folds
- Extra laxity in the skin
- Less facial muscle tone
- Fat loss, shifting, and other facial-aging issues
What Is The Best Age For A Facelift?
The best age for facelift surgery is difficult to define because each person ages differently. The average age for a facelift is between 40 to 60 years old. Young skin looks smooth and supple thanks to the body’s ability with producing collagen and elastin, as well as hyaluronic acid. As such, our specialists rarely recommend a facelift on a young person, unless there is severe sun damage and other factors that cause sagging of the skin.
The best way to tell if you are ready for a facelift is to seek Dr. Bunkis’ expert advice. He will recommend a full facelift, mini facelift, or other rejuvenation treatment that helps you look and feel your best.
Best candidates for a Facelift surgery
The best candidates for facelift surgery are men and women who:
- Have jowl formation, saggy skin and neck laxity
- Have realistic expectations
- Desire a long-term, natural-looking solution
Surgical And Non-surgical Facelift: Which Is Better?
We offer surgical and non-surgical procedures for the face to help with signs of aging. During your consultation, he describes the nature of your lines, wrinkles, sagging, and other concerns, as well as explains the underlying causes, such as sun damage, lost collagen, and transient fat. Based on his findings, he may recommend a surgical solution, such as a full facelift or mini facelift, or the best alternative to a facelift, such as a non-surgical procedure.
These plastic surgery alternatives are ideal for men and women who want to rejuvenate the face, but do not have the advanced signs of aging that justify a surgical facelift or mini facelift. There are several nonsurgical facelift options.
Targeted Lift Surgical Procedures
If your signs of aging are not present across your entire face or the lower part of the face, you may be a good candidate for the following procedures:
- Mid-Face Lift/Cheek Lift: A mid-face lift, also known as a cheek lift, adds volume to the cheek area of the face. Doing so lifts the skin and smooths lines and wrinkles.
- Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty): If your goal of cosmetic procedures is to rejuvenate your eyes so you don’t look tired all the time, an eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, make be right for you.
- Forehead Lift/Brow Lift: As skin of the forehead sags due to aging, you develop an angry look that makes you look older. If this is the only area that shows signs of aging, the surgeon may recommend a forehead lift/brow lift.
A laser facelift uses high-intensity light energy to target superficial signs of aging that make you look older. Specifically, these non-surgical treatments help with fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, dull complexion, acne scars, and other issues. The three most popular laser facelift treatments for men and women in Orange County are IPL® photofacial, laser skin resurfacing, and RF skin tightening.
For mild to moderate signs of aging, the liquid facelift treatment has proven very effective. Surgeons can use a combination of dermal fillers and neuromodulator injectables to soften wrinkles and fine lines.
Chemical peels can rejuvenate your skin and address fine lines, deep wrinkles, clogged pores, enlarged pores, dull complexion, hyperpigmentation, and other skin flaws. Orange County Plastic Surgery offers light, medium, and deep chemical peels. Each level penetrates the skin to a specific depth to remove damaged layers of skin.
Light chemical peels can be performed every month as part of your routine skin care regimen. Medium peels can be repeated every six months. Deep peels, the most advanced types of chemical peels, can only be performed only once during your lifetime.
Our surgeons offer two options for a facelift – the mini facelift and full facelift. When you meet with him for a consultation, he explains why the mini facelift procedure or full facelift procedure is your best option to address your personal cosmetic issues. Both techniques do produce scarring, and the only way to rejuvenate the face without the scarring is with a non-surgical or minimally-invasive plastic surgery procedure.
Orange County Surgery Center is a trusted facility for cosmetic surgery that offers the Natural A to V Facelift. During this procedure, incisions are made behind the ears and around the hairline to tighten the muscles underneath.
In addition to tightening the muscles, micro fat grafts can be used to add volume to areas of the face that need it most. You can have the procedure done under local anesthesia or light general anesthesia. It typically takes three hours to finish. If eyelid surgery or a brow lift are also performed, the procedure will take longer.
For a full facelift, the entire face is lifted. This is ideal for men and women with advanced signs of aging, such as:
- Transient fat in the mid-face
- Sagging around the jowls
- Furrows between the eyes
- Forehead creases
- Deep nasolabial folds
- Chin wrinkles
- Sagging muscles in the face
A full facelift targets sagging muscles under the skin to minimize jowls and neck sagacity, whereas a minifacelift targets areas on the face around the cheek and jaw in patients without much neck sagacity. A mini facelift is generally performed in patients that demonstrate early ageing signs or those who previously had a full facelift and is less invasive than a traditional facelift. In a mini facelift, only the skin is tightened, not the sagging muscles.
Knowing how long to recover from a facelift helps you make arrangements with work and ensure that you have family and friends available to assist you. After a facelift, a facial bandage will be placed over the surgical site and it will be replaced during the next day, the drain will be removed and the patient will be given an Oxymist® facial treatment.
During the post-operative recovery phase, mild discomfort is to be expected, which can be alleviated by icing and raising the head. Post-operative bruising and swelling after face surgery may last up to two weeks after surgery. In rare cases, migration of sutures is possible.
Initial healing time for facelift surgery takes about two weeks. Most patients can resume normal activities. After about three weeks, patients are able to notice the dramatic and natural results of the surgery. The final improvement will not be realized before four to six months after surgery.
Dr. Bunkis is a talented double board-certified plastic surgeon who achieves amazing facelift results. How long does a facelift last varies by person, but most people enjoy the results of a facelift after 10 years. While facelift results offer long-term anti-aging benefits, just like any other surgery, the effects are not permanent since the face will continue to naturally age. However, a patient will still look younger compared to if he or she had never had the surgery.
The effects of a mini facelift last up to five years depending on the lifestyle and aging of the patient, while the general facelift effects are much longer. Both, though, provide years of a more youthful appearance.
Post Operational Instructions
After undergoing plastic surgery, following the postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon is crucial for optimal healing and recovery. These instructions may include caring for the surgical site, managing pain, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is important to keep the surgical area clean, take prescribed medications as directed, rest and avoid strenuous activities, and adhere to a balanced diet while staying hydrated.
Attending follow-up appointments will allow your surgeon to monitor your progress and provide further guidance, ensuring a successful outcome from your plastic surgery procedure.