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Visible signs of aging can be troubling when you care about how you present yourself to the world. Loose, sagging skin, deep lines and wrinkles, and loss of volume all contribute to a tired, aged appearance. Luckily, you don’t have to live with a face you don’t love. A facelift can smooth deep wrinkles, restore facial volume, and lift your features resulting in a more attractive, youthful appearance.

If you’re considering a facelift, we know you have a lot of questions. We’ve compiled a selection of the questions we come into contact with most frequently. This does not, however, substitute for a personalized consultation with Dr. Matthew White.

How Does a Facelift Work?

A facelift repositions facial tissue that has drifted down due to gravity and the aging process, smoothing the skin for a more youthful appearance. A full facelift tightens both the facial skin and the underlying muscle tissue, restoring your features and rejuvenating the entire facial structure. A facelift can address major signs of aging with as jowls, sagging skin on the neck, loose skin, hollow cheeks, and deep creases and wrinkles. A facelift is frequently combined with other procedures such as a brow lift or eyelift to create complete facial restoration.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Men and women of all ages may be interested in having facelift surgery. If you are in good overall health and feel that you appear much older than you feel, due to the visible signs of aging, a consultation with Dr. Matthew White can help you understand your options you have for facelift surgery. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. White will tell you if a facelift will achieve your personal aesthetic goals.

Is it Possible to Achieve the Same Results with a Non-Invasive Procedure?

Not really. There are many non-invasive, non-surgical procedures that can reduce the visible signs of aging and they are fantastic tools for minimizing those signs or slowing the pace of the aging process. Chemical peels, laser resurfacing, or injections, however, simply cannot produce the dramatic rejuvenation of a facelift.

What is the Recovery Like from a Facelift?

Like any surgery, recovery following a facelift will vary from person to person. Most of our patients report minor discomfort during their recovery and can resume their normal activities within a few weeks. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you home following your surgery and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours. You will have a bandage placed around your face to minimize swelling and will be given prescription pain medication to stay comfortable.

You will experience some pain, swelling and bruising following your facelift. This is normal and should subside completely within a few weeks. It is vital that you use sunscreen in the first few weeks to minimize the risk of scarring, as the sun’s harmful UV rays can worsen the appearance of scars.

Will My Results be Permanent?

The results of your facelift are long-lasting. Most patients who undergo facelift surgery will experience its benefits for seven to fifteen years. The way you care for your skin and your lifestyle choices will determine how long the results of your facelift will endure. Smoking, excess sun exposure, or excessive alcohol consumption will speed the effects of aging. Your surgery can be an inspiration to live a happier, healthier life.

Will I have Scars Following a Facelift?

As with any surgical procedure, there will be some scarring following your facelift. Dr. White is a skilled plastic surgeon who is experienced in the most advanced surgical techniques. He will carefully place your incisions in locations which allow them to be hidden and virtually invisible after healing. These scars are most often placed in the hairline and behind the ears.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect from a Facelift?

The results of any surgery vary from person to person. You can expect that your face will look rested and revived with a more youthful definition. Dr. White uses sophisticated techniques for tightening the facial structure, smoothing the skin, and restoring youthful fullness which produce a natural-looking appearance.

The results of your facelift will largely be determined by the skill and artistry of the surgeon you select to perform your surgery. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in successful facelift procedures and who is committed to artistic excellence is of the utmost importance. Dr. White creates a unique procedure tailored to each patient’s individual needs and desires, resulting in a facelift that restores your youthful appearance – and creates a natural, fresh look – not pulled or odd.

If you are considering a facelift and are looking for a skilled surgeon committed to providing you with top quality care, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Matthew White. He will carefully listen to your goals and desires for facial rejuvenation, help you look young and vital, and feel proud of the face you present to the world once more.

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