Dr. White is skilled in facial cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of every kind. He uses today’s most advanced and reliable techniques. As a specialty-trained surgeon, his skills and experience give him the ability to achieve natural looking results, using the right treatment plan for your specific needs.
Signs of aging along the face such as wrinkles, loose skin, and the formation of jowls can be very effectively improved with a facelift. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. W. Matthew White, can help you look as young as you feel with this advanced procedure designed to provide you with smoother, more vibrant skin. Facelift surgery reduces the cosmetic effects of aging on the face by removing excess skin and tightening underlying facial muscles. The procedure often helps patients look several years younger. Dr. White is highly experienced with facelift surgery, and he is committed to results that look natural and beautiful.
To learn how a facelift can rejuvenate your appearance, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. White, please contact us today.
Benefits of a Facelift
To provide the best results from facelift procedures, Dr. White will work in close collaboration with you to establish your ultimate goals and address any concerns you may have. Facelift surgery has helped millions of patients achieve a more youthful appearance, with benefits including:
- Reduced signs of fine lines and wrinkles
- Restoration of a more rested, vibrant look
- Reduced appearance of jowls and loose, excess skin
- Long-lasting results
Typically, patients in their 40s or older who want to restore their youthful appearance can benefit the most from a facelift. The procedure has been known to take 10 to 15 years off one’s appearance. It is one of the most comprehensive and effective surgeries for facial rejuvenation.
Dr. White’s facelift procedures depend on each patient’s unique needs. While some patients may benefit from facelift alone, others can further enhance their results with a combination of soft dermal fillers, neck lift and facelift surgery. Dr. White will discuss all of your options with you at the initial consultation and help you determine the best treatment plan for your goals.
The Facelift Consultation
During the consultation process, Dr. White will evaluate your facial structure and skin to determine how a facelift can help you. He will also work with you to establish your goals for the operation and to learn whether alternative or less-invasive procedures may be more ideal for your unique needs. To create the most realistic expectations, Dr. White will go over not only the benefits of a facelift, but also the limitations to the surgery. He will address any concerns you may have to offer you the most complete understanding of what you can expect from the surgery.
The Facelift Procedure
Our experienced plastic surgeon conducts facelifts using very precise techniques so the results look as natural as possible. During a facelift, Dr. White will make small incisions behind the ears and along the hairline. This makes any residual scarring virtually undetectable. Dr. White will then eliminate excess, inelastic skin and tighten underlying muscles. The remaining skin will be re-draped and smoothed out for a revitalized, more youthful appearance.
Dr. White tailors the procedure for each patient to provide the most natural-looking results. It is performed over the course of two or more hours, depending on the extent of the procedure and whether additional cosmetic enhancement treatments are performed at the same time.
The Recovery Process
Following facelift surgery, you will likely experience some tenderness, swelling and bruising. This is normal and should gradually subside during recovery. Bandages are applied to encourage proper healing and are typically removed after one or two days. It is important to keep your head elevated the first few days after surgery. Any discomfort during the recovery process can be managed with medication.
Dr. White recommends patients get plenty of rest in the days following the procedure and stick to a healthy diet to help speed the recovery process. He will schedule a few postoperative appointments with you to check on the progress of your healing. Dr. White advises you to avoid any strenuous activities for a few weeks after surgery. Most patients can typically resume normal social activities after 10 days to two weeks.
What is a facelift designed to treat?
A facelift addresses sagging skin and excess fat in the face and neck, tightening muscles and enhancing cheek definition.
Can a facelift reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and forehead?
No, facelifts can typically only correct sagging skin in the lower two-thirds of the face. The skin around the mouth, eyes and forehead can only be enhanced through additional procedures, such as eyelid surgery or injectables.
What age is ideal for undergoing a facelift?
Dr. White recommends patients be age 40 or older to undergo a facelift, as they can benefit the most from the procedure and show the most need.
How long can I expect a facelift surgery to take?
The duration of the surgery is dependent on the individual and the extent of his or her procedure. Additional procedures can be done in conjunction with a facelift as well. Once you and Dr. White have established your aesthetic needs, he can give you a better estimate of the time it will take. Typically, a facelift can last several hours.
Does facelift surgery usually leave scars?
Yes, but facelift incisions are made in natural creases and behind the ears, resulting in well-hidden scars. They are typically not a concern and are very minimal.
Is the facelift procedure painful?
Patients often experience mild pain or discomfort following facelift surgery, but it can be treated with oral medication.
How much recovery time is needed before I can return to work?
Most of Dr. White’s patients feel socially acceptable within the first two weeks.
When can I resume my workout schedule?
It is best to avoid any strenuous exercise until you are thoroughly healed, which takes approximately two to three weeks.
Is the facelift covered by insurance?
No, insurance won’t pay for cosmetic procedures, such as the facelift. We offer financing options to aid in your payment of the surgery though. Please inquire at our business office for more information.
Contact Dr. W. Matthew White
If you would like to learn more about the facelift procedure, or if you would like to discuss your options with Dr. White, please contact us today.