Facelift in Middletown, NJ
Age and weight loss can cause the skin on our faces to sag and become loose. Dr. John Taylor is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs facelifts on patients in Red Bank, NJ, who want to look and feel younger with a more refreshed appearance.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, signs that greatly impact how we feel about ourselves and how others see us. Sagging in the mid-face can create hollowing below the eyes (called tear troughs) and deep creases between the nose and mouth (the nasolabial folds), making a person appear tired and sad. Fat in the face that has fallen as well as loss of muscle tone in the lower face can create jowls (lines that sag into the neck). Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin create the dreaded “double chin” or “turkey-gobbler” neck.
Benefits of a Facelift
Facelifts allow patients to correct the aesthetic issues associated with aging and dramatic weight loss and offer the following benefits:
- Provides a more youthful and rested appearance
- Uplifts contours
- Improves facial tone
- Restores a positive self-image
Facelifts are very popular with patients who want to look and feel younger.
How Is a Facelift Performed?
Dr. Taylor performs facelifts in fully accredited hospitals and surgical facilities under general anesthesia. The time needed for this procedure is highly individualized, but usually takes 6-8 hours. The patient’s goals, anatomy, and Dr. Taylor’s surgical judgment are all factors in determining the best approach to the surgery. Incisions often begin in the hairline of the temples, continue around the ear and end in the lower scalp. Fat may be redistributed as the underlying tissue is repositioned. Endotines, small dissolvable implants, anchor and support the lifted tissue. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours, and excess skin is trimmed away. Another incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck, and liposuction may be utilized here as well. Sutures close the incisions and dressings are applied. A bandage is gently placed around the face to minimize swelling and bruising. A thin tube is placed under the skin temporarily to drain excess blood and fluid.
Preparing for a Facelift
Because it is considered major surgery, it is necessary to take several steps in preparing for a facelift. In addition to following a set of instructions provided by Dr. Taylor and his staff, you may be asked for the following:
- Blood work
- An overall health check up
- Stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery
- Stop taking medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain vitamins and other supplements that may thin the blood
- Take certain medications necessary for the surgery to prevent infection
- Alter or stop taking certain daily medications
Recovery from a Facelift
Initial healing may include swelling, numbness, and discomfort, which is controlled with prescribed oral medication. Antibiotics are taken to prevent infection. An itchy scalp, particularly at incision sites, is also common. Some facial movements may be restricted or temporarily impaired. Dr. Taylor recommends that the head be kept elevated at all times until initial swelling has subsided. Light, normal activity may be resumed in about one week and patients usually return to work within 2-4 weeks. Cosmetics can usually camouflage any bruising that remains. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling resolves and incision lines fade. Sunscreen should be used until the healing process is fully complete. It may take several months for swelling to fully resolve and incision lines to mature. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help extend the resultant youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
The cost for a facelift varies depending on the extent of surgery necessary to achieve optimum results and whether it is combined with other cosmetic procedures. We can discuss costs with you during your consultation and go over payment options. We accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards along with offering financing through CareCredit®. Since insurance companies consider plastic surgery to be an elective procedure, most policies do not extend benefits for a facelift. For cosmetic surgery, we ask that the full payment be made at least two weeks prior to the procedure.
Is a Facelift is Right for Me?
If you desire to restore your face to its younger version without changing your unique appearance, then a facelift might be right for you.
Why Choose Dr. Taylor for a Facelift?
Dr. Taylor is a well-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed many facelifts in his years of practice. He takes great care in providing patients with the utmost attention and service to give them a refreshed and youthful appearance without looking fake, whether through a facelift or other cosmetic procedure.
What to Expect at Your Facelift Consultation
Dr. Taylor listens to what you want out of facial surgery and evaluates your face to determine if it is the best option. By consulting with him, you may discover that non-surgical options, such as injectable facial fillers, can be used to achieve that youthful look you desire just by adding volume to the face. Similarly, rejuvenation procedures such as skin-resurfacing techniques and Botox® injections can be used in conjunction with a facelift for optimum results in wrinkle reduction. And if a patient is only bothered by the “double chin,” liposuction alone may be the best option.
At Allure Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. John Taylor offers plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures as well as non-invasive advanced skin care treatments to patients in Red Bank, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Contact us to set up your consultation today.