Types of face lift
Every face lift is individually tailored to the patient, but there are two broad categories of face lift, both of which are available in Charlotte. To decide which one is right for you, find an experienced facial plastic surgeon to look at your face, and learn as much as you can about any medical procedure the surgeon recommends. One good place to look for a facial plastic surgeon is the Web site RealSelf.com. When choosing a facial plastic surgeon, look for one who has many recommendations from previous patients and an extensive gallery of before and after photos of previous clients.
Deep plane face lift
In this operation, the surgeon repositions the skin and deeper tissues of the face, makes an incision under the chin and lifts the fatty tissues in the neck area. The surgeon sometimes also shaves the backs of the submandibular glands if this will improve the appearance of the patient’s cheeks.
A face lift is often performed alongside other cosmetic surgical procedures, such as an endoscopic brow lift or eyelid surgery, because the goal of all these operations is to restore the original, youthful appearance of the face.
The swelling after a deep plane face lift tends to last longer than in other forms of face lift. You should be able to return to normal activity within two weeks, but it may be several weeks before your face looks the way you want it to. In the meantime, avoid smoking, get plenty of rest and be gentle with your face.
Deep plane minituck
In the deep plane minituck, the muscles and tissue under the skin of the cheeks. This is used in cases where there is loose skin around the midface, neck and near the mouth, with less fat around the jowls. Recovery time is shorter than in a deep plane facelift.
Charlotte’s best facial plastic surgeon
Dr. Sean Freeman is the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte. He has done only facial plastic surgery since 1988 and has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Freeman has developed and trademarked a procedure called the SignatureLift, a variation of the traditional short flat face lift which is well suited to younger patients or to those who have already had face lifts or need relatively minor work. Unlike a deep plane face lift, it can be performed under sedation rather than general anesthesia, with much less bruising and swelling and a much shorter recovery time. Most patients can return to normal activity after only a few days. If you live in or near Charlotte and are interested in a younger appearance, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.