Facelifts are often done alongside other procedures, such as neck lifts, brow lifts and eyelid surgery, to make the face look younger. Every facelift is customized for the individual patient’s face. If you’re interested in getting a facelift, you’ll want to find the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in the area to look at your face, and learn as much as you can about any medical procedure the surgeon suggests. A good place to look for a facial plastic surgeon is the Web site www.realself.com. When choosing a facial plastic surgeon, look for one who has an extensive gallery of before and after photos of previous clients and many positive testimonials from other patients.
There are two broad categories of face lift — deep plane facelifts and deep plane minitucks. In a deep plane facelift, the surgeon adjusts the skin and the deeper tissues of the face, and makes an incision under the chin to lift the fatty tissues in the neck area. Sometimes the surgeon will shave the backs of the submandibular glands (two of the salivary glands) to improve the appearance of the patient’s cheeks. He or she can tell you if this will work in your case. 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 deep plane minituck, the surgeon lifts the muscles, connective tissue and fatty tissue under the skin of the cheeks in order to create a naturally youthful look. This is recommended in cases where there is loose skin around the midface, neck and near the mouth, with less fat around the jowls.
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte. His “SignatureLift” is similar to the “weekend face lifts” you may have heard about. The SignatureLift is intended specifically for younger patients who don’t need a deep plane facelift, or who have already had one. It can be performed under local or general anaesthesia, and there is minimal swelling and bruising afterward. Sutures may be visible for five or six days — or not, depending on the length of the patient’s hair. It’s individually tailored to the patient, and gives you a younger-looking neck and jowl area with a much shorter recovery time than other facelifts.
Dr. Freeman has devoted himself to facial plastic surgery and nonsurgical cosmetics 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.. Call his office today or schedule an online consultation for a discount on the consultation fee.