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A facelift in Philadelphia can correct signs of aging in the neck and lower region of the face. During surgery, plastic surgeon Dr. Hoffman can rejuvenate your facial appearance with improved contour and smoother skin surface.
Choosing the Facelift in Philadelphia: Who’s a Good Fit?
Individuals who exhibit signs of aging in the face such as sagging jowls, deep nasolabial folds and fat deposits around the neck are potential facelift candidates. In addition to these common indications for surgery, those interested in the facelift should be healthy, non-smokers who have reasonable expectations for surgery.
High blood pressure, blood clotting problems, and tendency to form excessive scars may complicate the procedure, so be sure to tell Dr. Hoffman if you have experienced any of these conditions. 2 considerations to decide if a facelift is a good fit for you!
Among the possible aesthetic improvements that result from facelift surgery, you may achieve:
- A more youthful appearance
- Improved self-esteem
- Enhanced quality of life
What is A mini facelift?
A mini facelift is a subtler version of the traditional facelift procedure. In this variation, small incisions are made near the ears so as to lift the lower half of the face. This tightens the sagging skin of the cheeks and jawline. Like the full facelift, it can be combined with other facial procedures like the brow lift.
There are several differences between a mini facelift and a full facelift:
- A full facelift creates more comprehensive rejuvenation and is best for older patients, while a mini facelift is subtler and is best for younger patients.
- A mini facelift typically requires local anesthesia with sedation, whereas a full facelift is more likely to require general anesthesia.
- The incisions in a mini facelift are smaller than those of a full facelift.
- A mini facelift is less invasive.
- Mini facelift recovery time is shorter and more comfortable.
There may be some swelling and bruising after a mini facelift; these go down as time passes. There are certain activities that should be avoided during mini facelift recovery, such as high-intensity workouts and sports.
The surgical stitches need to stay in for around 10 days. They will be removed during a follow-up appointment. At this time, Dr. Hoffman will check on your healing process.
My face was reflecting my age and not the way I felt on the inside. I did some research on my own and also asked my Dermatologist for a recommendation for a plastic surgeon to perform a face lift. Dr. Hoffman was his choice and he was also on my short list. At my consultation, Dr. Hoffman spent time to explain what the procedure would entail and how long the recovery would take. It was important to me that I still look like myself and Dr. Hoffman absolutely did just that.
Your Facelift: What to Expect
Your facelift may be performed in an outpatient or inpatient setting with either local or general anesthesia. Be sure to speak with Dr. Hoffman regarding your options and personal preferences for surgery.
Incisions are made at the temples, following the natural contour of the hairline in front of the ear and behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. To revitalize the neck, a small incision will be made under the chin. The skin is separated from the fat and muscle below, and the fat is trimmed and suctioned from the neck and chin areas. Underlying tissues are then tightened, excess skin is removed, and the overlying skin is redraped. Stitches are used to bind the underlying tissues and to close the incisions.
The Recovery Period and Results
Recovery from facelift surgery in Philadelphia is expected to last between two and three weeks. Keep your head elevated at this time and get plenty of rest. Activity should be limited. Numbness, bruising are common postoperative symptoms, as is swelling. Be sure to wear the loose bandage wrapping per our surgeon’s instructions in order to minimize these symptoms. Your scars are hidden within the hairline and natural facial contours, and will fade gradually as you heal.
Dr. Ryan Hoffman is available for a facelift consultation at your convenience.
What is the Cost of a Facelift?
Pricing for a facelift includes doctor fees, hospital fees, and Anesthesia.
*Prices may vary based on the specific needs of the patient and scope of the procedure
Options for Correcting Loose Jowls?
Answer: A lower facelift normally tightens the jowls and neck it is done through the same incisions as a neck lift itself. The main difference is that it addresses the neck and jowls at the same time. In most patients who want correction of either the jowls or the neck, I recommend doing both procedures at the same time. That prevents having a great looking neck and bad jowls or vice versa.
Unfortunately, the minimally invasive machines- (ultrasound, radiofrequency)- only help about 10-20% and for someone who notices “an ever slight looseness”- they may not give enough of a correction.
Having a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon would be your next step.
I have been doing a lot of research and wanted to know what would best suit me? I have saggy jowls.
Answer: Stress and lifestyle can certainly contribute to how someone looks and cause premature aging. Minimizing stress and leading as healthy lifestyle as possible can help you appearance.
As for your sagging jowls, there are some options which include non-surgical and surgical. Fillers, which are injections that add volume to your face, could be used to augment your cheeks and lift your jowls. There are also machines that utilize- heat or lasers to lift hanging jowls. Finally, a facelift is a surgical correction that can lift the jowls. Seeing a board certified plastic surgeon can help guide you through these choices and determine which one best fits your circumstances.
Carotid artery: Can a facelift or necklift cause a blockage of the carotid artery?
Answer: No, a neck or facelift on its own cannot cause a carotid artery blockage. The surgeries are more superficial than the carotid arteries which are deeper.
How long does it take a surgeon to complete a facelift with fat graft/neck lift?
Answer: This is a very difficult question to answer. Even performing the exact same procedure on two different patients may take an extra hour to two. In general, a facelift with a neck lift and fat grafting should take about 4-5 hours. In patients with more skin or in need of more work, the surgery can take longer.
I hope this helps.
Should I stay in the hospital overnight after a Facelift?
Answer: Dr. Hoffman recommends that facelift patients stay overnight in the hospital or be monitored by a night nurse either at home or in a hotel for the first postoperative night following a facelift (rhytidectomy). Pain is not usually an issue after a facelift and will be controlled by oral pain medications. Preexisting medical conditions (such as high blood pressure) are more concerning and can cause postoperative complications such as hematoma formation or wound issues. Therefore, in these cases overnight monitoring is highly recommended.
Was there anything that I could have done to prevent jowls?
Answer: Premature aging can be caused by a combination of many factors. Stress and lifestyle are some of the main factors that contribute to aging. Genetics also influences how someone ages as well. It is always a goal to minimize stress and lead a healthy lifestyle as much as possible.
In order to improve the appearance of hanging or saggy jowls there are a few options. The more invasive of an option that you choose; the more results that you achieve. Non-surgical options are fillers: which are injections of material that add volume to your face. They can be used to augment the lost volume of the midface and lift the jowls. Also, we perform Laser 360 in the office, which is a combination of laser and radiofrequency therapy that cause tightening and plumping of the face. This causes a lifting of the hanging jowls. Finally, a surgical option is a lower facelift. It lifts the tissues of the face and combined with fat injections elevates the jowls. During a consultation with Dr. Hoffman, you will be guided through these different options and see which one is the best choice for you.
Contact Us Today
Schedule a consultation regarding the facelift in Philadelphia by contacting our office today. Dr. Hoffman will be available to answer any questions you may have.