A facelift, also known as a “rhytidectomy,” is a surgical procedure intended to improve signs of aging on the face and neck, including loose or sagging skin, jowls, wrinkles, folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), marionette lines, volume loss, or “turkey neck.” These conditions are a common part of the aging process and can be affected by genetics, stress, or environmental damage, including excess exposure to the sun.
The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland in Baltimore offers facelifts in addition to many other facial rejuvenation procedures. To find out if a facelift is right for you and your aesthetic goals, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg.
A facelift can dramatically improve a patient’s appearance by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin on the lower part of the face and neck. In general, facelifts are excellent solutions for those who wish to:
In addition, the results seen from a surgical facelift procedure cannot be duplicated using non-surgical procedures. For patients with less advanced signs of aging, a non-surgical option such as injectable fillers or a chemical peel can yield suitable results, but for others, a surgical facelift is the best option.
Finally, a facelift is a longer-lasting solution compared to non-surgical treatments, typically providing benefits for around 10 years, as opposed to fillers, for example, whose effects almost never last more than a year or two.
While a facelift can dramatically reduce signs of aging, it cannot stop the natural aging process, meaning that results are not entirely permanent. Typically, patients report they look about 10 years younger after a facelift procedure, but as the natural aging process continues, wrinkles, fine lines, and skin laxity will reappear. You can maintain results longer by taking proper care of your skin with high-quality products and protecting your skin from sun exposure.
Additionally, a facelift primarily treats signs of aging in the lower part of the face. Signs of aging in the upper face, like laugh lines or forehead lines, can be treated with other procedures, such as a browlift. Extensive sagging or loose skin in the neck can be further treated with a neck lift.
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The typical facelift patient sees loose and sagging skin as well as wrinkles and fine lines throughout the lower part of the face. Jowls or loose skin on the neck may also be present. People who are dissatisfied with their appearance due to the effects of aging and who are willing to spend a week or two in recovery are good candidates for a facelift procedure. Before a facelift, you should be generally healthy and a non-smoker. You should also have realistic expectations for the surgery and its potential results.
To find out if you’re eligible for a facelift in Baltimore, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosenberg at the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland today. In your consultation, Dr. Rosenberg will listen to your concerns and aesthetic goals and craft a plan that works for your desired results and recovery timeline.
Most commonly performed on patients over the age of 40, a facelift tightens sagging or wrinkled skin on the lower face and is frequently accompanied by liposuction to remove excess fat from the neck and face.
A facelift at our Baltimore offices is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Dr. Rosenberg will make an incision along the hairline, from which he can remove or reposition fat and excess skin, as well as reconfigure muscle and connective tissue.
Yes, depending on the condition of your skin and the desired results of surgery, a facelift may need to be accompanied by other facial surgeries. Although combining procedures increases the length of surgery as well as potential recovery time, it is more cost- and time-effective than having multiple procedures performed at separate times.
Common treatments used in combination with a facelift are neck lifts and/or browlifts. For these procedures, additional incisions will be made as necessary to tighten skin and remove fat from problem areas to achieve natural-looking results.
For some personalized treatment plans, like those for patients who have hollow features or desire fuller lips, Dr. Rosenberg can also use dermal fillers in addition to performing a facelift to provide complete benefits in one procedure.
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Not ready for surgery? In addition to a traditional facelift procedure, Dr. Rosenberg also offers non-surgical cosmetic options for treating wrinkles and other facial aging issues, including:
Rejuvenating injectable skin treatments such as Botox, Dysport, and other in-office treatments, can often help patients fight common signs of aging without the recovery time associated with surgery. In addition, Dr. Rosenberg may recommend these or other non-surgical procedures to help maintain the results of a facelift in the long term. To find out more about Baltimore facelift alternatives, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg today.
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During a Baltimore facelift consultation, you and Dr. Rosenberg will discuss your goals for the procedure and your medical history, including any medications, conditions, previous treatments or surgeries, and allergies. Dr. Rosenberg will evaluate the aging signs you wish to treat and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for a facelift. He will then be able to offer a personalized treatment plan and explain reasonable expectations for any recommended procedures, including a facelift.
In the first or another pre-operative consultation, Dr. Rosenberg will explain the plan for your surgery, including anesthesia options or other factors. Finally, he may take photographs or measurements of your face in preparation for your facelift.
As with any surgical procedure, facelifts come with risks of side effects, including, but not limited to:
Using a board-certified plastic surgeon for your facelift, especially one with lots of experience performing rhytidectomies, can reduce the risk of side effects as well as provide high quality, natural results.
During your consultation, you can ask any questions you might have about facelift Baltimore surgery. Some common questions that facelift patients ask Dr. Rosenberg include:
During facelift recovery, it’s common to experience swelling, bruising, and redness as well as some discomfort. You may be required to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling. Over the counter pain medication can be used to maintain your comfort as you heal.
Most patients return to work and their normal routines after 1-2 weeks of rest. Dr. Rosenberg will assess your healing during post-op appointments and advise when you can return to exercise or other strenuous activity.
When considering a facelift, it’s important to carefully evaluate the plastic surgeon you choose. For the most naturally beautiful results and highest quality of care from a Baltimore facelift, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg. Dr. Rosenberg is double board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also active in both local and national medical and plastic surgical societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgery.
Feel free to contact us at any time to learn more about facelifts or any other facial rejuvenation surgeries we perform at our plastic surgery center in Baltimore, Maryland. Call us today at 410-324-3071 or contact us online to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rosenberg and find out if a facelift can make a difference in your life.
Scars from a facelift surgery typically are not noticeable. This is because the incisions follow the hairline. If a chin incision is necessary, it will be placed in the natural creases in the chin to hide the scar.
Depending on what needs to be done during the surgery, a facelift can take anywhere from three to four hours. If combined with an eyelid or brow surgery, it may take up to six hours.
Generally, patients should plan to take up to two weeks off work. It may be possible to return after one week, but most patients need at least ten days.
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