Unfortunately, aging is something that happens to us all. But that doesn’t mean you should live with concerns that make you feel unhappy or self-conscious with the way you look. If you’ve tried it all, it may be time to consider a long-lasting solution — facelift surgery. Led by board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David B. Brothers, Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta offers facelift surgery for men and women in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and surrounding communities in Georgia.
What is a Facelift?
Facelifts are one of the most common anti-aging surgeries. The procedures have been a part of plastic surgery for decades, and the techniques have evolved significantly. If you know someone who had a face lift even 20 years ago, you may know first-hand why the techniques had to change. Older techniques meant moving the hairline higher on the head, so women had to literally change their hairstyles to hide the problem. Another common issue was having the skin pulled too tightly.
Today’s techniques for facelift surgeries are superior to those used 10 or 20 years ago. Dr. Brothers reduces the signs of aging while maintaining a natural and age-appropriate appearance.
Benefits of Facelift
Facelift surgery is still the best option for taking up to 10 years off your appearance and helping to slow the progression of common signs of aging. When performed by Dr. Brothers, a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facelifts for men and women, the procedure can safely and effectively rejuvenate your face, leaving you looking well-rested and more youthful.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Facelift?
While the only way to know for sure if a facelift is right for you is through a personalized consultation and evaluation, those who benefit most from facelift surgery typically have the following concerns:
- Loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone on the face and upper neck
- Excess skin and fat around the jawline and chin (jowls)
- Deep creases from the base of the nose to the corners of the mouth
- Moderate to severe wrinkles on the face and neck
- An overall tired or concerned appearance to the face.
What Do I Need to Do Before Having a Facelift?
Patients are most satisfied with their facelifts when they have realistic expectations of the procedure. The goal of a facelift is not to completely remove every line and wrinkle, but rather to minimize the effects of aging. A consultation with Dr. Brothers ensures that you make an informed decision about the surgery and your cosmetic goals.
What Should I Expect on the Day of My Facelift?
Depending on your main concerns, primary goals, and the extent of your skin laxity, Dr. Brothers will recommend either a mini facelift or standard facelift. Your operation will be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. That means that, with a designated driver and a little extra help for a day or two, you may be able to return home the day of your procedure. Some patients may be monitored overnight before being released.
Dr. Brothers will begin by making inconspicuous incisions within your hairline above the ear that extend around the earlobe and end in or below the hairline behind the ear. Once healed, these incisions are easily hidden by your hair. Through these incisions, Dr. Brothers will remove excess skin and pockets of fat, tighten neck muscles, lift subcutaneous tissues, and “re-drape” facial skin in a more youthful position.
Through these steps, Dr. Brothers will be able to expertly redefine your chin and jawline and dramatically improve signs of aging on the neck and face. Once the desired results are achieved, Dr. Brothers will close and dress the incisions, and you will be taken to a private recovery room as the anesthesia wears off.
How Long Does It Take to Perform a Facelift?
Depending on the technique that is used, a facelift can take two to three hours.
What to Expect After a Facelift
After your surgery, it is normal to experience some discomfort. Dr. Brothers will prescribe an oral pain medication to help you manage any pain, and most of our patients switch to an over-the-counter pain reliever within a few days. Any swelling or bruising should gradually resolve over the course of about two weeks, though your incisions will take a bit longer to heal and begin fading. Camouflage makeup may be worn after about a week.
Normal activities can typically be resumed within around 10 days, though some patients return to desk jobs a bit sooner. Strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for about three weeks to avoid straining your healing incisions and tissues.
Will I Have Scars After Getting a Facelift?
Incision are made in areas where scars are less visible, such as around the back of the ears and along the hairline.
When Will I See Results?
While you should notice the positive benefits of your procedure within just a few weeks, it can take up to four months for final results to appear.
How Long Will the Results of a Facelift Last?
A facelift can address the lines and wrinkles that you have now, but it cannot stop time. You may develop new signs of aging in the years after your facelift surgery.
Additional Procedures to Enhance Your Facelift Results
There are a variety of procedures and treatments that will complement or even improve the results of your facelift. You and Dr. Brothers will explore your options during your personalized consultation and develop a treatment plan that is best-suited to your needs. Options you may discuss include:
- Eyelid surgery procedures to help improve under-eye puffiness and sagging skin around the eyes.
- A brow lift to improve the appearance of a heavy brow and help you look more alert.
- Botox® or dermal filler injections, such as Juvéderm®, to further smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and restore lost facial volume.
- Laser resurfacing to improve the overall quality, health, and appearance of your skin.
Depending on your surgical plan, additional procedures and treatments may be performed either at the time of your facelift surgery or once your incisions have fully healed.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Atlanta?
The cost of a facelift varies by patient and technique. After your consultation, we will provide a detailed cost that includes the applicable fees for Dr. Brothers and his surgical staff as well as any necessary medical supplies and your follow-up care. Financing is available through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit, and we also accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards.
Do you want to look younger, but still appropriate for your age? A facelift can do just that! At Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta, we use the most advanced techniques for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David B. Brothers, and his team offer facelift surgery, emphasizing improved self-image and confidence of men and women in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and surrounding communities in Georgia. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation!