7 Questions Answered About Facelifts
As we age, our skin loses elasticity, and the underlying tissues of the face become loose and begin to sag. These and other factors contribute to a facial appearance that may cause a person to look older than he or she feels. Facelift surgery addresses signs of aging in the cheeks, lower face, and neck to restore a more youthful facial appearance. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, such as a facelift in Beverly Hills, here are 7 questions answered about facelifts.
1. Who is a good candidate for a facelift?
There is no specific age or profile for those who should consider a facelift. Facelifts can and should be individualized. A facelift procedure takes into account factors that include age, body type and size. All candidates should be in good general health.
2. If I want to lose a few pounds, should I wait to have a facelift?
Ideally, a patient should be in the best health and shape possible before any surgery. Patients should not smoke or abuse drugs or alcohol. You want to be at your best when considering this type of procedure, but if it is just a few pounds, it will not make that much of a difference in your results. If you want to lose more than a few pounds, you should wait until you feel healthy and comfortable with your weight before getting a procedure done. Consult with Dr. Chiu who will be able to review your health and consult you on what will be the safest and most effective option for your body type and situation.
3. How will I look different?
Most patients say they look refreshed after a facelift procedure. A good facelift makes patients look younger rather than “different” or “operated on.” The best facelifts look natural and as if nothing has been done.
4. How long does a facelift procedure take?
Time will depend upon the extent of the procedure. For some patients, mini-facelifts can be done in under two hours. Standard facelifts usually take three to four hours and may take up to six when combined with eyelid or brow surgery. Since a facelift is by definition a relatively superficial operation (no bones are broken), a longer surgery has little detriment to the patient.
5. What is the recovery time?
Every recovery time will be different. Generally, noticeable swelling will go down within 10 to 14 days. Most patients often return to work in two weeks. To be sure you’ll be at your best for special occasions, schedule surgery a month before the event.
6. What are the risks?
Facelifts are safe when performed by well-trained professionals. Like any surgery, facelift procedures carry some risks. Infection is possible but rarely occurs because of the face’s abundant blood supply. Healing is usually uneventful unless a patient is a smoker.
7. How long will the effects of a facelift last?
The results from a facelift are generally permanent, and patients can enjoy their rejuvenated appearance for years to come. Of course, the face will continue to age naturally after surgery, but patients will continue to look younger than if they had not undergone the procedure. To maintain optimum results, patients should follow a healthy skin care regimen and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
Facelift in Beverly Hills
When undergoing surgery, you should always choose a surgeon whom you can trust and with whom you can have candid, comprehensive and open communications. Dr. Chiu provides a relaxed environment for patients and ensures that your consultation is a comfortable, enjoyable experience in which you feel confident expressing concerns and asking any and all questions regarding your procedure(s). Dr. Chiu takes the time to thoroughly understand your goals and objectives so he can help you achieve the aesthetic results you desire. If you are considering a facelift in Beverly Hills, please contact us here today to schedule a consultation.