What women and men in Miami, FL want to know about face lift surgery
Face lift surgery is referred to in medical terms as rhytidectomy, since a rhytid is a wrinkle and “ectomy” denotes surgical removal. Wrinkles form on the face as the face loses volume and the skin sags. Face lift surgery is a popular choice at The Nathan Clinic Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Miramar and Miami, FL. Here are some of the questions Dr. Nirmal Nathan commonly fields about face lift options and outcomes.
Am I a good candidate for a face lift?
Some people wait until facial folds have become prominent and laxity at their jowls and neck is obvious – usually in their 50s to mid-60s – to pursue a surgical solution, which is fine. However, it can be beneficial to consider a face lift earlier, when signs of aging are just beginning to be undeniable. Skin thins and loses elasticity as we age. It is in healthier condition and more resilient in your 40s, with less sun damage.
For any elective surgery, a person should be in reasonably good health overall, and within a normal weight range (obesity can cause complications). Heavy smokers are usually not good candidates for face lift, and you should not smoke at all for two months before and two months following surgery.
Will the doctor operate on my entire face?
Dr. Nathan in addition to being a plastic surgeon is further specialized in craniofacial surgery. He has performed thousands of facial plastic surgery cases. As such, he is comfortable with utilizing multiple surgical and non-surgical techniques to achieve your goals. At The Nathan Clinic, treatment is precisely tailored to the patient’s needs, with many options and combinations available, including:
- Temporal lift – Does your forehead have deep horizontal folds that cause brows to droop? A brow lift creates a smoother forehead and higher eyebrows. With just small incisions at the hairline, recovery is brief.
- Blepharoplasty – Eyelid surgery is often performed in tandem with a face lift or brow lift, to remove puffiness and wrinkles around the eyes. If drooping lids obstruct your visual field, your health insurer may cover a portion of the cost.
- Mini lift – Access points around the ears allow Dr. Nathan to address laxity in the mid-face. This less invasive procedure improves rhytids in the treatment area and lifts the lower third of the face.
- Mid face lift – This is the next step in facial rejuvenation, tightening muscles and repositioning subdermal fat pads, as well as smoothing skin in the middle third of the face.
- Chin lift – As you might guess, this procedure addresses laxity on jowls and neck, and reduces double chin. It is accomplished through a small one inch incision underneath the chin. Sometimes a chin implant may also be needed to achieve the best results.
- Neck lift – This surgery focuses on the area from your chin to collar bone. Loose skin, wrinkles, and crepiness are reduced, and your neck looks slimmer.
- Full face lift – Incisions around the face (at hairline, ears, and chin) allow the doctor to provide maximum improvement in the entire face and neck. Dr. Nathan has perfected a method of repositioning tissues for results that look natural – not over-tightened.
What happens before and during the face lift procedure?
You receive pre-op instructions before your face lift is performed at an accredited facility with a board-certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Nathan works with your other healthcare providers to determine which medications should be adjusted or stopped before surgery. You also receive guidance on avoiding non-prescription drugs and supplements which could cause bruising or bleeding. You should stop smoking and stay out of the sun prior to surgery. Dr. Nathan may also recommend a specific skin care regimen for the best results from your procedure.
On the day of surgery, skin is cleansed and marked for incisions. A sedation and anesthesia strategy has already been customized for your situation. Depending on the work you are having done, mild sedation and local anesthetic may be all that is needed to ensure your comfort. For more extensive surgeries, a board-certified anesthesiologist administers intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Dr. Nathan creates necessary incisions at the temples, around ears, or at lower scalp. They are concealed within natural contours and the hairline, to be virtually undetectable after healing. He uses these openings to redistribute fat and tighten underlying muscles. Skin is re-draped over newly sculpted features. Excess skin is trimmed away, and incisions are closed with sutures or surgical glue.
What about recovery if I have face lift surgery in Miami, FL?
Patients who follow post-op instructions generally have minimal risk of complications. Expect several follow-up visits for removal of dressings, drains, and sutures, and for Dr. Nathan to monitor your healing. You will wear a compression garment for a certain period of time to reduce swelling and support tissues as they heal. Social downtime, resumption of physical activities, and when you can begin wearing makeup or have your hair done varies.
While change is obvious immediately after surgery, improvement continues for several months as swelling subsides and deep tissues heal. With sensible skin care, sun protection, and an ongoing anti-aging strategy of non-surgical laser and injectable therapies, your refreshed look can last many years.
Why choose Dr. Nathan?
Dr. Nathan is a board-certified plastic surgeon with specialty training for the face. He has a broad and advanced skill set in facial plastic surgery through years of experience and thousands of cases. At The Nathan Clinic, every patient receives a customized surgical and non-surgical plan to achieve their goals. Our patients receive world class care that follows the highest safety standards. Choose Dr. Nathan if you want a concierge experience with customized, natural results.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nathan to have your questions about face lift surgery answered in person. His number in Miami, FL is (305) 680-5121.
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