Facelifts are among the most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures today. Used to create a more youthful appearance by eliminating wrinkles and folds across the entire face, a facelift generally involves removing excess, sagging skin, tightening the underlying facial muscles and tissues, and then repositioning the remaining skin and tissues on the patient’s face. During a traditional full facelift, an incision made along the hairline allows for the repositioning of tissue, fat, and muscle underneath the skin. Excess skin can then be removed and the remaining skin smoothed. The key to a successful facelift is producing a natural, youthful look without over-tightening the skin or creating an obviously “worked on” look. Dr. Burstein’s extensive knowledge of facial anatomy allows him to tailor your results to enhance and rejuvenate your individual appearance.
Q.) Will my skin appear stretched out after I have facelift surgery?
Many of my patients ask this question during their Atlanta, GA facelift consultation. While they want a rejuvenated appearance, they don’t want to come out of surgery with a “wind-blown” look, and even with a refreshed appearance, they still want to look like themselves. Instead of offering a one-size-fits-all facelift, I like to look at each patient’s specific concerns and focus on the areas they need rejuvenation.
Q.) Do I need a traditional facelift if I’m only bothered by lines and wrinkles on my forehead?
While a facelift may be a viable option, if your signs of aging are solely expressed by lines and wrinkles on your forehead, you may be a more suitable candidate for a brow lift or upper facelift rather than a full facelift. To determine which procedure will best suit your needs, schedule a consultation.
Q.) Can a facelift reduce wrinkles and bags around my eyes?
During facelift surgery, a plastic surgeon removes excess tissue and then lifts the remaining tissue to tighten skin and reduce the signs of aging. Therefore, a facelift can help reduce wrinkles and bags that may start to appear around the eyes with age. However, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) specifically targets those signs of aging around the eyes. Dr. Burstein performs eyelid surgery, which can typically be in conjunction with a facelift, on the upper and/or lower eyelids to eliminate a hooded appearance, bags, and wrinkles around the eyes depending on the patient’s needs.
Q.) How long is facelift recovery time?
Most traditional facelift patients are able to get back to their normal routines within two weeks of surgery, but “mini” facelift procedures usually require less recovery time due to their less invasive nature.
Dr. Burstein Performs a Facelift Procedure
The Partial or “Mini” Facelift
The mini-facelift procedure is less invasive than a traditional full facelift, because it involves only a single, inconspicuous “short-scar” incision on each side – from the sideburn to the earlobe. It is designed specifically for patients who are in the earliest stages of facial aging, and focuses only on the mid-face region from the top of the cheek bones to the jaw line. The more limited scope of the procedure means that patients will experience less visible scarring and a substantially reduced recovery time. However, a mini-facelift does not address sagging in either the forehead or neck, which are more appropriately treated with brow or neck lifts, respectively. The effects of a mini-facelift typically last between five and ten years, depending on the individual patient and various environmental factors, although non-surgical maintenance procedures, like laser skin resurfacing, facial fillers, and Botox® injectable cosmetic treatments may be able to prolong the results.
Q.) Is the recovery time associated with a “mini” facelift procedure shorter than that of the traditional facelift?
Because “mini” facelift procedures focus on a single area of the face rather than the entire face, they do not require the extent of surgery (i.e. less anesthesia and smaller incisions) that a traditional facelift does. While individual recovery times can vary, it is common for a patient to be able to return to their daily activities in about a week after a mini-facelift, as opposed to two or three weeks after a traditional full facelift procedure.
Q.) Can “mini” facelifts be combined with other plastic surgery procedures?
Certainly, partial facelifts are frequently combined with neck or brow lifts, as well as with other, less invasive maintenance procedures. However, the more areas you have treated during a single surgical session, the longer your facial plastic surgery recovery time will be. Most people choose a mini (partial) facelift over the traditional procedure for the shorter recovery time, so while they can absolutely be combined with other procedures, these patients should be aware of that the amount of anesthesia and recovery time needed will increase with added procedures.
Q.) If I have a “mini” procedure now can I have another partial facelift in the future?
Yes, many patients view partial facelifts as maintenance procedures. Rather than waiting until their symptoms require a traditional facelift, they treat specific areas of concern as needed.