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Answers to 6 Common Questions About Facelifts

When you look in the mirror, do you notice fine lines, wrinkles, and creases on your face that weren’t there in your younger years? Or maybe your face is beginning to lose some of its volume and your skin is starting to sag. But just because this is part of the natural aging process doesn’t mean it’s easy to accept. 

At DFW Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery, we help men and women combat the effects of aging to maintain their youthful glow. If you wish to restore a brighter, tighter, and more youthful appearance to your face, a facelift from our skilled surgeon can help you do it. 

Keep reading to learn the answers to all of your burning questions about facelifts and how to get started on your facelift journey in Southlake, TX. 

1. What Is a Facelift? 

A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to remove loose or sagging skin around the face and improve facial contours to create a younger-looking version of yourself. 

A facelift can improve the appearance of the following aesthetic concerns:

  • Crow’s feet 
  • Nasolabial folds 
  • Hollowed-out cheeks 
  • Loose skin along your jawline 
  • Sagging skin around your face 

It’s important to note that facelifts do not change the appearance of your forehead or erase any forehead lines since they focus on the lower two-thirds of your face. However, we do offer other treatments that can minimize the appearance of forehead wrinkles and creases, such as dermal fillers and injectable neurotoxins. 

2. How Is a Facelift Performed?  

How a facelift is performed depends on what kind of facelift you choose. At DFW Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery, we offer two kinds of surgical facelifts: a classic rhytidectomy and a mini facelift. Keep reading to learn more about each of these procedures. 

Classic Rhytidectomy 

A classic rhytidectomy is done under general anesthesia and typically takes two to three hours to complete. 

During this procedure, our surgeon makes small, discreet incisions around your temples and along your hairline. Your facial skin is then gently peeled back, and the underlying structures are repaired. Excess skin is removed. Then, your skin is pulled tight and reattached. 

Mini Facelift 

A mini facelift is less invasive than a classic facelift and can be performed using only local anesthesia. This procedure uses smaller incisions and is ideal for addressing mild signs of aging. Mini facelifts are popular among younger patients who want to stop early signs of aging before they advance. 

3. Does a Facelift Improve Your Neck, Too?

Minimizing jowls along your cheeks and jawline can help create the illusion of a smaller or slimmer neck. But traditional facelift surgery does not focus on resolving aesthetic concerns in the neck. If you’re looking for more meaningful results in the neck area, we recommend combining your facelift with a neck lift.

A neck lift specifically targets your neck and can help improve the appearance of a “turkey neck” or “double chin.”

During a neck lift, a small incision is made behind your chin to allow for the removal of excess fat and skin. The remaining skin is then pulled taut to create a slimmer facial silhouette. 

4. Are There Any Non-Surgical Options? 

At DFW Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery, we know that some people prefer to go the non-surgical route. That’s why we offer several non-surgical treatments that can provide skin-tightening results resembling those of a facelift, including the following: 

  • Vampire facial 
  • Vampire facelift 
  • Thread lift 

However, some non-surgical options cannot provide results as quickly, and the results do not last as long as a surgical facelift. For significant, long-term results, a facelift is often a better option. 

5. What Are the Benefits of a Facelift? 

Besides just improving your appearance, the benefits of having a facelift are multifold. 

Minimal Incisions

No matter which facelift you choose, incisions are minimal and easily hidden. During a traditional facelift, we are very careful to make incisions that can easily be covered by hair once healed. 

Long-Lasting Results 

The results of facelift surgery can last many years. Some people go as long as 15 years without noticing additional signs of aging after a facelift. 

However, you can’t permanently stop the aging process. A facelift can help reverse the effects of aging that your body has already experienced, but your skin will resume aging again after approximately 10 to 15 years. 

At DFW Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery in Southlake, TX, we can help you maintain the results of your facelift with other cosmetic treatments and touch-ups. 

Easy to Combine with Other Procedures 

Traditional facelift surgery is easy to combine with other procedures to address multiple cosmetic concerns at once. Whether you want to enhance your breasts or get rid of stubborn fat deposits, we can help make it happen. 

6. Am I A Good Candidate for a Facelift? 

This question cannot be answered without a comprehensive consultation with our medical team. During your consultation, we will review your medical history and ask you specific questions to determine whether you are eligible to receive a facelift and which type of facelift is right for you. 

Your consultation is a good time to mention any other procedures you’re interested in. That way, we can ensure you’re a good candidate for all of the procedures you’d like and come up with a comprehensive treatment plan.

Contact our team today to learn more about what a facelift can do for you and to schedule your consultation. 

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