Modern advances in the surgical techniques used to remove excess facial fat, tighten loose skin, soften deep creases and to reposition fallen cheek lines offer more natural-looking, longer lasting results with less risk, fewer restrictions and a quicker return to normal daily activities.
Today, facelifts are helping millions look younger and feel more confident about how they look. In Michigan, facelifts are among the most popular procedures performed, and patients have come to trust the expertise of Accents lead surgeon Dr. Mark N. Berkowitz. To learn more about the changes a facelift can make in your appearance, contact us online to schedule a consultation at our suburban Detroit, Michigan practice.
What Is a Facelift?
During a facelift, facial contours are redefined, sagging skin is minimized and deep creases are softened and smoothed. Incisions are skillfully placed along the ear and may continue above the ear in the hairline and behind the ear, potentially along the hairline. Once healing occurs, most scars are nearly invisible.
What Does a Facelift Achieve?
Many people think that a facelift can improve the appearance of drooping brows and sagging eyelids, while smoothing wrinkled skin. This isn't the case. Many procedures can be performed with a facelift to best achieve your desired cosmetic results, such as rejuvenating skin or tired-looking eyes, or lifting a fallen brow. Dr. Berkowitz performs a wide range of services and is available to help you better understand your options, which is so important.
Sagging eyelids and dark, puffy undereye circles are quickly transformed to vivacious, more alert-looking eyes using a procedure called blepharoplasty. Repositioning a drooping brow or heavy forehead is also possible, but requires a surgical brow or forehead lift, which is different than a facelift. And, though a facelift will tighten tissue and reduce the appearance of sagging skin and deep creases, it will not smooth wrinkles, improve skin tone, hide blemishes or scars, or blend signs of sun damage.
No single procedure is right for every person walking through the door. Dr. Berkowitz will fully explain both the anatomical and cosmetic considerations you need to understand before proceeding. However, you must ask questions, clearly identify expectations and discuss desired results.
How Long Will Facelift Results Last?
Though commonly asked, this is the most difficult question to answer. A facelift helps turn back the hands of time, but it does not stop the aging process. For example, if after surgery you appear to be about 50 (instead of 58) then after 8-10 years you may look 60. You are not likely to still look 50, but you will probably look younger than your friends in the same age group.
To further clarify, the results of a facelift do not last a specific period of time. Optimal results are likely to be noticed for five years following surgery, but will diminish over time based on heredity, sun exposure, diet and other factors.
What’s the Right Age for a Facelift?
By age 40, most of us can stretch our skin, pulling it taut as we examine our aging faces in the mirror. Over time, the effects of genetics, sun exposure, smoking, facial expressions and good-old gravity, cause several changes to the mid lower face, including fallen cheek lines and loose skin, deep mid-face creases and drooping jowls or “turkey neck.”
There is no “best time” for a facelift. Most patients, both men and women, are in the 40 to 65 age group.
Will I Need Additional Cosmetic Surgery?
Within five to ten years, 25 to 30 percent of facelift patients choose to have additional procedures to enhance their initial facelift results. These range from major facelift-type procedures to touch-up procedures targeted at certain areas like the eyes, brows or skin.
The age of a patient at the time of a facelift is an important factor in determining the likelihood of additional procedures, especially as the average age becomes younger. If patients are in good health, there is no limit to what procedures may be performed though it appears unusual for a patient to have more than three procedures.
How Uncomfortable Is a Facelift?
During the procedure, you should experience minimal to no discomfort because anesthesia will be given to you by IV to keep you relaxed and comfortable. Restrictive dressings are placed over the incisions and around the head following surgery.
During recovery, most patients require only Tylenol and ice. We will give you medication to help you sleep at night and for pain management as needed. If you're driving in for your surgery from out of the region, like Lansing, Ann Arbor or Grand Rapids, make sure you either have a designated driver who can take you back, or plan on staying in town during the initial recovery period. You will likely be comfortable enough to resume normal activities within just a few days, though Dr. Berkowitz’s will advise restricting more vigorous activities.
Afterwards, bruising swelling and discoloration are common, and generally resolve on their own within a few weeks. Make-up, with Dr. Berkowitz’s approval, can be worn to camouflage any signs after about a week, though should not cover the incisions. Most patients are thrilled with their results, even before the healing process is complete. They often continue to notice improvements throughout the entire first year following surgery and frequently express regret having not had surgery earlier.
Visit our office in suburban Detroit to learn how a facelift can rejuvenate your appearance so you look younger and feel refreshed. Contact us online to experience our personalized approach to cosmetic surgery, and see why Michigan residents from Warren to Lansing are traveling to Accents Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa.