What is a face lift?
A facelift in Dallas, or rhytidectomy, restores a natural, youthful and rested look to your face. Though facelift techniques vary, the longest lasting results will lift and tighten the “SMAS” layer of the face, consisting of connective tissues that attach the skin to deeper tissues of the face. Relying on the SMAS layer for lifting the face instead of just pulling back the skin, leads to natural and long-lasting results without the overly tightened look of the past. The facelift procedure reduces sagging skin and and skin folds on the cheeks and jawline as well as turns back the facial changes that come with aging.
Am I a candidate for a facelift?
A facelift addresses the midface, correcting sagging jowls and cheeks and mouth lines. For those with signs of aging on the upper portion of the face, a facelift can often be performed at the same time as a neck lift and brow or eyelid lift. This combination usually requires an overnight stay in the hospital. During your initial consultation for a facelift in Park Cities, Dr Beale will determine which procedure is best for you. Once the two of you have established total agreement, you may move forward with treatment.
Age affects us all differently: exposure to the elements, diet and genetics affect our skin and our cosmetic age. Patients 40-years-old and above are the most common candidates for face lift because it is at that age when the skin starts showing redundant signs of aging. However, there is also not necessarily a wrong age for a face lift and many people well above and below the age of 40 have undergone facelifts with great results. Good candidates for a face lift are:
- Patients experiencing sagging skin, folds, creases and wrinkles in their face.
- Patients who want to look more youthful, rested and vibrant.
- Patients in good general health who don’t have a medical condition that would interfere with recovery
- Those with realistic expectations of what the procedure entails and its results
- Non-smokers or those who can cease smoking for a few weeks before and after the surgery
Dr. Beale — A Comprehensive Approach to Facial Rejuvenation
Dr Beale will spend time with you in his Park Cities office to evaluate the skin and muscles of your face and determine the best techniques for restoring your face to a more youthful look. Sometimes, Dr Beale will recommend adjunct skin treatments such as chemical peels or laser therapy to treat discolorations or roughness of the facial skin. He may also use fat grafting to correct the appearance of deflation in the face, which can usually be performed simultaneously with a facelift in Dallas. During his concoction of each surgical plan, Dr Beale functions like a designer, leveraging his knowledge of facial anatomy and surgical techniques. In this way, no two facelifts or neck lifts are the same.
What are the benefits of a face lift?
- A long-lasting youthful appearance of the skin and face
- Re-contours your jawline and neck
- Tightens sagging skin
- Removes jowls for good
- Gets rid of deep creases under the eye
- Reduces marionette lines
- Removes displaced facial fat
- Pairs well with additional face procedures
- Invisible surgical scars
What should I expect during recovery from a facelift?
Patients are given complete recovery instructions following their personal consultation. Bandages will be used to minimize swelling and bruising, and small tubes may be placed to serve as drains to help draw off excess blood or fluid.
Some pain, tightness, numbness, swelling, and bruising will occur, but you will be given pain medication to help you through the recovery process. Facial swelling will continue for several weeks, and a trace amount of swelling below the eyes might persist a while longer. You can reduce swelling further by sitting up during sleep for the first few days.
Most patients can return to work and other normal activities, including driving, after seven to ten days. Avoid strenuous exercise and sports for at least four weeks. You should be able to shower a couple of days after surgery and wear makeup within a week. Please avoid dyeing your hair for about three weeks. You will see Dr Beale for follow-up examinations to make sure you are healing well and that you are happy with your results. While the aging process will carry on, the results of your facelift should last for many years.
Why choose Dr. Beale for a face lift?
During every procedure, Dr Beale’s goal is to deliver natural results. In the delicate facial procedures, he never subscribes to a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, he works with each patient’s unique anatomy to retain a highly individualized appearance. In facial plastic surgery, a beautiful result is often a matter of millimeters—and with Dr Beale’s advanced technical skill and artistic eye, an optimum outcome is achieved. He is also fellowship-trained in Craniofacial Plastic Surgery, giving him intricate knowledge of the face and head structures.
In addition to a beautiful surgical result, Dr Beale has also created a welcoming and comfortable environment. Both in Dr Beale’s care, and in the care of his staff, each step of your journey will be met with total response to your needs and wants. The first step of your journey is a private consultation in his Dallas practice, during which the two of you will discuss your goals and reach an agreement regarding treatment. He sets forth realistic expectations for outcomes and will not perform any procedure unless it is in your best interest.
Dr Beale employs total attention to detail and will translate your cosmetic goals into a workable and effective surgical plan. For this reason, he is among the most trusted plastic surgeons in Dallas. To learn more about your options for facial rejuvenation, please call our office to schedule your initial consultation.