Time is not kind to the face, and visible signs of facial aging bring men and women alike to Solano Plastic Surgery to learn whether a facelift can help them regain the soft contours and pleasing dimensions of a more youthful face. They are pleased to discover that we offer a broad range of anti-aging options at our practice, each customized to a patient’s unique physical anatomy and personal enhancement goals.
There has never been a better time to consider facial rejuvenation. In this article you’ll learn more about innovations in facelift techniques, revolutionary advancements in cosmetic surgery, and how Dr Jonathan Sykes and Dr Brian Klink helps patients achieve a natural and aesthetically pleasing face.
Top 12 Ways a Facelift at Solano Rejuvenates Your Face
Among the vast number of cosmetic procedures being performed in our practice and throughout the world, the facelift is one of the most common surgeries, both for women and for men. Fortunately for them, innovations in cosmetic surgery tools, combined with evolving techniques for facial rejuvenation, make this the best time in history to fight back against facial aging.
At our plastic surgery practice, we use a range of procedures to:
- Smooth forehead creases and lines
- Erase vertical lines
- Eliminate crow’s feet
- Lift and plump cheeks
- Reshape the nose
- Smooth naso-labial folds and marionette lines
- Smooth lip lines
- Plump thin lips
- Improve jaw contours
- Correct chin wrinkles
- Enhance shallow facial contours
- Reduce banding and wrinkles in the neck
Why Patients Choose Dr Sykes and Dr Klink for their Facelifts
Reality TV series like “Botched,” entertainment gossip, and the tabloids are daily reminders of cosmetic surgeries gone wrong. Celebrities and just plain folks end up with
- “Surprise” face – features that are permanently frozen in place, including raised eyebrows and unnaturally open eyes.
- Overly stretched facial skin with diagonal grooves.
- Altered hairlines and unnaturally pulled back sideburns.
- Scarring in front of the ear canal.
- “Pixie ear” – this occurs when skin is pulled too taut during surgery, causing the earlobes to droop over time, which gives them the elongated look of pixie ears.
The best way to avoid outcomes like these is to put yourself in the hands of plastic surgeons with specialized training, professional certification, and a reputation for success. Drs Sykes and Klink are just such surgeons.
Dr Sykes is recognized internationally as a leader in facial plastic surgery. During a career spanning more than three decades, he has performed more than 20,000 aesthetic, functional and reconstructive procedures, helping thousands of men and women achieve their facial transformation goals.
Dr Sykes is dedicated to his own ongoing education and growth, and to helping others further the advancement of the facial plastic and reconstructive surgery industry. Dr Skyes has trained over 300 surgeons and given more than 1400 talks internationally on facial plastic surgery techniques. He also designed a patented instrument that is now used by top surgeons to simplify the endoscopic brow lift procedure, making recovery after surgery much quicker.
The respect of his peers and the admiration of his patients make Dr Sykes one of California’s most sought-after facial plastic surgeons.
Comparing the Best Surgical Techniques for a Facelift
Facial tissue is made up of different layers. “Facelift” and even the medical term “rhytidectomy” are generic terms that refer to the tightening of any of those layers. They actually refer to three different surgical approaches to rejuvenating aging facial skin:
- Subcutaneous (skin-only) facelift – addresses the top layer by removing excess skin. The downside of skin-only lifts are that they may be quickly undone by uncorrected muscle sagging and falling fat pads. These should be reserved for younger patients with good skin tone and minimal deep tissue laxity.
- Superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) facelifts – tighten the skin and first muscle layer. These are for the patient whose facial structure has not yet experienced the full force of gravity’s downward pull.
- Composite or deep plane lift – addresses the facial muscles that lie closest to the bone, as well as repositioning descending fat pads. The deep plane lift provides the benefit of pulling underlying facial muscles up as well as out, so it actually reverses the natural aging process. The deep plane technique’s uplift rejuvenates the midface, and results in a more natural and longer lasting improvement.
Choosing the Right Facelift to Correct Visible Signs of Aging
Despite the wealth of new treatments to reverse facial aging, facelifts are still the gold standard, providing the most comprehensive, long-lasting benefits. The advantage over other procedures is that facelifts address sagging face and neck muscles that are the major underlying cause of aging, as well as the resulting skin surface wrinkles.
The type of facelift procedure that our surgeons recommend will be based on factors including areas of concern, the time set aside for recovery, and the individual patient’s wants and expectations. Options include:
- Traditional Full Facelift – This is a comprehensive approach to improving many of the signs of facial ageing. We perform a facelift to improve sagging around the cheeks, remove excess fat under the chin, and correct sagging jowls.
It is typically chosen by those between 50 to 70 years of age who can no longer be helped by less invasive procedures.
To perform a full facelift, the surgeon makes extensive incisions along the temple, around the ear, into the hairline behind the ear, and skin flap elevation down into the neck. His skills as an aesthetic surgeon help ensure that any scarring is minimal and nearly invisible.
- Mid Facelift – A mid facelift addresses facial aging below the eyes and around the cheeks. The goal of this procedure is to help patients look naturally refreshed rather than surgically overhauled. Candidates are usually men and women between 30 and 60 years who just want subtle changes. They are likely to have good skin elasticity, and minimal fine lines and wrinkles.
This surgery is used to raise and tighten sagging tissues, enhance the contours of the face and re-sculpt the cheekbones.
- Lower Facelift – A lower facelift focuses on aging issues that affect the lower third of the face. We recommend this surgery for men and women seeking to improve jowls, define their jawline, reduce deep nasolabial folds and erase lines starting at the corners of the mouth.
Unlike other types of facelift surgeries, a lower facelift is appropriate for patients of most age groups who want to reduce the signs of aging and to promote facial rejuvenation.
- “Submental” Facelift – A neck lift more than a face lift, this surgery involves removal of fat directly or with liposuction, with or without muscle plication (shortening of the muscle) to improve a double chin. Incisions are made in front of and behind the ear, as well as under the chin.
This procedure is usually most appropriate for middle-aged men and women with saggy, wrinkled neck skin caused by the passage of time and the effects of gravity, but it may also be appropriate for younger patients whose neck skin has aged due to the environment, heredity or other factors.
Plastic Surgeons Compare Non-Surgical vs. Surgical Facelift Options
Cosmetic injectables, including dermal fillers and muscle relaxers, can address many of the most common and troublesome problems of facial aging. It’s no wonder that these non-surgical treatments – sometimes referred to as liquid face lifts – are quickly gaining in popularity with patients as a less invasive approach to improving facial appearance.
While they don’t provide the same results as surgery, cosmetic injectables can provide an instant lift to your spirits as well as your face. They may even help you put off more extensive rejuvenation procedures for many years.
At Solano Plastic Surgery, our patients are enthusiastic about cosmetic injectables when they have a special occasion on the horizon and want to look their best in photos and in person.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Facelift at Solano Plastic Surgery?
If you are in generally good physical health with a positive attitude and realistic expectations about the benefits of cosmetic surgery, you are likely to be a good candidate for a facelift at Solano.
Most of the patients that visit our practice are in their forties to sixties, but facelifts can be performed successfully on people in their seventies or eighties, as well as younger patients who need professional help with facial ageing.
A facelift is a complex procedure that requires the medical skill and aesthetic artistry of an experienced professional such as Dr Sykes and Dr Klink. Here’s what you need to know:
What is a facelift? – It’s a surgical procedure that is used to rejuvenate the face and give it a more youthful appearance. Your facelift is customized to your anatomy and your goals. The placement of incisions, amount of skin removed, direction of lifting and direction of incisions are all tailored by our surgeons to ensure optimal results.
What is the best age to have a facelift? – Most patients at Solano Plastic Surgery are 40 or over, but there is no “right” age for this procedure. If you have sagging tissues and wrinkled skin and are healthy enough to undergo surgery, then a facelift may be right for you, regardless of your age. Whether or not a facelift is appropriate for you and what type of facelift is indicated, will be determined during your preliminary consultation.
Who is a good candidate for a facelift? – A good candidate is a patient who wants to reduce sagging skin in the face and neck. Ideal candidates have a certain degree of elasticity left in the skin and a strong bone structure, and are close to their ideal body weight.
Are there different types of facelifts? – Yes. A complete facelift corrects visible signs of facial aging in every area from the lower lids and cheeks to the bottom of the neck. A mid facelift targets the area from the top of the cheekbones to the corners of the mouth. A face and neck lift focuses on correcting premature aging in the lower face and neck area.
How long does facelift surgery take?
A routine facelift generally takes from 2-4 hours, depending on the patient and the exact procedure.
What type of anesthesia is used for a facelift?
Depending on the exact technique, a facelift procedure is often performed with general anesthesia. Sometimes, if minimal surgery is required, local anesthesia with sedation is an option.
What results can I expect from a facelift?
No two facelifts will yield the same results, as each person’s facial anatomy is unique. That being said, our experience with a broad range of facial types and characteristics enables us to predict with accuracy what results can be expected.
How long do the benefits of a facelift last?
The duration of the benefits of a facelift depend on a number of factors: skin quality, sun damage, weight changes, age, genetics, hormonal changes, etc. For some people, the results last a lifetime, while others may need touch ups. Our surgeons and staff talk to patients about taking care of their skin and making certain skin-friendly lifestyle changes following surgery to help maintain their facial rejuvenation benefits.
What do I need to do before I have a facelift?
Prior to scheduling a facelift at Solano Plastic Surgery, you will meet with Dr Sykes or Klink for a pre-operative appointment and consultation. At that time, you will have an in-depth discussion covering your health, the details of the procedure, post-operative expectations, and potential risks and costs. You will also be given a list of medications to discontinue before your facelift.
What is the recovery like after a facelift?
The recovery for a facelift procedure is not as hard as many patients anticipate. Patients go home the same day as their surgery. Pain and swelling are to be expected, and you will want to lie with two pillows to elevate your head so you are comfortable. Sutures are removed 5-10 days after surgery, at which time a good deal of the swelling will have subsided and any bruising will begin to disappear.
What are the risks of facelift surgery?
Although serious complications with a facelift are rare, there are risks associated with surgery and anesthesia. They include abnormal facial contour, bleeding, blistering, discoloration, facial weakness, slow healing, hematoma, infection and nerve damage.
Are there scars after a facelift?
Yes. Scars are unavoidable. Whenever an incision is made in the skin, there is a scar. That being said, an expert facial plastic surgeon has the skill to ensure that whatever scarring does occur is imperceptible. He takes pride in meticulously placing sutures for optimal facelift results with minimal visible scarring.
What You Can Expect When You Have a Facelift at Solano
You can expect to be treated like the V.I.P. (Very Important Patient) that you are to us. The moment you arrive for your facelift, we’ll ensure that all your needs are taken care of, medical and emotional. We understand that change, even positive change, can be daunting. That’s why we do everything we can to make the patient experience at Solano Plastic Surgery the best it can be.
On the day of your pre-operative evaluation, you’ll fill out a few final forms, have some pictures taken for before-and-after comparison, and meet with Dr Sykes or Klink to review the details of your procedure. You will also have a chance to ask any last minute questions.
When it’s time for your surgery, you’ll be treated with care and compassion as we strive to surpass your expectations and make your facial rejuvenation dreams come true.
Risks & Complications Associated with a Facelift
There are risks associated with a facelift, which is the case for any surgical procedure. For example, an infection can occur any time an incision is made and would necessitate treatment with antibiotics. Beyond that, there are certain risks associated with the anesthesia itself.
- A slight amount of bleeding and bruising is to be expected and this improves and fades over several weeks.
- In some individuals, the incisions may not heal optimally and additional surgery may be required.
- Damage to underlying tissues and structures, such as a facial nerve, can occur, but this is rare.
The risk of disappointment and/or dissatisfaction after the procedure is significantly minimized when surgeons and patients work as a team. At Solano Plastic Surgery, all patients have in-depth, pre-operative discussions with Dr Sykes or Dr Klink concerning reasonable expectations for the procedure planned.
What is the Cost of a Facelift?
According to 2014 statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of facial rejuvenation surgery is $6,550. However this estimate does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities, or related expenses such as prescription medication and post-surgery garments.
At Solano Plastic Surgery, we believe there’s no such thing as an average patient, so there’s no such thing as an average cost of a facelift. During your initial consultation with our surgeons, you’ll be given a personalized treatment plan and a customized cost estimate based on your unique needs.
If you would like to know more about facelift surgery, facial rejuvenation, and other cosmetic enhancement procedures that we offer, please contact Solano Plastic Surgery on (707) 448 3436 or send us an email using the form below to schedule a visit to our friendly, welcoming practice.