By age 40 the elastic fibers in the skin and the underlying deep structures of the face begin to lose elasticity and sag. While the extent of facial aging is influenced by factors such as genetics, weight change, smoking, stress, and sun exposure, the appearance of facial aging is inevitable. However, there are many surgical and non-surgical face lift options today that address the underlying causes.
For younger patients, Dr. Fisher may recommend a “liquid facelift”, a customized combination of non-surgical procedures that tighten, lift and smooth out the skin on the face. This often includes Botox and one or two different fillers.
While a liquid facelift is a great first step in eradicating the early signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and a loss of volume in the cheek area, it is less effective at combating the sagging jowls, deep nasal folds and excess skin that result from the gradual degeneration of the deeper structures in your face. A facelift addresses the actual underlying causes.
To perform a facelift, Dr. Fisher begins by making short incisions in your hairline, behind your ears, and hidden inside the ear. Through these openings, she lifts and restores a youthful tautness to the deep muscles of the face and removes excess skin to subtly tighten. Keeping the incision predominately inside the front of the ear results in little to no visible scar. The goal with any facelift procedure is a younger, more rested, and completely natural looking you.
This and other cosmetic procedures can be performed in an accredited outpatient surgical facility. During your recovery, we recommend one week of rest and a second week of light activity at home. You can expect some mild bruising and swelling, but it should resolve within the first few weeks. Patients can return to work as soon three weeks post-surgery, and may resume cardiovascular exercise after four weeks.