Facelift Salt Lake City, UT
Ward MD Offers A Variety Of Facelift Options In Salt Lake City, UT
MINI, LIQUID & FULL FACELIFTS
What Is A Facelift?
A facelift is one of the most commonly requested procedures that Dr. Ward performs and he is proud to offer his signature face and neck lift, which is a safe, proven, and effective technique that gives a natural, non-operated look.
As we age, the tissues of the face and neck relax and descend. This descent of tissue results in excess tissue of the lower cheek (the jowls), a loss of the normal jawline contour, and loose skin of the face and neck. A facelift refers to a procedure that aims to lift, tighten, and restore the face and neck to its more youthful position. There are numerous variations of the facelift technique that can be employed to accomplish this goal and each technique has its pros and cons. The technique that Dr. Ward uses is tailored to the individual patient, but is, in general, designed to maximize the amount of time that the results will last. His overall philosophy is one that emphasizes a natural and non-surgical result.
The Difference Between A Full Facelift And A Mini Facelift
A mini-lift is a variation of facelift that goes by many other names, such as “Lifestyle Lift, Quick Lift, Swift Lift, weekend lift, lunch lift, local lift, short scar lift.” It is actually one of the oldest techniques used for face-lifting and is aimed at patients with less severe signs of facial aging and only minimal neck aging. This procedure can be performed in the office under local anesthesia or with light sedation.
Dr. Ward can use different variations on both a full facelift and a mini lift, but generally a mini facelift involves the use of much shorter incisions. That’s why mini facelifts are often called short scar facelifts. Usually, two small incisions are made in front of the ears to lift the mid-face area.
As you would expect, mini facelifts cannot deliver the same degree of change. Results are subtler. Mini facelifts treat mild to moderate skin laxity in the neck line and jowls. A full facelift better addresses more prominent jowls and neck sagging.
Mini facelifts involve much easier recovery and shorter downtime.
Of course, like any surgery, there are risks associated with facelift surgery, however, choosing an experienced, board-certified surgeon, like Dr. Ward, will help minimize the results of complications during your surgery.
Can There Be Nerve Damage As A Result Of A Facelift?
here is a chance of numbness of the cheeks and ear lobes with a facelift. To some degree, every patient has some numbness of these areas after surgery. However, the body quickly recovers and the nerves come back after a few weeks to months. Very rarely, there can be permanent numbness of the ear lobe. I have never seen this with one of my patients, but it can happen. The other type of nerve that can be injured are the motor nerves or the nerves that make the muscles function. In the face, this could be quite serious, because it could affect your ability to smile or cause facial asymmetry. This is a risk for any facelift procedure, but the risk is very low.
“The facelift, when performed properly, can have a tremendous effect on the self-confidence and self-image of patients. It sets the face back to what it was many years ago. However, when done improperly, the facelift procedure can distort normal facial anatomy. It is not a procedure to undertake with a surgeon who doesn’t have a full understanding of facial anatomy and facial cosmesis.” -Dr. Ward
Before the Consultation
When choosing a surgeon to operate on your face, experience is one of the most important factors to help maximize the chances of a good result. Many surgeons perform facelift surgery and may even be board certified to perform the procedure, but may not have had much training in the procedure. Ask your surgeon how many facelift procedures they have performed and how often they perform them now. There are many plastic surgery residency programs where the residents finish their training having performed only a few facelift procedures. In addition, even if the surgeon received facelift training, it may not be a central portion of their practice. For example, a plastic surgeon might perform many surgeries, but those surgeries might be mostly breast augmentation or liposuction, which are drastically different from facelift surgery. The bottom line is that you want to be sure your surgeon has the best training and experience in a facelift. You should choose your facelift surgeon with the utmost care.
Another thing to consider about your facelift or mini facelift is what goals you hope to accomplish. Sometimes patients know they don’t like their current face, but can’t put this concern into words. To help determine the specifics that might bother you about the face, such as a loss of jawline contour, jowl formation, sagging neck, deep creases, or wrinkles, consider objectively looking at your face in the mirror and see what you would change if you could.
Take notes about what bothers you and bring those to the consultation with Dr. Ward. These notes can be invaluable in identifying issues that bother you and will help ensure that you don’t forget any concerns during the consultation or before surgery.
The consultation is the chance for you and your surgeon to meet and get to know each other. This relationship is important for several reasons. You should feel comfortable with your surgeon to ensure that you are on the same page before surgery and to voice any concerns or questions before and after the surgery.
Dr. Ward will evaluate your face and neck and talk to you about your desired results. He will give you honest and realistic expectations and inform you of any potential risks involved. These risks can vary based on each individual person, so it is important to be honest and upfront during your consultation. Risks associated with a facelift include bleeding, infection, swelling, scarring, nerve damage (loss of sensation or facial weakness), poor cosmetic result, or bruising, amongst others. These risks are all uncommon but are important for patients to know about prior to surgery. Our aim is to decrease the probability of each of these complications from happening and we will do whatever we can to prevent them from happening.
In general, insurance will not pay for a facelift, but in some cases, such as facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy), skin cancer, or other facial deformities, the procedure may be at least partially covered by insurance.
You will have photographs of your face taken, which is also often required by different insurance companies.
Follow up after facelift is important and you will be seeing us frequently following the procedure. This is to help ensure that you are healing properly and that you are happy with your results. We are committed to making sure you heal properly and that you are happy with the result. If you are not happy, we want to know! It can take 18 months before you are fully healed and we will monitor you carefully during this period to ensure proper healing.
Good Candidate For A Facelift
Very few people over the age of 45 wouldn’t benefit from a facelift with Dr. Ward. The degree of aging on your face and neck is a combination of genetics and a variety of other factors: how much time you’ve spent in the sun, environmental issues, personal habits, stresses, and the like. Generally, a facelift rejuvenates the mid-to-lower face and neck.
If you can relate to these characteristics on your face, a facelift with Dr. Ward could be a good option:
- You have mid-face sagging
- You have deep creases under your eyes
- Your have deep nasolabial folds
- Jowls have formed on your jawline
- You have fatty, sagging areas just below your cheekbones
- You have loose skin, wrinkles, vertical cords, and fatty neck tissue
Prior to the procedure, you will have a pre-operative history and physical exam performed to ensure that there are no health concerns prior to your procedure. You will be given instructions on what to do before, during, and after the day of surgery and you will be given prescriptions for medications that you will need to take after the procedure.
In general, you should avoid anything with aspirin, ibuprofen, or any other medication, such as Advil, Motrin, any blood thinners, some herbal supplements, etc., for 3-4 weeks prior to the procedure and 2 weeks after the procedure. This helps reduce the bleeding during the procedure and the degree of bruising that you will have after the surgery.
The procedure will be performed in an operating room under an anesthetic, if needed, that is designed to maximize the safety of the procedure, ensure your ultimate comfort during the procedure, and minimize your recovery and get you back on your feet and back to normal life as soon as possible. Unless there are other complicating medical issues that you have, the procedure is always performed as an outpatient surgery allowing you to avoid staying overnight in the hospital and go home and recover.
For our out of town patients, special arrangements can be made for you to stay overnight with medical oversight.
How Long Does A Facelift Procedure Take?
This is a tough question to answer in a broad sense, because each case is typically individualized. We typically plan on about four hours for a routine facelift and neck lift. However, there have been cases that have gone as quickly as one and a half hours and others that have taken six hours. I do not think that a surgeon who takes longer is a safer or better surgeon. In fact, in my experience, often the surgeons who take longer to complete a surgery take longer for the simple reason that they do not perform the procedure very often.
After surgery, you will have a dressing on the face that helps decrease the swelling and bleeding from the procedure. This is usually removed by our staff 24-72 hours after surgery, depending on the patient. You will also come into the office to have sutures removed 6-10 days after the procedure. We will then see you at one month and then every few months afterward so we can follow your progress and ensure you are healing properly.
Bruising may occur, especially on the cheeks, the neck, and under the eyes. This usually goes away by around a week but may persist for about two weeks. Your cheeks, eyelids, and neck will be swollen. The majority of the swelling will subside in the first few weeks: however, there can be swelling that can last for several months. Patients can return to work whenever they feel up to it. For some patients, that might be 3 days after surgery; for other patients, it might be 10-14 days. We usually like our out of town patients to plan to stay for one week after surgery to ensure the face is healing properly before you travel home.
In the weeks and months following surgery, we will closely monitor your healing. This is extremely important, because we will need to monitor for any unusual scar tissue that may develop. If these changes occur, we will be able to treat them appropriately.
The final thing to expect after surgery is an experience that will leave you happier than you were before the surgery! We aim to make every part of the experience as pleasant as possible and are confident you will be glad you had your procedure performed.
Results From A Full Facelift and Mini Facelift
The changes made by Dr. Ward during your facelift are permanent. Excess skin is removed and future sagging won’t recur to the same degree. Muscles are repositioned permanently, elevating the skin and support tissues. The more involved the method used, the longer your results will endure. A full facelift provides the most dramatic results and these can last for 10-15 years. Mini facelifts deliver more subtle change and usually last up to five years. With any facelift technique, your face will still age, but it will age from a younger starting point.
Scarring From Facelift
Dr. Ward is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes only in facial plastic surgery. He uses his extensive experience and knowledge of facial anatomy to hide your incisions in the hairline and behind the ears. Initially, these scars will be pink, but after a few months they will gradually turn white and become far less noticeable.
A liquid facelift refers to a non-surgical treatment that simulates the effects of a facelift. Botulinum toxin, such as Botox or Dysport in addition to hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Lyft, Silk, Defyne, Refyne, Voluma, Juvederm, and collagen stimulators, such as Sculptra, are utilized in various combinations to achieve a rejuvenating effect on the face.
This is done by relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles and replacing or restoring volume in the cheeks, brow, lips, and jawline. Using this technique, jowls can be softened, lips can be enhanced, and definition can be restored to the cheekbones and jawline. Although a liquid facelift is a temporary fix and not a substitute for a surgical facelift, it can be very effective at providing a dramatic improvement in facial appearance without any significant downtime.
Many people seek a liquid facelift prior to a big event such as a wedding or a class reunion. The procedure is done in the office and takes about an hour. The most common side effects are mild transient swelling and bruising. Results are immediate and continue to improve over the first 4-6 weeks. We recommend this procedure is done 3-6 weeks ahead of the scheduled event to allow time for maximum results and bruising and swelling to subside.
Since the results will not last more than 6-12 months, touch-ups will be necessary to maintain the procedure’s beneficial effects.
How Long A Surgical Facelift Lasts Compared To Liquid Facelift
Many people seek to avoid surgery and they opt for facial rejuvenation through the use of dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane. This is usually known as a “liquid facelift.” Because they don’t reposition support muscles or remove excess skin, these procedures cannot provide the same degree of rejuvenation as a surgical facelift.
Most dermal fillers last about one year before the body absorbs the filler. At that point, another injection session will maintain your results. A surgical facelift can provide dramatic rejuvenation for up to 15 years. Plus, the changes made are permanent, so future problems such as sagging skin won’t be as dramatic.
Will fillers or a facelift be better for me?
Without question, a facelift will provide more drastic results and provides a better value. However, filler can give amazing results that improve things without surgery, anesthesia, or the downtime associated with surgery.