When you look in the mirror, does the way you look reflect the way you feel or do you feel younger than you look? Your face is an important part of your identity, and if you’re unhappy with the toll that aging has taken on your face, there is hope in the form of a facelift. At Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL, we’ve helped many patients look and feel better about themselves.
What Is a Facelift?
Also known as rhytidectomy, this is a comprehensive procedure aimed at treating facial wrinkles and the sagging skin caused by aging. The procedure removes excess skin, tightens underlying tissues and muscles, and re-drapes the skin on the face and neck. The results are a youthful, rejuvenated face with no sagging skin and a significant reduction in the depth and number of wrinkles.
The procedure is highly effective at treating midface sagging, marionette lines, jowls, and a double chin. It has been regarded for years as the “gold standard” for regaining a rejuvenated, more youthful look because no other surgeries are capable of producing the same volume of results.
What Are the Benefits?
Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a big decision that can produce big results. Few other cosmetic procedures are as effective at raising your self-esteem and self-confidence and just making you feel good about you.
Addressing the Effects of Aging
If the quality of the skin on your face has been declining, it can be the result of a variety of processes, such as the thinning of dermal tissue and the loss of fat in your face. The cause of these changes could be the natural aging process, gravity, sun damage, lifestyle choices (such as smoking), heredity, and even stress.
The procedure is intended to reverse the effects that your body has sustained over the years thanks to these stimuli. It does so by removing excess skin, tightening the tissue and muscle that lays beneath your skin, and then redraping the remaining skin over your face, creating a smoother, rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.
Specific Benefits of This Procedure
This procedure aims to correct sagging skin around your midface, jawline, and neck as well as the deep creases that extend from your nose to the sides of your mouth. If you have lines that extend from the corners of your mouth to your chin (marionette lines), this procedure can correct them. Additionally, the procedure can significantly improve, if not outright eliminate, jowls, a double chin, and displaced facial fat.
It Tightens Sagging Skin
As we age, our skin loses elasticity over time, often leading to sagging skin in the cheeks, neck, and chin. This procedure is a restorative surgery designed to tighten and smooth the loose skin on your face and neck through a process known as “undermining.” The process involves separating the skin on your face and neck from the underlying muscles and tissues.
Once the skin has been separated, the underlying muscles and tissues are repositioned and tightened. Then your facial skin is repositioned and excess skin is removed. The result is a smooth, youthful-looking face that is free of sagging skin and deep creases.
It Re-Contours Your Jawline and Neck
As your skin loses elasticity, the process of aging and gravity works to pull that loose skin downward, often resulting in sagging skin in the areas of your neck and jawline. It is this loose skin that causes the appearance of jowls and/or a double chin even in people who aren’t necessarily overweight.
With this procedure, your surgeon will be able to redefine the contours of your jawline and neck by removing excess skin and fat in these areas.
It Works for Men and Women
If you think that this procedure is just for women, you’d be wrong. According to the ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), this procedure was among the top five cosmetic procedures undergone by men in 2017.
Time affects everyone, and loose, sagging skin can make anyone feel uncomfortable about their appearance. If you are a man who is interested in a procedure that will rejuvenate the facial features, know that you aren’t alone. Many men have undergone the procedure and have been able to reap the benefits of improving the way they feel about their appearance.
It’s Useful at Any Age
Many prospective patients incorrectly assume that the procedure is intended for people in their 50s or 60s. The truth is that while the majority of people in their 20s and 30s may not need surgery, everyone ages differently. If the loose skin, wrinkling, and other effects of aging are affecting your mood and self-confidence, there is no “wrong time” to undergo the procedure.
It Can Be Paired with Additional Procedures
Depending on your cosmetic goals, it’s possible and even beneficial to pair your procedure with other cosmetic surgery options to further enhance your results. A common procedure to pair with a lift is blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), which restores a youthful contour to your forehead skin, eyebrows, or upper eyelids, which are difficult to address with this procedure alone.
Pairing additional procedures can save you the hassle of having to undergo another procedure to correct the issue.
It Leaves Virtually No Scars
Cosmetic procedures are intended to make you look and feel better. As such, there is often a lot of worry from prospective patients regarding the scarring associated with them. The size and location of your scars will depend on the targeted areas and the results you desire. Most often, the incisions, and subsequent scars, will be hidden behind your ear along the hairline. People around you will not know you had cosmetic surgery because your scars will be well hidden.
It Doesn’t Require the Long Downtimes of the Past
In decades past, lift procedures were associated with long bouts of downtime wrapped in copious amounts of bandages. However, with new, modern techniques, the procedure itself is far less invasive than it used to be. The incisions used are smaller, and the skin tightening techniques used by surgeons today have advanced a great deal.
With gentler techniques and smaller incisions, the amount of time it takes to recover has also shortened significantly. Some patients are able to return to work or their daily routine in as little as two weeks. However, it may be a good idea to refrain from vigorous physical activity until you’ve had longer to heal. Your surgeon will advise you before your procedure and in the ensuing weeks regarding what you’ll be able to do and when.
It Delivers Natural Results
As a patient, the benefits of new, advanced techniques are not limited to your recovery. The procedure itself has come a long way since it was first being performed, and surgeons are able to craft a youthful face that looks much more natural than the results of those who underwent this procedure a few decades ago.
The longevity of this procedure’s results has been a major concern for many patients. The surgery itself is intended to be permanent and long-lasting, however, part of its longevity will depend on how well you care for yourself after undergoing the procedure.
Also, this surgery cannot stop the aging process. Skin sagging and wrinkling are both a part of the normal aging process and, as time goes on, can reappear. However, the sagging will begin from the state that your skin is in post-surgery. Your face will not go back to the way it was before surgery.
How to Get Started
Are you unhappy with the visible signs of aging you see when you look in the mirror? Do you think that a facelift is right for you? If so, you should call and speak with one of our medical professionals to set up an initial consultation appointment.
Your consultation is the time when you will be able to ask any questions you have and for your surgeon to detail what the procedure can and cannot do for you. If your surgeon thinks additional or alternative procedures may benefit you, you will be able to discuss those as well.
Make sure that you have up-to-date information regarding any medical conditions or drug allergies that you have had in the past. Your surgeon will need to know what, if any, previous surgeries you’ve had so that he can make accurate recommendations about reaching your cosmetic goals.
About Dr. Hanna
Dr. Hanna specializes exclusively in facial cosmetic surgery and has been practicing for over 30 years. During this time, he has completed thousands of facelifts, nose jobs, and eye jobs that have left his patients happy and content with their rejuvenated, youthful appearance. His patients regard him as a trusted professional and artist.
Dr. Hanna is committed to using state-of-the-art techniques that, when combined with his experience and artistry, result in well-balanced and harmonious facial features that look youthful and natural.
Your Treatment Plan
Once you’ve met with Dr. Hanna and have been able to voice your concerns, he will recommend a treatment plan based on what you want to achieve and your facial characteristics. You will receive detailed information regarding the approach to your surgery and how the procedure will be accomplished. If you’ve opted for additional procedures to be done in conjunction with your facelift, the information you receive will include them.
You will also receive information pertaining to how best to prepare for your procedure. The information will include avoiding certain medications that can cause increased bleeding or otherwise interfere with your recovery.
Recovering From Surgery
The results you want to achieve, the number of procedures you’re having done, and your physical characteristics will all play a role in determining when you can return to a normal level of daily activity and/or work. The recovery timeframe will vary from patient-to-patient, but you can rest assured that Dr. Hanna will take every step to ensure your recovery is as comfortable and as fast as it can be.
Recovery can be easier if you have someone to help you out. That being the case, it’s wise to speak with a friend or family member about assisting you for at least the first few days post-surgery. They can help with meal preparation, childcare (if necessary), and performing tasks that will allow you to rest and recover as much as possible.
Learn More About Your Facelift
A facelift as long been regarded as the “gold standard” in facial rejuvenation surgeries. It addresses loose, sagging skin in the mid-face and lower face and can eliminate jowls, a double chin, marionette lines, and nasolabial lines, providing you with a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
If you think that a facelift is right for you, call Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery today. Aging cannot be stopped, but its effects can be remedied more easily than you think.