About Facelift Surgery
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Brown performs a full spectrum of facial surgical treatments in Ashburn, VA. One of the most sought-out surgeries at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery is a facelift. This surgery focuses on distinct areas of the face to tighten loose skin and wrinkles, creating a more taut yet softer appearance. Based upon your concerns and goals for surgery, a facelift can focus on the lines and wrinkles near the eyes, the mid-face area and cheeks, the bottom two-thirds, including the mouth, jowls, neck, and more for an all-encompassing younger look. The facelift technique used depends on your desired outcome, the health and condition of your skin, the degree of skin laxity, your lifestyle, age, and anatomy. Some individuals are of age and have skin laxity for a full facelift while some may only be ready for a mid-face lift. Dr. Brown is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who understands the complexity and delicate anatomy of a facelift procedure. The overall goal is to produce a natural appearance that is gorgeous, subtle, and still striking.
Facelift Ideal Candidates
Men and women who are suitable for facelift surgery may be frustrated by drooping skin, lines, and wrinkles on the face whether it be the face as a whole or on the upper, mid, or lower face. A facelift can target one or more areas, depending on your unique goals and desired outcome. It is also important to note that age does not always define the time in life to have cosmetic facial surgery. There are countless aspects and factors, and also numerous lift techniques, depending on the cosmetic concerns of the patient. The lifting technique chosen will be different for patients who are between 30 and 40 years old vs. those who are older, such as 60 or 70 years old. The condition of the skin is one of the key elements in the decision-making process. Patients should be physically healthy and be a nonsmoker, and also have expectations that are realistic.
Facelift Surgical Technique
No matter the issue you wish to correct, there are various levels of facelifts to think about. Some facelifts address the upper area of the face, and others focus on the lower two-thirds. In addition, some methods are a bit more invasive than others. It is very common for some patients to have an eyelid lift, brow lift, or BOTOX and fillers to complement and enhance their final results. Some of the more known facelift options include:
- Full Facelift
A common surgery for older adults, the full or "traditional" facelift most often incorporates an incision close to the hairline, extending down to the area near the temples, stopping near the base of the ears. The deeper layer of facial muscles is carefully stretched and safely tightened to create a lifted outcome, which reduces excessive loose skin and droopy features. This facelift is used for individuals who have visible signs of aggressive aging. During a full facelift, various treatments may be used, including blepharoplasty to address the eyes or neck reduction for the lower region.
With a similar approach to the mini facelift, the surgery known as a mid-facelift addresses the hollow and lax areas close to the cheekbones, as well as the upper jaw. The mid facelift works well for those who hope to attain improvement in the middle to lower region of the face, which also improves the look of the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
This lift corrects the chin area and neck and sometimes the jowls. Methods of a nonsurgical nature, such as a Kybella injection, can also be applied for chin augmentation to attain a younger, tighter-looking neck.
- Mini Facelift
When undergoing a mini facelift, a thin, small incision is placed near the ears to lift the skin to a higher position, which enhances the mouth, jawline, and jowls. This process creates nice and subtle enhancements that look beautiful and natural.
What to Expect with Facelift
Following your procedure, we will monitor your health until you can be safely released to be taken home by a friend or family member. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Brown or someone on his staff will schedule your follow-up visits and go over suggestions to help you feel more comfortable while you recover. It is normal to experience bruising and swelling, slight to moderate pain, and soreness, which may be reduced with pain medication. You should feel and physically look better after several weeks, and you can expect a more glowing look with fewer lines and sagging. Overall, your face will appear lifted and younger.
Facelift Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift will depend on the technique and other factors. In your consultation, Dr. Brown will create your unique treatment plan to match your needs and goals. When this is complete, he can go over estimates of fees. To avoid unnatural-looking results, it is better to concentrate on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Brown, instead of the lowest price. The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery can give you information on low-interest financing that will make your facelift more affordable.
Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will vary based on your concerns, goals, level of skin laxity, what areas are being addressed, and other factors. To produce your best results, Dr. Brown will go over the different techniques in your consultation. He can then help you choose which technique is best for you.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
Although there are several great noninvasive skin tightening treatments, these can only give you small improvements. For moderate to severe skin sagging, facelift surgery is the best choice to improve your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Brown will discuss your choices, including nonsurgical procedures, to help you select which is best for your goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX and Juvéderm, have become more popular to improve fine lines and wrinkles. Also known as a liquid facelift, nonsurgical wrinkle treatments are good for early signs of aging; however, the results will not last more than 1 – 2 years. A facelift will produce more significant improvements than injectables with long-lasting results. Ask Dr. Brown about nonsurgical wrinkle treatments in your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Some patients worry that a facelift will make their skin look shiny, overly tight, or like they are in a wind tunnel. Dr. Brown focuses on giving you results that look natural so you appear refreshed, not fake. He listens to your concerns and goals before creating your custom treatment plan to produce your best results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $10,500 - $15,000
- Return to Work
- 5 - 7 Days
- Surgery Time
- 3 - 4.5 Hours
- Follow Ups
- 5 Days, 1 Month, 1 Year
The Right Facelift for You
Cosmetic facial surgery can turn back the hands of time for your face and give you a rejuvenated appearance. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of choices for surgery, depending on your unique goals. This surgery is meant to make you appear younger looking but natural. For more information, we welcome you to get in touch with The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery in Ashburn, VA to schedule your appointment with Dr. Brown.