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Counteracting the Aging Process with a Facelift

While the sun plays a vital role in our lives, its ultraviolet rays can wreak havoc on our skin, especially in sunny climates like Orange County. A facelift procedure helps counteract these harmful effects. Your face is the first place on your body which shows visible signs of aging: sun damage, daily facial expressions and stress all etch themselves into your delicate facial skin. The resulting deep creases and loose skin can make you look years older than you feel.

Although medical science has yet to cure the aging process, the right facial plastic surgery procedure can help slow the effects. Through a facelift, the most visible signs of aging can be addressed, giving you a naturally younger look.

The Typical Candidate

Typically, candidates for a facelift are Orange County men and women whose neck and jowls have begun to sag, and whose wrinkles have become quite prominent. Patients are usually between 40 and 60 years old, although older or younger patients may choose the surgery as well. A facelift will tighten underlying lax muscles that contribute to the loose appearance of the skin, and it will remove excess skin for a sleeker look and a more well-defined jaw line.

Combining Procedures

During our initial consultation, we’ll discuss your goals and determine whether including other procedures along with a traditional facelift may be right for you. Examples include liposuction in the neck area, brow lift, eye lift, or perhaps nonsurgical techniques like chemical peels, resurfacing or injectable fillers. Plastic surgery is as much about aesthetics as it is about science, and not every patient can get the younger-looking appearance they’d like with a single procedure.

Staying Positive

It is not uncommon for patients to feel depressed or blue the first week or two following surgery. The swelling and bruising, which is common after a facelift, will disguise the results and may have you feeling discouraged. It’s important to remember that these side effects are normal, and you’ll be able to see an improvement by about the third week into recovery, though swelling may linger a bit longer. The incisions made during surgery are often hidden within the hairline, so there will be little to no permanent evidence of your surgery once the immediate side effects have diminished. Healing is a gradual process, and every effort should be made to stay positive and patient during this time. Above all, give your body the rest it needs to fully recover.

Realistic Expectations

Although a facelift can go a long way in reversing the aging process, it can’t keep aging at bay indefinitely. Time marches on, and new signs of aging will eventually appear after your procedure, though not for several years. Once you have your “new face,” you’ll have to treat the skin with the same care and caution: avoid the sun, always apply sunscreen, and take good care of your skin to keep it healthy and moisturized. Following these steps can help minimize the aging after a facelift, to keep your new, younger look as long as possible.

Request a consultation to learn more about facelifts. Cosmetic surgery in Orange County has never been easier with CosmetiCare’s convenient location in Newport Beach. Call 949-718-6900 today.

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