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Facelift FAQ

Men and women considering a facelift in Orange County know they can trust the team at CosmetiCare for high quality results. Although we’ll be sure to take time to answer all questions you may have on an individual basis, we’ve also provided answers below for the most commonly asked questions regarding this procedure.

Request a consultation to find out more about a face lift procedure. Cosmetic surgery in Orange County has never been easier with CosmetiCare’s convenient location in Newport Beach. You can also call 949-718-6900 today to schedule your appointment.

What Is a Facelift?

One of the more commonly known cosmetic surgery procedures, a facelift addresses major signs of aging, such as loose skin, jowls, hollow cheekbones and wrinkles. All these signs of aging may appear as the skin becomes thinner over time, loses elasticity, and separates from the fatty tissue below. A facelift tightens loose skin and facial muscles to remove wrinkles and achieve a more tightened and youthful appearance. It is often combined with other facial enhancements such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery.

Am I a Candidate?

Patients of all ages may be interested in a facelift. Men and women in their late 30s all the way up to their 80s may be candidates for this procedure if they want to look younger, especially if they have lots of inner youth and vitality. For women and men throughout Orange County, a facelift from CosmetiCare can help you look younger and refreshed. All candidates should also be in good mental and physical health and have reasonable expectation before undergoing surgery.

Is a Facelift Permanent?

The results of most facelifts last very long-term, ranging anywhere from seven to 15 years. A facelift is permanent in the sense that it is not reversible. However, while the procedure will make a marked improvement in visible signs of facial aging, nothing can stop the aging process completely. You will look younger for much longer than you would without the procedure.

Is There Scarring?

The standard incisions for facelifts are made above the ear, past the hairline. Although the incision mark will leave a scar, it will be concealed in your hair and largely hidden. In some cases, an incision also will need to be made around the lower ear and earlobe. After they have healed, the scars are generally pretty hard to find, even for someone who knows exactly where to look.

What about Risks?

Although every surgery carries some risk, complications from a facelift are typically quite rare when performed by a highly trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon. Some possible side effects include loss of sensation in certain areas of the face or an adverse reaction to the anesthesia which was used.

What Results Should I Expect?

Results for a facelift, like any cosmetic surgery, will vary from person to person. The best candidates are those whose skin is just starting to sag with age, but still has good elasticity. A good bone structure also aids in positive results. In the end, you will look refreshed and rested more than overly “done.” The goal of a facelift is not to look like a teenager, but to smooth out severe wrinkles and sagging for a more vibrant appearance.

What about Recovery?

Although a facelift can be a complicated and delicate procedure, most patients report only minor discomfort during the healing process. Most are able to return to work by about two weeks, although it may take a bit longer for swelling and bruising to disappear. CosmetiCare physicians suggest avoiding strenuous activities for at least the first two weeks. Patients should also limit their sun exposure during healing to minimize the appearance of scars.