At Avana Plastic Surgery, we see many patients faced with age-related skin problems that have affected their appearance considerably. Unfortunately, one of the most significant factors contributing to aging in Miami is sun exposure. Whether due to stress, too much Florida sun, or gravity, aging is natural and inevitable. But many women feel uneasy with changes in facial features as this type of change can be hard to assimilate.
Procedures such as a Miami facelift can correct this issue and transform your outward appearance so that it matches the youthfulness you feel inside. You can counteract the effects of time and gravity and restore your natural, vibrant self.
Read on, to find out more about this life-changing procedure, how to prepare for it, procedure steps, recovery, cost, and much more. Once you speak with one of our Miami facelift surgeons, you will know whether this procedure is right for you and all the benefits you can reap.
What is a Facelift?
A Miami facelift is a surgical procedure that removes excess facial skin so that your face will appear younger. It is common for the face to lose fat and muscle tone over time. Therefore, some older women or women that experienced significant weight loss may need additional procedures such as a neck lift, eyelid surgery, brow lift, forehead lift and liposuction. Facelift surgery involves an incision around the ear and under the chin. Excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin tightened, which outlines the jaw clearer and the muscles and skin of the neck are made tighter. You will look like a younger version of yourself.
Some of our patients say they feel insecure and avoid certain social situations because their face has changed dramatically and they no longer recognize themselves in the mirror. It doesn’t have to be that way. With a Miami facelift, you will return to a more rejuvenated you, re-integrate yourself into society and be confident that age won’t get the best of you. We can also help you address the early signs of aging before they take hold.
When to consider a facelift procedure?
A facelift procedure is not necessarily for everyone. Most women, however, will lose elasticity and volume in facial tissues as they age, which results in deep wrinkles and loose skin on the lower face and neck. While this is natural, a Miami facelift can significantly improve this situation. If you are bothered by the signs of aging, you may consider a facelift procedure if:
- You are conscious of how your face and neck look because of loose skin.
- You are trying to hide your age with turtlenecks and scarves.
- Your face looks much older than the way you feel.
- Your appearance is negatively impacting your life.
Miami facelift surgery cost
Based on 6,506 RealSelf reviews, the average facelift surgery cost in Miami is $10,000 ranging from $4,500 to $16,000. The cost will vary greatly based on location and complexity of the procedure. It is important that when you get a price quote, you ask for any other fees that may not be included, such as operating room costs, anesthesia fees, and so on.
Contact us today for a facelift consultation
We can help you become more confident in the way you look. A customized plan that meets your precise needs and beauty goals will be created during your initial consultation at Avana Plastic Surgery. For more information, reach out to us via chat, e-mail, or phone call.
There are different facelifts you can choose from based on your cosmetic goals, risks involved, and recovery preferences. These procedures vary based on the type of incision, layers treated, and the area targeted. Thankfully, now surgeons can go deeper into the facial tissues and achieve better results with modern facelift surgery techniques.
This procedure works well in patients with mild jowling who wish to correct unwelcomed signs of aging. It helps avoid a more extensive surgery in the years to come. The technique used is less invasive. With shorter incisions by the hairline, the surgeon can tighten and lift deep facial tissues in the cheeks. Jowling is beautifully corrected and the jawline refined. Your face won’t look fatigued as before. This procedure may require local or general anesthesia. Your facelift surgeon will tell you all the details during your initial consultation at Avana Plastic Surgery.
A neck lift improves signs of aging in the neck and jawline. Patients with loose skin and fat deposits in the lower face and under the chin or with muscle banding with irregular contours can improve their appearance significantly with this procedure. Youthful contours in the neck and face can be lost over the years due to factors such as gravity, heredity, stress, and the environment. Some women feel they don’t need a full facelift procedure since the upper face still looks good yet they have excess wrinkling of the neck. In such cases, it is best to correct this area with a neck lift surgery.
As people age, the skin will start losing elasticity and tone creating a tired look. A mid facelift will restore a smooth and youthful look to the cheeks and eyelids. It targets areas such as the mouth corners, eyes, nose and eyes. This procedure is particularly helpful for patients whose area beneath the chin may not require lifting. Some surgeons use lower face techniques while others prefer endoscopic facelift techniques for patients with problems in a few specific areas of the face. The endoscopic facelift surgery only requires three or more cuts less than one inch long so scarring and facelift recovery time will be less.
Upper Facelift or Brow Lift
This procedure targets only the area above the eyes so that you reflect a more natural and refreshed appearance. An upper facelift will correct a sagging brow and restore a smoother contour. An aging forehead can affect our facial expressions. Some patients come to us say they don’t like how their upper face looks. They feel they are wearing a frown even when they have a great time. It is good to have a more natural appearance that reflects your true feelings. Your eyes will look brighter and alert, and you will no longer look angry or worried.
A full facelift will correct imperfections of the mid and lower face. Incisions are made in front of the ear and above the hairline. Local anesthesia is used, and muscle, tissue, and skin are separated to contour fat and tighten deep tissue. The excess skin is trimmed or lifted. The primary goals are to achieve remarkable cheek volume, angular jawline, and neck without excess muscle laxity or fat. This procedure takes longer to perform and requires more downtime than other facelift procedures, but the results are more satisfying.
A lower facelift addresses sagging skin and wrinkles on the bottom third of the face, everything from the corners of the eyes to the sides of your mouth. It helps remove excess skin and tighten the muscles as well as improves the jawline.
Speaking with your surgeon about your facelift surgery
Getting the right Miami facelift is a difficult decision to make on your own. Your facelift surgeon can help you decide what procedure is best for you after taking a closer look at your face and considering other factors.
How should I prepare for the Facelift?
The first thing is to schedule a preoperative visit with your surgeon to go over the essential things you need to know before your surgery. You may also ask any lingering questions you have about recovery, risks, and facelift surgery cost, which were not covered during your initial consultation. It is natural to feel nervous. Your facelift surgeon may also advise on how you can remain calm. You may need some lab work, a blood test, and so on, to determine if you are healthy enough to undergo a Miami facelift. You will be provided a packet with information about what to do before surgery, including medications to take and to avoid. If you smoke, you must stop at least two weeks prior to surgery. Smoke can affect circulation and wound healing.
Some practical tips to follow include:
- Have your house cleaned before surgery.
- Plug in a nightlight to find your way to the bathroom.
- Stock up on food or prepare frozen meals you can warm up during recovery.
- Set up your bed with lots of pillows to help you elevate your head.
- If you have children and pets, arrange for childcare or pet care.
- Buy all medications and dressing ahead of time, including antibiotics, antibacterial soap, and ice packs to reduce swelling.
- Label a container with all medications and the times to be taken.
- Keep some essential things such as bottled water, snacks, medications, remote controls, and phone fully charged next to your bed.
- Wash your hair the night before surgery and remove fingernail and toenail polish.
How is a facelift done?
A facelift is done as an outpatient procedure, and it involves local anesthetists, sedatives, or general anesthesia. This procedure takes 2 to 5 hours. Some people go home on the same day while others stay overnight at a hospital or recovery facility. Out-of-state patients have the option of staying at our recovery house.
Facelift incision placement
There are three facelift incision choices: a traditional facelift incision, a limited incision, and a neck lift. With a conventional Miami facelift, the incision is made along the hairline. Fat in the face, jaw, and neck is sculpted, and tissue relocated. Excess skin is removed, and in some instances, another facelift incision to improve the neck may be needed. The limited incision uses small incisions. That’s for patients who may need a less aggressive surgery, but the results are less promising. The neck lift addresses only jowls, saggy neck skin, and also fat buildup below the chin. This incision starts in front of the ear and ends behind it.
Facelift surgery involves several steps:
- Medications and anesthesia are administered according to the doctor’s recommendation. Other procedures such as facial implants, resurfacing techniques, and fillers can further enhance the results.
- The length and placement of the incision will depend on the technique as described above and your facelift surgeon’s expertise.
- The connective tissue and muscle layers are gently lifted and tightened to achieve a youthful contour.
- The next step is closing the incisions with sutures, medical clips, or skin glues, and a supportive dressing applied, depending on your surgeon’s preference. The stitches are removed after a few days.
- Lastly, you will see visible improvements in your face after the swelling and bruising subside. Recovery may take some time but is all worthwhile. The final results are worth waiting for.
Facelift surgery recovery
Patients should allow adequate time for facelift recovery and expect swelling, numbness, and discolored skin for several weeks depending on the type of procedure chosen. During the first days and weeks of recovery, only mild stretching and walking is allowed. Housework, sexual activity, and vigorous exercise should be avoided for at least the first two weeks after surgery. You should not blow-dry your hair or wear earrings for some time. Saunas and alcohol should be avoided for a few months as well. Most patients will return to work within ten days.
Extra rest is crucial during facelift recovery since it will promote healing. You should plan for someone to be with you during the first few days of recovery so you can allow your body to heal properly. The operated areas will experience some bruising and swelling. Following post-op instructions and elevating your head with pillows above your heart can help lessen these effects. The majority of the stitches are removed in 4 to 14 days.
Facelift recovery time can vary depending on the patient’s age, type of skin, health, genetics, and other factors. Most patients will need 10-14 days of recovery or longer as long as post-operative instructions are followed. Planning will help you avoid any complications during recovery. Recovery, as well as the results you will get, has to do with the facelift surgeon that performs the facelift.
How to minimize a facelift scar?
It will take six months to a year for the scars to fully mature and fade. But there are a few things you can do to reduce the appearance of scars such as applying pressure and massaging the area once the scar has healed. Avoid direct sunlight since the scar tends to discolor with UV light when healing. Other tips to make your scars subtle are applying silicone sheets and scar gels, fractionated lasers so the scar can blend into the background, and sunscreen to prevent them from darkening.
Facelift Procedure FAQs
It is different for every patient. Patients whose work doesn’t involve straining and heavy lifting may get back to work in three to four days.
This procedure can help patients with enough facial laxity. Some physical characteristics may benefit from a facelift procedure, including noticeable neck muscles, jowling, deep lines, and when the division of face and neck is not well defined. Patients must be healthy, have realistic expectations, and understand risks and costs associated with this procedure to determine whether it is right for them.
Age is not as important as the appearance and whether the person is comfortable with visible signs of aging, which can be easily addressed with a Miami facelift. Patients generally start in their forties. However, most patients in their fifties seek facelift surgery. There is no age limit as long as the patient is healthy.
Many studies suggest that the results of this procedure can last longer when done at a younger age. Nevertheless, facelift cosmetic surgery is not done to prevent the signs of aging but rather to correct problematic changes.
Studies based on facelift surgery before and after photos show that on average, patients will look about eight to nine years younger.
Patients can reap lifelong rewards from this procedure. Gravity and the natural aging process will continue after surgery. Some patients undergo facelift surgery within seven to ten years. While the results may last longer in older patients, younger patients repeat the procedure more often than older ones. Sun damage is the most important thing to consider. Women with thicker and oilier skin may enjoy the benefits longer.
Most facelift cosmetic surgery patients don’t need a revision. A facelift will always make you look young. It is different from a breast augmentation procedure, for example, where the implant could rupture. However, patients dissatisfied with the results may need to undergo a revision. That generally occurs because the facelift surgeon lacked experience and skills. There are times when a traditional facelift procedure may yield the wrong results because the skin was pulled too tight. A revision can correct these issues, but you will need a skilled surgeon.
While there are a lot of nonsurgical options to help minimize the signs of aging, none of them can yield the same results as a facelift procedure. The results associated with a facelift without surgery in options such as laser treatments, injections, and chemical peels, for example, are not permanent. Some patients may choose this approach to delay the need for surgery while others will pair a minimally evasive facelift cosmetic surgery with another treatment options to get better results.
Facial muscles can be tightened with a mini lift. The neck area can also be tightened, but you will need a neck lift as well to get better results.
The length of the facelift incision is the main difference. The facelift will require more downtime and a longer incision than a mini lift. This procedure is generally performed on older patients or younger patients after excessive weight loss.
Temporary injury to the nerves that control muscles is possible as well as infection and bleeding. Excessive scarring, poor healing, and asymmetry are less frequent.