What are the visible signs of aging on the face and neck?

  • The skin thins and loses elasticity, due to aging, gravity, smoking and sun damage, heredity and stress cause the skin to sag and wrinkle and the face to lose youthful contours
  • Deep folds develop between the nose and corner of the mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Jowls develop in the lower cheeks and jaw line and Marionette lines deepen
  • Loose skin and fat on the face falls to create a double chin, or turkey neck
  • Loss of facial fat pads cause a hollowed-out appearance

What is a facelift?

It is cosmetic surgery designed to turn back the clock by improving the signs of aging. The procedure lifts and tightens sagging skin and the underlying soft connective tissue, and removes excess skin and fat. Superficial muscle aponeurotic system (SMAS) is the facial connective tissue system that loosens with age, and along with gravity creates jowls. SMAS elevation is the most effective way to tighten the area including improving the appearance of the jawline.

Are there other complimentary procedures?

For a more comprehensive rejuvenation, your facelift can be combined with an upper and lower eyelid lift, and eyebrow procedures; or a forehead lift.Verve Plastic Surgery also offers facial fat grafting which has more permanent results that dermal fillers.  Chin and cheek augmentation can replace lost fat pads. A facelift will not improve your facial skin tone and texture, but treatments like laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, IPL, and peels can.

During your consultation with Dr. Gupta at Verve Plastic Surgery in Solana Beach, Dr. Gupta will listen to your concerns and offer options and recommendations to improve and refresh your appearance. Verve Plastic Surgery believes that every face needs a customized plan for ideal results.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

Anyone who is in good health and is developing sagging skin, jowls, and deep wrinkles and grooves in the facial skin. People with a positive outlook and realistic expectations will be good candidates.

How long is recovery, and when can I go out in public?

Generally, recovery from a facelift, without additional procedures, takes about 3 weeks for initial healing. The first four days are the most uncomfortable. You will be sore, tender and swollen, with bruising. Your skin will feel tight. Any discomfort is treated with mild pain medications. By day 5, most patients report that they feel and look great! Swelling and bruising rapidly improve by one week after surgery.

Within two weeks most bruising resolves, with some residual swelling. The major landmark in recovery is at 2 weeks. By then you can wear makeup, color your hair and return to work, while results continue to improve.  For the first month, you will be advised that you should avoid heavy lifting and straining, and no working out for 3 weeks. The less active you are the faster the swelling will resolve.

If you plan to attend a momentous event like a wedding, give yourself at least 2 months.

How will I know I have a great result?

People start asking if you’ve lost weight, been on vacation, or reduced your stress, and friends will notice that you look younger and more refreshed. That’s when you know the result is good!

Forget the facelifts of the past that produced an artificial, pulled- back look.  Dr. Anshu Gupta at Verve Plastic Surgery in Solana Beach, CA is a recognized expert at creating natural, beautiful results. His facelifts can make you look ten years younger, refreshed and more awake, and your boost self-confidence, and self-esteem. Isn’t it time you did something great for yourself?

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