Facelift Surgery in Rancho Cucamonga
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Aging is a natural part of life—but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it! As we grow older, our skin naturally starts to lose elasticity as our reserves of collagen and elastin wane. This plus gravity, the loss of fatty tissue, and repetitive motions like squinting or smiling over a lifetime combine to make the perfect recipe for sagging skin around the jawline and neck and the development of creases on the face. Heredity, sun exposure, and personal habits can all contribute to or expedite aging of the face.
Most everyone has heard of facelift surgery as the go-to procedure for reducing signs of aging on the face, but did you know that there have been tremendous advancements in facelift techniques in recent years—and that our surgeons are able to provide an incredibly natural outcome?
When should I have a facelift?
A facelift can be performed at any time after signs of aging appear—there is no hard, fast rule about what age is best. When the procedure is performed at a younger age, the results often last for a long time, while it can be a more difficult procedures later in life due to the over stretched muscles with lack of tone. In these cases, results may not be as long-lasting.
Ultimately, you and your surgeon will decide together when the best time is for you to consider a facelift. Typically, once you start to see loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone, jowls begin forming, and deep creases start setting in on the mid-to-lower face, it may be time to start thinking about your options.
What happens during a facelift?
A traditional facelift addresses the mid-face and neck and is typically performed under general anesthesia. Your cosmetic surgeon will begin by placing small incisions in areas where they are well hidden, usually just inside the hairline at the temple, running just in front of the ear, or in the ear cartilage and behind the ear.
Through these incisions, your surgeon will elevate the skin to reduce the appearance of deep creases and minimize sagging before tightening the deeper structures of the face. The skin is elevated first, and then the deeper structures (fascia and muscle) are tightened to achieve the desired result. This tightening and elevating of the fatty tissue and underlying muscles helps uplift the face to a more youthful position while eliminating jowling.
At Inland Cosmetic Surgery, our cosmetic surgeons Dr. Jacob Haiavy and Dr. Irene Tower use a hair sparing technique in which we advance tissue rather than excise it in hair bearing areas. This keeps the hairline intact in addition to avoiding an overly tight, unnatural appearance as the major pull of the operation is on the deeper structures rather than skin. In some cases, excess fat is removed from the neck and jowls with micro-liposuction to enhance results.
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Extended Subperiosteal Coronal Lift (ESCL)
This type of facelift is effective in treatment of the mid and upper face as opposed to the traditional facelift that treats the mid and lower face. The ESCL is based on craniofacial surgical techniques developed in France by Dr. Paul Tessier.
Surgery is performed through an incision made across the top of the head in the hair and tiny incisions in the mouth. The soft tissue and muscle is then separated from the underlying facial skeleton, cheekbones, and orbital nasal bones and then lifted as a complete unit, effectively reversing the gravitational changes of aging. The hair is not shaved and no hair or skin is removed. This allows a lifting of all the structures from the forehead down to the jaw line, including the brow, the corner of the eyes, the nasal tip, the corners of the mouth, and the jowls. It is especially effective in enhancing the cheekbone area.
The operation is performed under general anesthesia. Operating time may vary according to each individual patient’s needs but usually lasts three to four hours. Recovery is similar to a standard facelift, though initial swelling may be more pronounced. Most patients resume relatively normal, full activity within two to three weeks. Numbness of the scalp is present for a while after surgery, but the sensation returns with healing.
Overall, this technique has proven to be superior to other lifting procedures, providing a stronger lift and a more balanced improvement. Because the lift relies on deeper structures and not just the skin and muscles, the results are far longer lasting.
Additional procedures to boost your facelift results
Facelift surgery is often performed in conjunction with other procedures for more dramatic results, including blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), forehead lift, chin or cheek augmentation, or rhinoplasty. In patients with very fine wrinkles of the skin surface, a facelift may be of limited benefit.
Other procedures, such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels, can address these surface deformities. We have found that the combination of a facelift with laser resurfacing enhances the benefits of both procedures and results in a greater improvement of the overall facial appearance.
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How long does a facelift last?
Although the procedure does not stop the aging process, it certainly slows down the clock. The results of a facelift are typically long-lasting, though your genetics, degree of skin elasticity, and personal habits will play a role in how you continue to age. One of the ways you can maintain your results is by having a secondary tuck within the first two years after the original surgery. In this procedure, the original incisions around the ear are opened up and the scar tissue that had formed from the original surgery is tightened.
Since the scar tissue is stiffer than the normal subcutaneous tissue, tightening it results in a more lasting effect. The secondary tuck can be performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation. The recovery from this secondary operation is prompt, with many patients resuming normal activity within a couple of days. This procedure has become very popular among patients who have had a facelift.
To further enhance and maintain your surgical results, we offer a medical line of skin care products using Glycolic Acids and Antioxidant therapy, along with progressive skin peels such as Glycolic Acid peels and Microdermabrasion.
What is recovery after a facelift like?
While you’ll need to take some downtime, most of our patients are pleasantly surprised by how quickly they can start to resume normal activity. After your procedure, you’ll need to wear an elastic neck strap part-time for a week in lieu of heavy dressings, which can be uncomfortable.
A bit of swelling and bruising is completely normal and should resolve within a week or two. Bruising is usually limited to the neck area. Initially, there may be a feeling of numbness and tension around the incisions sites, but this will lessen with time as the sensory nerves regenerate. The tightness is mainly in the neck region and may last for a few weeks.
Patients are usually active within a few days of surgery, though they will need to take it easy. Makeup can be applied within a couple of days of surgery. For several weeks after surgery, patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for best results. Healing is gradual and there is a constant improvement in the first few weeks. Final results may not be apparent for several months. In most cases, a single procedure achieves the desired result though some patients may desire secondary procedures to achieve maximum benefit.
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