The Benefits of a Facelift

Wrinkles and sagging can rapidly age your appearance. Most men and women desire firm and smooth facial contours. What many patients fail to realize is that most facial aging is caused by laxity of the muscular structures of the face. Addressing these deeper layers of tissue will provide a more dramatic, longer-lasting reversal of visible aging, providing you with the facial appearance you desire.
Sagging skin that accumulates around the jawline can create the appearance of unsightly jowls or a prominent double chin. An undefined facial contour can contribute to an appearance that is heavier-set than you actually are. Trimming away excess skin from along the jawline will enhance the definition of lower face for a leaner facial contour.
Patient with excess skin and weak neck muscles will find that their poor neck profile also ages their appearance. In some patients, treating facial issues without addressing the neck will result in an unfinished or noticeably altered look. Providing a slimmer neck profile for older patients is important for creating an overall attractive facial profile.

Dr. Ip Will Guide You

through the decision-making process so that you can achieve the look you love.

Customize Your Facelift

Facelift Techniques

Traditional Facelift
  • A traditional facelift places incisions within the hairline at the temples that continue down around the ears and end in the lower scalp
  • The skin is separated from the underlying muscular layer
  • Drooping facial muscles are lifted and repositioned
  • Fat is redistributed to create a more attractive contour
  • Excess tissue along the jawline is trimmed away
  • The remaining tissue is draped across your newly uplifted contours

Mini Facelift
  • A mini facelift is ideal for patients with localized problem areas around the cheeks
  • A limited incision is used around the ears to minimize scarring
  • A secondary incision may be made in the lower or upper eyelids to provide a subtle lift
  • Mini facelift patients tend to be younger in age with good skin elasticity around their jawline and neck

Neck Lift
  • The neck lift addresses sagging caused by excess skin and weak platysma muscles
  • An incision is placed under the chin to provide access to the underlying tissues
  • A corset technique is used to tighten weak platysma muscles
  • Excess skin is trimmed away
  • The neck lift highlights the contours of the neck for better definition

Areas of Focus

Under-Eyes
  • A mini facelift is best for treating creases under the eyes
  • Fat can be redistributed to the under-eye area to restore volume and improve a hollowed appearance

Cheeks
  • Facelift surgery can improve sagging skin along the cheeks
  • The mini facelift focuses on the cheek area for patients with localized issues

Nasolabial Folds
  • The muscles around the nose and mouth that crease create nasolabial folds
  • During the repositioning of facial muscles, the appearance of deep nasolabial folds can be corrected

Jawline
  • Skin accumulation at the jawline can affect your facial definition
  • Careful attention is paid to creating a natural jawline
  • Facelifts for men are designed to retain the masculine curvature of the jawline

Neck
  • A neck lift combined with your facelift can improve aging along the neck
  • Drooping skin and muscles can contribute to the presence of an unsightly turkey wattle
  • An untreated neck profile can have a negative impact on the quality of your facelift results

Non-Surgical Enhancement

Some patients can benefit from non-surgical facial enhancement. Patients with relatively good skin elasticity might only need a non-invasive treatment to achieve the aesthetic they desire. Many patients choose to undergo routine non-surgical procedures following their facelift to maintain the quality of their results and minimize future aging.


BOTOX® Cosmetic
  • A facial injection designed to treat wrinkles in the upper third of the face
  • Targets crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and furrows between the brows
  • Results last between six and nine months

Dermal Fillers
  • Facial injections that improve the appearance of wrinkles in the lower two-thirds of the face
  • Provides significant improvement to wrinkles around the cheeks, nasolabial folds, and creases under the eyes
  • Results last anywhere from six months to a year depending on the formula used

Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Laser skin resurfacing uses laser energy to heat deep in the dermis
  • The heating process destroys specific areas of damaged cells, stimulating new collagen production
  • The stimulation of collagen smooths wrinkles and improves pigmentation all over the face

Combining Facial Procedures

Eyelid Lift

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An eyelid lift can be combined with any facelift procedure to treat drooping eyelids. Sagging lids can obscure your vision and contribute to a chronically fatigued expression. Since the facelift does not address issues in the upper third of the face, problems with the upper or lower eyelids can impact the quality of your facelift results.

Brow Lift

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Heavy, drooping brows can cause forehead and brow wrinkles that create a chronically angry expression. Combining a brow lift with your facelift will restore a smoother forehead with a brighter, more youthful eye appearance.

Combination

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Aspects of all four facial procedures can be performed to provide you with the facial appearance you desire. Dr. Ip will customize your facial treatment process to target your specific areas of issue. A unique, customized treatment plan helps ensure natural, flawless results.

Recovery

Immediately following your surgery, you will experience bruising and swelling of your face. You should rest for several days with your head in an elevated position to minimize swelling. It is important to carefully follow your postoperative instructions to ensure quality healing and the best results possible.

Diet is an important factor in your healing process. It is necessary that you provide your body with the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs to heal following your surgery. Your diet should consist of protein, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits. However, a diet of soft foods may be best immediately following your surgery because of the side effects of the general anesthesia. A detailed list of healthy, nutrient-packed foods will be provided for you before your surgery.
Patients will be required to limit their physical activities following their procedure. You will need to rest for several days after surgery. Most patients return to work two weeks after their procedure. You can resume your regular exercise routine sometime between four and six weeks post-surgery. You shouldn’t smoke for at least six weeks following your procedure.
You will be prescribed medications to take on a routine basis following your surgery. KEFLEX® and CIPRO® (ciprofloxacin) are antibiotics used to prevent infection. Flexeril™ and Valium® are muscle relaxers used to reduce discomfort. Pain medication may also be used to relieve any additional discomfort you may feel during your recovery. medication

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Patients preparing for a facelift should quit smoking six weeks prior to their surgery. You shouldn’t take any blood-thinning medications for two weeks prior to your procedure. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of nutrients. Do not eat after midnight the day of your surgery.
A: Facelift surgery is performed using a local or general anesthetic. This is to ensure patient comfort and safety during the procedure.
A: Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure and takes two to four hours to perform.
A: You will provide Dr. Ip with your health history, inform him of any medications or supplements you are taking, and tell him the results you expect from your procedure. Dr. Ip will assess your anatomy and provide recommendations as to what will work best with your facial contours to provide the results you desire to give you the ultimate outcome.
A: Treated areas will be visibly tighter and look more youthful following your procedure. Your final results won’t be visible until swelling has fully subsided, which may take several weeks. Most patients achieve results that erase five to 15 years from their appearance. Careful maintenance of your skin will ensure the longevity of your results.
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