About Facelift Surgery
Plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Dorner provides a full variety of facial cosmetic surgery in the Dublin and Columbus, OH area. One of the most popular surgeries at Dorner Plastic Surgery is a facelift. This procedure concentrates on specific sections of the face to address loose skin features to create a younger, softer appearance. Depending on your unique concerns, a facelift can focus on the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom portion including the jowls, mouth, neck, and more for an all-over youthful look. The facelift method used depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, age, lifestyle, and other influences. Some men and women may be candidates for a full facelift, while others may only want a mid-face lift. Dr. Dorner is a skilled surgeon who has a complete understanding of the complex anatomy of a facelift procedure. The goal is to create a natural look that is soft and beautiful.
Picking a facelift surgeon can be a difficult process. Even though every technique is called a facelift, they vary tremendously. The most advanced facelift today is a deep plane multi-vectored facelift. This procedure requires longer operating time, increased skill and training of the surgeon, but provides a much more natural appearance and much longer-lasting outcomes. The typical skin or suture-based facelift, which most "quick lifts" are based upon, usually last about 2 – 3 years. A SMASectomy (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) facelift, which is the mainstay of most surgeons, will give you about five years of results. However, the deep plane multi-vectored facelift will give you upwards of 12 and a half years of results. What really separates this procedure from other techniques is that it releases retaining ligaments of the face which allows for a greater tightening of the skin. The tightening is based on deep tissues, not the skin, so you do not receive a stretched or pulled look. The multi-vectored part means that the tissues are tightened in the appropriate directions to give the natural result. Advanced facelift techniques are Dr. Dorner’s specialty, and he is happy to share his expertise with anyone interested in finding out more and learning why these techniques are superior to the heavily advertised "quick lifts" or standard SMASectomy facelifts.
One of the advantages at Dorner Plastic Surgery is that Dr. Dorner performed a year-long facelift fellowship with Dr. John Owsley, the top facelift surgeon at the time in the nation. Dr. Dorner has brought advanced techniques and West Coast skill to the Midwest. Comparatively speaking, you get the same technique at half the price in the Midwest. This same facelift out on the opposite coast would cost upwards of $50,000 and sometimes $100,000. Visit Dorner Plastic Surgeon, discover the difference, and get the best technique available.
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Candidates for a facelift have visible lines and facial wrinkles whether it be on the entire face or on the upper, mid, or lower sections. Facelift surgery can address many aspects depending on your unique needs. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the appropriate time to have a facelift. There are so many factors and concerns, and also numerous lift methods depending on what is being corrected. The facelift chosen will vary for patients who are 35 years old versus those in their 60s and 70s. Skin elasticity is one of the most important factors in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health and refrain from smoking, and also have realistic expectations.
Depending on your individual needs, there are a number of facelifts available. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper portion of the face, while others focus on the middle and lower. Furthermore, some procedures are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some men and women to have a brow lift, forehead lift, or fillers and BOTOX to enhance their results. A few of the more common facelift methods include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift generally places an incision along the hairline, then extends down to the temples, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are gently pulled and tightened to produce a lifted look, which softens excessive lines and wrinkles. The traditional facelift is reserved for men and women who have signs of advanced aging. With this lift, many techniques may be combined, including upper or lower blepharoplasty to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
Using a similar technique to the mini lift, the mid-facelift (cheeks) focuses on the sagging near the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works nicely for those who seek improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face, including the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
This particular facelift addresses the neck and chin, and in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods, such as laser skin tightening or Kybella, can also be used for chin reduction to attain a softer, tighter neck.
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a small incision is made around the ears to lift the skin, which affects the mid to lower face. This method creates subtle improvements that look natural.
What to Expect
After surgery, you will be monitored before you are released to go home with a responsible adult. Before your facelift, Dr. Dorner or a member of his team will schedule your follow-up appointments and discuss tips to make you heal faster. You should expect to have swelling and puffiness, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped by pain prescription medication. You should look and feel normal after 2 – 4 weeks. You will notice a softer, more youthful appearance. Overall, your face will be slightly lifted and rejuvenated.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facelift cost?
The total cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used. During your consultation, Dr. Dorner will develop your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once this is established, he can discuss cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it is best to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Dorner, instead of the cheapest price. Dorner Plastic Surgery can help you find low-interest medical financing that will make your surgery easier to afford.
Which technique is best for me?
The best surgical facelift technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, which areas of your face are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Dorner will discuss the different surgical techniques during your consultation. He will then help you decide which technique is best for you.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening procedures, these can usually only produce mild improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to significantly improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Dorner will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you decide what is best for your needs and goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like Juvéderm and BOTOX, have become very popular in recent years to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments can give early signs of aging, but the results are temporary. A facelift can produce more dramatic improvements than injectables with results that can last for a long time. Ask Dr. Dorner about injectable treatments during your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Many patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they live in a wind tunnel. Dr. Dorner focuses on giving you a natural-looking result, so you look refreshed and not fake. He listens to your needs and goals before developing your personal treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.
The Right Facelift for You
Facelift surgery can take years off your face and help create a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your personal needs and goals. This treatment is designed to help you look younger but still natural. To learn more, we invite you to call Dorner Plastic Surgery to set up your private consultation with Dr. Dorner.