Facelift, or rhytidectomy, can improve visible signs of aging on the face by tightening facial muscles, removing excess fat, and redraping the skin of the face and neck. Facelift is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures because it effectively addresses several problems that can affect the face as we age, among them:
- Sun damage
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Deep creases between the nose and mouth
- Jowls around the jaw line
- Excess fat and folds around the neck
Contact our plastic surgery center in San Antonio for more facelift information or to schedule a consultation.
A facelift can give the entire face a refreshed, more youthful appearance by tightening the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and other effects of the natural aging process. And, when combined with other procedures such as eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, or brow lift, you can achieve a total facial makeover that can make you look and feel years younger.
During your initial facelift consultation, Dr. Constance Barone will conduct an evaluation of your face, paying particular attention to your skin and the underlying bone structure. She will also ask if you have any medical conditions such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, problems with blood clotting, or a tendency to scar easily. Dr. Barone encourages patients to be honest and forthright about whether they smoke and/or are taking any medications or drugs, including aspirin. It is important that the initial consult is a frank discussion between you and Dr. Barone in order to avoid problems or complications with the surgery down the road. Dr. Barone will also take this opportunity to be equally honest with you about all aspects of the procedure, including risks and possible alternatives, plastic surgery costs and financing information, and how best to meet your goals.
Dr. Barone will provide you with guidelines on what to eat and drink before the surgery, as well as which medications or vitamins
supplements to take and which to avoid. Our San Antonio facelift surgeon will also advise you to arrange for someone to drive you home, and possibly stay with you for a day or two after the surgery.
If you have very short hair, it also may benefit you to grow it out before surgery, as that can hide the scars while they heal.
Facelift can be performed as an outpatient or inpatient procedure at our new surgery center or in one of our affiliated hospitals in the San Antonio area. The patient is typically given local anesthesia combined with a sedative, although general anesthesia may also be used. Facelift is a very individualized procedure, and Dr. Barone will conform her surgical approach to your needs. Generally, incisions will be made above the hairline at the temples, extend to the front of the ear or inside the front-ear cartilage, and continue behind the earlobe. Skin and fat will be separated from the underlying muscle. Dr. Barone will then tighten the muscles, lift the skin, and remove any excess skin. The incisions are closed, securing the layers of tissue. Depending on the extent of the procedure, facelift typically takes around two hours to complete.
Facial wrinkles, creasing, and sagging can make you look older than you feel. Mini facelift surgery, available at the San Antonio practice of Dr. Constance Barone, efficiently removes up to 10 years from your face with one simple treatment. Known also as The QuickLift™, a mini facelift is less invasive than a full facelift, and creates beautiful, natural-looking results.
Every patient has different cosmetic goals and expectations. Before treatment, you will first come in for a consultation with Dr. Barone. She will examine your skin and facial structure and speak with you about your current health and health history, as well as your cosmetic goals. You will learn about mini facelift and other treatment options so you can make an informed decision. Dr. Barone can explain the results you can expect from a mini facelift, and explain the differences between this and other plastic surgeries.
During your consult, you will not only learn more about mini facelift, but also the final cost you can expect to pay for treatment. The QuickLift™treatment is often performed in conjunction with other treatments such as rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty. Combining treatments helps reduce your expenses for facility fees and anesthesia, and allows you to combine downtime into a single recover period.
Mini facelift is less invasive than some other facial surgery. Dr. Barone makes incisions behind the ears where scars are discreet and easily hidden. From these incisions, Dr. Barone will carefully tighten your skin as well as the underlying tissues, called the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). She will gently tighten sagging skin from the lower half of your face, removing any excess tissue.
After excess tissue is removed, Dr. Barone will close your incisions using a precision suturing technique that reduces the tension on your skin, minimizing the prominence of your visible scarring.
What to Expect
After your mini facelift, you may experience some mild bruising and swelling, although your recovery will be much less intense than with a traditional facelift. You can easily treat any discomfort with pain medication. Over-the-counter pain medication is often sufficient, but Dr. Barone will prescribe stronger medication if needed.
In addition to being less invasive and requiring less recovery time than a traditional facelift, mini facelift offers patients many other benefits, including:
- A smoother neck
- Natural-looking results
- The ability to return home immediately after surgery
- Longer-term results than with injectables
- Tightened jowls
- Better defined facial features and jawline
- Improved cheek contours
Most mini facelift patients are between the ages of 45 and 60, although Dr. Barone has performed this treatment for pages of different ages depending on their unique needs.
How Long Does the Result Last?
The QuickLift™ can erase up to 10 years or more from your appearance almost instantly. Many factors, including skin type, sun exposure and heredity all play a role in determining how long the results will last.
What Can I Expect After the Procedure?
Before proceeding with any treatment, we’ll arrange a private consultation for you with Dr. Barone to discuss your personal desires and concerns. During this appointment, various treatment alternatives will be evaluated, post-operative care will be outlined and any risks associated with the procedure ill be discussed. You’ll carefully review albums of patient photos which serve to illustrate what can and, as importantly, what cannot be accomplished through cosmetic surgery. Naturally, the decision to move forward with any procedure rests entirely with you.
- Natural appearance
- Minimal Recovery
- Lasting results
Today, it is possible to turn back the hands of time – with minimal interruption to your busy lifestyle.
The QuickLift™ is a revolutionary outpatient procedure that lifts and tightens loose skin in the lower region of the face in a minimally invasive way.
QuickLift® Patient Testimonial (Part 1)
How Many Years Has This Procedure Been Performed?
Variations of the QuickLift™ procedure have been performed for more than 30 years; however, the QuickLift™, a modified version of today’s standard facelift, is fast becoming the state-of-the-art procedure for sagging skin of the lower face.
QuickLift® Patient Testimonial (Part 2)
When Should I Have the Procedure?
Most QuickLift™ patients are between 40 and 65+ years of age with moderate to extensive sagging skin in the lower portion of their faces (lower cheeks, jaw line, excess skin under the chin).
*Results, time of surgery and downtime may vary.
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How Is the Procedure Done?
Dr. Barone typically performs this procedure under local anesthesia.
The QuickLift™ is a minor outpatient procedure. Because this procedure is more conservative than a traditional facelift most patients experience minimal post-operative swelling, bruising and risk of complication.
The incision is carefully hidden along the sideburn area, behind the tragus of the ear, and under and behind the earlobe.
The skin and the underlying soft tissues called the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, or SMAS, are tightened and the excess skin is removed.
Dr. Barone uses an exclusive suturing technique to reduce tension at the closure and sutures under magnifications to further minimize visible scarring.