what is Facelift Surgery?
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen offers a wide range of facial surgeries in Beverly Hills, CA, including facelifts. This surgery focuses on certain parts of the face, which tightens loose skin and creates a tauter, smoother appearance. Depending on your concerns and goals for surgery, a facelift can address the lines and wrinkles near the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, or the bottom two-thirds (including the jowls, mouth, neck, and more) to create a more youthful appearance. The facelift technique depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, and the amount of skin laxity. We will also take into consideration your lifestyle, age, and gender. Depending on the amount of skin laxity, you may need a full facelift or a mid-facelift to achieve your cosmetic goals. Dr. Katzen is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who has a complete understanding of the complexity and delicate anatomy of facelift surgery. The overall goal is to create a natural look that's gorgeous, subtle, and still striking.
What are the benefits of a facelift?
There are many benefits of a facelift procedure, including:
- Reduction of sagging skin
- A lifted, firmer appearance to the face
- Long-lasting results
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
- Strategically placed scars that can be easily hidden
- Customized treatment options
"I Had Body Lift, Thigh Lift, Arm Lift, Face and Neck Lift (Not All at Once) - What an adventure I have been on for the last two and a half years! First I had weight loss surgery, and got healthier and of course much slimmer. After losing so much weight, I was left with massive amounts of skin and fat. My body looked like a wrinkly 80-year-old body. I contemplated plastic surgery but kept talking myself out of it. I figured it was not a necessity. Over months' time, I felt more and more irritated with my body. I couldn’t fit into clothes properly, I looked old and I didn’t feel “normal”.I knew if I was going to have plastic reconstructive plastic surgery, it was going to be with the one and only Dr. Timothy Katzen in Beverly Hills. He dedicated most of his practice to weight loss patients just like me. I underwent a circumferential body lift, thigh lift, arm lift, face and neck lift (not all at once). All I ever wanted was to feel pretty and fit in with society’s norm. Dr. Katzen exceeded my expectations. I feel better than normal. I can wear tight clothing without any bulges showing. I can never imagine wearing the types of clothes I wear now with confidence."- R. / RealSelf / Dec 07, 2020
"Facelift and neck lift after weight loss - unbelievable results - It's not common to find many people talking about facelift and neck lift after weight loss. For me, as I was losing weight after bariatric surgery, I noticed my face started to get droopier and I looked older without the "fat" in my face. I underwent facelift and neck lift with Dr. Timothy Katzen and the results are unbelievable. He didn't over-tighten my face where it was obvious that I had something done. People I work with and family members continue to compliment how young and good I look."- M. / RealSelf / Feb 01, 2022
"Loving my New Body (Body Lift and Thigh Lift) - I met Dr. Katzen at a weight loss convention. He did a presentation on Plastic Reconstructive Surgery after Weight Loss. He talked about all the common procedures that his weight loss patients have had done, such as body lift, thigh lift, breast aug, arm lift, torsoplasty, facelift, etc...I was so intrigued by him and his skills. He literally transforms bodies so beautifully. At the time, I had just had bariatric surgery. One and a half years later, I went to him for a body lift and thigh lift. He made me a new body that I love so much."- W. / RealSelf / Aug 29, 2022
"Beautiful job on my facelift! Just enough to look young & fresh - I had a facelift with Dr. Timothy Katzen and I love my new fresh face. Everyone who knows me instantly compliments how much younger I look. Dr. Katzen did not over "tighten" my face. He did just enough to make me look young and fresh. I love how Dr. Katzen puts so much care and attention to detail in his work. Dr. Katzen is simply the best!"- C.D. / RealSelf / Sep 13, 2022
"I got the Morpheus8 treatment done by Dr. Katzen’s PA, Talia. She was sweet, professional, and made me feel comfortable the entire time. I noticed the difference in my pore size 3 days after treatment. I got it done on my face and neck for skin tightening, face contouring, and pore reduction. I’m going back for a second treatment next week. I got a special of 3 sessions for $2500 which is about the average price from what I’ve been seeing."- A.A. / Yelp / Oct 04, 2022
who is a candidate for FACELIFT surgery?
Depending on your unique goals and desired outcome, facelift surgery can address one or more areas of the face. A facelift can address a variety of concerns, including:
- Drooping skin
- Fine line
- Face or neck folds
- Volume loss in the cheeks
- Smile lines
When it comes to getting a facelift, age does not necessarily define the right time in life to undergo the surgery. At your consultation with Dr. Katzen, he will consider several factors, including age, skin laxity, medical history, and lifestyle. Based on this information, he will develop a personalized treatment plan and select the best technique. The technique will vary for patients who are 40 years old versus those in their 60s or 70s. Additionally, facelift patients should maintain good physical health, avoid smoking, and set realistic expectations for facelift results.
what to expect during FACELIFT surgery
No matter the issue you wish to treat, Dr. Katzen will help you consider various types of facelift techniques. Some facelifts address the upper portion of the face while others focus on the middle and lower. In addition, some methods are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some patients to have an eyelid lift, brow lift, or fillers and BOTOX to complement and enhance their final results. A few of the more common facelift options include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift often employs an incision close to the hairline that extends down to the area near the temples, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are carefully pulled and safely tightened to produce a lifted outcome, which reduces loose skin and droopy features. This facelift is reserved for individuals who have visible signs of advanced aging. With this lift, various facial rejuvenation treatments may be combined, including blepharoplasty, to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
Using a similar approach to the mini lift, a mid-facelift focuses on the hollow and lax areas close to the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works well for those who hope to attain improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face, which also improves the look of the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
A lower facelift addresses the chin area and neck, and in many cases, the jowls. Other procedures, such as a neck lift, can be performed for chin reduction to attain a younger, tighter-looking neck.
- Mini Facelift
For a mini facelift, a thin, small incision is made around the ears to lift the skin into a higher position, which enhances the mouth, jawline, and jowls. This process creates subtle improvements that look natural.
how long is recovery after FACELIFT surgery?
After surgery, we will take you back to the recovery room for close monitoring, then send you home with a responsible adult. Before your procedure, Dr. Katzen or a member of his team will schedule your follow-up appointments and provide aftercare tips to help with recovery and any discomfort. At first, you may experience some bruising, swelling, and soreness. To reduce any pain, Dr. Katzen may prescribe medication to decrease uncomfortable symptoms. You should look and feel normal after these effects start to disappear in several weeks. Once the swelling and bruising subside, you will begin to see a more glowing complexion with fewer lines and sagging. Overall, your face will appear lifted and younger-looking.
FACELIFT Surgery FAQs
Which facelift technique works best for me?
The best technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, and which areas we address. To produce the results you want, Dr. Katzen will go over the different techniques during your consultation, as well as their pros and cons. He will then help you decide which technique is best for you.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Katzen will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you decide what is best for your goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like Juvéderm and BOTOX, have become very popular treatment options to refresh the face. Injectable wrinkle treatments are good for the 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. Katzen about injectable treatments during your consultation.
Will my facelift 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. Katzen focuses on giving you a natural-looking result so you look refreshed. He listens to your needs and goals before developing your personalized treatment plan with a technique that will produce your best results.
look and feel refreshed
Cosmetic facial surgery can take years off your complexion and give you a fresh, bright look. Today, there are many options for surgery to align with your unique goals. Facelift surgery helps you look younger but natural. For more information, we invite you to get in touch with Dr. Timothy Katzen in Beverly Hills, CA to schedule your one-on-one consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon.
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