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.
"I was months shy of turning 50 years old and the signs of aging was showing on my face and neck. I spent many hours researching a good surgeon and consulted with a total of 4 surgeons. Dr. Katzen was my clear top choice. I underwent a face lift and neck lift. I get many compliments about how much younger I look."- V.S. / Google / May 16, 2019
"Facelift, Neck Lift, Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty, and Chemical Peel. - When people talk to you, naturally, they look at your face and eyes. My face was starting to show signs of aging. I spent a fortune on anti- aging products that does not work. I did not want to resort to plastic surgery but that was the only permanent fix. I had a facelift, neck lift, upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelids) and chemical peel with Dr. Katzen. Dr. Katzen did not over-tightened my face and did a beautiful job restoring it’s youth."- F. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2019
"Microneedling, Immediate Great Results! - Beverly Hills, CA - I'm so pleased with the microneedling facial I had at Dr. Katzen's office. Lorn-Nicole, their esthetician, was thorough in her description of the procedure, explaining how she would first apply the stem cell formula to my face and neck then apply the microneedling "Derma Pen" to help my skin help better absorb the formula and achieve maximum results. She explained there would be some slight discomfort (it was brief and wasn't anything terrible) and that I could expect to see my skin's appearance improve shortly. I was surprised how my face and neck responded so quickly! I had come in with really dry skin from a lot of recent plane travel, but when I left Dr. Katzen's office my skin immediately felt firmer and more supple. In fact, when I flew to New York the next day, a friend commented (unprompted) on how great my skin looked. Over the next days, I noticed the lines around my mouth had diminished and the skin on my neck was much firmer. The care I got at Dr. Katzen's office and with Lorn-Nicole was excellent, and I'm really grateful for this wonderful procedure. I'm looking forward to my next session!"- K.W. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2017
"Entrusted Dr. Katzen with All my Surgeries. - I dealt with body image issues more so after my massive weight loss than when I was obese. All the saggy excess skin made me look and feel OLD. Even my face aged by at least 15-20 years. I had many surgeries with Dr. Katzen: body lift, mons reduction, arm lift, breast lift and aug, thigh lift and torsoplasty. My most recent surgery was a facelift and neck lift. It was also the most noticeable and gratifying surgery of them all. I always felt I was able to hide my body under my clothes but there was no hiding my face. I feel a complete transformation. Dr. Katzen played every part in reconstructing my body and I love every part of it."- L.M. / RealSelf / May 18, 2019
"Will look my best for my daughter's wedding. - My daughter is getting married the end of this summer and I want to look my best. As I age, my face and neck is aging and the wrinkles are very visible and bothersome. With the world of social media, I know my face will be tagged everywhere. I was willing to pay top dollars to get great results. I interviewed a few doctors all over the country. I met with each of them but felt the most..."- K. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2018
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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