About Facelift Surgery
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen performs a full variety of facial surgical treatments in Beverly Hills, CA, one of these being a facelift. This surgery concentrates on distinct sections of the face to tighten loose skin features to create a more taut, yet softer 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 an all-encompassing youthful appearance. The facelift technique used will depend on your goals, the condition of your skin, and the amount of laxity present, as well as your lifestyle, age, and anatomy. Some men and women may have enough skin laxity to require a full facelift while others may only need a mid-face lift to achieve their 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.
"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
"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
Facelift Ideal Candidates
Men and women who are suitable for a facelift often wish to correct drooping skin, lines, and wrinkles on the face, whether it be on the entire face or on the upper, mid, or lower face. Facelift surgery can address one or more areas, depending on your unique goals and desired outcome. It's important to understand that age does not necessarily define the right time in life to have a facelift. There are so many factors that come into play, as well as numerous lift techniques, depending on the cosmetic concerns of the patient. The technique chosen will vary for patients who are 40 years old versus those who are in their 60s or 70s. The condition of the skin is one of the most important elements to consider during the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health and refrain from smoking. It's also crucial to have realistic expectations for your outcomes.
Facelift Surgical Technique
No matter the issue you wish to correct, there are various levels of facelift techniques for you to consider. 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 excessive loose skin and droopy features. This facelift is reserved for individuals who have visible signs of advanced aging. With this lift, various facial rejuvenation methods may be combined, including blepharoplasty to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
With a similar approach to the mini lift, the surgery known as 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
This lift addresses the chin area and neck, and in many cases, the jowls. Other procedures, such as neck liposuction or 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 to a higher position, which enhances the mouth, jawline, and jowls. This process creates subtle improvements that look natural.
What to Expect with Facelift
After surgery, you will be monitored before you are released to go home with a responsible adult. Before your procedure, Dr. Katzen or a member of his team will schedule your follow-up appointments and go over tips to help you recover faster and more comfortably. You should expect to see bruising and swelling, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, all of which can be helped with prescription pain medication. You should look and feel normal once these effects disappear after several weeks. Once you have recovered, you will see a more glowing look with fewer lines and sagging. In all, your face will be lifted and younger-looking.
Facelift Frequently Asked Questions
Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, which areas are being addressed, and more. 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?
While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening procedures, these can only produce mild improvements. 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 to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, 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 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 and not fake. He listens to your needs and goals before developing your personalized treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.
The Right Facelift for You
Cosmetic facial surgery can take years off your complexion and give you a fresh, bright look. Today, there are many options for surgery to suit your unique goals. Facelift surgery is designed to help 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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