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One of the first places to show signs of aging is the face. Sagging skin and fine lines begin appearing, and confidence starts slipping away. Getting back the facial features you enjoyed when you were younger isn’t an unobtainable wish; it’s something you can achieve with a Facelift in Boston. This simple procedure can boost your self-esteem and rejuvenate your face’s natural youthful appearance.
Facelift at Taylor & Sullivan Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery
Taylor & Sullivan Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery offers facelift surgery in the Boston, MA, area. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Taylor, and Dr. Sullivan are highly experienced in performing many cosmetic procedures. With their compassionate care and attention to every detail, they are committed to helping patients achieve a brighter and more youthful-looking appearance.
As we age, the skin on our face loses elasticity and collagen, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. The underlying facial fascia and muscles also relax, causing the tissues to sag and fat deposits to shift or diminish, resulting in hollow areas, and a more bottom heavy face. This is not something that we have lifestyle or non-invasive approaches to correct, despite what you may see online.
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to elevate the midface and lower face and improve the visible signs of aging in the face. It is almost always done in conjunction with a neck lift.
There are many different approaches from more limited skin excisions to “deep plane” facelifts where the muscles are elevated off the bone. In our practice, having tried lots of different techniques, we favor a SMAS plication procedure, that aggressively tightens the underlying structures, without overly tightening the skin. In our experience this puts things back where they belong, without making you look “operated on” or like a different person. It also balances safety with respect to risks to the facial nerves. Very frequently we will perform a small volume of fat grafting to the cheeks and lips at the time of a Facelift.
With a Facelift Boston patients can enjoy numerous benefits, including:
Candidates for a Facelift typically include men and women who are in good overall health, have realistic expectations, and are bothered by noticeable signs of aging around the face and neck. However, some factors may disqualify individuals from undergoing the procedure, including:
Concerns that can be addressed with a Facelift include:
Before undergoing our Boston Facelift procedure, a consultation is vital, as a facelift can vary significantly in scope. During your consultation, our team will assess your medical history, examine your face, and discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure. We will also explain the facelift procedure, including the risks and benefits, and answer any questions. We typically meet with patients at least twice before any surgery.
To prepare for the facelift, you may need to make lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, avoiding blood-thinning medications, and following a healthy diet. You should also arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and assist you during recovery. Some patients may spend a night in the hospital, while some may safely go home afterwards.
Facelift surgery can be combined with other procedures to enhance its results. Complementary procedures frequently include eyelid surgery, fat transfer, and lip lift. Combining procedures may make sense anatomically, and medically, but will be different for each patient, and your surgeon will discuss your options with you.
In our practice, a neck lift is almost always done in conjunction with a facelift. A neck lift is a surgical procedure designed to address sagging skin and excess fat in the neck area. During a neck lift, we make small incisions behind the ears and under the chin, remove excess fat and skin, and tighten the underlying muscles. The result is a smoother, more youthful-looking neck. A neck lift can be performed alone or in combination with a Facelift to provide a more comprehensive rejuvenation of the face and neck. Neck lift surgery is an excellent option for patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their neck due to aging, weight loss, or genetic factors.
Facelifts in our practice are typically done under general anesthesia, which we find to be the safest and most comfortable approach for patients. Incisions are made around the ears and hairline to allow for repositioning of the skin and underlying tissues, and often an incision is made in the crease beneath the chin. The SMAS layer is tightened and the excess skin is removed to create a smoother, more toned look. Often some supplemental fat grafting is performed to the cheeks and sometimes the lips.
The length of the procedure can vary depending on each patient’s individual needs, but it typically takes several hours to complete. Many patients can safely go home afterwards, but some patients may spend the night here in the hospital.
If you’re considering a Facelift, it’s important to understand the recovery timeline. While every patient’s experience will be different, there are some general stages of recovery that most people go through.
Here’s what you can expect during each week of your facelift recovery:
During the first week after your Facelift, you’ll need to rest and take it easy. You may experience some pain, swelling, and bruising around your face and neck. Your surgeon will likely prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort, although this is often minimal. You’ll also need to keep your head elevated as much as possible to reduce swelling. The sutures are removed between postoperative days 6 and 8.
By the second week, you should start feeling more like yourself again. Many patients can return to work or other normal activities at this point, although there may still be some residual swelling and bruising. Although things can look fairly normal the face is predictably numb in front of the ears at this point. The scars will still be pink and delicate. We encourage walking and light exercise.
Weeks 3 and 4
During weeks three and four, most patients see a significant improvement in their appearance. Swelling and bruising should continue to subside, although you may still have some residual discoloration around your incision sites. You can resume exercise and other physical activities at this point, but you should still avoid anything too strenuous.
Week 5 and Beyond
After five weeks or so, most patients are healed from their facelift surgery, but the scars will not be mature, and the face will still feel numb, sometimes for up to a year.
Dr. Taylor and Dr. Sullivan at Taylor & Sullivan Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery try to take an individualized and thoughtful approach to each patient. If they don’t think surgery will be helpful, they will tell you. As Harvard faculty members specializing in plastic surgery, with fellowship training in craniofacial surgery, they have been named among the top plastic surgeons in Boston and have received numerous awards and accolades for their work. They are committed to providing personalized care and achieving natural-looking results for their patients.
There is no “right time for surgery” except when something bothers you enough. If you find the descent in your face and neck is impacting your day to day life, it may be time to contact us for a consultation, to see what your options might be. Our experienced surgeons are here to provide you with the care and attention you deserve to achieve natural-looking results. It’s time for you to reclaim your youth and restore your self-confidence - let our experts help make it happen!
Every year, around 131,000 individuals in the United States undergo Facelift surgery – making it one of the most popular cosmetic procedures.
Facelift surgery is performed under anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. We use lots of long acting numbing medicine, and a cocktail of non narcotic medicines post operatively. You may experience some discomfort and soreness during the recovery period, but most patients are pleasantly surprised by how easy the recovery is.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with Facelift surgery. These can include bleeding, problems with wound healing, scarring, nerve damage, and complications related to anesthesia.
The recovery time after a Facelift can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Generally speaking, most patients can return to work and normal activities within two weeks of their surgery. Often the face can look fairly normally, but it does take some time for the face to feel normal.
While the results of a Facelift are long lasting, time marches on. Typically, things never go back to where they were before surgery, but skin continues to relax with the passage of time. Many younger patients may choose to do a facelift or neck lift, because of inherited laxity or positioning of the neck muscles. For those patients, the results are very long lasting.
Most of our patients don’t want to look “different” or “operated on.” Most people just want to see whom they expect to see in the mirror. With that in mind, we strive to create natural-looking results that enhance your features without appearing obvious or artificial. Your surgeon will work with you to determine your desired outcome and develop a treatment plan that achieves those goals while maintaining a natural look.
There is no specific age at which someone should consider getting a Facelift. The decision should be based on individual factors such as whether something bothers you, skin quality, degree of sagging or wrinkles, and overall health. Comorbidities, rather than age, may make you a poor surgical candidate..
Yes. Many patients choose to combine facelift surgery with other cosmetic treatments such as fat grafting, eyelid surgery and lip lift.
The cost of a facelift can vary depending on the type of procedure being performed and the complexity of the case.
It is important to be seen by Dr. Taylor or Dr. Sullivan after your operation. They will see you in follow-up appointments at 1 week, 3 weeks, 3 months, and 1 year or as often as needed post-op. Call to schedule your appointments at Taylor & Sullivan Plastic Surgery office at (617) 492-0620 between the hours of 8:30 – 5:00 or visit our webpage at www.massplasticsurgeons.com. We are always available for postoperative concerns or emergencies and can be reached through our paging service 24 hours per day at (617) 492-0620.
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