As you age, gravity, sun exposure, and stress can show up on your face. Restore a more youthful appearance with a facelift performed by renowned surgeon Dr. Nicholas Nikolov of The Nikolov Center for Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, California. Call the office or book a consultation online to learn how a facelift can set back the clock and improve the most visible signs of aging.
Signs of aging, such as deep creases between your nose and mouth, a slack jaw, jowly cheeks, and folds and fat around the neck can all be corrected with a facelift. A facelift can’t stop you from aging, but it can remove excess fat, tighten underlying muscles, and redrape loose skin.
The positive effects of a facelift are often complemented by a forehead lift, eye lift, and/or rhinoplasty.
You’re a good candidate for a facelift if you’re experiencing some sagging skin on your face and neck, but still have a strong, defined bone structure and some skin elasticity. The vast majority of facelift patients are between 40 and 60 years of age, but older patients can also have success with the surgery.
A facelift can freshen your look and create a more youthful appearance, but it can’t completely change your face or make you look exactly as you did when you were young. Discuss your aesthetic goals with Dr. Nikolov to get an idea of what to expect and if a facelift is right for you.
Dr. Nikolov usually places a bandage around your face following surgery to minimize the resulting swelling and bruising. You may have small drainage tubes placed under the skin at the surgical site to evacuate any excess fluid and blood.
You’ll rest with your head elevated for the first few days after surgery and take pain-reducing medication as recommended. Within two or three days, your bandages are removed, and you’ll wear an elasticized facial sling.
About a week after your surgery, Dr. Nikolov removes any stitches and checks your incisions for infection. You’ll have restrictions on certain tasks, including bathing, styling your hair, and what types of clothing you can put on during recovery.
Your recovery time depends on your health and the procedure (or procedures) you had performed. Most people can expect to return to work from a standard facelift after about 10-14 days.
To promote proper healing, you’ll need to avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks. You should also stay away from alcohol and steam rooms or saunas as you heal.
To learn if you’re a candidate for a facelift, call The Nikolov Center for Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online.