Our age tends to show up first in our faces. Skin loses elasticity and the production of collagen slows, leading to loose skin and wrinkles. Facial tissue also thins and muscles weaken, creating sagging, deep lines and shadowing. All of these changes contribute to the “tired face” look associated with aging. Getting a facelift can reverse some of the most noticeable effects of time, helping your outer appearance better reflect your inner vitality.
Dr. Waleed Ezzat is double board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery. He prides himself on creating natural-looking facelift results that enhance your existing features so you look refreshed, never “done.”
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When to Consider a Face Lift
The most common reasons women and men consider getting a facelift include:
- Deep facial creases, such as in the nasolabial folds
- Loose skin around the low face and jowls
- Sagging in the cheeks and midface
The best facelift candidates are in good overall mental and physical health and have realistic expectations for what the procedure can accomplish.
Before Your Face Lift
Prior to scheduling your facelift surgery, you’ll have a private consultation with Dr. Ezzat. During this appointment, you can learn more about the procedure and the results you can expect. You’ll also have the chance to ask any questions you may have and discuss any concerns about getting surgery.
Dr. Ezzat will evaluate your candidacy and listen to your cosmetic goals so he can make further recommendations on the right approach to enhance your face and get you natural looking results. Since areas of the face are in harmony with each other, many facelift candidates choose to combine their procedure with a neck lift, while those who are more concerned with a loss of volume through the mid face may see better results from a cheek lift. Adding a blepharoplasty or brow lift can also provide a more comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation.
Your Face Lift Procedure
Facelifts can be performed either under local or general anesthesia, depending on the individual and the surgical technique. This is an outpatient procedure and all incisions are placed in discreet areas such as the hairline and behind the ear.
During your facelift surgery, Dr. Ezzat will carefully lift the skin and tighten the underlying musculature. He will also reallocate fatty tissue to create more youthful contours before gently tightening the skin and smoothing out facial wrinkles. The incisions are then closed and dressed.
Your Face Lift Recovery
Your recovery after a facelift will depend on the extent of your procedure, whether you included additional treatments, and how your body responds to surgery. During the first few days, the bandages should be kept dry and the head elevated. It’s normal to experience some amount of discomfort, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications or a prescription. Swelling and bruising is to be expected, and should gradually subside over the coming weeks.
Most people take 10 days to 2 weeks away from work and their normal routine after a facelift. You should avoid strenuous activities for at least 1 month after getting your facelift, and keep your incisions protected from direct sun exposure for at least 6 months. Studies show that it takes the body one year to fully heal, so your results will continue developing over the next 12 months.
Your New Look
After recovering fully from your facelift, your natural features should still look as much like you as ever, while sagging and wrinkles should be minimized. You should notice a smoother and more youthful contour to the face, helping you greet your reflection with a smile.
Contact us online or call our Boston office at 617-414-4980 to take the first step toward reaching your ideal look with a facelift.