Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Godek is proud to offer facelift surgery. It is one of the most powerful tools available to a plastic surgeon for the purpose of reversing the visible effects of aging. As you get older, skin loses its elasticity, muscles slacken, and as a result, wrinkles and jowls begin to form. Facelift surgery treats all of these problem areas with the goal of leaving you with skin and facial features that are smooth, refreshed, and rejuvenated.
What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?
The goal of facelift surgery is to make you look younger, not different. Depending on your unique needs and desires, the facelift procedure can be customized to help:
- Lift and tighten facial skin and musculature
- Smooth wrinkles and folds
- Elevate sagging jowls
- Restore volume loss in the cheeks/midface
- Remove and/or reposition displaced fat
- Tighten and remove excess neck skin
- Minimize the appearance of vertical neck bands
In contrast to what many believe, facelift surgery does not directly address the upper third of the face. As a result, patients who also have aesthetic concerns pertaining to the eyes and/or forehead region may benefit from combining their facelift procedure with blepharoplasty and/or brow lift surgery for a more comprehensive rejuvenation.
Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?
Facelift surgery can be a great option for many women and men seeking to address signs of aging in both the face and neck. Good candidates are typically those experiencing one or more of the following concerns:
- Moderate to significant lines, wrinkles, creases, and/or skin folds
- Sagging skin of the midface, lower face, and/or neck
- Noticeable loss of volume in the midface and cheeks
- Displaced and/or excess fat accumulations
- Lax, sagging skin along the jawline (jowls)
- Vertical neck bands caused by muscle laxity
In addition to being bothered by at least one of the issues above, candidates for a facelift must be in relatively goo
The Facelift Surgery
The facelift is a highly complex cosmetic enhancement procedure that requires a high-degree of artistry and a proven level of surgical expertise. Dr. Godek begins the procedure with incisions behind the hairline or other locations that are out of plain sight. During the procedure, Dr. Godek will remove excess tissue, fat, and skin. He will then work to reduces wrinkles and other visible signs of aging by tightening the remaining skin and underlying facial muscles. This should ultimately give the face a smoother, more youthful, and refreshed appearance. Dr. Godek takes great care to produce results that look not only beautiful, but also very natural.
A facelift procedure generally lasts between two and three hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.
After the Procedure
Following facelift surgery, you will need to have a close friend or family member drive you home, as operating a vehicle within 24 hours of being under general anesthesia is unsafe. Once home, someone will need to assist you with lifting heavy items and taking care of basic household tasks for at least a couple days. During this time, you should rest and avoid any overexertion to help ensure the initial stages of healing go as planned.
Within a few days after facelift surgery, and after you have had time to heal, the dressings and sutures are removed. Bruising and swelling after a facelift procedure are usually minimal, but ultimately depend on the extent of the surgery. In most cases, these side effects diminish within a week or two, at which time normal, non-strenuous work and daily routines may be resumed. A return to all activities – including strenuous exercise and vigorous physical activity – is generally allowed four to six weeks after surgery.
Contact the Personal Enhancement Center
For more information on facelift surgery, or to schedule a consultation, contact the Personal Enhancement Center in New Jersey today by calling (732) 908-2599 or by filling out the contact form on our website. We look forward to helping you achieve the look you have been hoping for.