What is a Facelift?A facelift is cosmetic surgery that tightens and smooths wrinkles on the lower half of your face by removing excess tissue, tightening your facial muscles, and repositioning your skin. Facelift surgery is one of the most popular types of facial surgery.
What are the Benefits of a Facelift?Many residents of South Florida trust Dr. Rubinstein for his exceptional results that include benefits such as:
- Lifts drooping cheeks
- Lifts mouth and chin
- Tightens the jaw line
- Provides long-lasting effects
- Removes drooping neck or “jowls”
- Youthful, more vibrant-looking skin
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
When Should I Have a Facelift?Many people schedule a consultation with Dr. Rubinstein when the telltale signs of aging begin to affect their confidence and self-esteem. If you would like to slow the signs of aging and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery, then a facelift may be the right procedure for you.
What is the Facelift Procedure Like?Though safe and effective, a facelift is a more intensive procedure generally requiring admittance to a local hospital and a one night stay for observation. You will be given general anesthesia for the procedure, meaning you will be fully asleep and without pain during the procedure. The procedure takes about three to five hours with incisions made along the hairline to ensure they are well-hidden after recovery. When the surgery is complete, Dr. Rubinstein applies bandages around your face and places drains to remove fluids that commonly build up as a result of surgery. The bandage and drains are removed 24 hours later, and you are released from the hospital to continue healing in the comfort of your home.
How Long Is Recovery from Facelift Surgery?Most patients are surprised to discover recovery from facelift surgery is relatively easy and painless. Most patients feel pain, tightness, bruising and swelling of the skin only for the first few days following surgery. To keep these symptoms minimal, keep your head in an elevated position with as little movement as possible. Dr. Rubinstein also provides a prescription for pain medicines and healing supplements to aid in your recovery during the first week. After seven days, the first set of stitches is removed. Most discomfort and the feeling of “tightness” subside after the initial week, and you may begin to wear makeup again. In the second week of surgery, the second set of stitches is removed, and most bruising and swelling is gone. Most patients return to work anywhere between ten to fourteen days after surgery. If you routinely exercise, you may begin your routine again two to three weeks after surgery though light exercise can begin 2 days after surgery.
Can a Facelift Be Combined With Other Procedures?Board-certified plastic surgeon Adam J. Rubinstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., routinely combines a number of other facial surgery options safely and effectively. Combined procedures are exceptionally useful when you wish to reduce the signs of aging uniformly across your face. Some common procedures combined with facelifts include:
- Brow Lift (Forehead Lift)
- Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty/Ptosis Repair)
- Neck Lift (iGuide®)
- Cheek Augmentation (Cheek Implants)
- Chin Surgery (Chin Augmentation / Jaw Implants / Facial Implants)
- Lip Augmentation
What Does a Facelift Cost in Miami, FL?As an elective procedure, a facelift is generally not covered by medical insurance. In addition to accepting cash, personal check, credit cards, other convenient financing options are available to make your dream results affordable.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should you get a facelift?
While there is no specific period of time in which it is appropriate to consider a facelift, we usually see patients between the ages of 55 and 75 interested in the facelift procedure. To see if a facelift is your best option, talk to Dr. Rubinstein during your one-on-one consultation.
How do I prepare for a facelift?
Preparing for your facelift is similar to preparing for any other type of surgery. You should stop smoking, discontinue any anti-inflammatory medications that may cause thinning blood, and talk to Dr. Rubinstein to find out which of your prescription medications you should stop taking prior to your procedure.
Is a facelift permanent?
While the body is always vulnerable to aging, the results of your facelift have the potential of lasting a lifetime with the proper skincare routine. We recommend coming in for regular skin rejuvenation treatments and taking up a medical-grade skincare routine to help you maintain the results of your facelift.
How long should I ice after a facelift?
Before your facelift, Dr. Rubinstein will give you a list of specific post-operative care instructions to follow, including how long and how often to ice different areas of your face. It is important you follow these instructions carefully, as not icing enough may stall the healing process and over-icing may cause damage to the skin.
What is a liquid facelift?
A liquid facelift is a non-surgical alternative to the facelift. The minimally-invasive procedure refers to a combination of dermal filler and injectable treatments that, when strategically placed, temporarily mimic the results you see with a traditional facelift. Talk to Dr. Rubinstein to see if this is a better option for you.