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FACELIFT INTRODUCTIONA facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that aims to reverse the visible signs of aging on the face to create a youthful and natural look. The goal of a facelift in Greenwich is not to change who you are but simply to take you back to a more youthful version of yourself. It is important to mention that a facelift will only treat sagging of the tissues, as such additional treatments may be necessary, like facial fillers, to treat the loss of facial volume or skin resurfacing with photo rejuvenation to treat skin changes secondary to sun damage. In the world of facelift surgery today, there are so many marketing terms and techniques such as the lifestyle lift, weekend lift, and liquid facelift. This can make things quite confusing for the average patient. Most of these “lifts” simply add volume to the face with fillers like liquid lifts and vampire lifts that aren’t even a facelift as most would define it. So let’s try to clear some things up: fillers only fill and face lifts only lift. Although fillers and fat injections have a very important place in facial rejuvenation, any technique that only adds volume to the face is NOT a facelift.
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WHY GET A FACELIFT?As we age, there are many factors that can affect the elasticity and appearance of our skin such as sun exposure, stress, lifestyle, and genetics. For instance, heavy sun exposure and smoking have a strong detrimental effect and can hasten the process significantly. The changes involve all the features of one’s face to some degree. With the lower face, one sees atrophy and sagging of the cheeks which leads to a deepening of the folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial fold). A loss of a distinct jawline and the formation of jowls can lead to a deepening of the fold between the mouth and jaw (labiomandibular fold). This can be distressing to people who look in the mirror and no longer feel like they are looking at themselves. A facelift, deep-plane facelift, or mini facelift can be the perfect solution for individuals who are experiencing the issues mentioned above. There are different degrees of facelifts and we realize not all patients want an extreme procedure. That is why Dr. Elsa Raskin in Greenwich offers variations of facelift procedures, including the short scar facelift, the facelift, and the deep-plane facelift.
WHY CHOOSE DR. RASKIN?Dr. Raskin performs facelifts in the privacy of her own office operating room, although some patients request to have surgery at Greenwich Hospital. A nurse is often on duty to watch over you the first night and Dr. Raskin will check on your progress the next day. The results of your facelift performed by Dr. Raskin can take 20 years off your face! Dr. Raskin understands the key to a non-surgical appearing facelift is to avoid skin tension and to restore the anatomy underneath the skin. The method of tightening the deeper soft tissue and muscles under the skin has become the cornerstone of the modern technique of facelifting. This technique is sometimes called SMAS repositioning.
“SHE TRULY DESERVES THE ACCOLADES SHE RECEIVES AS ONE OF THE BEST DOCTORS IN CONNECTICUT.”
I highly recommend Dr. Raskin. I had never been in surgery or done any work, so was nervous about the experience. Furthermore, I work full-time, so could not afford to take a lot of time off. Finally, I wanted to “look younger” without looking like I had any work done. Dr. Raskin accomplished all three things for me: she was extremely reassuring about the operation, I was back at work in two weeks, and all I heard from people was that “my hair looked different”! I would highly recommend Dr. Raskin as the work she did was like an artist. She truly deserves the accolades she receives as one of the best Doctors in Connecticut.J.M., facelift, fillers/toxins
WHAT IS A DEEP-PLANE FACELIFT?The deep-plane facelift technique is a variation of the traditional facelift that reaches deeper into the tissues to lift. The deep-plane technique focuses on the region beneath the SMAS layer, allowing Dr. Raskin to lift both the SMAS layer and the skin simultaneously. This can create more natural-looking results that last longer than standard facelift results. Superficial supporting ligaments are released as part of the deep-plane facelift to eliminate a “pulled” look.
FACELIFT POST-OP AND RECOVERYAfter the procedure in Greenwich, a drainage tube may be placed behind your ear and your head may be wrapped in bandages. These will both be removed the day after surgery. Pain is minimal although your face may be bruised, swollen, or numb for a few weeks. Stitches are removed after about five days, with sutures potentially needing additional healing time. It’s important to not partake in any strenuous activity for at least a week post-op, and you must be extra gentle with your hair, hairline, and face. Most patients look and feel better after three weeks and many can return to work after two weeks.
WHAT PROCEDURES PAIR WITH A FACELIFT?As we age, the skin thins and the fat atrophies and deflates and the underlying facial bones lose volume and projection. Having small or flat cheekbones or a weak chin can accelerate someone aged appearance. As a result, more complex facial rejuvenation such as fat grafting or laser resurfacing may be done in conjunction with a facelift. In addition, some patients chose to have their upper and lower eyes rejuvenated in the same surgery. Too long of an upper lip can also be addressed by a lift which will greatly improve your smile.
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR A FACELIFT?There is no age limit for a facelift as long as your health allows and your internist has cleared you for surgery. The procedure is done under twilight anesthesia with very little risk. A standard facelift is best when someone wants to correct excess skin in her neck area. The ideal patient here is in their mid-fifties, the sixties, or seventies. The procedure addresses the same areas as a mini facelift and also jowls, loose neck, and vertical bands. An additional incision might be necessary under the chin to correct the platysma muscle. The short scar facelift is best suited for patients in their forties and fifties.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A FACELIFT?Though pricing can vary significantly based on the scope and individual needs of the patient, the typical price range is $20,000-$25,000.
Dr. Raskin offers a popular cosmetic surgery known as a mini facelift in Greenwich. A mini-facelift is done for patients who are looking to rejuvenate primarily their lower face and jowls. The main difference between this type of rejuvenation and a full facelift is the length of the scar. The mini lift or also called the short scar facelift has most of the incision in front of the ears and does not extend to the sideburns and back of the neck like most traditional facelifts. This short scar facelift is best suited for patients in their forties and fifties. A mini facelift is a type of cosmetic surgery that focuses on improving the visible signs of facial aging. However, unlike a traditional facelift which also includes cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of the neck, a mini facelift purely addresses problems with the lower half of the face – such as sagging jowls and lines from the nose to lips and/or lips to the chin. Smoothing and tightening the skin in this area will give you a more defined jaw, sculpted cheeks, and fewer lines and wrinkles. Dr. Raskin‘s comprehensive approach will give you the most natural and youthful results. During your consultation, she will specifically address your needs as no two patients are the same.
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