The face usually reveals the first visible signs of aging. Both gravity and loss of volume affect facial features resulting in sagging skin along the jawline (jowls) and neck.
Men and women contemplating facelift (or rhytidectomy) surgery do so for many reasons, including the concern of looking older than they feel. The extent to how a person ages is determined by factors such as genetics, exposure to environmental elements, and the normal activities of living. But you can rest easy, as we're one of the premier providers of facelifts in the Grand Rapids area!
What Can a Facelift Improve?
A facelift is the right choice if you have visible aging signs on the face and the neck, including:
- Deep creases located below the lower eyelids
- Middle-face sagging
- Deep creases that start on the nose and extend to the mouth corners
- Loose skin under the jaw and chin
- Excess fat under the jaw and chin
- Jowls to the lower face as a result of loss of skin tone
Are You a Good Candidate?
The facelift is an extremely effective method of improving your physical appearance, and no cremes or other products can come close to achieving the same results as this surgery. However, there are patients who do not fit the criteria according to which candidates are chosen. You are a good candidate for this type of surgery if you have:
- Flexible, elastic skin that will lead to successful healing
- Strong, well-defined bone structure that will provide the necessary support
- Good overall health, on which the healing depends
- Realistic expectations and understanding that the facelift does not stop aging or change the face foundation
- Loose skin, either on the neck or the face, which is tightened by removing the excess skin
Types of Facelifts
Once you decide to opt for such surgery, your doctor will make the initial consultation for determining the facelift type. While determining this, the doctor considers all factors, such as: the recovery length, the patient's expectations, and the specific target areas. The options you have are:
1. The Traditional Full Facelift
When this procedure is required, the doctor can address various parts of the patient's face, such as the area below the eyes, the sagging that surrounds the cheeks, excess fat under the jaw and chin, lines around the mouth, jowls, and more.
Naturally, since this is a surgery that targets a large area of the face, it requires a long incision. This surgery is usually performed on people with more dramatic aging signs.
2. Mini Facelift
A mini facelift comes with a shorter time for recovery because it involves much smaller incisions than the previous two. The surgery actually targets a small area, usually the jaw, neck, and lower cheeks. Young people with the first signs of aging are the most common group that opts for this procedure.
There are many factors to consider when contemplating face surgery and/or neck lift surgery. In most cases, the surgeons aim to make the incisions above the hairline or in places where there are natural facial creases. The reason for this is that such places will heal better and will better hide the scarring from the surgery.
Other procedures can be combined with a facelift to help achieve a more youthful appearance such as facial liposuction, lip augmentation, forehead lift, eyelid surgery, facial implants, and nose reshaping.
Common Questions About the Facelift Procedure:
Is Dr. Vagotis well versed in facelifts?
Very. Dr. Vagotis did a fellowship in Santa Ana California under renowned plastic surgeon Bruce Connell whose technique was highly sought, widely imitated but never duplicated. Dr. Connell is now deceased and there aren't a lot of other surgeons that have had the privilege or opportunity to study with Dr. Connell and Dr. Vagotis is the only practitioner in the state of Michigan that has. She's the go-to surgeon in Michigan for facelift procedures.
Q. Is financing available for facelift surgery?
Yes. We've prepared various options to accommodate your particular financial situation. Take a look at the financing options available on our financing page.
Q. What are my choices for anesthesia?
Both general anesthesia, as well as local anesthesia, are available options for your procedure. General anesthesia will add to the price of the procedure but many people prefer it because you can sleep peacefully through the entire surgery. With local anesthesia, you are awake but will feel little to no pain.
Q. I'm not sure if I'm ready for a facelift. Are there other options?
Some people who are not sure about getting a face lifting may want to consider getting a neck lift first. A neck lift is a lesser procedure that can give you great results and help you become more confident with surgical procedures in general. Find out more about the neck lift here.
Call Dr. Vagotis today for a free consultation to discuss your options on a facelift or neck lift to look as young as you feel.
Before and After Photos
In the meantime check out some photo examples taken before and after the facelift procedure.