The older you get, the older you look (unless you’re the rare exception). Gravity, exposure to the sun, harsh winds and daily stress all take their toll on your face. Lack of proper exercise, over-eating and age itself are also factors. Have you looked in the mirror or at a recent photo of yourself? If you are over 40 or 50 years old you might see that your jaw isn’t as tight as it was in your 30’s. Often we see a double chin, sagging neck, and those deep creases between our nose and mouth. Keep reading to find out if you should schedule a facelift Los Angeles consultation.
Dr. Vishal Kapoor provides several options for rejuvenation of the aging face. While he can’t stop the aging process, there are options to rejuvenate your face. Dr. Kapoor is a top cosmetic surgeon who uses the SMAS-platysma bidirectional facelift. This gives your face a more natural, longer-lasting result. He finds better results with this surgery than the standard skin only facelift. He can make you look younger and feel more confident about your appearance. A facelift Los Angeles is also known as a rhytidectomy. Its goal is to lift and tighten your face and neck. It is a popular procedure that removes excess fat and tightens the muscles below your skin. Dr. Kapoor then reshapes the skin of your face and neck so it no longer sags.
A facelift is often done in conjunction with eyelid and brow lift surgery. Eyelid surgery also known as blepharoplasty can be a procedure done by itself. Brow lifts or forehead lifts are most common with a facelift.
How do you know if you should get a facelift? Men and women who are looking to get rid of sagging skin in the face and neck are great candidates. The best facelift candidates should have a strong, well defined bone structure. Your skin while somewhat sagging should also have some elasticity. A consultation with Dr. Kapoor will help you decide if a facelift Los Angeles is right for you.
Dr. Kapoor performs surgeries on site at the Beverly Hills Wellness Surgery Center. It is a state-of-the-art AAAHC-certified facility. Surgical times for each patient vary. The average surgery time for a facelift patient is three to five hours. Most patients receive general anesthesia during a facelift. But some opt for local anesthesia and IV sedation.
What happens during facelift surgery?
The incision for a facelift Los Angeles starts above or at the hairline or temples. The incision extends in a natural line in front of the ear or inside of the ear cartilage. It continues behind your earlobe and ends in the lower scalp. Another small incision gets made under your chin. This happens when your neck or jawline is being worked on as well.
Next, Dr. Kapoor is careful to separate the skin from the underlying muscle and fat on your face. He trims or suctions fat from the chin and neckline area. The next step is to tighten the underlying muscle and deeper tissues. These areas are the SMAS and Platysma. Dr. Kapoor then redrapes your skin and trims off any excess. The use of stitches helps secure the layers of tissue. Stitches or metal clips are often used on the scalp incision.
What is facelift recovery like?
Once your surgery is complete, a bandage will get applied to your head. Drainage tubes are often placed under the skin behind your ears. These drainage tubes get taken out within one to two days after your facelift surgery. These tubes help to reduce swelling and blood building up in your lower face. Your face will likely appear pale, bruised, and puffy at first. Your skin might feel tender and numb to the touch. Numbness begins to fade within several weeks to months. Bruising starts to subside within two to three weeks. Dr. Kapoor recommends keeping your head elevated as much as possible. This is very important in the first few days after facelift surgery. It helps to get rid of swelling. Some patients experience minor discomfort. Prescribed pain medication helps to lessen this discomfort. You should plan on taking it very easy for the first week after surgery.
Dr. Kapoor removes the stitches within seven to ten days after surgery. Patients often return to work around day ten to fourteen. Some bruising may still be present upon returning to work. Makeup is a great way to camouflage it. You shouldn’t engage in any strenuous activities during this time. For two to three weeks the following must stop: heavy housework, exercise, saunas, sex, steam baths, and alcohol.
Who are the best candidates?
The best facelift results come from those who have somewhat elastic skin. A strong, well-defined bone structure is also important. Men and women whose face and neck are sagging see a great post-surgical result. Most of the people who get a facelift are between 40 and 60 years of age. Although some are older. Dr. Kapoor helps to make you look younger and more alert. A facelift not only will brighten your face but your spirit, too. There is no reason not to smile when someone takes your photo after a facelift!
Are there risks involved?
There are always risks with any surgery you undergo. Complications with a facelift are few and far between for Dr. Kapoor. This is why you should choose a very experienced Los Angeles plastic surgeon. Some risks occur in patients that have a poor physical condition. This effects your ability to heal. Smoking is the most detrimental to healing. Also, uncontrolled high blood pressure and blood clotting problems impede healing. Despite the utmost care during surgery, sometimes there is a possibility of injury. This happens to motor nerves controlling facial muscles. Infections are very rare. By far the most common complaint is a poor reaction to anesthesia. Hematoma which is bleeding under the facial skin occurs about 3-5% of the time. This would be a more common complication. Millions of people have had successful facelifts. But results are not guaranteed.
What’s the next step?
First, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kapoor. When you visit his office the first thing to answer will be what results you want. Next, you will discuss what parts of your face or neck you would like improved. Dr. Kapoor will go through a medical history with you as well. If you are a smoker you need to stop smoking immediately. He will also review any medications you take. Your face, neck, skin, and bone structure get examined. It is important to be completely honest with Dr. Kapoor about any prior surgeries. If you have a bad reaction to anesthesia or medications please tell him. Your safety is his first priority. Last, Dr. Kapoor will tell you what results you can expect. Always be realistic with your expectations of a facelift.