What will my scars look like?
Dr. Macias will place the incisions in discreet locations along your hairline and behind your ears. As such, any resulting scarring will be obscured and extremely difficult to detect once you’ve healed.
Can I drive after the procedure?
No, it is not safe to drive after the procedure due to the effects of the anesthesia. As such, you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to take you home and stay with you for a few days after surgery.
What’s the difference between a traditional and a mini facelift?
A traditional facelift corrects loose skin and lax muscles along the mid to lower face and neck. It’s ideal for patients who want to address more advanced signs of aging. Conversely, the mini facelift is best for men and women who want to correct earlier signs of aging, such as mild sagging along the lower face and neck.
How long before a significant social event should I get a facelift?
It is often recommended that patients undergo a facelift procedure at least 8 to 10 weeks prior to a big event to allow time for the healing process.
Does a mini facelift get rid of jowls?
Yes. A mini facelift can adjust the skin in the lower face to reduce jowling.
Are there non-surgical ways to tighten neck skin or reduce jowls?
Yes. Ultherapy, dermal fillers, and neuromodulators can all have an impact on jowls.
How long do swelling and numbness last after a facelift?
In most cases, the majority of swelling completely dissipates about 6 to 8 weeks following the procedure. However, these effects are at their worst only in the first two weeks and will fade gradually after that.
What should patients look for in before-and-after photos?
When looking at before-and-after photos, patients should always look for signs of consistency (without a boring uniformity). Beyond that, checking that results are symmetrical and that scars are placed in inconspicuous areas is vital.
Will I be in pain after facelift surgery?
It is normal to feel some pain for 2 to 4 days after the surgery. Some patients have difficulty opening their mouths for the first few days. As feeling returns, patients may notice increased itching or shooting pain around the treatment areas.
What type of anesthesia is used during facelift surgery?
As with most cosmetic surgeries, general anesthesia is employed for a facelift to ensure that the patient doesn’t feel any pain throughout the process.
What risks are associated with facelifts?
Some risks associated with this procedure include Hematomas (collecting of blood under the skin), scarring, nerve injuries, hair loss (can be temporary or permanent), and skin loss.
Where does Dr. Macias perform facelift surgery?
Facelift procedures are carried out in our state-of-the-art facility.
How can I prepare for a facelift?
Some steps to get ready for a facelift procedure include:
- Undergo a blood panel or medical testing
- Adjust medication usage depending on the practitioner’s recommendations
- Apply topical products to the face as per the surgeon’s advice
- Quit or temporarily stop smoking
- Avoid taking blood thinners, such as aspirin, drugs, and certain herbal supplements.