What is a Facelift?
Over time, our bodies begin exhibiting signs of age. The most prominent signs of this aging are wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and jowling. The desire for a more youthful appearance is very natural, and one way to achieve it is through a surgical intervention known as the facelift.
In a facelift, your plastic surgeon will make incisions that allow them to access layers of facial skin, tissue, and muscle. Excess tissue is removed, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. A facelift can smooth over wrinkles and reduce the signs of sagging, leaving you with a refreshed and rejuvenated look.
We are happy to offer the facelift procedure to our patients here at Michigan Cosmetic Surgery.
What are the Benefits?
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mariam Awada is known for her aesthetic approach; an artist at heart, she crafts facelift results that look beautiful and natural. She strives to make her patients look youthful and revived, never like they have “had work done.”
There are a number of other benefits that you can anticipate from your facelift, including:
- Elimination or reduction of deep wrinkles, creases, crow’s feet, and fine lines
- Tightening of the skin, reducing sagging or jowling
- Removal of excess fat, resulting in a more pleasing facial contour
- Surgical scars are concealed behind the ears or the hairline, making them almost invisible
- Facelifts are always customized to the patient, ensuring results that are personalized
How Do I Know if a Facelift is Right for Me?
Who is a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for a facelift are women or men who wish to reduce the signs of aging, including but not limited to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging facial skin. The best candidates are in good health overall, with no underlying conditions that would impede healing, and they have realistic expectations about the procedure.
Who is Not a Good Candidate?
Patients who are looking to address more specific issues, like a double chin or droopy eyelids, may be advised to consider alternative procedures that are better suited to their needs. Additionally, we do not recommend facelifts to patients who are not in good health overall, or who have unrealistic expectations about their facelift.
Do I Have to Be at Least 18 to Get a Facelift?
Technically, anyone 18 or above can get a facelift. Generally speaking, though, facelifts are most effective for patients who are at least 60 or older.
What are the Different Types of Facelift Procedures?
Many of the patients we see at Michigan Cosmetic Surgery are primarily worried about issues on the bottom half of their face, including sagging around the corners of their mouth, jowling, and loose skin around the neck. If you have similar concerns but are generally happy with the area around your eyes, you may benefit from a lower facelift.
A full facelift is recommended for patients who want to correct issues across their face, including sagging, jowling, and loose skin around the neck, but also wrinkles, fine lines, and issues around the eyes and the forehead. A full facelift is more involved, will come with a longer recovery period, and offers more comprehensive results.
Before & After
Dr. Mariam Awada provides facelift results that look natural and graceful. See results directly from our patients by browsing our gallery.
Is There a Non-Surgical Option for a Facelift?
InstaLift is a non-surgical facelift alternative, using a resorbable suture with bidirectional cones to lift the facial tissues. When the sutures dissolve, they trigger the production of collagen, increasing volume and restoring shape to the mid-face area.
If you are looking for a way to regain a youthful facial appearance without the need for surgical intervention, InstaLift may be a good option, offering results quickly and painlessly. The procedure is done right here in our office, takes less than an hour, and does not result in any scarring. Downtime is minimal, and side effects are typically limited to very mild swelling and bruising.
The Facelift Procedure Process
Dr. Mariam Awada treats each patient like they are a member of her own family. When you join her for a consultation, she will take plenty of time getting to know you, understanding your goals, and talking you through possible treatment options.
What Should I Do to Prepare for My Facelift?
When you meet with Dr. Mariam Awada and the rest of our all-female team, we will furnish careful instructions about how to prepare for your facelift procedure. Generally, this means abstaining from smoking, and discontinuing the use of any supplements or medications that can cause bleeding.
How Long Does a Facelift Procedure Take?
The timeframe for your facelift all depends on your specific needs and expectations. Depending on the patient, it may take anywhere from two to five hours.
Will Getting a Facelift Hurt During the Procedure?
Patient comfort and safety are our top priorities. We always supply anesthesia options to ensure that your facelift is devoid of any pain or discomfort.
Facelift Recovery and Expectations
Following your facelift, you can anticipate some bruising and swelling. There will be some pain for a few days, but this is easily managed with medication. Over-the-counter remedies are usually sufficient.
Because of the swelling, it may take up to a month before you really get a clear sense of your final results. We always urge patience as the final outcome should be worth it.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Generally speaking, the results from a facelift will last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, but it can vary from one patient to the next. Maintaining a good skincare regimen will help your results last longer.
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
“Dr. Awada took a lot of time and care in her consultation to explain my options and answer all my questions. She was kind and genuine and made me feel very comfortable.”
-Patient from RealSelf
Other Things to Consider Before You Begin
Are There Any Risks to Getting a Facelift?
Any time you have surgery, there are going to be risks involved. The facelift is no exception. Some of the most common side effects include bleeding, anesthesia complications, infection, facial nerve injury, prolonged swelling, and skin discoloration. There are a couple of things you can do to minimize these risks. First, make sure you work with a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon. And second, carefully follow all of the doctor’s instructions, especially with regard to recovery and aftercare.
What Other Procedures Can Be Combined with a Facelift?
Dr. Mariam Awada often combines the facelift with a fat graft. This involves harvesting excess fat from elsewhere on your body, then using it to add volume to your face in the areas where you need it most. Surgeries such as blepharoplasty can also be performed to correct specific issues surrounding the eyelids and brow.
Are There Any Other Facelift Alternatives to Achieve the Results I’m Looking For?
As you consider your options for an improved facial appearance, you may be interested in first exploring non-surgical options, like the MINT Lift®. These procedures are not quite as comprehensive in the results they offer, but for younger patients, in particular, they can be just right. Contact us to ask about additional options.
Is a Facelift Really Worth It?
Only you can decide whether getting a facelift is the right call. With that said, Dr. Awada and her team can walk you through the entire process step-by-step so that you can look forward to achieving your facial goals.
Schedule Your Consultation with Michigan Cosmetic Surgery Today!
Ready to take the next steps toward a revived, rejuvenated facial appearance? Reach out to Michigan Cosmetic Surgery at your next opportunity and schedule a facelift consultation.