To some degree or another, every man and woman experiences changes in his or her face, in the way of living life and growing older.
Time for a Facelift?
It is an inescapable truth that as we age, we lose muscle tone as well as elasticity in our skin, causing a loss of facial volume, facial sagging and wrinkling to whatever degree. As the skin sags, fat and tissue can accumulate under the chin area. Increased sun exposure, or even one’s genetics can accelerate the aging process. Our Los Angeles facelift can improve the appearance of the face as well as the neck, returning you to a more youthful state.
Are you showing your age?
Every person shows his or her age in different ways. The effects of one’s genetics, the environment and even gravity take a toll on one’s face. Dr. Lee uses a multifaceted approach, so that each of her patient’s may achieve natural, lasting facial rejuvenation. This approach delivers one of the most exquisite results after a facelift.
Natural Looking Facelift Results
Dr. Lee understands that a customized approach is the best route to take, to achieve natural looking results that compliment and balance your unique facial features. Each and every patient is different, and therefore has particular needs and desires. It is Dr. Lee’s unwavering dedication to thoroughness, and completely individualized approach that establishes confidence in her patients.
The Dr. Lee Difference
Dr. Lee makes every effort to ensure you won’t appear overstretched or pulled taught. Her goal is to give you a subtly refreshed, natural looking appearance. She is able to accomplish this by using smaller, cleverly camouflaged incisions. These meticulous incisions result in minor scars around the face, which are far less noticeable.
Before & After
Browse through Dr. Kimberly’s before and after photos, giving you a visual representation of her stunning results.
What exactly is a facelift? This question is among the top questions asked when patients visit Dr. Lee at her Beverly Hills clinic. A traditional facelift is designed to refresh the lower two thirds of the face including the jaw line. It does not address the brow area, sagging eyelids or bags under the eyes. While a facelift will tone the jawline and tighten skin on the neck, it does not directly contour the neck as would be done during a separate neck lift. A facelift will tighten underlying facial muscles and excess skin on the face but will not add volume to facial hollows.
More than a Facelift
Patients who have multiple issues such as sagging in the brow area or loss of volume in the mid-face area will need more than a facelift to achieve a refreshed, energized appearance. In some cases these procedures can be done during one surgery, reducing the risk of multiple surgeries. In other cases it may be that a simple brow lift or eyelid surgery combined with volumizing injectables may be all that is needed to achieve a rejuvenation goal. If you wish to learn more, contact Dr. Kimberly Lee today and schedule a consultation for arguably the best facelift Los Angeles has to offer.
How Facelift is Performed
Excess skin is usually caused by decreased elasticity in the dermis, which results in formation of facial wrinkles and folds. Excess skin will be conservatively removed so as to avoid that unwanted look of being overstretched, after your procedure. To achieve natural appearing results the underlying muscles are gently tightened so that the overlying skin can be re-draped over the newly tightened muscles, resulting in a rejuvenated, yet natural appearance that is exquisitely balanced to fit your features.
Where are the Incisions Made?
Typically, when performing a Beverly Hills facelift, the incision is strategically placed behind the ear, and extending to the area behind the tragus so that scarring is hardly noticeable. When performing a facelift for men, the initial incision is placed behind the sideburn area within a naturally occurring crease, extended behind the ear. If there is excess fat or muscle under the chin, a separate incision can be made within the natural crease underneath the chin.
During your consultation with Dr. Lee, you will discuss the specific areas of concern on your face that could benefit from skin care, non-surgical treatments, and/or facial plastic surgery, such as a facelift. In order to do this, all areas of the face need to be examined.
Many patients choose to combine their facelift with a brow lift, along with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), so they may gain a comprehensive rejuvenated look.
In order to minimize any potential scarring, you will be recommended special post-operative care, which has been carefully tailored to aid in recovery from facial plastic surgery. It is highly recommended that you continue to use medical grade skin care regimen even after your skin has healed, so that you may obtain optimum results.
Having been through the Dr. Kimberly experience, these patients can help you understand the smoothness of the journey.
Recovering from Facelift Surgery
Residents of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills can recover at home as long as they have a responsible adult with them for at least the first 24 hours. This is a safety precaution in the rare event that complications arise following surgery. More realistically, a helper makes the first days of recovery much easier by preparing meals, ensuring medication is taken as prescribed and handling the routine chores that must be done.
First Week Post-Op
Facelift recovery is accomplished in phases with the first week being the most challenging. Following Dr. Lee’s post-operative instructions as closely as possible will make recovery easier and will ensure your results will be everything you were hoping for. It is important to follow her instructions concerning taking over-the-counter medications, as some types can cause bleeding. This then results in more swelling and bruising.
Second Week Post-Op
Patients can usually be seen in public two weeks after surgery and can return to work when they feel comfortable being seen. Swelling can be greater on one side of the face as each side has a separate muscle structure. Applying cold packs as instructed will greatly help with swelling.
Tips for Recovery
Refraining from smoking for the amount of time recommended is extremely important. Nicotine in any form, including patches and vapor cigarettes can cause skin cells to die which will adversely affect your results. Patients are also advised to abstain from alcohol for the first few days or until they are no longer taking prescribed pain medication.
When seeing Dr. Lee for the first time, patients are encouraged to voice all of their concerns and what they are hoping to accomplish. Los Angeles is a Mecca of cosmetic surgery and it is easy to become overwhelmed and highly confused with all of the advertising hype. Dr. Lee is board certified and fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. She is eminently qualified to offer sound advice that patients can use when deciding on their rejuvenation program.
What Happens Before Facelift Surgery?
Prior to surgery, your bone anatomy is evaluated to determine your framework so that you may achieve a fresh, younger appearance. Depending upon what is needed, the chin, cheeks, or both if desired, can be augmented and enhanced to improve one’s overall facial definition. By doing so, this can maximize the results of a facelift. Restoring lost volume in combination with a facelift will optimize one’s results, giving you a natural, more balanced face.
Out of Town Patients
Out of town patients flying in for their procedure will be assisted in booking into either an after care facility or in arranging for 24 hour nursing care at one of the hotels recommended. If you wish to learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation for arguably the best facelift Beverly Hills has to offer.