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.
What is a Facelift?
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 Los Angeles 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.
Why Have 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. A facelift in Los Angeles can improve the appearance of the face as well as the neck, returning you to a more youthful state.
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.
The Cost of Facelift
The average price of a facelift is just over $7,500. This cost represents the cost of the surgery alone and is only a part of the total cost. Other fees that may contribute to the full price include:
- The surgeon’s fee
- Costs of the anesthesia or anesthesiologist
- Cost of surgical garments or supportive bandages
- Costs associated with the use of the surgical facility
- Medications prescribed
- Any medical testing required
Before & After Facelift in Los Angeles
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
- 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.
Types of Facelift in Los Angeles
A mini-facelift may provide the results you're looking for with minimal scarring.
The mini-facelift is suited to those who have limited sagginess or excess skin in the
midface, jawLine and neck, and few concerns with a droopy brow.
These facelifts are less invasive and use short-scar and endoscopic techniques to
reposition the underlying facial issues for a more youthful contour. If you choose
to have a mini-facelift in your 40s, the rate at which the lower part o[ your face
ages may be lessened. It's becoming more common for women in their 4Os and
50s to have smaller facelifts to correct early signs of aging and improve definition.
By using smaller incisions placed at the temples and in the hairline (which can be
hidden easier), the underlying muscles are tightened, which provides a youthful
boost to the face.
Procedure Time: The mini-facelift procedure is about 60-90 minutes long.
Recovery Time: A mini-facelift takes about one to three weeks for a full recovery.
Lasting Results: The more elastic your skin is, the longer-lasting the results will be - up to eight to twelve years.
The mid-face/cheek area is key in the formula for a more youthful appearance. With age,
the fatty tissue that normally drapes over the cheekbones can sag. The result is less prominent
cheekbones and a droopy fold of skin and fat between the nose and the cheeks (referred to
as the nasolabial folds). By elevating and tightening the underlying structure of the cheeks
and removing any extra skin in the area, the mid-face has a more youthful look to it and
Many doctors elect to use an endoscope (a special tool with cameras that
a1lows your surgeon to view and reach distant anatomies through small incisions) when
operating on the mid-face. to reach deeper or more contained areas.
Dr. Kimberly Lee likes to perform this type of facelift to target concerns in the middle of the face and cheeks
with very small incisions, which makes for a minimally invasive procedure.
Procedure Time: The mid-facelift procedure is approximately two to three hours long.
Recovery Time: A mini-facelift takes about one to three weeks for a full recovery.
Lasting Results: Results after a mid-facelift can last upward to 10 years.
The traditional facelift (technically known as rhytidectomy) is the most comprehensive way
to address multiple signs of aging from the forehead to the neck, and all areas in between.
If you are in your 50's or 60's and opt for a traditional facelift, your face will age more slowly, and you'll
This type of lift allows for fat redistribution, muscle reposition and removal of excess skin in
order to provide the most permanent results of all types of facelifts available today.
When Dr. Kimberly Lee performs a full facelift, she hides the incisions in the contour of the ear, around the earlobe,
and/or in the hairLine. A small incision under the chin might be necessary if fat needs to be
removed and if the muscle in the neck requires additional smoothing. For the most natural
look, Dr. Lee use the short scar SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) technique, where
the deeper layers of tissue and the muscle below the skin are tightened and excess skin is
removed, which smooths out deep wrinkles for a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.
Procedure Time: A full facelift procedure takes about two to four hours to perform.
Recovery Time: It will take about one to two weeks before most patients feel comfortable in public. It can take a few months for all the swelling and bruising to go down and up to six months for scars to fade.
Lasting Results: Results are permanent in that you'll always look seven to ten years younger than if you hadn't had it done but you will continue to age with time.
Before & After
Browse through Dr. Kimberly’s before and after photos, giving you a visual representation of her stunning results.
Preparing For a Facelift
One to Three Months Before
Get your skin in good shape with regular use of a retinoid and treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Avoid the sun at all costs. If you are a smoker, stop smoking at least three weeks before and after surgery.
Two to Four Weeks Before
Get medical clearance from your primary physician. Your plastic surgeon will order blood work to assess your health and detect anything that may compromise your recovery.
One to Two Weeks Before
Avoid taking anti-inflammatories, aspirin and certain herbs and vitamins, which can increase the risk of bleeding. Preoperative photographs will be taken. You'll be asked to sign informed consent documents that spell out the procedure you're having, what to expect, instructions to follow and any possible risks.
The Day Before
Eat well and try to avoid anything spicy, rich or greasy. Pack a bag, and be sure to include comfortable , loose-fitting clothing that you don't need to pull over your head, and a hat or scarf to wear on the way home.
Recovering After 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.
Will I be awake during a facelift?
There are several options for anesthesia when it comes to faceLifts. Depending on which type of faceLift you choose to have, it may be performed under local, sedation or general surgery.
Will my wrinkles exist after surgery?
The goal of facelift surgery is to rejuvenate your face and overall facial appearance. Some soft wrinkles are necessary to allow facial movements and to a1low you to turn your neck.
Will I look different?
Depending on the facelift you choose to undergo, the goal is for you to look 10-15 years younger while still looking like yourself. Because I think of faces in 3-D, it's important to revolumize the face at the same time to achieve a balanced and natural: looking result, without being overtightened or overstretched.
Will there be pain?
In general most patients do not experience much pain after surgery. If needed, pain medication can be prescribed but usually isn't necessary beyond one or two nights after surgery.
Will there be stitches or drains used? How can I minimize scarring after the procedure?
Fine stitches will be used to minimize any potential scarring on the face. Dissolvable stitches placed behind the ears are typically used to maximize lifting action of the facelift. Dr. Lee recommends using an anti-scar regimen after the procedure to minimize any visible scarring.
Can I enhance my facelift with laser resurfacing?
Improving the skin quality with laser resurfacing will definitely enhance your results! Dr. Lee can recommend additional adjunct procedures or treatments that wi1l help you look your best.
How can I make my results last?
Just like working out requires maintenance, continued maintenance of your face with good quality skin care, laser treatments, Botox Cosmetic and fillers can extend the longevity of your results and al1ow you to continue to age gracefully while looking natural.
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.
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