Facelift Washington, D.C.
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is one of the most common facial plastic surgeries and can provide a remarkable improvement in your appearance. It is recommended for patients who are concerned about saggy or loose skin and loss of facial muscle tone.
As we age, skin tone and elasticity begin to decrease. When this is combined with changes in facial fat and loss of collagen, it translates to an aged face that lacks the characteristics of youth.
A facelift can correct these indicators by removing excess skin from the face and neck and by sculpting the underlying tissues and muscles in your jaw, cheek, and neck area. In contrast to the traditional “skin tightening” that surgeons used to do years ago, newer and more sophisticated techniques have been developed to redrape the skin so that it appears younger and smoother.
Dr. Somenek’s Facelift Approach
As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Somenek applies the most advanced principles to create a refreshed appearance with longer-lasting results. Dr. Somenek’s philosophy is to create a natural look for the patient, avoiding an abnormal hairline or sideburns and the “pulled-back look” that some people develop postoperatively.
If you are unhappy with the lower two-thirds of your face, Dr. Somenek may suggest you undergo a rhytidectomy procedure. A facelift is frequently combined with other procedures to strengthen your chin and improve your brow or eye area. These include brow, chin, or eyelid surgery.
Every patient that undergoes a facelift procedure wants to know how long the results will last. Dr. Somenek explains that every procedure is different and depends on a variety of factors, including genetics, environmental factors, and how you take care of yourself.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
A facelift can be a good option for men and women of any age who would like to improve the appearance of loose facial skin or jowling, although the majority of patients are in their forties to their sixties.
While the best results are achieved with patients whose skin retains some amount of elasticity, improvement can be expected in most situations. Ideal candidates will be in good health and have reasonable expectations for a realistic outcome from the surgery.
Your Consultation with Dr. Somenek
Before you schedule your surgery, you will have a thorough consultation with Dr. Somenek. As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Somenek assesses all aspects of your facial features to determine the best manner in which to achieve a rejuvenated appearance and maintain harmony with the rest of your face.
As a leading expert in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Somenek believes that assessment of the elasticity and support of the underlying structures is a critical aspect of the consultation. This will help Dr. Somenek select the appropriate technique for your individual situation in order to provide you with beautiful and long-lasting results. He will discuss the necessary techniques with you to be sure that you understand each step of the process.
During your consultation, Dr. Somenek will provide a portfolio of before-and-after cases for your review. You will also have the opportunity to discuss other procedures that are commonly combined with a facelift, like eyelid surgery and fat grafting.
About the Procedure
Dr. Somenek performs the facelift procedure under general anesthesia or in some cases local anesthesia with sedation in an accredited surgical facility or in a hospital setting. In either case, the procedure can take several hours and is performed on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Somenek uses well-concealed incisions that start in the temple hair just above the ear and continue around the earlobe and end in the hairline behind the ear. This allows for removal of excess skin and improves the contours of the neck and jawline.
After this is done, the underlying facial muscles are repositioned and tightened, creating a natural and more youthful appearance. For men, the incision is placed slightly more in front of the ear to accommodate the natural beard lines. The incisions are then closed with surgical sutures.
How Long Do the Results of a Facelift Last?
A facelift does not stop the aging process. However, the appearance of the face will still be far better than if they had done nothing at all, and the patient will be starting from a new and improved baseline.
Other factors can also affect how long your results last, including weight fluctuations, your age when you underwent surgery, and your overall health and lifestyle choices. Factors like smoking and sun exposure are known for accelerating the facial aging process and will consequently shorten the longevity of your rhytidectomy results.
The aging process is also accelerated as we grow older. Therefore, younger patients who have facial procedures will most likely experience longer-lasting benefits. A healthier lifestyle can help to preserve your results.
What to Expect Postoperatively
Patients will be carefully instructed on caring for their incisions and educated on the factors that can promote better healing after a facelift.
Immediately after surgery, a facelift pressure dressing will be applied and occasionally drains will be placed. Postoperative swelling, bruising, and skin discoloration are common for the first two weeks. This should peak at three to four days after surgery and resolve over the following week or two.
Significant pain is uncommon, but we will prescribe medication to ensure your comfort. Ten days to two weeks after surgery, most patients return to normal activities while enjoying the benefits of a more youthful appearance. The first week postoperatively is limited to light activity. Strenuous activity should be avoided until 2 weeks after surgery.
If you decide to undergo this procedure, it can make a dramatic improvement with only a small, subtle change.