Facelift at Wellesley Cosmetic Surgery
Of all the skin on your body, your face experiences the most exposure to the elements throughout your lifetime. It’s also highly mobile, thanks to all the muscles that help you make facial expressions.
As a result, your face is usually the first place you’ll notice signs of aging – primarily, the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, jowls, and loose skin.
Facelift surgery, medically referred to as a rhytidectomy, is an aesthetic procedure that can help you resolve these issues for a younger, more vibrant look.
Dr. Arthur Shektman, a leading surgeon performing facelifts in Massachusetts, has completed over 800 rhytidectomies in his decades-long career as a plastic surgeon. After learning about your anti-aging goals, he will create a customized surgical plan to help you achieve your ideal appearance.
What Can a Facelift Do for You?
Translated literally, rhytidectomy means wrinkle removal. A facelift smooths out facial skin, and the most significant benefits associated with this surgery include:
- Eliminating fine lines and wrinkles
- Removing loose, sagging skin such as jowls
- Providing a better rested, youthful appearance
- Delivering long-lasting results
What Does a Facelift Involve?
While you undergo a facelift, you will be under either oral sedation or intravenous anesthesia. The procedure itself involves making discreet incisions in areas around your ears, under your chin, or in your hairline to hide scarring. Through these incisions, Dr. Shektman will reposition muscles, remove excess skin and fat, and tighten the remaining tissues. He’ll then suture the wounds closed in a way that ensures smooth healing and a beautifully refreshed appearance.
For optimal results, the entire facelift journey involves meticulous planning and execution. The time leading up to the day of your facelift is just as crucial as the facelift itself. You must:
- Identify what you want to improve.
- Discuss incision locations with Dr. Shektman.
- Clear time on your schedule for post-operative recovery.
The modern face and neck lift strive to restore a natural, refreshed look to the patient. Rather than pulling on the skin to produce results, we address the actual aging problem: stretching of the underlying facial muscles and connective tissues and undesirable skin changes which come along with that.
During the procedure, the muscles and tissues in question get tightened using special hi-tech sutures, thus, repositioning the soft tissues of the face in their natural position. The extra skin is then removed. This combination gives a patient the best possible result: a long-lasting, natural and youthful look.
Why Choose Dr. Shektman?
Dr. Shektman is one of the best facelift surgeons in Wellesley. He has performed over 800 face and neck lift surgeries, a testament to his reputation and the quality of results he delivers to his patients. To give his patients realistic expectations, he uses a modeling software called Crisalix to help you visualize your results before proceeding with a facelift. Many people find this modeling to be an invaluable step in their journey toward achieving a more youthful, smoother face.
Care and Compassion
Dr. Arthur Shektman is a board-certified plastic surgeon, and is recognized as an expert in the field of cosmetic surgery. With over 20+ years of experience and nearly 3,500+ happy patients.
At Wellesley Cosmetic Surgery, our mission has always been to improve our patients’ lives through the use of cutting-edge, innovative plastic surgery techniques in a safe and secure environment.
Am I a Suitable Candidate for a Facelift?
Many people who worry about loose skin, wrinkles, and volume loss in the lower two-thirds of their faces are good candidates for a facelift. During your consultation, Dr. Shektman will ask you questions about your health history to ensure you are physically and mentally healthy enough to undergo surgery and avoid potential complications. If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do before and after getting a rhytidectomy.
Some of the most common reasons patients get a facelift include:
- Loose skin or jowls along the jawline
- Lost volume and contour in the mid-face, which can make cheeks look hollow
- Marionette lines, the creases from the corners of the mouth to the chin
- Nasolabial folds bracketing the mouth
Most of these physical traits start to express themselves around 50, a typical age for facelift patients. Younger people tend to consider injectables like dermal fillers or Botox before committing to surgery. To determine which solution is better for you, consult with Dr. Shektman.
What is the best age to have a facelift?
While there’s no such thing as a “target age” for a facelift, most people get the best results between ages 40 and 60. If you don’t have significant skin laxity, you’re probably a better candidate for non-surgical solutions instead.
Facelift surgery consistently ranks among the most satisfactory aesthetic procedures in the U.S. Patients report improved confidence and well-being alongside their refreshed, younger appearance.
How Long Will It Take to Recover From a Facelift?
After a facelift, you can expect to feel:
- Swelling, bruising, and tenderness
- A tight feeling across your face, on top of your head, and potentially in your neck and upper back
- Discomfort from the incisions
You can manage these side effects with prescription medication, which Dr. Shektman will discuss during your consultation. You’ll want to pick these up from your pharmacy before your facelift to have them on hand as soon as you return home to begin your recovery. The swelling generally subsides within three to five days, and the bruising should resolve in the first week to 10 days. Give your incisions plenty of time to seal and strengthen, as reopened wounds can compromise your facelift results.
Most patients usually feel well enough to return to their routines within 14 to 17 days after their facelift. Still, Dr. Shektman strongly advises waiting three weeks before engaging in strenuous physical exercise to give your body and face time to heal and adapt to the surgery.
Dr. Arthur Shektman is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the leading authority on cosmetic plastic surgery. Dr. Shektman will work with you so you can be proud and confident in the person you see in the mirror.
Facelift Surgery in Wellesley, MA with Dr. Shektman
Dr. Shektman’s Wellesley facelift surgery offers unparalleled levels of patient care, from the first consultation through post-procedure follow-ups. Dr. Shektman prides himself on his close connection with his patients, ensuring their every need is seen to before, during, and after their facelift procedure in Wellesley, MA. Call (781) 239-0680 or fill out this online form now to begin your journey towards a happier, more confident you.
Dr. Shektman customizes all facelift surgeries in Wellesley, MA, based on his patients’ goals. Since variables like procedural complexity can add to the final price tag, you can get an accurate quote after your consultation.
You won’t experience any pain during your surgery, since you’ll be receiving local anesthesia to numb up the areas. You can expect mild to medium discomfort in the days immediately afterward, which you can manage with prescription painkillers.
Depending on your lifestyle choices, you can expect your facelift to last at least a decade. To prolong these results, avoid excess sun exposure, don’t smoke, and eat a diet rich in fresh produce.
While it varies from person to person, it is reasonable to expect to be presentable in about two weeks.
If you smoke, the best way to prolong the results is to stop smoking. Otherwise, a healthy lifestyle will go a long way to preserving your results.
The best way is to read up on the procedure, so that you can prepare to ask relevant questions.
The best thing is to follow pre-operative instructions given to you by your surgeon’s office.
While it is possible to get a facelift if you smoke, the best thing to do would be to stop for at least two weeks before and two weeks after your procedure.
Generally speaking, you should be ready for public engagements in about two weeks.
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Lately, the trend is to consider a facelift in mid 40s and up
There are no direct alternatives to a surgical facelift, bur for those who are not ready for such a procedure, fillers and Botox may be beneficial.
If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, the results shoud last about 10 years.
You can expect improved definition and tightening of the neck and jawline as well as restoration of cheek volume.
There are several layers of supporting structures and muscles in the face. A facelift will tighten up those layers creating a younger, more rejuvenated look.
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One week after a facelift, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and redness, which are normal effects of the healing process. During this time, your appearance will not reflect your ultimate surgical outcome. It’s essential to note that the facelift healing process continues well beyond the first week, typically taking six to eight weeks for the results to become apparent.
A full or comprehensive facelift addresses numerous signs of aging in the face and neck. The procedure includes repositioning the underlying facial tissues and muscular anatomy, removing excess skin around the neck and jawline, and tightening what remains.
Some people regret getting facelift surgery, though this typically only occurs among patients who choose an inexperienced or unqualified surgeon to perform the procedure. Disappointment can arise from various factors, including unrealistic expectations or post-surgical complications like swelling, bruising, and slow healing. However, facelift satisfaction rates are generally high among patients who partner with trained, board-certified plastic surgeons.