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About Our Facelift Procedure

First, the term “facelift” is loosely used to cover a number of different types of facial rejuvenation procedures. There are several other procedures often mistakenly referred to as “facelifts” by the public. Here we’ll specifically look at actual facelifts (rhytidectomy) and what factors may lead someone to make the decision to undergo the procedure.

A facelift is a single procedure that can address several issues. A facelift (rhytidectomy) is used to reduce the visible signs of ages, including sagging skin, creases, rough texture, wrinkles, jowling and loose skin around the chin and neck. Facelifts are one of the most requested and performed cosmetic procedures nationally.

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Factors That Should Be Present When Considering a Facelift:

  • The patient has skin tissues that can be treated with a facelift
  • The patient should have a full understanding of face lift procedure itself, recovery time, risks and all options available
  • The patient does not smoke or has abstained from smoking in preparation for the possibility of surgery
  • The patient does not have health issues that may increase risks
  • The patient should have realistic expectations regarding likely surgical outcomes/results

Factors That Can
Improve Long-Term Results:

Bone Structure: If you have good bone structure the newly lifted facial skin will have more support and underlying shape, resulting in a more youthful, natural look.

Skin Elasticity: If you have good skin elasticity you’ll heal better and will be in a better position to achieve a more youthful, natural look. This is one reason some patients consider surgery earlier. While the signs of aging aren’t as great in earlier stages, the skin’s ability to heal correctly is, and long term outcomes are helped greatly by greater skin elasticity.

You’re in Good Shape Overall:

If you’re overweight you’ll be at greater risk for complications and since your body will be under additional stress from the excess weight, you won’t heal as well as you could otherwise.

Be sure to consider all of your options with one of our board-certified surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Institute of California. Call or click below to schedule your consultation.

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Undergoing a facelift is a significant step to enhancing your appearance and self-confidence. The period following your facelift surgery, known as the recovery phase, is crucial for achieving optimal outcomes. It’s essential to follow these practical tips that will help minimize discomfort and accelerate your facelift recovery to ensure a smooth healing process.

  1. Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions Diligently

Your plastic surgeon will provide you with post-operative guidelines tailored to your specific case. You must adhere to these instructions. It includes recommendations for medications, wound care, and activity restrictions.

  1. Manage Discomfort with Medication

Pain and discomfort are normal after a facelift. Your surgeon will recommend pain medication to ease this discomfort. Take these medications as directed to ensure your comfort. Do not wait until you are in severe pain; taking the medication on schedule can help manage discomfort more effectively.

  1. Elevate Your Head When Resting

It is advisable to keep your head elevated while resting or sleeping to reduce swelling and promote proper healing. You can use extra pillows or an adjustable bed. Maintaining an elevated head position helps improve blood circulation and minimizes post-surgery swelling.

  1. Stay Hydrated and Eat Nutrient-Rich Foods

Proper nutrition is essential for your body to heal efficiently. Consume a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Staying well-hydrated is equally essential. Water aids in the healing process and helps flush out toxins.

  1. Avoid Strenuous Activities

During the initial recovery period, avoid strenuous physical activities, including heavy lifting and vigorous exercise. Your body needs time to heal, and overexertion can lead to complications and delayed healing. Follow your surgeon’s recommendations regarding when you can resume normal activities.

  1. Be Gentle with Your Incisions

Your facelift incisions require special care. Keep them clean and follow your surgeon’s instructions for dressing changes and cleaning. Avoid exposing your incisions to direct sunlight during the early stages of recovery, as this can cause discoloration.

  1. Patience is Key

Healing takes time, and results may show later. Be patient and realistic about your expectations. Your outcome will gradually emerge as your body heals and swelling and bruising subside.

  1. Attend Follow-Up Appointments

Regularly scheduled follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon are essential to monitor your progress and address concerns. These appointments allow your surgeon to adjust your post-operative care plan.

In conclusion, a successful facelift recovery relies on professional guidance and personal commitment. By following these tips and maintaining a positive outlook, you can achieve a smooth healing process and enjoy the rejuvenated appearance you desire. Remember, the key to an optimal facelift outcome lies in your dedication to post-surgery care and your partnership with a skilled plastic surgeon.



    Here is a list of frequently asked questions about facelift procedures with brief answers in an active voice:

    1. What is a facelift procedure?

    A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery that tightens and lifts facial skin to reduce sagging and wrinkles.

    1. Am I a suitable candidate for a facelift?

    If you have noticeable facial aging and good overall health, you may be a candidate for a facelift.

    1. How long does the recovery period take?

    Recovery time varies, but most patients can return to normal activities within 2-3 weeks.

    1. What results can I expect from a facelift?

    A facelift can provide a more youthful and refreshed appearance, reducing sagging and wrinkles.

    1. Are there non-surgical alternatives to a facelift? 

    Yes, dermal fillers and Botox can provide temporary improvements without surgery.

    1. Is a facelift permanent? 

    While a facelift can turn back the clock, aging continues; results typically last several years.

    1. What are the risks associated with a facelift? 

    Risks may include scarring, infection, and anesthesia complications; your surgeon will discuss these in detail.

    1. How do I choose the right surgeon for my facelift? 

    Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in facelift procedures.

    1. Can a facelift be combined with other procedures?

    Yes, you can have facelifts with eyelid surgery, neck lifts, or other cosmetic treatments.

    1. What’s the cost of a facelift? 

    Costs vary by location and the extent of the procedure; consult with a surgeon for an estimate.


    If you want to learn more about facelift procedures in Orange County, contact us today and schedule your consultation!

    Plastic Surgery Institute California

    Dr. Mazin Al-Hakeem

    Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Dr. Mazin Al-Hakeem, is a board-certified Plastic, Reconstructive, and Cosmetic Surgeon. Dr. Al-Hakeem has been in practice since 2000 and is a professional member of the Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.
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