5 Things to Know about a Facelift in San Diego

A facelift is a long-lasting way to turn back the clock on your appearance, by removing loose skin, and restoring youthful contours to the facial profile. This surgical procedure is an effective way to counter the effects of time, sun and gravity, giving you a refreshed, rejuvenated look. If you are considering a facelift procedure, there are some basic facts you need to know about this surgery.

One Size does not Fit All

A facelift is not a standard procedure that is performed in precisely the same way on all patients. Today, this procedure is customized to unique concerns and facial profiles, with the goal of achieving natural results. In some cases, a mini facelift, which uses shorter incisions, will be sufficient, while other patients might need a traditional surgical procedure to produce the best possible results.

“Windswept” is Out

Many patients considering a facelift may have images of “bad” facelifts in their minds. The tight, “windswept” look can be common among patients that have surgery performed by undertrained physicians. Today, the focus should not only be on tightening the skin, but adjusting the underlying skin structure to achieve a natural, more youthful appearance.

Visible Incisions are Minimal

Patients often shy away from a facelift because they are concerned about incision placement and visible scarring after the procedure. The good news is most incisions for a facelift are strategically placed in areas where visible scarring will be minimal. Drs. Umansky typically place incisions behind the ear, behind the hairline or in natural creases of the face, where they will be mostly hidden.

Combination of Procedures may Enhance Results

Some patients may find a facelift alone does not give them the full results they are looking for. In some cases, additional surgical procedures like a brow lift, or eyelid surgery will enhance the outcome. Some patients may benefit from laser resurfacing or fat transfers to complement the facelift results.

Results are not Permanent

The results of a facelift are long-lasting, but they are not permanent. After a number of years, age and gravity will once again take their toll. You can prolong the results of your facelift by practicing proper skincare and sun protection after your procedure. If signs of aging begin to appear, additional procedures may help to keep those concerns at bay for an extended period of time.

Drs. William and Jeffrey Umansky are experienced in performing facelifts at their San Diego office. They offer a variety of techniques so that each procedure is customized to the specific needs of each patient. To learn more about your options in facelifts, contact us at Umansky Plastic Surgery: 858-281-4560.