THE MODERN FACELIFT
The modern facelift (rhytidectomy) that is performed by Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, Director of the Beverly Hills CENTER for Advanced Facelift Surgery, is extremely different from the tight-looking, severe procedures of the past. Dr. Azizzadeh’s facelift procedure is customized and individually tailored for each patient, leaving you with results so natural looking that nobody would guess you ever had a facelift.
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Complementary procedures such as fillers, multilevel fat grafting, and eyelid procedures are also commonly used in conjunction with the facelift to enhance the results and ensure the face is balanced. Currently, there are several facelift techniques that can successfully address the signs of aging on the face:
- “SMAS” facelifts
- “Deep plane” facelifts
- Mini Facelift
Dr. Azizzadeh Explains the Modern Facelift Procedure
THE FACELIFT PROCEDURE
The “SMAS” (medically known as the Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System) is a layer of tissue just below the skin, which serves as the foundation and structural support for the lower face. In the neck area, the SMAS converges to form the platysma muscle. Subcutaneous facelifts (skin lifts) essentially elevate the skin without touching the SMAS, which often causes facelift results to be short-term. SMAS facelifts, on the other hand, use this layer of tissue to fortify the facelift, and deep plane facelifts go “deep” to the SMAS to lift the lax tissue.
Most sophisticated facial plastic surgeons employ either the “SMAS” or deep plane facelift techniques. Dr. Azizzadeh has significantly improved his outcomes by modifying the standard SMAS facelift in what he has coined the “Short Flap Rhytidectomy (SFR).” The short-flap rhytidectomy has the best of all worlds – a quick recovery, long-lasting results, safe outcome, and a smooth healing process. It is extremely important to make sure that your surgeon has a long, successful track record with the technique that they utilize. The experience and expertise of the surgeon is key to a successful facelift outcome.
Before deciding on your surgeon, you need to research their credentials and look carefully at their before-and-after photos to make sure that their aesthetic eye matches yours. This is the most crucial aspect of facial rejuvenation surgery. Some surgeons love the over pulled look while others, like Dr. Azizzadeh, prefer a more natural look. Finally, make sure that they specialize in facial rejuvenation procedures.
Deciding to undergo a facelift is a big decision and we want to make sure all of your questions are answered. Dr. Azizzadeh has answered some facelift questions he hears often to help you in your research. Please contact our office if you have any more questions or concerns!
Q: HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
A: Facelift procedures are outpatient procedures that take about two to three hours. The patient returns home the same day.
Q: WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME?
A: The recovery time for facelift procedures will depend on the facelift technique employed by your facialplastic surgeon. Most patients will be able to return to routine activity in about 10-14 days. Exercise can be resumed in three weeks.
Q: WHAT ARE THE RISKS WITH FACELIFT PROCEDURES?
A: The main risks with facelifts include bleeding, poor blood flow to the skin, scarring, numbness, and facial nerve injury. Dr. Azizzadeh is a facial nerve expert, making him highly qualified to perform facelift surgery with minimal risk to the facial nerve. Overall, the most common complication is that 2-5% of individuals will have some blood collection under the skin in the first two to three days after surgery. Most of these “hematomas” will be limited and can be taken care of in the office. Occasionally, however, they need to be urgently cleared in the operating room. Men have a higher chance of developing hematomas. Smokers tend to have a higher risk of having poor healing due to bad circulation that can lead to scarring and loss of tissue. Most facelift surgeons do not operate on smokers for this reason, unless you stop smoking two weeks prior and for two weeks after surgery (nicotine gum must also be avoided).
Q: WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON FACELIFT COMPLEMENTARY PROCEDURES?
A: Fat grafting is commonly performed at the same time as the facelift to fill in facial hollows and create youthful contours. Another common procedure performed with the facelift is blepharoplasty (or eye lift) in which the skin of the eyelids and around the eyes is lifted and rejuvenated for a more youthful appearance. Dr. Azizzadeh performs a comprehensive consultation with every potential facelift patient in which he discusses your facial rejuvenation goals, assesses your needs, and develops a customized treatment plan to give you the youthful appearance you’ve been longing for!
Q: HOW MUCH DOES A FACELIFT COST?
A: Because each patient’s facial rejuvenation needs are different, there is not one set facelift price. Once you have met with Dr. Azizzadeh for a consultation, he will be able to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs, and the cost of the procedure can be determined.
CONTACT THE BEVERLY HILLS FACELIFT SPECIALIST TODAY!
If you are thinking about a facial rejuvenation procedure to take years off of your appearance, contact the CENTER for Advance Facelift Surgery to learn more about the facelift with renowned facial plastic surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS. Known in the medical community for his facelift expertise and minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. Azizzadeh is among the best in the field. Call us at (310) 657-2203 today to schedule your initial consultation!
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