Here’s What You Should Know Before Having Facelift Surgery

by | May 15, 2024 | Facelift / Mini Facelift

The decision to get a facelift is very personal but should always be made alongside an experienced plastic surgeon who can tell you what to expect and the type of facelift that is right for you, and show examples of their past work.

At Shah Aesthetic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Manish Shah performs various facelift procedures for patients near South Denver and Cherry Creek, CO, and can help tailor a cosmetic surgery plan to meet your needs.

Below, we’ll look at what patients should know before having this surgery, whether it’s a mini facelift, full facelift, or another type.

What types of facelift surgery can I get?

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for a facelift. But, in general, if you are looking to tighten the skin in the middle and/or lower part of your face, are in good health, and your skin can benefit from the procedure without causing damage, Dr. Shah can advise you about which procedure is right for you.

Patients at Shah Aesthetic Surgery have access to different types of facelifts, including:

  • A traditional facelift, also called a full facelift or SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) lift: This involves incisions into the muscles and fat to reshape the face for the most drastic results possible but requires the longest recovery period.
  • A mini facelift: This procedure is less invasive and can treat mild to moderate skin laxity. A mini-facelift is often done on patients under 50 and is typically a precursor to a full facelift.
  • A skin-only facelift. This helps reposition or remove excess skin, but no muscles or fat are manipulated.
  • A deep plane lift: This involves drastic repositioning of the skin and facial muscles. This requires a skilled surgeon, such as Dr. Shah, to avoid nerve injuries.
  • An Ultralift: A unique facelift procedure developed by Dr. Shah which uses an ultrasound system to melt away fat and tighten facial skin.

What do I need to know before getting a facelift?

Aside from the fact that there are many facelift options and Dr. Shah can help you choose the best procedure possible for your unique aesthetic goals and skin condition, it’s also helpful to understand the following things about a facelift procedure:

  • Staying healthy is essential before and after facelift surgery.

People with bleeding disorders, cardiac issues, and other health problems may not be good candidates for more invasive facelift procedures. Smokers are also generally discouraged from getting facelifts.

  • All cosmetic procedures come with risks.

From anesthesia risks to unexpected aesthetic outcomes, there are risks to any facial surgery. That’s why it’s critical to find an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options.

  • The results of facelifts are not permanent.

No one can stop the aging process, so while the results of your facelift can last for years, it cannot prevent your face from continuing to age. Touch-ups may be necessary depending on skin condition, weight gain or loss, or body changes. Most facelifts last around ten years.

  • A facelift does not address issues in the upper part of the face.

Facelift surgery can give you smoother, younger-looking skin in the middle or bottom of your face. However, if you have issues on the forehead or around the eyes, you will also need an eyelift.

Get facelift surgery in South Denver

?Getting a facelift, even a mini facelift, is a big step. At Shah Aesthetic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Manish Shah is committed to helping patients explore their options and choose the best facelift surgery for their unique needs.

Patients near South Denver and Cherry Creek, CO can schedule a consultation with Dr. Shah to explain their aesthetic goals, share their health history, and find out precisely what they need to know before getting a facelift

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