Facelift Surgery (Full, Mini, Mid, and Lower Rhytidectomy) – Boston, MA

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About Facelift Surgery

Plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio provides a full variety of facial cosmetic surgeries in Boston, MA. One of the most popular surgeries at Back Bay Plastic Surgery is a facelift. This procedure concentrates on specific sections of the face to address loose skin features to create a younger, softer appearance. Depending on your unique concerns, a facelift can focus on the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom portion including the jowls, mouth, neck, and more for an all-over youthful look. The facelift method used depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, age, lifestyle, and other influences. Some men and women may be candidates for a full facelift while others may only want a mid-face lift. Dr. Del Vecchio is a skilled surgeon who has a complete understanding of the complex anatomy of facelift surgery. The goal is to create a natural look that's soft and beautiful.

Ideal Candidates

Candidates for a facelift wish to correct visible lines and facial wrinkles, whether it be on the entire face or on the upper, mid, or lower sections. Facelift surgery can address many aspects, depending on your unique needs. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the appropriate time to have a facelift. There are so many factors and concerns, and also numerous lift methods, depending on what is being corrected. The facelift chosen will vary for patients who are 35 years old versus those in their 60s and 70s. Skin elasticity is one of the most important factors in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health, refrain from smoking, and also have realistic expectations.

Surgical Technique

Depending on your individual needs, there are a number of facelifts available. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper portion of the face while others focus on the middle and lower. Furthermore, some procedures are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some men and women to include fillers and/or BOTOX to enhance their results. A few of the more common facelift methods include:

  • Full Facelift
    Considered the gold standard, the full facelift generally uses an incision along the hairline, then extends down to the temples, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are gently pulled and tightened to produce a lifted look, which softens excessive lines and wrinkles. The traditional facelift is reserved for men and women who have signs of advanced aging. With this lift, many facial rejuvenation methods may be combined, including upper or lower blepharoplasty, to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
  • Mid-Facelift
    Using a similar technique to the mini lift, the mid-facelift (cheeks) focuses on the sagging near the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works nicely for those who seek improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face, including the jowls.
  • Lower Facelift
    This particular facelift addresses the neck and chin, and in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods, such as laser skin tightening or Kybella, can also be used for chin reduction to attain a softer, tighter neck.
  • Mini Facelift
    During a mini facelift, a small incision is made around the ears to lift the skin, which affects the mid to lower face. This method creates subtle improvements that look natural.

What to Expect

After surgery, you will be monitored before you are released to go home with a responsible adult. Before your facelift, Dr. Del Vecchio or a member of his team will schedule your follow-up appointments and discuss tips to help you recover faster and more comfortably. You should expect to have swelling and puffiness, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be relieved with prescription pain medication. You should look and feel normal after 2 – 4 weeks. You will see a softer, more youthful appearance. In all, your face will be slightly lifted and rejuvenated.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a facelift cost?
The total cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used. During your consultation, Dr. Del Vecchio will develop your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once this is established, he can discuss cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it's best to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Del Vecchio, instead of the cheapest price. Back Bay Plastic Surgery can help you find low-interest medical financing that will make your surgery easier to afford.

Which technique is best for me?
The best surgical facelift technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, which areas of your face are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Del Vecchio will discuss the different surgical techniques during your consultation. He will then help you decide which technique is best for you.

Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening procedures, these can usually only produce mild improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to significantly improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Del Vecchio will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you decide what is best for your needs and goals.

What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like Juvéderm and BOTOX, have become very popular in recent years to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments can help with early signs of aging, but the results are temporary. A facelift can produce more dramatic improvements than injectables with results that can last for a long time. Ask Dr. Del Vecchio about injectable treatments during your consultation.

Will my results look natural?
Many patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they live in a wind tunnel. Dr. Del Vecchio focuses on giving you a natural-looking result so you look refreshed and not fake. He listens to your needs and goals before developing your personal treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.

The Right Facelift for You

Facelift surgery can take years off your face and help create a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your personal needs and goals. This treatment is designed to help you look younger but still natural. To learn more, we invite you to call Back Bay Plastic Surgery in Boston, MA to set up your private consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio.

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