About Facelift Surgery
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Plamondon provides a full variety of facial cosmetic surgeries in Dartmouth, MA. One of the most popular surgeries at Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery is a facelift. This procedure concentrates on specific sections of the face to address loose skin to create a younger, softer appearance. Depending on your unique concerns, a facelift can focus on the top, mid, and bottom portion of the face to create a younger-looking profile. The specific 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. Plamondon is a skilled surgeon who has a complete understanding of the complex anatomy of a facelift surgery. The goal is to create a natural look that's soft and beautiful.
"All the nurses go to her - Dr. Plamondon was recommended to me by a girlfriend who's a nurse. She said "all the nurses go to her because we see how she treats her patients, and we see her results". I now see what they mean. I had a facelift and breast lift, and I feel 15 years younger (and look it!)."- Anonymous / Vitals / May 07, 2015
Candidates for a facelift are bothered by 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 to consider. In addition, there are 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.
Depending on your individual needs, there are a number of facelifts available. Some rejuvenate the upper portion of the face, while others focus on the middle and lower sections. Furthermore, some procedures are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some men and women to have a brow lift, forehead lift, or fillers and BOTOX to enhance their results. A few of the more common facelift methods include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift generally puts 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 procedures may be combined, including upper or lower blepharoplasty to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
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 obtain 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. Plamondon or a member of her team will schedule your follow-up appointments and discuss tips to help you heal properly. You should expect to have swelling and puffiness, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped by 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. Plamondon will develop your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once this is established, she can discuss cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it's best to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Plamondon, instead of the cheapest price. Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive 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. Plamondon will discuss the different surgical techniques during your consultation. She 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. Plamondon 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 give 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. Plamondon 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. Plamondon focuses on giving you a natural-looking result so you look refreshed and not fake. She listens to your needs and goals before developing your personal treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.
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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 Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Dartmouth, MA to set up your private consultation with Dr. Plamondon.