View Before and After Photos There are various techniques in facelift surgery. You may hear buzzwords about a specific procedure that takes away years and makes you look 10 years younger with minimal surgery and minimal recovery. We believe in and we strive to offer you the most minimally invasive procedures with minimal recovery and maximum results. However, you should know that many studies and clinical experience has proven to us that facelifts are very individualized procedures. There is not one single recipe or miracle procedure that can address all the goals in correcting an aging face. During your consultation, Dr. Bolourian will perform a complete facial and neck evaluation, including the skin and the underlying structures and discusses your specific goals and concerns. At Orange County Oral Surgery & Periodontics you can be sure you will be given treatment options that you are most comfortable with and provide you with the most natural results. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
Call our Rancho Santa Margarita office at Rancho Santa Margarita Office Phone Number 949-888-0332 with any questions about Facelift or to schedule your appointment with Orange County Oral Surgery & Periodontics.
The following are the most common questions our patients ask us prior to their face lift procedure.
How is a facelift procedure performed at our center?
Facelifts are performed in our surgery suites in a very safe and sterile environment. You and Dr. Bolourian together may decide to choose local anesthesia alone or intravenous sedation to help you relax. General anesthesia is generally not required but can be used if desired. Most of our patients choose local anesthesia and/or twilight anesthesia for many of the facial aesthetic procedures. We believe it is the safest technique with the fastest recovery time and also most cost effective. Dr. Bolourian will check for medical conditions that could cause problems during or after surgery, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or the tendency to form excessive scars. Be sure to let us know if you smoke or are taking any drugs or medications, especially aspirin or other drugs that affect clotting. We will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly. If you smoke, it’s especially important to stop at least two weeks before and after surgery; smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin, and can interfere with the healing of your incision areas. If your hair is very short, you might want to let it grow out before surgery, so that it’s long enough to hide the scars while they heal.
Incisions are made inside the hairline at the temple, in front of the ear, then around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending at the scalp area. Excess skin is removed and sagging muscles and connective tissues are lifted, released and repositioned. In some cases, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the chin and neck. Many times your own fat maybe harvested and used to augment certain areas to restore lost fat and hollow appearance of the face. Incisions are closed with very small sutures. Generally the incisions are barely visible by the patient or another individual after complete healing. The procedure may take up to 2-3 hours depending on whether any other procedures are performed at the same time. We have found that the combination of a facelift with laser resurfacing or chemical peeling enhances the benefits of both procedures and results in a greater improvement of the overall facial appearance.
Using the tumescent technique of injection, there is minimal bleeding during surgery, therefore we generally do not have to use any drains. Swelling and bruising vary and resolve within a week or two.
How long does a facelift last?
The results of a facelift are long lasting and depend on many factors among which genetics, degree of skin elasticity, and personal habits and stress play a major role. Although the procedure does not stop the aging process, it certainly slows down the clock. One of the ways you can maintain your results is by taking good care of your skin and maintaining an ideal weight with minimal fluctuations.
What to expect after facelift surgery?
You should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to help you out for a day or two if needed. Following your facelift surgery, you will receive a head wrap to minimize bruising and swelling. The head wrap is usually removed the next day in our office. You should be able to get up and move around the next day after surgery. Since majority of our patients do not go under intravenous anesthesia, they amazingly bounce back to an active lifestyle quickly. If you wish, special post surgery make-up maybe used to help cover up the areas of bruising. In the weeks following the surgery, the facial skin and area around the ear may be numb. There may also be some temporary discoloration as healing begins, which may take a few weeks and months to disappear. The healing process is gradual, so you will not notice final results for few months.
What makes our facelift procedure superior?
Our anesthetic techniques make it possible to perform this procedure safely and efficiently with minimal downtime. We always address the underlying structures below the skin by releasing and repositioning the muscular structures, this is also called deep plane facelift. We believe simply placing the so called purse-string sutures (stitches) into the muscular layer, does not give the long lasting and natural results.
For further information about this procedure please call our office and speak directly to Dr. Bolourian or e-mail us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about any procedures and treatments. Make sure to ask about our special offers.