The Facelift Procedure
While getting older is inevitable, looking your age doesn’t have to be. For countless men and women, facelift surgery has become a go-to procedure for reversing unwanted signs of aging such as sagging skin along the jowls and neck. With his advanced knowledge of facial anatomy and his experience in performing different facelift techniques, Dr. Ben Light is skilled at treating the signs of aging. He performs facelift surgery at his practice in Decatur, Alabama to help patients enjoy a more refreshed, vibrant, and youthful-looking appearance.
Depending on the patient’s age and the laxity of his or her skin, Dr. Light will perform either a mini facelift or standard facelift procedure. The mini facelift is ideal for patients in their late 30s to early 50s whose skin has begun to droop or sag but does not require significant correction. The standard facelift can benefit older patients with sagging jowls and loose neck skin. Dr. Light often performs this procedure along with liposuction or neck lift surgery to enhance the results of the procedure for patients in their 50s, 60s, and beyond.
Dr. Light will make incisions within the patient’s hairline, in the natural crease where the ear meets the side of the face, and other discreet locations. From these incisions, Dr. Light will reduce excess fat, tighten and “lift” facial muscles, and trim excess skin. Through these steps, Dr. Light achieves smoother, younger-looking facial contours.
Depending on your age and the laxity of your skin, I will perform either a mini facelift or standard facelift procedure. The standard facelift can benefit older patients with sagging jowls and loose neck skin.Dr. Ben Light, M.D.
Facelift – Surgical Anti-Aging Solution
A rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a facial plastic surgery designed to help reverse the signs of aging at their root – muscle laxity. Like any other part of the body, facial muscles and skin begin to sag over the course of time. On the surface, this can add years to a patient’s appearance and be a source of self-consciousness for both men and women.
Exploring Your Options
When it comes to developing a successful facelift treatment plan for each patient, personalized care is critical. Depending on the patient’s age and the laxity of his or her skin, different techniques that may suit one person may require adaptation in order to help another patient. During the consultation, Dr. Light will conduct an in-depth analysis of your facial features in order to determine which facelift treatment best addresses your current condition and helps you reach your ultimate goals. Depending on the results, our Decatur plastic surgeon may recommend either a mini facelift or traditional facelift.
The standard facelift can benefit older patients with sagging jowls and loose neck skin. This procedure is often performed along with liposuction and/or neck lift surgery for optimal results for patients in their fifties, sixties, and beyond.
Dr. Light will make incisions within the patient’s hairline, in the natural crease where the ear meets the side of the face, and other discrete locations. From these incisions, Dr. Light will reduce excess fat, tighten and “lift” facial muscles, and trim excess skin. Through these steps, Dr. Light achieves smoother, younger-looking facial contours.
The mini facelift is intended for patients in their late thirties to early fifties whose skin has begun to droop or sag but does not require significant correction. Similar to a traditional facelift, mini facelifts leverage a small incision made around the ear to tighten underlying facial muscles and remove excess skin. However, because the incision used for mini facelifts is much smaller than with a traditional facelift, this procedure alone does not effectively address neck sagging.
Combining Facelift with Other Surgeries
While highly effective, facelifts typically only address the lower half of the face. For patients with deep creased or sagging skin on the forehead or near the eyes, a facelift is most effective when combined with other facial plastic surgeries. At his Decatur plastic surgery center, Dr. Light has given patients dramatic transformations by combining a facelift with these top procedures:
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is among the top anti-aging procedures for men and women who’ve developed bags below their eyes or who are starting to notice drooping eyelids. While these issues may sound purely cosmetic, drooping upper eyelids can impair an individual’s vision – requiring medical attention. During blepharoplasty, excess skin is removed from either the top or lower eyelid, or both. This corrects skin laxity and helps reduce the impact of aging on the face, giving you a brighter, more rested appearance.
Another popular facial plastic surgery, browlift is recommended for patients with deep creases or wrinkles across the forehead. Much like facelift surgery, the treatment involves creating a discreet incision and then tightening the facial muscles to address laxity. Excess skin and tissues are removed, and the incision is then closed. At Light Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center, Dr. Light offers both traditional and endoscopic browlifts as companion surgeries for a facelift.
Both the mini facelift and standard facelift can refresh and revitalize the appearance of the lower third of the face. Although the facelift does not address wrinkles or drooping skin on the forehead or near the eyes, many patients choose to undergo a browlift or blepharoplasty in conjunction with facelift surgery.
Recovery time following facelift surgery varies based on several factors. To start, not all patients heal at the same rate. Prior to your surgery, our Decatur plastic surgeon will provide you with a set of instructions to optimize your recovery and ensure amazing results. For most patients, this includes wearing protective wrap garments for the appropriate amount of time and monitoring any drains that have been placed to help reduce swelling. We also recommend using cold compresses to alleviate swelling and bruising, keeping your head elevated at all times, getting plenty of rest, and staying hydrated. During your pre-procedure appointment, Dr. Light will provide specific instructions on when you can return to your normal routine or exercise regimen.
The type of facelift a patient undergoes also influences their recovery experience. A mini facelift requires short incisions and a relatively short recovery time. Mini facelift patients may be able to return to work after only two to three days of rest. The standard facelift may require a healing period of up to two weeks. In both procedures, Dr. Light utilizes advanced, less-invasive endoscopic techniques whenever possible to reduce recovery times. He and his staff will also provide complete instructions to follow so that patients heal as quickly and as comfortably as possible.
Why Choose Dr. Light
Successful facial plastic surgery requires a practiced and experienced specialist. Since opening the Light Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Surgery, Decatur plastic surgeon Dr. Ben Light and his team have offered patients world-class care in a professional, friendly environment. Dr. Light’s years of experience as a fellowship-trained, board-certified facial plastic surgeon have led to his recognition as both a pioneer and expert in facial plastic surgery.
Prior to opening his surgical center, Dr. Light completed a facial plastic surgery fellowship with Dr. Dean Toriumi – one of the country’s top facial plastic surgeons and one of the world’s top five rhinoplasty surgeons. Dr. Light has met rigorous standards to become certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In fact, he is the only board-certified facial plastic surgeon between Nashville and Birmingham.
Visit Light Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center
Turn back the hands of time with the help of a board-certified expert. Schedule a facelift consultation with our expert plastic surgeon in Decatur and discover how this facial rejuvenation procedure can help you get the look you want. Call us at 1-866-239-3223 or request a consultation online.
What Customers Are Saying
“Several years ago my husband experienced facial burns that were treated by Dr. Ben Light. I chose Light Facial Plastic Surgery for my facial rejuvenation because of the care my husband received, the positive outcome, and the confidence I gained in Dr. Ben Light. From the consultation to the post-operative visits Dr. Light & staff treated me professionally, courteously and made me feel like a member of the family. I wanted and received a natural result which now my outward appearance reflects my inner youth.” C.W. – Hartselle, AL