Rhytidectomy in Facelift in Baltimore, MD

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What Is A Facelift?

As much as we would like to avoid it, facial aging is an inevitable part of life. While appropriate health precautions (i.e. wearing sunscreen, not smoking, and implementing a good skin care regimen) may slow its gradual progression, sagging in the midface, deepening creases beneath the eyes and alongside the mouth, jowling and loose skin of the neck are common characteristics of aging. These traits will develop due to the gradual loss of muscle tone and skin elasticity causing many of us to appear older and more tired than we actually feel. Luckily, there are multiple safe and reliable surgical options available to reverse the signs of aging and restore a more youthful, rested appearance. Baltimore plastic surgeon, Dr. Janet Woodyard, offers patients facelift surgery to help turn back the hands of time. Also referred to as rhytidectomy, this procedure helps to reverse the signs of aging by creating a softer, smoother facial appearance. During the consultation with Dr. Woodyard, the available techniques will be discussed to determine if the patient can benefit from a full facelift or a limited incision facelift. The goal of surgery is to create a natural outcome for patients.


How Does A Facelift Work?

There are multiple safe and reliable surgical options available to reverse the signs of aging and restore a more youthful, rested appearance. Because we all age a little differently, facial procedures are custom designed to meet these needs. Dr. Woodyard will assess the particular areas of concern and determine which type of facelift will provide the best results. Options include short-scar facelifts or mini-lifts, endoscopic-assisted and deep plane mid-facelifts, lower face and necklifts, scarless necklifts and lipocontouring of the neck. Many patients are also candidates for the traditional full facelift.

Full Facelift

During a traditional full facelift procedure, Dr. Woodyard will lift and tighten facial and neck muscles and remove excess skin to achieve a lifted, smoother face and neck. The scars are well hidden inside and around the ears and may extend into or along the hairline behind the ears, or above the ears into the temporal hairline region. This procedure provides maximal correction and is indicated for patients with moderate to severe facial skin laxity and advanced signs of aging.

Short Scar or Mini-Facelift

Short scar or mini-lift procedures are designed to correct less severe signs of aging often with shorter scars. Specifically, this surgery addresses the neckline and jowling (sagging along the jawline) and at times deepening nasolabial folds (creases alongside the mouth) with internal plication or suspension sutures, skin tightening and sometimes lipocontouring of the neck.

Mid/Deep Plane Facelift

Sagging of the cheeks and of the junction of the cheek and lower eyelid is often one of the earliest signs of aging. As this process progresses, the nasolabial folds become heavier and more prominent. Sagging soft tissues of the cheek can be lifted and re-suspended through this type of lift, which is often performed through incisions within the lower eyelid (usually combined with a lower blepharoplasty), temporal hairline, and/or inside the mouth. A nonsurgical alternative is the periodic injection of fat or fillers to restore the loss of volume in this area that aging takes away. This restoration of lost volume can also restore fullness to the cheeks and cheekbone area, raise the cheek/eyelid junction, and also soften the creases alongside the mouth (nasolabial folds) without surgical scars.

How Does Recovery Work After A Facelift?

Some facelift procedures are performed under general or intravenous sedation anesthesia, depending on the type of procedure being performed. The length of the surgery will vary, but it generally takes between 2-6 hours. This surgery is considered an outpatient procedure. However, some patients may prefer an overnight stay, which is available at Northwest Hospital Center. After surgery, patients will be bruised and swollen and the face and neck will feel tight. This will gradually improve over the first 2-3 weeks. Full recovery is usually expected in 4-6 weeks. It is common for patients to feel anxious about how their face will appear. Patients need to understand it can take several full months for the final results to appear. The results are intended to look beautiful and natural.

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Facelift FAQ

Are there other alternatives to a surgical facelift?

To lift and remove sagging skin in the neckline and lower face, facelifting is the only real option for correction. However, many other signs of facial aging can be lessened with nonsurgical techniques. BOTOX can soften or remove lines between the eyebrows, Crow's feet, and forehead. Injectable fillers can lift the cheeks, soften the nasolabial folds, lessen the appearance of early jowling, and soften the chin and lines around the mouth. There are also skin rejuvenation procedures such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels that can assist in evening the skin tone. All of these treatments are great options for patients who are not ready for surgery. However, patients with loose skin, drooping jowls, or a sagging neck will need to consider surgery if they want certain features improved.

Will There be visible scars after my facelift?

Facelift surgery requires incisions, which result in scars. However, in almost all cases, most of the scars are well hidden as they fall just along or in the hairline and around and behind the ears. In most cases, the scars should be barely visible to the naked eye once the scars have matured (the process whereby scars gradually lighten and soften over the first several months).

Which technique is best for me?

The best surgical facelift technique for you will vary based on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, what areas are being addressed, and other factors. To produce the results you want, Dr. Woodyard will go over the different surgical techniques in your consultation. She can then help you choose which technique is right for your needs.

Will my results look natural?

Some patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look shiny, overly tight, or like they live in a wind tunnel. Dr. Woodyard focuses on giving you a natural-looking result so you appear refreshed, not fake. She listens to your needs and goals before creating your personal treatment plan to produce your best results.

How much does a facelift cost?

The cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used. In your consultation, Dr. Woodyard will create your unique treatment plan to match your needs and goals. Once this is established, she can go over price estimates. To avoid unnatural-looking results, it's better to concentrate on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Woodyard, instead of the lowest price. Dr. Woodyard Plastic Surgery can give you information on low-interest medical financing that will make your facelift a more affordable option.

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