Facelift (Rhytidectomy) in Augusta, GA
Among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States is the facelift because it effectively rejuvenates your appearance and restores a youthful look. our skilled surgeons include board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Troy Austin and Dr. Manuel Medina, achieve amazing, natural looking results with facelifts for patients in Augusta, Evans, Columbia County, and nearby areas in Georgia. We are also happy to provide our services to residents of Aiken and the neighboring communities in South Carolina.
Before & After
What is the goal of a Facelift?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, enhances the facial appearance by tightening muscles, lifting and trimming away sagging skin, and defining facial contour, producing a smoother, more toned appearance. You may choose to combine a facelift with other procedures, such as liposuction, to more precisely sculpt the facial contour. Every facelift performed at Southeastern Aesthetic Surgery is tailored specifically to each patient’s condition and goals.
Why should I consider a Facelift?
If you are beginning to see the appearance of sagging skin, jowls, or a double chin, or a loss of definition causing sunken areas in the facial region, a facelift may be the ideal solution to treat those conditions. A facelift rejuvenates and improves the facial appearance by eliminating sagging skin from the face, jaw, chin, and neck, while reducing lines, creases, wrinkles, and folds, creating a more toned and youthful facial appearance.
Who can most benefit from a Facelift?
A facelift is ideally recommended for patients who have begun to see visible signs of aging. Almost any mature adult in good overall health who wishes to rejuvenate the face may be a suitable candidate; however, Dr. Austin and Dr. Medina will assess several factors, including the condition of your skin, your facial bone structure, your weight, age, family history, and general lifestyle, and recommend the most suitable procedure to address your particular concerns.
How is the Facelift procedure performed?
A facelift is performed under general anesthesia, typically through an incision that begins at the temples and runs along the hairline, where it is may be easily hidden from view. Dr. Austin or Dr. Medina will gently and precisely lift the skin and muscle tissue, eliminate excess fat, and tighten the underlying muscles. The skin is pulled tight, and any remaining excess skin is trimmed away to produce a smooth and youthful contour. Liposuction may be combined with your facelift to provide more comprehensive facial sculpting.
Does a Facelift cause scarring?
The facelift leaves a faint hairline scar that is hidden along the natural hairline, while additional scars may be hidden within the natural creases of the face and neck. Dr. Austin and Dr. Medina is meticulous about ensuring that any scars left by the procedure are very thin, and these will fade significantly over time, eventually becoming invisible after a few months.
How long will the results of a Facelift last?
Although facelift results are considered permanent, surgery cannot deter the aging process, and several factors may affect how your face holds up over time, such as age, skin condition, and lifestyle. Since younger skin is naturally more supple and retains more elasticity, results last much longer in younger patients. If you have lost elasticity in your skin due to age, sun damage, smoking, or weight fluctuations, you may choose to have a follow-up procedure after a few years. Proper care of your skin will also help your results last longer, and we recommend daily sun protection with a minimum 30 SPF. You should also avoid smoking and harmful pollutants that can cause skin damage over time, and follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen to maintain optimal, long-lasting results. Some patients will require a follow-up treatment after several years, although usually a less invasive procedure may successfully prolong the length of your results.
What is the best age for a facelift?
There is not an ideal age for a facelift, as we all age differently. To determine if a facelift is right for you, it’s important to consider the condition of your skin and your appearance rather than your age. Patients who are experiencing significant sagging and/or deep wrinkles and folds in the skin may want to consider a facelift, especially if they are unable to achieve their goals with other treatment options.
How long does a facelift last?
Generally, you can expect the results of a facelift to last about 10 years. However, the exact duration of your facelift results will depend on your personal circumstances, including your lifestyle habits and how you age.
How painful is a facelift?
The facelift procedure is not at all painful, as it is performed with the aid of general or local anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety. The pain that is associated with the facelift procedure occurs during the recovery period, and is usually mild and well-tolerated. During this time, we will provide pain medication and outline a recovery protocol to help you manage pain and other symptoms while you heal.
How long does it take to look normal after a facelift?
After your facelift, you can expect it to take about a month for your initial bruising, swelling and related side effects to resolve, but most patients fell comfortable going out in public after 7-10 days. For this reason, patients are often comfortable resuming social activities a month after their procedure, although there will be some minor side effects that can persist for several weeks afterwards.
How can I speed up my facelift recovery?
The best way to speed up your facelift recovery is to follow all of the instructions and recommendations provided by your surgeon. This includes taking your medications as prescribed, drinking plenty of water, eating nutritious foods, resting as much as possible and resuming light activities (such as walking) once you feel up to it.
If you’re ready to change your life by recovering your youthful glow with a facelift, contact Southeastern Aesthetic Surgery, where Dr. Troy Austin achieve outstanding results for facelift patients in Augusta, Evans, and Columbia County, and nearby communities in Georgia and South Carolina. Contact us today!