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Patients requesting a facelift often state that their appearance does not match on how vital and young they feel on the inside. A masterfully performed facelift can recreate that balance, giving patients a boost of energy and confidence.
Aging individuals can suffer a loss of facial definition, sagging skin, and the development of wrinkles. Facelift surgery can help turn back the clock, giving you a more youthful and vibrant appearance. Dr. Ackerman has perfected his facelift technique, the deep plane facelift, to provide patients with significant, dramatic improvements without the telltale signs of a facelift.View Photo Gallery
“I look youthful without looking like I have had surgery! Dr. Ackerman’s spectacular work far surpassed my preoperative expectations . I am so thankful for finding such a skillful surgeon.”Teresa Roberson
What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?
More Youthful Appearance
Patients who opt for facelift surgery can expect a more youthful appearance, often eliminating up to 10 years of facial aging. Dr. Ackerman will provide patients with an individualized plan to meet their aesthetic goals. Even before recovery is complete, patients will notice changes in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of facial aging.
Dr. Ackerman believes in providing his patients with dramatic yet natural results. Surgeons who claim to give subtle results may not address the necessary deeper facial structures. Dr. Ackerman’s detailed deep plane facelift surgery addresses the deeper layer of each patient’s skin, paying close attention to reshaping and repositioning each section of tissue for striking results.
Contoured Neck and Jawline
Many patients experience sagging at the jawline that continues down the neck as they age. A sagging neck can be unflattering and make a person feel insecure about their appearance. Facelift surgery can tighten the neck muscles and remove excess skin. Neck lift surgery is specifically designed to create a slimmer appearance and enhance definition.
How Is Facelift Surgery Performed?
What Should I Expect From My Consultation?
The consultation is an important moment for developing your facial rejuvenation plan. Every patient ages uniquely, and that must be evaluated before a facelift plan is developed.
Dr. Ackerman achieves natural facelift results due to his thorough understanding of facial anatomy and knowledge of facial structures. He identifies issues from the surface all the way down to the bone.
During your evaluation, Dr. Ackerman determines:
- Which areas of skin need to be addressed
- The degree of ptosis in the facial muscles
- How the fat and volume is distributed across the face
Where Will My Incisions Be?
A modern, expert facelift should not have easily visible incisions. Dr. Ackerman meticulously places incisions along the hairline and behind the ears so they don’t cause any distortions to the sideburns or back of the ear. These types of inconspicuous incisions take time and skill to master and are not easily achieved by a casual facelift surgeon. You should evaluate before and after photos to assess the quality of a surgeon’s incision technique.Alternative incisions may be made for men who are balding or completely bald.
What Surgical Techniques Are Used During My Facelift?
We age in three dimensions, and all three dimensions should be addressed during facial rejuvenation. While there are multiple techniques available for facelift surgery, Dr. Ackerman prefers to use the deep plane facelift, an advanced technique he perfected.
A deep plane facelift combines a SMAS facelift (which tightens the SMAS muscle layer) with the deeper dissection of the entire cheek area all the way to the nasolabial folds (the parenthesis lines that develop between the nose and mouth). This allows the entire facial structure to be repositioned, from the tear troughs (lower lid junction) to the neck.
With this technique, the skin is not detached from the muscle layer. Instead, the muscle and the skin are tightened together for a smoother, and more natural appearance. Dr. Ackerman developed the Ackerman facelift retractor tool to aid him in performing this technique.
Finally, excess skin is trimmed away, and the remaining tissue is draped to highlight the new contours of your face. The deep plane technique offers the most dramatic (yet natural) results.This technique is very complex and should only be performed by a talented facelift surgeon who understands the deeper structures of the face.
What Will My Facelift Recovery Be Like?
You will experience some bruising and swelling, but Dr. Ackerman’s gentle manipulation technique allows you to return to your regular activities within 14 days. Minor swelling may remain at this time, but proper makeup and hairstyling can help you feel confident when returning to work. You should be fully recovered after six to eight weeks.
When Will I See My Facelift Results?
Facelift surgery offers long-lasting results that will enhance your facial appearance and boost your self-confidence. Final results will become apparent a few months after your surgery.
Dr. Ackerman has found that the deep plane facelift offers the most dramatic transformations and restores a more youthful-looking appearance.
Will I Be Left With Visible Scarring?
Dr. Ackerman makes sure to place all incisions in discreet locations along the hairline. Any visible scarring that may develop will likely fade over time.You can learn more about facelift scarring by reading our blog.
Is Facelift Surgery Painful?
Swelling and bruising may occur but will dissipate within a few days. Dr. Ackerman can prescribe oral medication to help control any associated discomfort or pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for a facelift?
Facelift candidates are men and women with moderate to severe facial aging. While adults can undergo facelift surgery at any age, significant facial aging should be present to achieve optimal results.
Generally, facelift patients:
- Are in generally good health
- Have realistic expectations of their results
- Do not smoke or are willing to quit
A consultation with Dr. Ackerman can help patients determine if facelift surgery is right for them.
When is the best time to undergo facelift surgery?
The ideal time to undergo facelift surgery for many patients is in their 50s. Typically, this is when patients start noticing some common signs of aging such as jowls, saggy cheeks, and loose neck tissues.
How much does a facelift cost in Newport Beach?
The cost of a facelift varies between patients depending on the amount of correction needed. Facelift cost also depends on surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, operating room fees, and the specific surgical techniques used.
Will insurance cover my facelift?
Since a facelift is an elective cosmetic procedure, it is rarely covered by insurance. However, you will need to contact your insurance company for more information on your policy.
Can I drive home after my facelift?
Since your facelift will be performed using general anesthesia, you cannot drive yourself home. Please bring a responsible adult with you to your surgery to safely drive you home.
Will my results be permanent?
Facelift surgery is long lasting and corrects the deep structures of your face to help you appear more youthful. The natural aging process will still occur, but patients generally maintain an appearance that is several years younger than their actual age.
Can a facelift be combined with any other procedures?
Some patients undergoing facelift surgery wish to improve other areas of their appearance. Facelift surgery can be combined with other facial cosmetic procedures to provide patients with their desired results.
Common procedures performed in combination with facelift surgery include:
Are there any possible risks or side effects associated with facelift surgery?
As with most surgical procedures, there are some risks and complications involved with facelift surgery. These include infection, bleeding, unfavorable scarring, prolonged swelling, unsatisfactory results, persistent pain, poor wound healing, and skin loss.