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Facelift

A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a facial surgery procedure designed to help people reduce the visible signs of aging in the face and neck.

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, Chairman and Director of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, is a globally acclaimed facial plastic and reconstructive surgery expert. He has written five bestselling books, including “Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation” and “Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets,” has been named a “Top Doctor” by US News & World Report and has been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Doctors” and “Dr. Oz”.

Facelift Before & Afters

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What is a Facelift?

A facelift surgery helps an individual rejuvenate the appearance of the face. Although facelift surgery has become increasingly popular over the years, it is important to note that no two facelift procedures are exactly alike. Much in the same way that the natural aging process affects each person differently, a facelift surgery must be tailored to a person’s facial appearance and facial rejuvenation goals.

Facelift surgery generally is similar for both men and women and great detail is taken to make sure the incision is concealed for patients, especially men who have less hair to hide any incisions. The patient is administered general anesthesia prior to surgery, followed by a small, well-hidden incision along the edge of the ear and into the scalp just a few centimeters.

The surgical incisions will be closed with sutures – some dissolve on their own while others will need to be removed after a few days. Dr. Azizzadeh will provide detailed instructions to ensure a patient can properly take care of the sutures after surgery.

Surgical incisions usually will start to heal three to four weeks after a facelift. At this time, the incision lines from a facelift will be concealed within the hairline and natural contours of the ear and face.

How Does Facelift Surgery Help a Patient Achieve a Balanced, Natural-Looking Facial Appearance?

The goal of facelift surgery is to provide a patient with a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance. To achieve this goal, Dr. Azizzadeh analyzes a patient’s nose, chin, cheeks and other facial features and explores ways to ensure these features are in perfect harmony with one another.

In some instances, a Los Angeles facelift surgeon may perform a standard facelift procedure for every patient. Yet this approach fails to account for a patient’s unique facial features, and it is unlikely to help an individual achieve his or her desired results.

Comparatively, Dr. Azizzadeh understands each Los Angeles facelift patient is different, and the approach he takes for each facelift surgery varies accordingly. Regardless of facelift patient, Dr. Azizzadeh wants each of his patients to achieve a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance – something that can only be accomplished with a personalized approach to facelift surgery.

Dr. Azizzadeh recognizes that Beverly Hills facelift surgery patients have different requests and needs. He also recognizes that all facelift patients strive to achieve balanced, natural-looking facial appearance. Thus, Dr. Azizzadeh requests a patient consultation before he performs facelift surgery so he can analyze an individual and develop a personalized treatment plan for him or her.

First, Dr. Azizzadeh meets with a patient, reviews his or her facial features and learns about this individual’s desired treatment results. He then creates a custom plan designed to help a patient achieve a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance. This plan may include facelift surgery and one or more complementary procedures. At a facelift surgery plan’s conclusion, a patient can enjoy a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance.

Benefits of Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is the best way to rejuvenate the overall appearance of the face due to the aging process. It may be used to help a person correct fold lines between the nose and mouth, loose skin and excess fat on the neck, and the loss of youthful contours in the face. Surgery benefits include:

  • Enhanced facial contours
  • Youthful facial shape
  • Repair of loose skin
  • Tighter facial muscles

At the CENTER, Los Angeles facelift surgeon Dr. Azizzadeh customizes each facelift surgery to help a patient achieve a balanced and natural-looking facial appearance. Dr. Azizzadeh tailors facelifts with the anti-aging needs of the patient in mind. As a result, Dr. Azizzadeh often utilizes a combination of procedures in conjunction with “traditional” facelift surgery techniques to ensure a patient can achieve the best-possible results.

Am I a Candidate for a Facelift Surgery?

To better help patients understand the aging process and what can be achieved with facial rejuvenation surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh discusses the “Aging Arc.” The Aging Arc defines the aging process in visual terms relative to a patient’s age. In many instances, people in the negative range of the Aging Arc may appear older or younger than they actually are due to cosmetic intervention.

Dr. Azizzadeh works with facelift surgery patients to help them reach the positive range on the Aging Arc. By doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh can ensure that a patient’s facial appearance is radiant and healthy based on his or her chronological age.

Dr. Azizzadeh will use the Aging Arc tool as part of his comprehensive facelift consultation. This consultation serves as a learning opportunity for both Dr. Azizzadeh and a patient and enables an individual to find out where he or she falls on the Aging Arc. Plus, Dr. Azizzadeh will define which facial techniques or type of facelift surgery can be used to help an individual move from the negative range into the positive range of the Aging Arc.

Furthermore, an individual who displays any of the following signs of aging may prove to be a viable candidate for facelift surgery:

  • Loose skin
  • Volume loss
  • Noticeable facial expression lines
  • Loss of collagen and/or skin elasticity
  • Asymmetrical facial appearance due to aging

Dr. Azizzadeh takes a holistic approach to facelift surgery and will help a patient identify the underlying aging issues in the face. Then, he will offer a precise treatment that ensures complete facial rejuvenation.

What Parts of the Face Does a Facelift Address?

Common signs of aging addressed during a facelift procedure include:

  • Loss of tone in the face and neck
  • Jowls
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Loss of chin and neck contours
  • Creases between the corners of the mouth and base of the nose (smile lines or nasolabial folds)

Dr. Azizzadeh takes a holistic approach to facelift surgery. He views the face as a continuum. As such, even a minor change to one portion of the face can have far-flung effects on all other parts of the face.

Facelifts help a patient correct many common signs of aging in different areas of the face, such as:

  • Cheeks: Reduces sagging of the cheeks that often results in an aged and tired appearance.
  • Jawline: Removes excess skin on the lower jawline.
  • Nose: Improves the appearance of a drooping nasal tip.
  • Neck: Eliminates excess fat and sagging skin in the neck.
  • Eyes: Addresses drooping skin or hollows around the eyes.

Although a facelift may seem like an all-in-one procedure to address all visible signs of aging in the face, Dr. Azizzadeh sometimes recommends specific surgeries to address various portions of the face. These surgeries include:

  • Mid Facelift: Enhances the appearance of the lower eyelids and cheeks.
  • Brow Lift: Lifts sagging skin from the forehead.
  • Neck Lift: Address loose neck skin, excess fat and other visible signs of aging from the neck and jawline.  
  • Eyelid Lift: Removes bags from the lower eyelids and excess skin from the upper eyelids.

The aforementioned procedures may be performed on their own or in conjunction with a facelift surgery. To determine which procedure can help a patient achieve his or her desired facial rejuvenation results, Dr. Azizzadeh requests a patient consultation.

During a consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh finds out why a patient is considering a facial rejuvenation treatment. He learns about a patient and his or her medical history. Dr. Azizzadeh also uses the Aging Arc tool to get a better idea about how different surgical procedures may affect a patient’s facial appearance.

Dr. Azizzadeh strives to help a patient achieve a natural-looking and beautiful facial appearance. He wants to ensure any procedure delivers facial harmony, and to accomplish this goal, develops a personalized treatment plan for each patient.

A facelift helps patients revitalize his or her facial appearance. Dr. Azizzadeh outlines all stages of a surgery, as well as helps a patient set realistic expectations for the facelift recovery process.

In some instances, Dr. Azizzadeh may recommend a facelift procedure in combination with one or more other surgeries when multiple facial rejuvenation procedures will help a patient enhance his or her facial appearance. Furthermore, he provides insights into how these procedures will help a patient accomplish his or her facial rejuvenation treatment goals.

When it comes to facelifts and other facial rejuvenation surgeries, Dr. Azizzadeh wants to help a patient feel good about his or her decision. Therefore, Dr. Azizzadeh works with a patient and does whatever he can to educate him or her about different treatment options. He also provides comprehensive support throughout the treatment and recovery processes to ensure a patient can achieve the best-possible surgery results.

What Does the Facelift Consultation Process Involve?

The facelift consultation process represents a unique learning experience for both Dr. Azizzadeh and his patients. It enables all parties to learn from one another and ensure the patient can achieve the optimal results.

Dr. Azizzadeh will examine a patient’s face and learn about an individual’s concerns and goals. He also will offer both non-invasive and surgical facelift options, when appropriate. Dr. Azizzadeh recognizes that every patient is different, which means each individual has distinct personal needs and questions about facelifts. As such, he will provide details about both surgical and non-surgical treatments that may help a patient enhance the facial appearance.

What Are the Benefits of a Facelift Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh?

A facelift consultation enables Dr. Azizzadeh to understand a patient’s facelift treatment expectations. At the same time, a consultation allows a patient to learn about facelift surgery, how it works and how the procedure can help him or her achieve the best-possible results.

Dr. Azizzadeh allocates the necessary time and resources to perform a comprehensive facelift surgery patient evaluation as part of the consultation process. He understands each patient’s facial features vary. With his in-depth approach to patient evaluations, Dr. Azizzadeh can determine the proper steps to help a patient rejuvenate his or her facial appearance.

If Dr. Azizzadeh determines facelift surgery is the ideal treatment for a patient, he crafts a personalized treatment plan for this individual. Dr. Azizzadeh then explains his facelift treatment plan to his patient and responds to any concerns or questions.

In some instances, Dr. Azizzadeh may recommend facelift surgery be performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Azizzadeh explains how multiple procedures can help a patient accomplish his or her desired results. He also helps a patient set realistic facial rejuvenation treatment expectations.

Following a facelift consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh remains available for additional questions. Dr. Azizzadeh’s goal is to help each patient make an informed decision about facelift surgery. If a patient has facelift surgery questions after a consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to respond to his or her queries.

What Types of Non-Surgical Facelift Options Are Available?

A non-surgical facelift, often referred to as a liquid facelift, is an alternative to surgery. It involves the use of a combination of injectables to achieve facial rejuvenation.

Common injectables that are used during non-surgical facelift procedures include:

Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to outline the benefits of the many non-surgical options to patients. And if an individual has concerns or questions about these treatment options, Dr. Azizzadeh will address his or her queries immediately.

What Other Surgical Procedures Are Available to Address the Face?

A Los Angeles facelift procedure alone may prove to be worthwhile for some individuals. However, in many cases, additional complimentary surgical procedures may be needed to ensure a patient can achieve a natural and balanced outcome.

Dr. Azizzadeh listens to each of his patients and will work with a patient to determine which treatment options are best for the individual. He will allocate the necessary time and resources to learn about a patient and find out why this individual is considering facelift surgery. Also, Dr. Azizzadeh may recommend facelift surgery be performed in conjunction with any of the following procedures:

Dr. Azizzadeh is a leading Los Angeles facelift and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who emphasizes patient education. He recognizes that knowledge is key to achieve the best-possible treatment results, teaches patients about the underlying causes of skin aging issues and recommends treatment options to address such problems. Dr. Azizzadeh will even offer comprehensive insights into a wide range of surgical and non-surgical facelift treatments to help a patient make an informed decision.

 

What Are Dr. Azizzadeh's Facelift Surgery Qualifications?

Dr. Azizzadeh is a Beverly Hills facelift surgeon with dual certification in head and neck surgery (otolaryngology) and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is also internationally recognized for his facial plastic and reconstructive surgery expertise. Additionally, media outlets frequently seek out Dr. Azizzadeh to provide insights into facelift surgery and other facial plastic and reconstructive procedures.

How Does Dr. Azizzadeh Approach Facial Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Azizzadeh takes an in-depth approach to facial plastic surgery and believes there is no such thing as a standard facelift. He provides each patient with a custom treatment plan tailored to his or her personal needs. Dr. Azizzadeh will evaluate a patient’s face and neck to ensure all cosmetic issues are addressed during surgery.

Moreover, Dr. Azizzadeh wants to help each patient maintain a natural-looking and vibrant facial appearance. During a facelift surgery, he focuses on tightening a patient’s skin, sculpting his or her facial features and preserving the individual’s natural facial contours for optimal results. He will also provide patients with detailed information on his surgical guidelines for facelifts.

In addition to his aesthetic eye, Dr. Azizzadeh is one of the world’s leading facial nerve experts. This expertise sets him apart from other plastic surgeons, as his knowledge of the complex facial nerve anatomy ensures he can provide his patients with the safest and most effective approach to surgery.

His work with plastic and reconstructive surgery has made the CENTER a premier destination for facial plastic surgery patients, as well as patients who require complex facial nerve procedures. Also, Dr. Azizzadeh has published numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles and received many national and international awards, and his client list includes executives, dignitaries, celebrities and even other physicians from around the world.

What Does the Facelift Recovery Process Include?

The facelift recovery process may require several weeks to complete, and it often varies based on the patient. Patients may experience any of the following symptoms during this period:

  • Bruising that lasts one to two weeks.
  • Swelling that lasts one to three weeks.
  • Secondary healing that occurs after initial swelling dissipates and may take up to six months to complete.
  • Ear numbness that lasts about eight weeks.
  • Tightness in the face that lasts six to eight weeks.
  • Smile or facial muscle weakness in the first two days.
  • Return to work and everyday activities within 10 to 14 days.
  • Return to a regular exercise routine after about three weeks.

Facelift Aftercare

  • For most patients, pain is limited. Some patients may require pain medications in the first 72 hours after facelift surgery; thereafter, extra strength Tylenol can be used.
  • If you have excruciating pain, please call your surgeon. Avoid the following for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after surgery – Aspirin, Advil, non-steroidal pain medications, fish, herbal supplements, vitamins, smoking, all nicotine products, marijuana, illicit drugs.
  • Use cold compresses in the first 72 hours after surgery (20 minutes per hour when awake) then switch to warm compresses (20 minutes, 3 times per day) thereafter over the areas of bruising.
  • Gently clean incisions with hydrogen peroxide once a day for the first 7 days.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment 3 times a day over all incisions.
  • All stitches will be removed within six to eight days of facelift surgery.
  • Wear head wrap garment as much as possible for the first week after surgery. If irritation occurs, remove the head wrap and call our office. It is important that you prevent the bandage from rolling up or wrinkling under your chin. Continue wearing head wrap as much as possible when at home and at night for 3 weeks after facial surgery.
  • Keep head elevated for at least 1 – 2 weeks following your facial surgery. This includes while you sleep, rest or relax.
  • You may remove compression garment to shower starting 2 days after surgery.

Dr. Azizzadeh will provide extensive details about facelift aftercare prior to surgery. If you have additional aftercare questions during the recovery period, please reach out to Dr. Azizzadeh for additional support.

Facelift FAQ

What is the ideal age to undergo a facelift surgery?

Oftentimes, individuals between the ages of 40 and 60 years old undergo facelift surgery to correct wrinkles, frown lines and other visible signs of aging in the face. However, facelift surgery is sometimes performed on patients in their 70s and 80s as well.

Dr. Azizzadeh performs a patient evaluation to determine if an individual is eligible for facelift surgery, regardless of age. He generally offers facelift surgery to a patient if he believes it can be performed safely and will help him or her achieve a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance.

Will a facelift prevent wrinkles and other visible signs of aging in the face?

Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed solution to slow down the natural aging process. But a facelift helps minimize signs of aging in the face. In fact, the procedure enables a patient to revitalize his or her facial appearance.

Will a facelift cause my face to look “tight”?

Although a facelift tightens the facial skin, in the hands of an expert facelift surgeon, like Dr. Azizzadeh, it won’t cause the face to appear tight. Instead, a facelift helps a patient achieve a natural facial appearance in which the eyes, cheeks, chin and other facial features appear in perfect harmony.

Does a facelift address visible signs of aging in the forehead and around the eyes?

A traditional facelift does not address the upper portion of the face, i.e. the forehead and around the eyes. But with Dr. Azizzadeh’s comprehensive facial rejuvenation approach, he will incorporate procedures to treat these areas, if they are of concern to the patient.

How long does it take to perform a facelift procedure?

It usually takes about three to four hours to complete a facelift surgery. Additional time may be required depending on the extent of facelift surgery and if a procedure is conducted in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation treatments.

Should I expect my face to feel numb after facelift surgery?

Numbness in the cheeks and neck is common after facelift surgery, but it usually disappears within a few months of treatment.

Will my friends and family be able to tell that I had a facelift procedure?

Dr. Azizzadeh has a simple goal for facelift surgery: to ensure the procedure helps a patient achieve a natural-looking facial appearance. Thus, friends and family members probably won’t be able to tell if a person has undergone a facelift procedure, as treatment results will appear natural.

Is a facelift the right surgery for me?

It usually helps to learn about all aspects of facelift surgery to determine if the procedure can help an individual accomplish his or her desired facial rejuvenation results. To do so, a patient should schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh.

Dr. Azizzadeh takes the guesswork out of facelift surgery. He explains facelift surgery to his patients and responds to their concerns and questions. Dr. Azizzadeh also offers facelift insights that a patient may struggle to obtain elsewhere.

If a patient decides to undergo facelift surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh crafts a custom treatment plan for him or her. Dr. Azizzadeh helps a facelift patient establish realistic expectations for surgery, too. That way, a patient can plan ahead for all stages of facelift surgery.

Schedule a Beverly Hills Facelift Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh Today

To learn more about the benefits of a Beverly Hills facelift treatment, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh at the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Facelift Surgery: A Proven Treatment to Address Common Signs of Aging in the Face

A facelift enables an individual to treat loose or sagging skin, loss of facial volume and other common signs of aging in the face. At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is happy to evaluate a patient and determine if he or she qualifies for facelift surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh is a world-renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and his goal is to help patients bolster their facial appearance. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Azizzadeh works with each patient, learns about his or her facial rejuvenation goals and creates a personalized treatment program.

Why Do People Choose Facelift Surgery?

A facelift helps an individual simultaneously lift and tighten underlying facial muscles and restore lost facial volume. It also is used to address loss of skin elasticity, smile lines and other signs of aging in the face. At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh performs a comprehensive patient evaluation to determine if an individual qualifies for facelift surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh then creates a custom treatment plan and works with a patient to revitalize his or her facial appearance.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Facelift?

Each facelift surgery is tailored to a patient, and as such, the recovery period varies. Patients may experience bruising, swelling and other physical symptoms that persist for a few weeks after the procedure. Additionally, some patients may require up to six months for internal swelling to stop following treatment. Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery outlines all stages of the recovery process before he administers surgery. He also monitors a patient’s symptoms after a facelift to ensure his or her recovery remains on track.

What Is the Ideal Age to Undergo a Facelift Procedure?

People age at different rates, and as such, the ideal age to undergo a facelift procedure varies. In some instances, people benefit from facelifts in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Furthermore, facelifts have even helped individuals in their 70s and 80s address frown lines, wrinkles, smile lines and other signs of aging in the face. For those who are evaluating facelift surgery, meeting with Dr. Azizzadeh may be beneficial. During a patient meeting, Dr. Azizzadeh performs a comprehensive patient examination and offers treatment insights to help an individual make an informed facelift surgery decision.

Post-Facelift Care: Here’s What You Need to Know

To achieve the optimal facelift surgery results, a patient must plan ahead for the post-treatment recovery period. In some cases, facelift patients spend the first few days after surgery at a recovery center. Here, a patient can receive round-the-clock medical care to help keep his or her facelift recovery on track. Of course, no two facelift recovery centers are exactly alike. For those who want to find the right facelift recovery center, it is paramount to perform in-depth research. That way, an individual can choose a facelift recovery center that employs expert medical staff and offers best-in-class post-surgery support.

What Does It Mean to Take a Holistic Approach to Facelift Surgery?

Whereas some facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons perform mid, lower and upper facelifts, Dr. Azizzadeh takes a holistic approach to facial rejuvenation treatments. Dr. Azizzadeh personalizes a facelift surgery to a patient – without exception. His holistic approach to facelift surgery begins with a full evaluation of a patient’s facial features and treatment goals. Next, Dr. Azizzadeh crafts a custom facelift surgery treatment plan for a patient. And if a patient has any concerns or questions about a facelift surgery treatment plan, Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to respond to them.

Should You Get a Facelift in Your 40s?

Facelift surgery often helps people in their 40s address visible signs of aging in the face and tighten the facial muscles. Yet a facelift is merely one of several facial rejuvenation treatments available to people in their 40s. To determine if a facelift is the best facial rejuvenation treatment option for a person in his or her 40s, it is crucial to consult with an expert facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon like Dr. Azizzadeh. By doing so, an individual in his or her 40s can learn about facelifts and other facial rejuvenation treatments and select one that delivers safe, effective and long-lasting results.

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