A facelift is exactly what the word describes: your face is surgically lifted to improve sagging facial skin, jowls and loose neck skin often associated with the aging process. Facelifts can make you look as much as 10 years younger, feel more confident about your appearance and increase your self-esteem.

Best Candidates for a Facelift

The facelift procedure is typically performed for men and women, from their 40’s into their early 70’s, who may have loose skin around the lower face and neck, prominent jowls, loose skin along the jaw line, and/or deep creases between the nose and mouth. Non-smokers with good to excellent health, good skin elasticity, and strong bone structure will have the greatest possibility for an excellent surgical outcome.

What to Expect at Your Consultation

Dr Matas and Staff 203Dr. James Matas, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Orlando, Florida, has extensive experience performing facial plastic surgery. He will discuss your goals and motivations for surgery, along with assessing your physical and emotional health and reviewing information you provide about previous surgeries, past and current medical conditions, as well as nutritional supplements, herbal remedies and pharmaceutical medications you take.

He will examine the structures of your face and neck, assessing the quality of your skin tone and bone structure. He may also review photographs of you at an earlier age to determine how the aging process has affected you.

He will recommend the exact procedure, or procedures, needed to bring about the desired result, outlining the techniques and incisions needed, the type of anesthesia, where the surgery will be performed and the risks and possibility of complications. He may also recommend non-surgical treatments, and professional skin care, to enhance the surgical outcome.

He will advise you to avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen products, Vitamin E and certain herbal medications before surgery, as these can cause increased bleeding or have undesirable effects with anesthesia. He will also insist that you discontinue smoking for at least one month prior to ensure proper healing.

You will also be provided with the financial details, along with a suggested plan of action should you decide to take the next step towards facelift surgery.

How a Facelift is Performed

facelift_procedure_lgAn incision is usually made above the hairline at the temples, follows a natural line to the ear and continues behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. A smaller incision may be necessary under the chin area.

Excess fat is carefully removed, the muscles are tightened, and the skin is re-draped to improve the contours of the face. Dr. Matas takes great care to ensure the skin is made taut, but not overtightened, so that a natural appearance is seen afterwards. Sutures are used to close the incisions and secure several layers of tissue and skin in their newly tightened state.

Surgery is performed outpatient under general anesthesia and takes 3 to 4 hours, or longer if additional procedures, such as eyelid lift or brow lift, are performed at the same time.

Recovery from a Facelift

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You will be discharged wearing a supportive garment over your head and neck. There is very little pain associated with a facelift, but any discomfort can be lessened with prescribed medication. Some bruising, swelling and change in skin sensation will be noticed, and should resolve over the next 2 to 3 weeks.

You will be given guidelines to get plenty of rest, and to avoid strenuous activity, alcohol, steam baths, saunas and sun exposure. After a few days, your neck garment will be removed, and your face may appear puffy and slightly distorted. Treatment with our massage therapist will begin in about 5 days, and this will reduce swelling and inflammation and help you feel more comfortable.

You’ll be back to work within 10 days to 2 weeks, but it is suggested that you lessen your professional and personal commitments as much as possible around this time, as you may tire more easily. If you need it, special camouflage makeup can be applied to cover any bruising that remains. Your scars will be hidden in your hairline and, with time, they’ll fade and should be scarcely visible.

Facelift FAQs

Can someone be too young or too old for a facelift?

There is no perfect age for a facelift. Each face ages differently—during a facial rejuvenation consultation, Dr. Matas closely examines the face to discern the depth and extent of aging that has occurred. A variety of factors can affect how the face ages, so the particular stage at which a facelift is most fitting (and optimal results can be achieved) can occur at different times. For each patient, Dr. Matas provides a detailed assessment of the face and lays out a variety of surgical and non-surgical options that are potentially suitable for creating a more youthful look. Those interested in finding out if they are a good candidate for facelift surgery are encouraged to contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Which facelift technique is right for me?

In addition to traditional facelifts, Dr. Matas also offers the MACS short scar facelift. Typically, the MACS technique is better suited to younger patients who have a small amount of laxity along the jawline and neck. Individuals with more advanced facial sagging and muscle laxity tend to be better candidates for the more comprehensive and involved traditional facelift approach. A consultation with Dr. Matas can reveal which option is the right choice for accomplishing the results you desire.

Can I combine other cosmetic procedures and treatments with my facelift?

During your consultation, Dr. Matas may suggest other complementary procedures like brow lift, eyelid lift, and/or neck lift to address visible signs of aging that cannot be improved with a facelift alone. Non-surgical options, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers, may also be recommended to smooth wrinkles and enhance volume in specific areas of the face. Using his expertise and experience, Dr. Matas will help formulate a customized facial rejuvenation plan that is suited to your unique needs and goals.

How much does a facelift cost?

The exact cost for a facelift varies from patient to patient and depends on a variety of factors including the facelift technique Dr. Matas chooses to use, anesthesiology costs, facility fees, post-operative medications, optional surgical aftercare, and more. For general pricing information prior to a consultation with Dr. Matas, we encourage interested parties to take advantage of our free cost analysis, which provides a quotation based on your cosmetic goals—just fill out the online form and a knowledgeable member of our team will be in touch to learn more about you and calculate an approximate price estimate.

Do you offer financing for facelift surgery?

We offer financing through CareCredit® and accept payments via major credit cards to make the procedures and treatments you want more affordable. Simply fill out the online CareCredit® application and quickly learn if you are approved for the amount you need. Low monthly payments make it easy to budget for cosmetic enhancements that might otherwise seem beyond your reach. If you have questions about payment or financing, please contact our office to speak with a member of our team who can provide the answers you need.

Your New Look

We expect that you’ll be extremely happy with your facelift and the self-confidence that it brings when you look and feel more youthful. Friends, family and associates may comment that you look different, but they may think you’ve been on vacation or have a new hairstyle. As you gain confidence, you may find yourself joining a new club, beginning a new hobby or enjoying more rewarding relationships with those around you!

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