As we get older, time and gravity do their work. Facial skin and tissue begin to sag and droop, with lines, creases and wrinkles becoming deeply-etched, leaving you looking old, tired, or even unhappy. It is common to see loss of jawline definition, a double chin that no exercise or weight loss will resolve, and jowls on women and men in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.
A custom Washington DC facelift performed at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington will tighten the underlying facial muscle layer, reposition skin, remove excess fat on face, under chin, and neck if present, and leave you with a fresh, rested, youthful look that lasts for years – and looks like you.
What is the Facelift Procedure?
Our Bethesda facelift is performed on an outpatient basis with the patient under either local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia. During surgery, carefully-placed incisions may be made below the sideburns, continuing along the inside edge of the ear around the ear lobe, in the groove behind the ear, and then hidden within the hairline so the outcome is even, and appears fresh and natural. Every facelift procedure is customized to address the condition of the individual by lifting and tightening sagging skin to restore a more youthful appearance.
Undergoing facial plastic surgery is a very personal decision. The surgery, when performed by our highly-skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, can resolve the following visible signs of age:
- Deep smile lines
- Facial creases
- Sagging cheek tissue
- Frown lines
- Lack of definition at jawline
- Drooping facial skin
- Wrinkles, lines
- Double chin
- Fatty deposits on upper neck
To safely undergo surgery, you should be in good general health. We review your medical history and may require you to stop taking blood-thinning medications or supplements for several weeks prior to your surgical appointment.
Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington, DC: Where Skill and Artistry Meet.
At the Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington, our plastic surgeons employ the most advanced techniques in facelift surgery, lifting the skin, tightening the underlying facial muscles, and repositioning fatty deposits affecting the facial appearance. Excess fat beneath the chin is removed when necessary, and muscles tightened. We are known for achieving truly remarkable results and are proud to be listed as being among the finest facial plastic surgeons in the Washington, D.C. area.
How Long Do I Need to Take Off Work After a Facelift?
Most patients feel well enough to return to work after two weeks, while some may require a few more days. You should begin to see the results, with a smoother, firmer, more youthful facial appearance within one and a half to two weeks.
When Can I Go Back to My Exercise Program?
You will need to limit your activity for the first two weeks from the day of your surgery. You will be given the okay to resume your normal exercise and other more vigorous activities after about three to four weeks. Even in the early stages of recovery, walks are a healthy form of exercise and can assist reducing swelling by increasing blood circulation.
What are the Risks and Complications of a Facelift?
It is important that your Washington DC facelift surgery is performed in a clinic that follows the most stringent health and safety procedures to reduce the risk of complications. Risks and complications associated with a facelift include but are not limited to: infections, bleeding, scars, sensory changes of the overlying skin, facial nerve injury (temporary or permanent) which may affect the motion of the corner of the mouth (although this is extremely rare) or an uneven result requiring revision surgery.
Why Choose Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington for a Facelift?
Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons have a reputation for excellence in plastic surgery, with many accolades, including listings as “Super Doctor,” “Top Doctor” and “Top Physician in Plastic Surgery” in local and national publications. Each of our surgical team has achieved a five-star rating on realself.com. We are not your everyday plastic surgery clinic, but an exclusive center established by top doctors and educators from the Washington, D.C. area. You can trust that your surgery will be performed with meticulous care, attention to detail, and achieve sophisticated results.