Our lower facelift procedure offers a transformative solution to redefine your jawline and rejuvenate your overall facial appearance. Led by the renowned board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Gartner, our team is dedicated to providing exceptional care and delivering natural-looking results through advanced surgical techniques.
A lower facelift is a surgical procedure designed to address signs of aging in the lower region of the face, including the jawline, chin, and neck. It targets sagging skin, jowls, deep creases, and excess fat deposits to restore a more defined and youthful facial contour. Dr. Gartner’s expertise ensures outstanding results that enhance your natural beauty.
To ensure your comfort throughout the surgery, Dr. Gartner will administer either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The choice of anesthesia will depend on your specific needs and preferences.
Dr. Gartner strategically places incisions within the natural contours of the face, typically along the hairline, around the ears, and possibly under the chin. These incisions are designed to minimize visible scarring while providing optimal access to the underlying tissues.
Tissue Repositioning and Tightening
One of the primary objectives of a lower facelift is to reposition and tighten the underlying facial muscles and tissues. Dr. Gartner skillfully lifts and tightens these structures to address sagging and create a more defined jawline and chin. This step helps to restore a youthful and sculpted appearance.
Liposuction and Fat Redistribution
In some cases, excess fat deposits may contribute to the appearance of a double chin or jowls. Dr. Gartner may utilize liposuction techniques to remove excess fat and achieve a more refined facial contour. The excess fat can also be redistributed to areas that require additional volume or rejuvenation.
Excess Skin Removal
During a lower facelift, Dr. Gartner removes any excess skin that has lost its elasticity. This removal process helps to eliminate wrinkles, creases, and loose skin, resulting in a smoother and tighter facial appearance.
Once the necessary adjustments have been made, Dr. Gartner meticulously closes the incisions with sutures or skin adhesives. This step promotes proper healing and minimizes the visibility of any resulting scars.
- Keeping your head elevated to minimize swelling.
- Applying cold compresses to reduce bruising.
- Taking prescribed medications to manage any discomfort.
- Avoiding strenuous activities for a specified period.
- Attending follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.
By diligently following these instructions, you can support proper healing and achieve optimal results. Most patients can expect to resume normal activities within two to three weeks, although it may take a few months for all swelling and bruising to fully subside.
Defined Jawline and Chin
By repositioning and tightening the underlying facial tissues, a lower facelift restores a more defined jawline and chin. This creates a more balanced and harmonious facial profile.
Reduced Sagging and Jowls
One of the primary concerns addressed by a lower facelift is sagging skin and jowls. The procedure lifts and tightens these areas, creating a smoother and more youthful facial contour.
Improved Neck Appearance
A lower facelift can also address concerns in the neck area, such as excess fat deposits or loose skin. By removing excess fat and tightening the skin, the procedure can provide a more toned and rejuvenated neck appearance.
While a lower facelift cannot stop the natural aging process, the results are long-lasting. By addressing the underlying causes of facial aging, the procedure can provide a refreshed and youthful appearance that can be enjoyed for many years.
Am I a Candidate for a Lower Facelift?
If you are experiencing sagging jowls, loose skin, and muscle laxity in the lower face and neck, you may be a candidate for a lower facelift. Ideal candidates are generally in good health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. Dr. Gartner will assess your candidacy during a consultation to determine the most suitable treatment plan for you.
How Long Does a Lower Facelift Procedure Take?
The duration of a lower facelift procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the specific techniques used. On average, the surgery takes approximately 2 to 4 hours. Dr. Gartner will provide you with a more accurate estimate based on your individual needs during your consultation.
What Can I Expect During the Recovery Process After a Lower Facelift?
After a lower facelift, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort. Dr. Gartner will provide you with postoperative instructions to follow, including pain management techniques and guidelines for wound care. Most patients can resume their normal activities within 2 to 3 weeks, although strenuous exercise and other vigorous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.
Will There Be Visible Scarring After a Lower Facelift?
A lower facelift involves discreetly placed incisions around the ears and sometimes under the chin. While this will result in some scarring, Dr. Gartner utilizes advanced techniques to minimize scarring and ensure that incisions are well-hidden within the natural contours of the face and hairline. Over time, the scars usually fade and become less noticeable.
How Long Do the Results of a Lower Facelift Last?
The results of a lower facelift are long-lasting, although individual experiences may vary. While the natural aging process continues, most patients enjoy the benefits of their lower facelift for approximately 10 to 15 years. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, protecting the skin from sun damage, and following Dr. Gartner’s postoperative care instructions can help prolong the longevity of the results.