As we live longer, healthier lives, people are no longer accepting loose, sagging skin as an inevitable part of aging. Instead, many men and women are turning to facial rejuvenation procedures, like a facelift, to look as young as they feel. A facelift by Omaha-based Aesthetic Surgical Images is an effective way to erase years from your appearance and re-energize your self image.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
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Facelift: What is it?
Understanding Facelift & E-Lift
A facelift tightens loose skin of the lower face and the neck, resulting in a cleaner jaw line and correction of jowls. It is the most effective way to remove excess fat, tighten underlying muscles and redrape the skin. For patients who are seeing the early signs of jowling and loose skin, we also perform the E-lift. The E-Lift is similar to a facelift but less invasive. It has proven to be an excellent option for patients who want to have a less invasive procedure performed early to delay the appearance of aging.
A guest on MomsEveryday, Dr. Richard Bruneteau discusses facial rejuvenation options for younger patients.
When considering any plastic surgery in Omaha, the most important decision you’ll make is choosing a doctor. At Aesthetic Surgical Images, our doctors use the latest medical advances to create a natural-looking appearance, avoiding the overstretched look that occurs with outdated facelift techniques. In your initial consultation, your surgeon will perform a thorough examination to determine which technique will have the best outcome based on your facial shape, bone structure and skin texture. And, we’ll use our state-of-the art computer imaging system to help you visualize realistic results.
Your Facelift Procedure
In Omaha, facelift and E-Lift surgery are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. During a facelift, your surgeon places an incision in the scalp and around the ear to tighten the underlying tissue and remove excess skin. The incision for an E-Lift follows the same pattern but typically does not extend as far. Learn more about facelift and E-Lift surgery by reading through our Frequently Asked Questions.
It’s important to understand that facelift surgery does not address lines on the forehead or crow’s feet. To correct these issues, many of our patients choose to have blepharoplasty or brow lift surgery performed in conjunction with their facelift.
Enjoying Your Results
Facelift patients should plan for a 10-14 day recovery, and E-Lift patients are usually back to their normal routine within 5-7 days. Following our post-surgical instructions will help to maximize comfort and results.
Immediate results are noticeable soon after surgery, but patients start enjoying the full benefits of their newly energized and youthful appearance within 3-6 months. To maximize the longevity of facelift results, we encourage patients to eat nutritious food, exercise and use sunscreen liberally. See the difference a facelift can make when you visit our before & after photo gallery.
Patient Testimonial: Connie
Facelift & E-Lift FAQs
A facelift is designed to tighten loose skin of the face and neck. It can and should result in a fresher and more youthful facial contour. It does not address lines of the forehead, crow’s feet, and lines around the mouth.
There are risks with any type of surgery. Your surgeon will do everything possible to decrease the risk of surgery. The risks that are most commonly associated with facelift surgery would be an injury to underlying facial nerves (nerves that control the movements of the face), infection, bleeding after surgery (requiring return to the operating room to evacuate the accumulated blood), and scarring.
The process of a facial aging and the effects of gravity will continue after the operation. There may come a time later in life where another facelift or possibly an E-lift is indicated. The longevity of results varies from person to person and also depends on the age of the patient.
Facelift: Combination of facial procedures
A facelift is an operation designed to tighten the skin of the neck and the lower third of the face. Typically, it will improve the jaw line and help with jowls. In this operation, an incision begins in the scalp above the ear and continues in front of the ear and sometimes actually inside the external ear, to conceal the scar. It then comes back out and continues behind the ear and into the scalp. Through that incision, the skin of the face is loosened from the underlying tissue. This often extends down into and across the neck. Following that, the underlying tissue is often tightened first and the excess skin is then pulled back and removed. The skin removed is the skin in the scalp and the area in front of the ear.
The E-lift is less invasive. Typically, it begins with an incision at the top of the ear. It extends down in front of and sometimes inside the external ear. After it comes back out, it curves around the back of the ear. It may not extend beyond that point. The skin is then elevated out to the mid-portion of the cheek. The big difference between a standard facelift and the E-lift is that the E-lift has less undermining of the overlying skin. Typically, the deeper layer is tightened and the excess skin is removed. The E-lift should end up with a shorter incision. Because it is less invasive, it has a shorter recovery time. The “E” in E-lift stands for: 1) More Economical, because the charge is less than a full facelift. 2) Earlier intervention. The E-lift is often done at early signs of facial aging in patients who do not need a full facelift. 3) Easier recovery because it is less invasive.
A good candidate for a facelift would be somebody in overall good health who has loose skin of the lower face and neck.
Facelift: How long does a facelift last?
Normally, our patients undergo general anesthesia for the facelift procedure. Many times, other operations are also performed, such as upper and lower eyelid surgery and brow lift surgery.
A full facelift will normally require approximately two weeks before the majority of the bruising and swelling subsides. The E-lift procedure has a shorter recovery time.
A facelift by definition is a surgical procedure whereby the skin of the face is disconnected from the underlying tissue and tightened. Other techniques that use the word facelift in their definition usually refer to the addition of injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM® or fat. The use of these fillers may provide some but not all of the changes produced by a facelift.
Taking The Next Step
Take some time to learn more about facelift surgery to decide if it’s right for you. If, at any time, you have questions or concerns, we will be here to help. Request a complimentary cosmetic consultation online or call (402) 390-0100 or (800) 331-5001 today.