For many people, it is their face that will start to show signs of aging first. It is exposed to damaging elements daily such as sun, pollution, and even gravity. Your body will produce less collagen and elastin as it ages which means it cannot replenish itself very easily. Fat is also lost, which can lead to dropping skin and wrinkles, and your formerly plump and cheery face can become sagging and tired looking.

Both men and women may decide to consider facial rejuvenation to change that trajectory. No one wants to look older than they feel, and face creams cannot fight all the changes of aging. We understand the effects age has on skin and a facelift in West Orange may be just what you need to bring back a more youthful appearance.

Types of Facelifts

Facelift surgery has been around for decades. A facelift in West Orange addresses changes in the mid portion of your face, and as excess fat is removed and skin and facial muscles are tightened, a new and refreshed version of you will emerge.

The facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, has withstood the test of time and is still one of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgeries performed today. Time has brought wonderful improvements to this procedure, with a variety of techniques being developed to target your specific concerns. Dr. Sanjay Lalla, Board-certified plastic surgeon, knows how to individualize your surgery using the most appropriate techniques.

Some of the types of facelifts Dr. Lalla may perform include:

  • SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) facelift targets the lower two-thirds of your face and neck, lifting the underlying layers to smooth out wrinkles and eliminate drooping jowls.
  • Deep plane facelift can treat multiple areas of your face to make tiny lines and sagging jowls disappear while improving deeper creases. It can mobilize more facial tissues for a larger change.
  • Mid-facelift focus on your cheeks.
  • Mini facelift address only the lower face and neck, and can be a quick fix for signs of aging.
  • Cutaneous facelift targets your skin without changing deeper layers. If you have excess, sagging skin after weight loss this could be all that you will need.

Your facelift will be personalized to your concerns and Dr. Lalla will consult with you ahead of time so you are getting the exact experience you are looking for.

Preparing for Pre-Op and Post-Op

With any surgery you need to be healthy. You should stop smoking, and ideally never return to it, as smoke contains chemicals that are harmful to your skin, aging it faster than normal. You need to give us a complete list of all medications and supplements you take, as we may ask you to stop taking some around the time of your surgery to decrease bleeding and bruising.

Most facelifts in West Orange are done as same-day surgery so that you go home by the evening. You will be given general anesthesia and will not be ready to return to work immediately. Most patients take about two weeks off, though if you work from home, you may be able to go back sooner. Recovery time is important to facilitate the best results, so you do not want to rush back to strenuous activities.

Immediately after surgery, you will see some changes. The final result of your procedure can take up to three weeks as tissues heal and assume new positions. Swelling and bruising should heal quickly.

Any version of a facelift is meant to last. You need to take excellent care of your face (including with sun protection and good moisturizers) while also living a healthy lifestyle to keep from gaining weight. Many people find that their facelift will last ten years or more.

Potential Risks

All surgeries come with risks. Some patients might experience an adverse reaction to anesthesia, develop an infection, or have excessive bleeding. While everything is done to keep scarring hidden and to a minimum, scars can cause problems on very rare occasions. There could also be some minor effects on facial nerves, though most injuries heal without long-term consequences. We can discuss the potential risks during an initial consultation and provide guidance in the rare event that further observation is needed.

Visit Us in West Orange and Schedule Your Facelift

If you are starting to feel self-conscious about facial wrinkles and sagging jowls, you should come in for a free consultation with Dr. Sanjay Lalla. You can discuss your concerns and he will be able to examine your face and make suggestions for the right type of facelift in West Orange. Call us today and learn how we can help!

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