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Facial Surgery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Facial Surgery FAQ

Face Lift

When should I have a facelift?

You should consider a face lift in Orlando when what you see in the mirror does not match what you feel on the inside, when your support structure is in place to facilitate a comfortable recovery, when you have found a surgeon whose work you are comfortable with, and when you are confident you are doing this for yourself and not to please others. There is no "correct" age, and if you are not ready for a facelift, there are other methods to rejuvenate your face such as chemical peels, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion, lasers, and BOTOX® Cosmetic.


What are the elements of a natural face lift?

The elements of a natural face lift include smooth, toned skin that reflects light, volume restored to the cheeks and temples, a sharp jaw line and neck, soft nasolabial folds, and absence of deep furrows and lines.


How do I choose my face lift surgeon?

Ensure that your facial plastic surgeon in Orlando is board certified, specialized in the procedure you are considering, a member of plastic surgery societies, and is able to show you plenty of before and after photographs.


Will a facelift address my drooping brow?

No. A brow lift is often combined with a facelift to address drooping brows and excess upper lid skin.


My skin has sun damage. Is it wise to have a facelift?

Sun damaged skin should be conditioned first because improvement in skin tone and texture prior to undergoing a facelift helps to achieve maximum benefits.


What does a lower facelift do?

Lower facelifts address signs of aging in the neck such as lax neck skin jowling at the jaw line and drooping cheeks.


What is a mid-facelift?

A mid-facelift essentially lifts the cheeks, blending the junction between the lower eyelids and the middle of the face, while improving the deep folds in the middle of the face.


The rest of my face appears young but I have aging skin on my neck with fat; what can be done for this?

A neck lift works well to correct the effects of an aging neck. This is done in conjunction with liposuction of the neck to remove the excess fat. The scars from the neck lift are hidden behind the ears.


What do you mean by prepping the skin for a facelift?

This is done with a number of topical agents designed to exfoliate the skin, to mention a few: Tretenoin, Hydroquinone, Alpha Hydroxy acids, and Vitamin C. These are physician prescribed agents and should only be used under the close supervision of your plastic surgeon.


I would like to have a facelift but I am afraid of looking pulled; what should I do?

In Orlando, a face lift from a skilled surgeon like Dr. Spence should not result in a pulled look, as the SMAS (underlying muscle tissues of the face) is the essence of creating a youthful look by repositioning the tissues that have fallen. A youthful look is not created by pulling the skin tight.


How can I maintain the results of my face lift in Orlando?

Dr. Spence believes that surgery for a natural face lift is only part of the process, which is why his face lift patients see him as part of their total facial aesthetic care. Dr. Spence is intimately involved in designing facial age management protocols, including detailed management of their skin care and non-invasive resurfacing techniques to maintain a youthful look. After surgery, you'll need to minimize sun exposure, use sun block liberally, and follow Dr. Spence's recommended skin care program.


As I have aged my face seems to have lost a lot of fat; why is this?

Part of aging of the face is the loss of facial fat. This is restored by fat injections during the component facelift.


What can be done about the lines around my mouth, which causes my lipstick to run?

These lines can be resurfaced, e.g. with dermabrasion, or they may be filled out, for example, with fat.


Where are the scars from a mid-facelift?

The scars for a mid-facelift can be hidden in the hairline of the temple or hidden in a wrinkle on the lower eyelid.


I like wearing my hair up and I am afraid that I will not be able to do so after my facelift; will I still be able to wear my hair up and not have scars show?

For patients that wear their hair up, the facelift scars can be taken into the scalp where they can be well hidden as opposed to along the hairline.

The responses to Frequently Asked Questions listed here are not intended to be medical advice, but are the practice of Dr. Spence and will vary from surgeon to surgeon and patient to patient.

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Dr. Spence will be happy to discuss how a facelift in Orlando may benefit you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Spence at Orlando Plastic Surgery, call 407-999-2585 or request a consultation online.