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Face Lift

Facelift Overview

Although time takes its toll on each of us in a unique way, Dr. Kenrick Spence can help his Orlando facelift patents address almost any individual problem with facial aging. With sun exposure, you may develop sun damaged skin with a rough texture, fine lines, and pigmentation changes. You may also have a lax jaw line with excess skin, fat, and bands in the neck. Your mouth may be turning downward at the corners and your cheeks falling with deepening of the folds in the middle of your face. Everyone eventually loses fat in the face, leaving a deflated look, and lines around the eyes and mouth contribute greatly to the aging process.

Patients, like those featured in our before and after photos, with these conditions can benefit greatly from a facelift. Dr. Spence takes an individualized approach to the correction of facial aging (component facelift) and feels that no two facelifts are the same. Each facelift must be specifically tailored to your needs depending on which pattern of facial aging predominates. Schedule your consultation today at 407-999-2585 if you are interested in a facelift or mini face lift in Orlando with Dr. Kenrick Spence.

Who is a Candidate for a Facelift

  • A patient with the elements of facial aging
    • e.g. deep folds in the middle of the face, lax jaw line and neck, with a deflated look to the face
  • Overall good state of health
  • Must stop smoking 2 to 3 months prior to surgery

Evaluation for Facelift Surgery

  • Evaluation of overall state of health
  • Detailed evaluation of facial aesthetics
    • Please provide a picture of what you looked like 5 to 10 years ago. You may bring this with you to your appointment.
  • Detailed evaluation of your skin (your skin is the background of your facial aesthetics)
  • Determination of the components of facial rejuvenation to be involved in your facelift
    • e.g. mid-facelift, fat grafting, chemical peel, etc.

Preparation for a Facelift

  • Medical clearance, as needed
  • Must stop all blood thinning agents 10 days prior to surgery
  • Thorough preparation of the skin through a uniquely tailored skin care regimen

Procedure: 'Component Facelift'

The component facelift is based on individualized facial aging; it simply entails a detailed evaluation of the components contributing to your pattern of aging and then designing your facelift to target each of those components.

The component facelift is not based on pulling skin tight, its focus is the restoration of each component of a youthful face to achieve facial harmony. Structures are replaced where they originally were located, fat is replenished where it is lost, and skin is reconditioned where it was damaged.

The tissues of the face are reshaped by lifting and tightening the underlying structure, known as the SMAS ( sub-muscular aponeurotic system). Fat is used to fill the hollows of the cheeks and chemical peels on the lines and wrinkles of the face achieve a harmonious youthful look.

The scars from your facelift will depend on the components addressed. For example, the mid-face and cheeks may be lifted by an incision hidden in the hairline in the region of the temple. A lower facelift scar addressing the jaw line and neck typically is made along the line of the ear where it is easily hidden, extending behind the ear and into the hairline.

Liposuction may be added to the facelift to correct fatty deposits on the neck. Bands in the neck may be tightened to eliminate vertical necklines. Chemical peels are added for lines around the eyes and lips.

Combined Procedures

The most common procedures combined with a facelift at Dr. Spence's practice is a brow lift with upper and lower eyelid surgery for the purpose of rejuvenating the entire face.

Recovery from a Facelift

Facelift recovery typically takes 2 weeks, though some persistent minor areas of swelling may persist for several weeks. Usually patients may go out in public within 10 days with the aid of camouflage make up. Depending on the extent of the facelift and the patients overall health, patients may have an overnight stay or be discharged later that evening.

Risks of Facelift Surgery

  • Bleeding (must stop all blood thinning agents 10 days prior to surgery)
  • Infection (patients with a history of cold sores)
  • Poor healing (more common among smokers)
  • Poor scarring

During your consultation process, additional risks will be discussed along with methods of reducing those risks.

The patient who has undergone a facelift should never have a stretched tight appearance with overly high brows, instead one should have a gentle arch to the brow, healthy looking skin, and a firm jaw line with restored cheeks which provide a natural looking facelift. This takes attention to detail with significant planning. To schedule a facelift consultation with Dr. Spence at Orlando Plastic Surgery, call 407-999-2585 or request a consultation online.

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons News Release

ASAPS logo"10 Steps to a Successful Facelift" - Getting the best results from any cosmetic operation requires a customized surgical plan for each patient. Facelift surgery is particularly challenging, since patients differ widely in their underlying facial structure as well as the extent of their visible aging....... read more.

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