Gone are the days of gossip at the hair salon, with whispers of “she’s had work done.” No more overdone results with strangely shaped cheeks and asymmetrical chins. Thanks to innovative new surgical techniques, facelift results now look as natural as ever. And they are more affordable than ever. Once upon a time, only celebrities and other members of the Hollywood elite could get a facelift and debut their new look on the red carpet. Now, facelifts are more accessible, more affordable, and the results are more natural-looking than ever.
Qazi Cosmetic Clinic is now offering a variety of plastic surgery procedures, all performed by our expert team of cosmetic surgeons. If you are ready to take years off your face with a single procedure, schedule a consultation today to learn more about facelifts in Orange County!
What is a Facelift and What Conditions Can it Treat?
A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to tighten the skin on the lower two thirds of the face. The procedure can take years off the face and give the patient a renewed sense of self-confidence. A facelift is commonly used to treat cosmetic concerns, including jowls, loose skin on the face, nasolabial folds (also called marionette lines), drooping in the midface region, and lack of jawline definition due to sagging skin.
In 2020, facelifts were the 3rd most popular cosmetic surgery for both men and women. Many people choose to get facelifts in their late 50s or 60s in order to refresh the face. Because facelift results can last for 10 to 15 years, this procedure is one of the best options for long-term facial rejuvenation.
Facelift vs. Non-Surgical Anti-Aging Procedures: Which Should You Get?
Getting a facelift can be intimidating; however, once you get over the initial concerns, you will see that a facelift is the best option for rejuvenating your face. Here’s why: a facelift may come with a longer recovery time than non-surgical procedures, but it is worth the trade off because the facelift results last much longer than the results of non-surgical procedures.
When you get a facelift, you can expect 10 to 14 days of downtime after the surgery. The results will be final after about 6 weeks of healing, then you will get to enjoy your new look for 10 to 15 years. After those 10 to 15 years, you may choose to get a refresher facelift or to keep your face as it is.
On the other hand, when you get a PDO thread lift, the non-invasive procedure only lasts about 45 minutes and you can go right back to your day. However, the results only last 6 to 12 months, then you will need a follow-up appointment to maintain the results. Other non-invasive procedures are the same way, whether you are trying to rejuvenate your skin with a chemical peel, dermal fillers, or RF microneedling, the results will not be as long-lasting as the results of a facelift.
Additionally, many of these non-invasive procedures are only designed to treat minor cosmetic concerns. Only a surgical facelift can completely transform your face and life away years of damaged, sagging skin. If you believe that you are too young for a facelift, then Dr. Qazi may recommend one of his many non-surgical, non-invasive treatments to help you get your desired results. However, for patients in their 50s or 60s who want to take 10 years off their faces, a facelift is the way to go.
The best way to know which anti-aging procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic. When you meet with Dr. Qazi, he will take several factors into account, including:
- Your age
- Overall health
- Your goals
- The extent of your cosmetic concerns
- Your ability to handle the demands of surgery.
For patients who want long-lasting, transformative results, Dr. Qazi may recommend a surgical facelift, which will be performed by the in-house team of expert plastic surgeons.
What Are the Benefits of Getting a Facelift?
The benefits of getting a facelift are scientifically proven. Facelifts are consistently ranked as one of the procedures with very high satisfaction rates.
According to the research, 97.8% of patients described their facelift results as “very good” or “beyond expectations” in the first year after the surgery. 12.6 years after the surgery, 68.5% of patients rated their current degree of improvement as “very good” or “beyond expectations” and indicated that the procedure took 10 or more years off their appearance.
Everyone knows that a facelift will make you look younger, but the true facelift results are about improving how you feel about yourself. The benefits that you will notice after your facelift go way beyond just looking younger. You will feel more satisfied with your appearance, which will make you more confident. This increased confidence will translate into more enjoyment of social activities, including dating, as well as more success in the workplace.
If you have found yourself hiding from mirrors in recent years, your facelift can change that. Many people feel a certain way on the inside and become uncomfortable when the mirror reflects an older, more tired face back at them. After a facelift, how you feel on the inside can be reflected in the mirror, showing you a more active, invigorated, and youthful reflection.
How To Get the Best Facelift Results: Prep & Aftercare
One of the most common questions that patients ask Dr. Qazi about their facelift results is “how do I get the best results?” Here’s how: follow all pre-op and aftercare instructions. Dr. Qazi and the surgical team give you these instructions for a reason, so it is important that you follow directions and take good care of your skin.
How To Prepare For the Procedure
- During your consultation, discuss all your goals, concerns, and questions with Dr Qazi. It is very important that you have realistic expectations for your procedure and are prepared for the surgery.
- You will be instructed to stop taking certain medications, avoid alcohol, quit smoking, and to limit sun exposure before the surgery. It will also be necessary to avoid blood-thinners, like Aspirin, as well as certain herbal supplements.
- If you have a history of adverse reactions to anesthesia or any other concerns about surgery, let Dr. Qazi and the surgical team know right away.
- Before the procedure, be sure to prepare for the recovery. This means finding someone to drive you home afterwards and stay with you for the first day. You should also stock up on groceries, make sure you have cold compresses, and find something to binge on Netflix.
How To Ensure the Best Facelift Results After the Surgery
- You can expect to experience bruising, swelling, redness, and soreness near the incision sites. This is completely normal. You should rest, ice the area, and take the medication that you are prescribed for the surgery. Over the counter medications can also help ease the discomfort.
- Dr. Qazi and the surgical team will give you specific aftercare instructions, including how to care for the treated area, how to care for your skin, and when to change the bandages. Be sure to follow all these instructions for the best results.
- Sleep on your back and avoid touching your face until you are healed.
- Avoid harsh chemicals, including those in skincare products, and avoid excessive sun exposure.
- If you experience any adverse side effects, including excess bruising or swelling, numbness, bleeding, infection, hair loss, necrosis, severe changes to sensation, or nerve damage, contact Qazi Cosmetic Clinic right away.
What To Expect After Facelift Surgery
The second most common question that Dr. Qazi is asked, is “how soon will I see my facelift results?” The length of your recovery will depend on which surgical technique is used and how healthy you are. Most patients are adequately healed to resume normal social activities after 10 to 14 days. It may take longer for you to be safe to resume exercise and more strenuous activities. By 6 weeks, you will be safe to resume all your normal activities, including getting facials, wearing makeup, and being in the sun.
Many patients ask “why does recovery take so long?” Compared to non-surgical treatments, the recovery for surgery seems like forever. However, the reason you need 10 to 14 days of downtime is because of how facelift surgery is performed. When you get a facelift, the surgeon makes an incision near the ears and along the hairline. Next, they will pull the skin and tissues tight, trim off any extra skin, and secure the skin at the incision point near the ears. This method for the procedure is highly effective at reducing the appearance of jowls and at taking years off the face. However, the skin needs plenty of time to heal afterwards.
Another consideration for the length of the recovery if the appearance of scars. The surgical team at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic always hides scars in the hairline or close to the ears. However, they may still be visible to others while they are healing. You can expect the incisions to fade from red to light pink during the first few weeks after the surgery. After several months, the scars will be thin, white lines that are practically invisible. By this point, others will probably never notice them and only you will know that your scars are there.
Facelifts For Men in Orange County
Dr. Qazi is often asked, “are facelifts suitable for men?” The answer is yes! While plastic surgery is often thought of as something for women, men can also enjoy the benefits from getting a facelift. In fact, many A-List male celebrities, including Gene Simmons of KISS, Barry Manilow, and Kenny Rogers have been open about getting facelifts.
While every facelift is different to meet the unique needs of the patient, many men who get facelifts have a particular look in mind. Facelifts for women often focus on achieving a smoother, tighter, more delicate appearance. For men, facelifts are often designed to create a more defined, chiseled jawline. Facelifts for men can also make it easier to shave by removing folds and lines on the cheeks.
When you prepare for a facelift as a man, the surgical team will give you specific instructions on when to shave beforehand. You will also be instructed as to when you can safely resume shaving after the surgery.
Can a Facelift Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Yes! In fact, Dr. Qazi highly recommends getting multiple procedures at once. Doing so will not harm your facelift results; in fact, multiple procedures allows you to make a complete transformation. Because a facelift only targets the bottom two thirds of the face, it is ideal to combine it with other cosmetic procedures, including:
- A brow lift
- A nose job
- Blepharoplasty (eyelid) surgery
- A neck lift
If you want to say goodbye to both your jowls and your double chin in one go, combining a facelift with a neck lift can be the transformative solution that you need!
Schedule a Consultation Today To Learn More About Facelift Results!
Whether you have been contemplating a facelift for a while or if you are ready for one now, schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic. During your consultation, Dr. Qazi can answer all your questions and discuss how his surgical team can provide you with the most natural looking facelift results.