A facelift can enhance the face, neckline, and jawline to create a much younger appearance. Contrary to what many people think of when they hear the term “facelift,” the modern procedure can create very elegant and natural-looking results. You can still look like yourself, but refreshed, toned and tightened in all the right places.
Imagine feeling more confident in social and professional situations and much happier when you look in the mirror and see the many signs of aging, gravity, stress, and sun exposure diminished.
Please contact us online or call 612-930-1111 to schedule a FREE cosmetic consultation to discuss your facial plastic surgery options. Dr. Brian Kobienia in Minneapolis, MN, can give you a refreshed look through facial plastic surgery.
Dr. Kobienia can refresh your aged, tired appearance by tightening your facial skin and underlying tissue. Facelift surgery can take years off of your appearance by addressing:
Loss of Facial Contours
Double Chin/Turkey Neck
Deep Nose and Jowl Lines
Your Facelift Surgery
Dr. Kobienia conceals all facelift scars behind the ears, within wrinkles and within the hairline. The goal of the procedure is to create a naturally refreshed look, avoiding the overly tight or “windswept” look of an obvious facelift.
Older facelift techniques re-draped the skin and underlying tissue separately. This could easily result in the unnaturally tightened look that no one really wants. Dr. Kobienia uses more modern techniques that lift the skin and underlying tissue as a unit. For patients with significant fullness in their lower face and neck, he can also perform liposuction to help better define the jawline.
Facelift surgery usually takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete. You will be comfortably asleep under general anesthesia throughout the procedure.
A facelift is a surgical procedure, and it requires post-surgical care to ensure your incisions heal well and bruising and swelling are minimized. We will provide you with a full list of care instructions to follow, and will schedule a follow-up visit to check on your progress and remove sutures.
In most cases, patients are able to return to their everyday routines within 2 to 3 weeks of their facelift surgery. Plan your surgery for when you will best be able to take the time away from work, family and other obligations. You should feel ready to start back into your normal daily routine after just a few days, but don’t rush it. And also keep in mind that after your sutures are removed, some bruising and swelling will remain. This can be concealed with makeup, but most patients prefer to stay out of the public eye until most of the swelling has resolved.
We encourage some light activity very soon after your surgery. More extensive activity and strenuous exercise needs to wait about 2 months before being added back into your routine.
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Dr. Kobienia Explains Facelift Surgery
How much does a facelift cost?
A facelift is an investment in your outward appearance and self confidence. In addition to the facelift surgery cost itself, fees that your procedure can incur may include anesthesia, operating room costs, and pre-surgical tests and prescriptions. The base surgical cost, which includes a surgeon’s fees, can vary based on the surgeon’s experience, the type of facelift performed, and your geographical location.
How do I find the best plastic surgeon for a facelift near me?
When choosing a plastic surgeon near you, you want to take many different things into consideration. Is the surgeon board-certified? Do they regularly perform facelifts? Do they have before and after photos that showcase individuals with similar concerns as you, and did they provide the results you are looking for? When meeting with a facelift surgeon, it is a good idea to come prepared with questions and see how the surgeon responds and answers your concerns. In addition to experience, you want a surgeon that you feel comfortable with and that you believe is putting your best interests first.
Are there any possible risks associated with a facelift?
Facelifts are a relatively safe procedure, however, as with all surgical intervention, there are potential risks. Some potential risks associated with a facelift can include:
- Anesthesia complications
- Nerve injury or facial weakness
Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
Anyone considering a facelift should be in good general health with no underlying medical conditions that could impair healing, be a non-smoker or quitting before the procedure, and have a realistic expectation of what the procedure can accomplish. Ideal candidates will have facial concerns that can be addressed by a facelift procedure, such as sagging skin and muscles from the cheeks to the jawline, loose skin on the neck, jowls, volume loss on the cheeks, and/or wrinkles around the nose and mouth.
Does facelift surgery and recovery hurt?
During your facelift procedure, you will be under general anesthesia and will not feel any pain or discomfort. Upon waking up, you may begin to feel some discomfort that may become more painful as the day progresses. You can expect facial pain and discomfort for two to fours days after your procedure, however, this can be managed by pain medications. You may also experience trouble opening your mouth for the first few days and experience itching or shooting pain around your incision areas as the numbness wears off and it begins to heal.
Will I have noticeable scars after my facelift?
Facelift incisions typically follow your hairline or natural creases within your facial contours. While they may be more noticeable immediately after your procedure and during your initial recovery, the scars will soften over time and become less and less noticeable.
How long does facelift recovery take?
In most cases, you can expect your facelift recovery to take at least two to weeks before you can return to normal daily activities. At this time, you may still experience some residual swelling and facial tightness and, in some cases, you can continue to experience mild swelling, tightness, and numbness to continue for up to a year after your procedure.
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