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Facelift in West Palm Beach, FL

As our face ages, there is a loss of skin elasticity and firmness; tissues sag at the jowl and neck line, deep folds and wrinkles form between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), and some patients can feel like they have a double chin, even though they are normal weight. The loss of a youthful facial contour is due to a variety of factors, including gravity, heredity, environmental conditions, weight fluctuations, or even stress. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Hass, offers face lift surgery for men and women in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Palm Beach, and the surrounding areas of Florida at Hass Plastic Surgery & MediSpa.

Medically known as the rhytidectomy, face lift surgery by Dr. Brian Hass is the procedure designed to correct the signs of aging in order to give a patient uplifted contours and improved tone for their facial skin and underlying muscles. It is best performed on healthy women and men (typically those between the ages of 40s through 80s) who are non-smokers and have realistic goals in mind for an improved appearance.

Other cosmetic procedures often performed in conjunction with a face lift are the rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), earlobe reduction and injectable fillers for the finer lines around the mouth. The upper facial surgeries of an eyelid or forehead lift can also be performed at the same time by Dr. Andrea Hass, our ophthalmic plastic surgeon. Just as every face is unique, the doctors’ unique approach and individual specialties allow them to customize procedures to fit each patient’s individual needs.

As a facelift specialists, Dr. Hass is among the busiest facelift surgeons in the country having performed thousands of lifts.

What is a Mini Facelift?

As people are addressing the signs of aging earlier, face lift techniques have evolved to minimize the amount of correction that is performed during the procedures. The mini facelift is one such advancement. The surgery focuses on the lower third of the face where some of the earliest signs of aging appear. The incisions are smaller compared to a full face lift, and the significantly shorter recovery period is why many people refer to the procedure as a “weekend face lift.”

What Happens During a Face Lift?

Dr. Hass performs the face lift surgery in our fully accredited AAAASF facility at Hass Plastic Surgery Center & MediSpa or at the Laser & Surgery Center of the Palm Beaches, (also in Palm Beach Gardens).

The surgery is about two to three hours, and patients sleep comfortably through the procedure with total IV sedation (monitored anesthesia), not general anesthesia. If eyelid or forehead lift is combined, then the surgery may be one to two hours longer.

Incisions for a face lift are placed discreetly within the hair line, inside the ear, and continue around the earlobe in the crease and into the back of the hairline; however, no hair is shaved. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face and the jowls, and neck and underlying tissues are repositioned. Skin is re-draped over the uplifted contours and the excess removed.

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What is the Recovery Period Like After a Face Lift?

After you have recovered at our center, you may go home with a caregiver or to an overnight recovery center (we recommend The Secret Garden on Singer Island). Your first post-operative visit, if going home, will be within 24 hours to have a facial dressing removal, though you should not expect drains.

Patients can shower on the second day after surgery, but we prefer they avoid a hot hair dryer. The surgery is not uncomfortable (as many imagine), and there is minimal pain, which is easily controlled by medications.

Recovery from a face lift does vary from patient to patient and also depends upon the extent of the procedures performed. As with any surgery, there is always swelling and some bruising that occurs. Bruises usually resolve within seven to 14 days, and much of the swelling subsides within the first two weeks, though it may take several months for all of the swelling to resolve.

Most patients spend the first week post-operatively resting, but by the second week they can start to resume some light activities. After 8 – 12 days, patients often can go back to work and begin to go out socially. Regular exercise can begin usually within four to six weeks following the face lift.

Stitches inside the ear, or around the eyelids are removed at five days post-operatively, and the remaining sutures behind the ears or in the brow are removed at 10 days.

What Results Can I Expect from a Face Lift?

While a natural and presentable appearance is seen in the first week, it will continue to improve over the next three to nine months. The jowl line and neck are restored and a youthful fullness is returned to the face. Patients are pleased with their younger appearance and often feel as if they look 10 – 15 years younger.

Remember, a face lift does not change your fundamental appearance and make you look windswept, nor does it stop the aging process. In fact, you should look beautiful, refreshed, and rested. Although you will continue to age naturally, your aging will progress from the more youthful version of yourself that has been restored by a facial surgery. Whether a patient chooses to have a second or even third face lift someday often depends in great part on their individual facial characteristics. A face lift typically lasts at least seven to 10 years.

The Hass Difference

Drs. Andrea and Brian Hass and their staff are committed to their patients’ care, well-being, and beauty maintenance. Following any surgical procedure, the doctors see their patients on a regular basis and continue to follow their progression for an extended period. All patients get their personal cell phone numbers. For our seasonal or out-of-town patients, special accommodations are made to be sure follow-up can be handled, either out-of-state or when the patient returns to Florida.

In addition, the staff at Hass Plastic Surgery & MediSpa are also available for procedures that can help maintain and complement facial surgeries whether with injectable dermal fillers, Botox®, skin care, chemical peels, or even laser procedures.

Why Are There so Many Names for Face Lifts?

Your face is your most visible feature. When you feel like you look your best, you tend to have more confidence. That is really one of the sole reasons why patients choose the doctors at Hass Plastic Surgery for their cosmetic facial rejuvenation. Plastic surgeon, Dr. B, as patients fondly call him, knows people in South Florida have active lifestyles AND they want to look as good as they feel. No patient comes to our office and says, “I want to look like I had work done.” Thousands of happy, natural looking patients can attest to this.

You have probably heard the terms, ‘mini-facelift,’ ‘weekend or style lifts,’ ‘thread lifts,’ or even the ‘vertical or s-lift.’ These are just some of the catch phrases for cosmetic facial procedures – many of which are not always performed by board-certified plastic surgeons. The areas of West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Stuart, and Vero Beach up to Orlando, like other South Florida cities, all seem to have their own set of catch phrases for face lift procedures. Though these terms and the advertisements for them can be overwhelming, always remember that the goal of facial rejuvenation is to bring your outer appearance into harmony with your inner feelings of youth, energy, and optimism.

Let’s face it, patients today desire a more youthful appearance, but do not want the obvious signs of a cosmetic surgery. Both Dr. B and his wife, Dr. Andrea Hass, board-certified ophthalmologist and a fellowship-trained ophthalmic plastic surgeon, have perfected their eyelid, brow, lower face and neck procedures to give their patients natural and youthful results. Dr. B offers face lift surgery for both men and women in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Palm Beach, and nearby communities in Florida. Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation.