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What Happens During a Facelift?

What Happens During a Facelift?


Every year, 150,000 facelifts are performed in the United States alone to help men and women combat aging and restore their youth. If cosmetic injectables and other non-invasive anti-aging treatments aren’t delivering the kind of results you’ve been hoping for, we can help. At Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverley Hills, CA, we offer the facelift to help lift and rejuvenate your skin and help you look completely natural, like an improved and more youthful version of yourself.

What Happens During a Facelift?

A facelift is a procedure that lifts and tightens the skin by removing excess tissue and fat and re-structuring the face. It is a completely customizable procedure and can be tailored to each patient’s specific needs and areas of concern.

The Traditional Lift

A traditional lift addresses aging by repositioning facial muscles and tissue to restore structure to the foundation of the face. This helps remove excess skin and fat from the face. A traditional lift also tightens the remaining tissue to lift and restore youth to the entire appearance.

The Mini Lift

The mini lift removes excess fat from the face but is less invasive and entails a shorter recovery than the traditional lift. It only addresses the middle and lower area of the face and requires shorter incisions. Depending on your needs, if you schedule a mini lift, our surgeon will remove excess fat and muscle tissue as needed and then tighten the remaining area.

What Can It Address?

One of the benefits of choosing a procedure like a facelift is that it can be custom-tailored to your needs. Not everyone has the same concerns when seeking out this treatment, but everyone wants to combat aging. The steps taken during this procedure will be different for each patient because everyone has a different facial structure. Individuals age differently.

Some need to target hollow areas, while others have severe wrinkles that can’t be improved with Botox or fillers. Whatever your concern, if the signs of aging have affected your appearance in such a way that they can’t be improved with non-invasive skincare treatments, we can help you reach your aesthetic goals with this procedure. The most common concerns that patients choose to treat during this procedure are:

  • Sagging eyebrows
  • Severe facial wrinkles
  • Hollowed eyes
  • Midfacial volume loss
  • Facial creases and folds
  • Jawline jowls
  • Sagging neck skin


What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

The results of this procedure are intended to be permanent. However, the one thing that gets in the way of you and permanent results is the aging process. We can slow it, we can reverse it, but we can’t stop it. Most patients enjoy their results for ten years or longer after undergoing this procedure; however, when you do start to notice the signs of aging years down the road, they will not be as severe as they would be if you had never have undergone this procedure.

Maintaining Your Results Long-Term

Even though the aging process will eventually begin to affect your results, there are some steps you can take to help slow aging and maintain the healthiest and most beautiful skin possible. Doing so can extend your results help you enjoy a tight, toned, and sculpted face for years to come.

Take Care of Your Skin

Skincare can’t be limited to a facial every month. It begins at home, and in order to have youthful, beautiful skin, you must be committed to a morning and evening skincare routine. Consistency, discipline, and using the right products will go a long way in helping you maintain your results long-term.

Our skincare experts can help recommend the right products for daily use. There are many different professional-grade skin care lines designed to target and reverse the aging process from different fronts.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking will age you and damage your skin in the process. You can help slow the aging process when you avoid smoking and quit if you are a smoker. When you do, you’ll save yourself years of premature aging and can help maintain the effects of your procedure as long as possible.

Limit Caffeine and Alcohol

Consuming caffeine and alcohol in excess will affect your skin. Caffeine taxes your adrenal system, which can cause excessive amounts of cortisol. When your body produces too much cortisol, the stress hormone, it can result in premature aging.

Additionally, alcohol can weaken your skin’s structure, especially when consumed in excess. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake to help keep your skin hydrated, maintain balanced hormone levels, and help preserve your body’s collagen levels long-term.

Wear Sunscreen

Sun damage is, without a doubt, the number one cause of premature aging. Every second you spend in the sun without SPF is contributing to some form of skin damage. Even when you walk from the parking lot to the store without any sunscreen, all of that time combined throughout a week or even a month is equivalent to spending hours laying out in the sun without sunscreen.

It’s important you take that into account when you are trying to extend the results of your facelift. Invest in a high-quality sunscreen that you can wear daily. Find one that blends well with makeup and has an even consistency. If you don’t like your sunscreen, it’s going to be more difficult to apply it because no one wants a pasty-looking complexion. There are many different types of sunscreen, and you can find the right one for your skin type.

Schedule Anti-Aging Treatments

Anti-aging treatments can help extend the results of your procedure so that you can live with tighter, lifted skin for as long as possible. At Galanis Plastic Surgery, we offer different treatments designed to help keep your skin as youthful as possible. Once you begin to notice the signs of aging, you can schedule a minimally or non-invasive treatment to help combat aging and maintain youthful skin.

We offer different injectables to help smooth wrinkles and add volume to the face and the microneedling vampire facial and radiofrequency skin tightening treatments. If you’re interested in adding any of these treatments to your anti-aging routine, one of our skincare experts can help design a treatment plan that will help you keep your skin as young and as healthy as possible.

What Kind of Recovery Can I Expect?

Once your procedure is complete, you will begin your recovery. We will provide you with detailed directives on how to take care of your face after your procedure. Your main objective should be to get rest and plenty of it. Getting enough rest and avoiding overexerting your body can help you heal quickly so that you can enjoy your results. Patients typically can resume their workouts and normal physical activity within three to four weeks of the procedure.

It’s important that you have someone who can help you at home once your procedure is complete. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment and someone who can help you with normal household tasks and meal preparation. That way, you won’t have to spend any time trying to over-exert yourself doing laundry, cooking, or cleaning your house.

Am I a Candidate?

The best candidates for this procedure are those who cannot combat the aging process with minimally invasive skincare treatments. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if Botox, fillers, and other skincare treatments aren’t helping you reach your anti-aging goals and you have severe lines and wrinkles, deep hollow areas, and other aging concerns.

Good candidates should be in good health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. The goal of this procedure is to help target aging and rejuvenate your face, not to make you look like an entirely different person.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you want to learn more about this procedure and the type of results you can expect, we can answer all your questions. Our experts are here and ready to help you become the best version of yourself. Contact us today at Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverley Hills, CA, to schedule your initial consultation.

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