Facelift New Jersey
Growing older does not mean you have to look older. You may have noticed that some people age more gracefully than others. Often, there’s more to this than just “good genes.” Many patients here in New Jersey owe their youthful looks to facelift surgery. When these patients look younger, they often feel younger too.
When is it time for a facelift?
Because gravity and the aging process affect individuals at different times, there is no “right time” to start thinking about a facelift. Both men and women who are concerned about improving the signs of facial aging are potentially candidates for a facelift. You may be a candidate for a facelift if you experience the following:
- a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face and neck
- jowls and deep creases between the base of the nose and corners of the mouth (known as the nasolabial folds)
- loss of youthful chin, jaw line definition and neck contours
- a tired facial appearance
Before & After: Mini-Facelift & Fat Injections at Age 41
41 year old before & after a mini facelift and fat injections to her cheeks and nasolabial folds. She also had an upper eyelid blepharoplasty and brow lift. She has received many compliments, loves her appearance and feels much more self confident.
At the Parker Center, we tailor your facial rejuvenation to meet your specific needs. This may include non-surgical fillers & wrinkle treatments, facelift or mini-facelift surgery, or a combination of procedures.
Facelift vs. Eyelid & Brow Rejuvenation
Medical terminology can sometimes be confusing. A face lift, or rhytidectomy, is an operation that addresses the lower two thirds of the aging face and is often combined with a neck lift. A brow lift, otherwise known as a forehead lift, corrects the aging forehead and eyebrows; that is, the upper third of the face. An eyelid lift, otherwise known as a blepharoplasty, rejuvenates the aging eyelids.
Before & After: Facelift, Browlift & Blepharoplasty
50 year old patient before and after a brow lift to improve the upper third of her face, an upper and lower lid blepharoplasty to correct the areas around her eyes and a face and neck lift to rejuvenate the lower two thirds of her face as well as her neck.
The Facelift Surgery
A facelift or mini-facelift is performed in our onsite, fully certified, ambulatory surgery center called Surgiplex, under monitored intravenous sedation or general anesthesia administered by one of our board certified anesthesiologists. The time of surgery will vary based on what type of facelift procedure is being performed as well as any additional surgeries. A classic facelift typically involves the following steps:
Step 1: Tightening the SMAS & Restoring Volume
In performing a facelift, Dr. Parker makes carefully concealed incisions in front of and behind the ear which allow him to address the lower two thirds of the face and neck. He separates the skin along with a 3-4 mm thickness of fatty tissue from the deeper fatty tissue, the underlying muscles and their covering layer, also known as the submusculoaponeurotic system, or SMAS. Dr. Parker next lifts and tightens the SMAS, which elevates the deep facial fat into a more youthful position and gets rid of the jowls.
Dr. Parker will address the loss of facial fat with fat injections. He will liposuction fat from the patient’s abdomen or other area, purify it, then judiciously inject it into the areas of atrophy to help create more youthful contours.
Step 2: Lifting & Tightening the Neck Tissues
If also performing a neck lift, Dr. Parker lifts and tightens the fascia overlying the broad, paired platysmal muscles in the neck through the same incisions. This allows him to tighten and better define the jaw line, as well as reduce a double chin or “turkey neck.”
Step 3: Eliminating Excess Skin
The last step in performing a facelift is to remove the excess skin from in front of and behind the ear. Dr. Parker then very carefully closes all of the incisions with sutures to make the resultant scars inconspicuous. In performing this type of state of the art, two-layer facelift, Dr. Parker achieves a natural and longer lasting lift in both the face and neck.
After Your Surgery
Facelift patients are monitored overnight in our surgical facility by a registered nurse with one-on-one nursing care. After surgery, there is very little pain and most patients do not request medication. Stitches are removed within one week. Swelling and discoloration subside within 10 to 14 days. Camouflage make-up may be applied after one week. Patients may return to normal activities in 10 to 14 days and exercise in two to three weeks.
Our Signature Rapid Recovery Program
Most of our patients lead active lives and are anxious to return to their activities as soon as possible after surgery. With that in mind, we have tailored our surgical procedures, anesthesia, and medications, and we have developed a unique Rapid Recovery peri-operative program to accelerate our patients’ recuperation after surgery. While everyone heals differently, most of our patients are able to rejoin society within 10-14 days. During both your consultation with Dr. Parker and in your pre-op education visit with our Nurse Educator, your anticipated recovery will be discussed in detail.
“I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you did on my face. Being a doctor, I know a lot about these procedures, and I also know a couple of very good plastic surgeons whom I could have chosen. Choosing you was therefore not an easy decision for me, but the results show that I wasn’t wrong….I have no reserve in recommending you to any person interested in having plastic surgery.”—Face Lift Patient
Long Lasting Results
A facelift does not stop the aging process. If Dr. Parker performed a facelift on one of two aging twins, the patient who had the facelift will always look younger as they both continue to age. It is said that a biplane SMAS facelift should last approximately 8 to 12 years. This number will vary based on an individual’s genetics, how well they maintain their health, and whether or not they smoke, tan excessively or have substantial weight fluctuations.