Our face is home to our most distinctive yet delicate features. As we age, the skin of the face becomes more vulnerable to changes such as loss of elasticity, sagginess, wrinkles and fine lines. Many people are unhappy with these changes and wish to look as young as they feel. Facelift surgery, one of the most popular procedures among patients of Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton, can accomplish that goal. Dr. Rafael Cabrera is a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon who can perform this intricate procedure, producing noticeable results while still making sure you look like yourself.
More about Facelift Surgery in Boca Raton
Facelift is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures. More formally referred to as rhytidectomy, this procedure helps patients look decades younger by addressing wrinkles, fine lines and loose skin. A facelift in Boca Raton can relieve dull, tired-looking skin, and help patients look and feel rejuvenated. This procedure can be combined with other aesthetic treatments as well, including eyelid surgery and neck lift. There are various types of facelift surgery available, depending on the specific needs of the patient. A mid-facelift, for example, targets the skin around the nose and mouth while still giving a refreshed look to the face as a whole.
Dr. Rafael Cabrera is highly trained in all types of facelift surgery and can therefore address the varying aesthetic needs of facelift Boca Raton patients. He also has specialized training in secondary facelift and has earned a reputation as a top secondary facelift surgeon. He performs this procedure for Boca Raton patients who are either unhappy with the results of treatment performed by another surgeon or are experiencing further signs of aging after a previous face lift surgery. Because changes have already been made to the underlying tissue during primary facelift, secondary facelift is an extremely delicate procedure that requires surgical skill and keen attention to detail. Dr. Cabrera has more than 15 years of experience performing this procedure, and has been named a Top Facelift Doctor by RealSelf.com. He takes pride in helping Boca Raton secondary facelift patients re-experience the satisfaction and self-esteem that comes with positive face lift surgery results.
A facelift can reinvigorate a patient’s appearance and quality of life by eliminating telltale signs of aging. During the procedure, Boca Raton face lift surgeon Dr. Cabrera will evaluate your facial features to determine which course of treatment is best for you. He will also discuss the procedure with you and address any questions or concerns. Typically, facelift surgery is appropriate for patients who:
- Are between the ages of 40 and 80, although some exceptions do apply based on skin condition
- Are experiencing signs of aging such as loss of skin elasticity, sagging skin, wrinkles, etc.
- Have sufficient bone structure
- Are in good overall health
- Have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure
Patients who are considering facelift surgery may also be candidates for The SmarterLift™, an advanced facial plastic surgery procedure that can significantly reduce recovery time. Contact Dr. Cabrera today to learn more about this procedure.
Facelift Surgery in Boca Raton
Facelift is a complex surgery that targets the deep layers of the skin to create a rejuvenating effect. During the first part of the procedure, Dr. Cabrera will administer local anesthesia combined with oral sedation. This is a unique form of sedation which helps patients feel at ease during treatment, without the “heaviness” or additional side effects of general anesthesia. (As with most types of facelift surgery, you will be in a sleep-like state.) Next, he will create incisions along the hairline and around the ears, taking care to place them in inconspicuous locations to avoid undue scarring. He will then lift the skin, remove excess skin and fat, tighten the underlying tissue, and lift it to a higher position on the face. The area is then closed with sutures. On average, facelift surgery takes about 2-3 hours, although this can vary based on the individual patient and the type of facelift being performed.
Patients will experience some mild pain and swelling, which can be treated using the medication prescribed by Dr. Cabrera, in the days following their facelift procedure. Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton will provide you with thorough post-operative instructions to ensure a safe and speedy recovery. Although facelift surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, we provide accommodations in a state-of-the-art recovery suite for those patients who wish to take advantage of it. Our highly trained nurses also offer overnight care at your home. The typical downtime for a facelift is two weeks. Patients should expect to return to work and other normal activities about two weeks after treatment. The final results of facelift surgery are typically evident about one month after the procedure.
Do I need a Secondary Facelift?
Sometimes facelift surgery does not go as well as planned, and the outcome is not what you expected. This could be because the original surgeon was inexperienced, rushed or simply could not meet your goals.
Dr. Cabrera believes that patients deserve to have the appearance they desire, and therefore offers a second chance at facial rejuvenation to those who are unhappy with the results of their surgeries. Secondary facelift is a complex procedure that requires in-depth knowledge of anatomy, the healing process and aesthetic balance. Dr. Cabrera has years of experience with primary and secondary facelift and is closely attuned to his patients’ needs. If you feel that your primary facelift was unsuccessful, Dr. Cabrera will help you identify what you are unhappy with and develop a surgical plan to address your concerns.
Healing from secondary facelift is similar to primary facelift recovery in many ways. You will need to keep your head elevated and your surgical dressings / bandages in place until Dr. Cabrera removes them. He recommends taking about two weeks off from work as you heal from secondary facelift. Dr. Cabrera will meet with you regularly after your procedure to remove your stitches, monitor your healing progress and clear you to return to exercise and your normal routine. It will take up to a month for your swelling to dissipate and for you to see the final facelift results.
- How long should swelling and numbness last after a facelift?
- How long do the results of a facelift last?
- What is an endoscopic facelift?
- What are the potential facelift side effects?
- How do I choose a facelift surgeon?
How long should swelling and numbness last after a facelift?
Patients can expect some facial swelling after surgery, which will subside after one to two weeks. There may also be a numb sensation in portions of the face following surgery, which will usually disappear within a few months.
How long do the results of a facelift last?
The longevity of your facelift results largely depends on whether you maintain good lifestyle habits like protecting your face from the sun, avoiding smoking and getting adequate sleep. Other factors, including genetics, also play a role. In general, the results of a facelift can usually be enjoyed for seven to 10 years.
What is an endoscopic facelift?
An endoscopic facelift, also called a “scarless” facelift, uses a small surgical periscope that in inserted through an incision in order to lift the facial tissue. This facelift technique is less invasive than the more traditional facelift surgical method, and as a result it requires fewer and smaller incisions and, as a result, less scarring.
What are the potential facelift side effects?
Facelift surgery, like any surgery, has the potential for side effects. The potential is increased if the patient smokes or engages in other habits that inhibit the healing process. Scarring is one side effect that is usually avoided by the doctor creating carefully placed incisions during surgery. Nevertheless, if a person is prone to scarring easily, their scars may be more noticeable and/or may not fade as quickly as they would like. Another possible side effect is infection of the incisions, the symptoms of which are worsening pain and increased swelling or redness. Patients can avoid infection by continuing to follow the doctor’s instructions on keeping incision points clean and properly bandaged. If any of these symptoms occur, however, see the doctor immediately. Lastly, nerve damage is another, though rare, side effect of facelift surgery.
How do I choose a facelift surgeon?
The facelift procedure is an intricate procedure that requires attention to detail and fine-tuned surgical skills to avoid an overly pulled, plastic look and to create natural-looking results with minimal scarring. This requires a board-certified plastic surgeon who has had ample experience performing this procedure. Dr. Cabrera has performed thousands of facelifts over the course of 15 years, and as a board-certified plastic surgeon, he has the training and skills that has led him to be known as the top facelift surgeon in Florida.
Schedule a Facelift Consultation Today
A facelift is a life-changing procedure that can help patients look 10 years younger and experience a renewed sense of self. As one of the most experienced facelift surgeons in Florida, Dr. Cabrera is proud to help Boca Raton facelift patients attain their aesthetic goals through facial plastic surgery. If you have been considering facelift surgery, contact Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton today to schedule a comprehensive consultation.
Plastic surgery Boca Raton patients have trusted the skill and professional care of Dr. Cabrera for more than 10 years. As a renowned cosmetic surgery center, Plastic Surgery Specialists is proud to offer aesthetic and reconstructive treatments. Among their most popular procedures are Boca Raton tummy tuck and breast implants surgery.