Facelift in Winchester, VA

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What Is a Facelift?

Plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Karen performs a full range of facial plastic surgery procedures for Shenandoah Valley men and women. One of the most common surgeries at Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery and Medispa is a facelift. This procedure treats loose features and wrinkles for a younger-looking, firmer appearance. Based on your aesthetic goals, a facelift can focus on the eyes, cheeks, and mid-face, the bottom section including the mouth, jowls, neck, and more for an all-around youthful look. The facelift technique used depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, age, lifestyle, and other influences. Some men and women may be candidates for a full facelift while some may only be ready for a mid-facelift. Dr. Karen is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who understands the complexity and delicate anatomy of facelift surgery. The overall goal is to create a natural look that's gorgeous, subtle, and still striking.

What Are The Benefits of A Facelift?

A facelift performed by Dr. Karen can reinvigorate your look by removing surplus fat and tightening skin on the face and neck. This procedure is designed for patients who show moderate to severe signs of aging and are interested in naturally improving the appearance of their skin. The aesthetic and functional benefits of a facelift at Exclusively Faces include:

  • Improving multiple signs of aging
  • Refining overall facial contours
  • Reducing sagging jowls and double chins
  • Tightening loose, sagging skin
  • Minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth
  • Restoring volume loss in the cheeks and under the eyes
  • Minimal scarring associated with the procedure
  • Beneficial for both men and women

Who is a candidate for facelift surgery?

The best candidates for facelift surgery are men and women who are in good general health, have realistic expectations for the procedure, and would like to improve the appearance of loose skin, wrinkles, and other common signs of aging. Patients must undergo an evaluation at Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery and Medispa to ensure they are physically and emotionally ready for this procedure. Our team will ask about your medical history, assess your skin, and discuss goals for treatment. If you have certain health conditions or take medications that could affect the healing process, we may recommend alternative options.

What Can I Expect from my Facelift?

Regardless of your aesthetic concerns, there are numerous facelifts to consider. Some facelifts treat the upper area of the face, and others focus on the lower two-thirds. Moreover, some methods are a bit more invasive and intricate than others. Depending on your aesthetic goals, the condition of your skin, and more, Dr. Karen will help you determine the best facelift option for your desired outcome. A few of the more known facelift methods include:

  • Full Facelift
    Considered the gold standard, the full facelift usually puts an incision along the hairline, extending down to the temple region, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial muscles are delicately pulled and safely tightened to create a lifted appearance, which reduces excessive loose skin and droopy features.
  • Mid-Facelift
    The mid-facelift (cheeks) focuses on the hollow and lax areas around the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works great for those who desire improvement in the middle to lower region of the face, which also includes the jowls.
  • Lower Facelift
    This lift addresses the neck region and chin, and in many cases, the jowls.
  • Mini Facelift
    When undergoing a mini facelift, a thin, small incision is placed around the ears to elevate the skin, which affects the mid to lower face. This process creates subtle improvements that look beautiful and natural.

After your facelift, you will be monitored until you can be safely released to go home with a responsible adult. It's normal to have bruising, swelling, possible drainage, slight to moderate soreness, and discomfort, which may be reduced with pain prescription medication. We will see you at a follow-up appointment to ensure you're healing properly. You should feel and physically look better after 2 – 4 weeks with a softer, more youthful appearance.

Facelift FAQ

How much does a facelift cost?
The total cost of your facelift will depend on the technique and other factors. During your consultation, Dr. Karen will develop your custom treatment plan to match your needs and goals. When this is established, he can discuss cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it's better to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Karen, instead of the lowest price. Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery and MediSpa can give you information on low-interest financing that will make your facelift affordable.

Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, what areas of your face are being addressed, and more. To produce your best results, Dr. Karen will discuss the different techniques during your consultation. He can then help you decide which technique is best.

Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
While there are several great nonsurgical skin tightening treatments, these can usually only produce mild improvements. For moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to improve your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Karen will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you choose which is best for your needs and goals.

What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM®, have become very popular in recent years to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, nonsurgical wrinkle treatments are good for early signs of aging; however, the results are temporary. A facelift will produce more significant improvements than injectables with long-lasting results. Ask Dr. Karen about injectable treatments in your consultation.

Will my results look natural?
Some patients worry that a facelift will make their skin look shiny, overly tight, or like they are in a wind tunnel. Dr. Karen focuses on giving you a natural-looking result, so you appear refreshed, not fake. He listens to your concerns and goals before creating your personal treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.

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Average Procedure Time  
3-4 hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1day/1week
Procedure Recovery Location  
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A Youthful Yet Natural Look

A facelift can turn back the hands of time for your face and provide you a rejuvenated and youthful look. Today, there are many facelift options based on your unique needs and goals. This procedure is meant to make you look younger but still natural and beautiful. For more information on costs and types of facelifts, as well as what would be best for you, we invite you to contact plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Karen at Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery and Medispa in Winchester, VA to set up your appointment.

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