Optimize Your Results by Adding Procedures to Your Facelift

Many patients find that the concerns they have will require more than one procedure to correct, such as an eyelid surgery and a facelift. If these procedures are performed one at a time, not only does the planning and scheduling process become more difficult, but the time spent recovering nearly doubles!

Luckily for patients looking for a complete rejuvenation, many plastic surgeons are able to add on procedures to a facelift to help you achieve your maximum results. If you’ve been considering a facelift surgery for yourself, take the opportunity to expand your treatment approach to include all of the parts of the face that you would like to address. Consider these popular procedures to add on to your own surgery.

Understanding the Facelift

Before you can think about choosing facial surgeries to correct areas that a facelift does not, you should have a good, basic understanding of how a facelift procedure works and what results can be expected. This procedure begins with incisions placed discretely along the hairline, in front of and behind the ears, and then continuing downward. Through these incisions, your surgeon will gain the access necessary to make changes to the lower portion of the face. Fat pockets will be removed or redistributed, excess skin will be re-draped and then trimmed as needed, and the muscles will be tightened to improve facial contour.

The surgical manipulations performed on this area can reduce the appearance of many aging signs, including sagging skin, deep facial creases, collected fat around the chin and jaw, and a loss of muscle tone in the lower face. The facelift procedure offers a broad scope of benefits to the patient, sometimes taking up to 10 years from their appearance. For the right patient with the right location of aging signs, the facelift is an ideal surgical treatment.

Boosting Your Rejuvenation With Add-On Surgeries

With this new rejuvenation of the lower face and neck, many patients may suddenly find the other areas of their faces to be in stark contrast. Furrowed brows, sunken eyes, hollow cheeks, and the like are all age markers that won’t be addressed by a facelift. To get the best results all around, some patients must double or triple up on the surgeries performed to get a complete, all-around rejuvenation. Consider these top choices for add-ons to the facelift to see if one of them makes sense for your unique features.

  • A brow lift surgery, or forehead lift, is the perfect procedure to address the upper portion of the face. It restores a refreshed look to the area above your eyes by correcting drooping brows and improving horizontal lines and furrows.
  • Eyelid surgery is performed to correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags under the eyes. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat to rejuvenate the eyelids. It is very commonly performed with a facelift or a brow lift surgery.
  • Facial implants are commonly used in order to enhance the contour of the face. By placing implants in the cheek, chin, or jaw, the surgeon can restore a more harmonious balance to the overall appearance of your face.
  • Fat grafting is a process by which fat cells are transferred from a high-fat area of the patient’s body via syringe to another part of the body, usually the face. Fat grafting provides surgeons with another way to improve facial contours and get long-lasting results that are natural looking and totally safe. After all, they do come from the patient’s own body.
  • Rhinoplasty surgery is most often performed on its own, but can be added to a facelift surgery under the right circumstances. The goal of rhinoplasty is to reshape the nose by reducing the size, changing the shape of the tip, removing bumps from the bridge of the nose, and changing the angle of the nose to the upper lip. Rhinoplasties can be performed to make permanent changes to the form and function of the nose or to repair damage done to the nose during an injury.

If some of these surgeries seem to address the concerns you have for your own appearance, consult with a plastic surgeon about customizing a total-approach procedure that will rejuvenate all of your trouble spots.

Recovering After Multiple Surgeries

If you choose to have several facial surgeries performed one at a time, before long, you’re going to feel like you’ll never finish recovering. Every procedure you have will start your recovery clock over again as the skin heals, scar tissue forms, and the body adjusts to its new changes. When procedures are performed in the same session, however, the whole game changes. The healing process needs to only happen once, so added procedures won’t mean added time that you’re required to rest. To get a good idea of how long your recovery will last, compare the recommended timeframes for each of your procedures. The longest time should be the amount of time that you will be resting, relaxing, and gradually getting back to your normal life after your facelift.

Of course, one thing to consider is that you will likely experience soreness and discomfort in multiple places. This can be frustrating for some patients, but try to remember that it will only be temporary. Talk to your surgeon about steps you can take to safeguard a healthy recovery, minimize your pain and discomfort, and get the most out of your time spent recuperating.

Plan Your Complete Surgery at a Consultation

The first step toward your facelift surgery with add-on procedures is a consultation with the right plastic surgeon. Frederick G. Weniger, M.D., F.A.C.S. provides his patients with years of experience and knowledge during one-on-one consultations regarding the surgeries and nonsurgical treatments available at their practice. Dr. Weniger is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He believes good information lies at the heart of success in all of his surgeries and interactions with patients.

To schedule a consultation for any aesthetic surface or other procedures, contact the office of Weniger Plastic Surgery today at (843) 757-0123. They are located at 350 Fording Island Road, Suite 200, in Bluffton, SC.