Full FaceLift

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of your face, making it look more youthful. Several factors can make one’s face look older. Between sun damage, smoking, stress, and genetics, many factors can take a toll on the appearance of one’s face. A facelift can help combat the signs of aging. The procedure focuses on eliminating wrinkles and signs of aging on the middle and lower portion of your face. By removing the loose skin and tightening the underlying muscles in the face, it can eliminate wrinkles and improve the look of your neck and jowls.

Who is a Good Candidate?

The effects of natural aging are inevitable. Natural aging can be advanced by certain factors making you look older than you are. A facelift is an excellent option for those looking to turn back the clock and give their appearance a more youthful look. Below you will find factors that make you a good candidate for the procedure.

  • Moderate wrinkles caused by sagging skin
  • Excess fatty deposits in the lower cheeks and neckline
  • Loose skin around the jowls and neck
  • Skin folds from your nose to your lower mouth
  • Moderate or higher signs of aging in their face

It’s important to contact Dr. Cole and set up a consultation before counting yourself out of this procedure. Ideal candidates should be non-smokers and in good health overall. Also, ideal candidates are between the ages of forty to seventy. However, there is no set age limit, and the consultation will help Dr. Cole work with you on the best approach for your desired aesthetic. If you are looking for a more vibrant and refreshed appearance, the procedure may be right for you.

It’s important to note that a facelift will not address crow’s feet, excess eyelid skin, or forehead wrinkles. Dr. Cole can address other areas of the face using additional treatment options during the same procedure.

Facelift Consultation

Begin by scheduling an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Cole. At the consultation, it’s essential to communicate your expectations. Dr. Cole will be able to give you his expert opinion and manage your expectations. At the consultation, you will have a physical examination, discuss your medical history, and any prior surgeries that you have had. You will also need to let your doctor know of any medications you are currently taking.

Before surgery, you’ll need to follow the medication instructions given to you by Dr. Cole and his team. You may need to reduce or stop taking certain medications. You will be given specialized instructions to follow in preparation for the procedure.

What Happens During the Procedure?

You will be put under general anesthesia and be completely asleep for the entire procedure. This is to ensure that you are comfortable, relaxed, and experience no pain. Dr. Cole begins by making an incision around the front of the ears. The incision will be made in a way that will reduce the visibility of it as it will be hidden in the natural folds and along the hairline.

Once the incision is made, Dr. Cole may remove the excess fat from your lower face and neck via liposuction. This will create a sleeker and tighter jawline. The muscles and facial tissue are then pulled up and kept in place with sutures. This will help provide a more youthful look as the muscle and tissue beneath the skin are lifted and tightened. The skin is then pulled tight to eliminate any wrinkles or folds. Any excess skin is trimmed away and stitched up. Multiple sets of stitches will be used both inside and outside to keep the results as long-lasting as possible.

Because every patient is unique, the surgery may be modified. In addition, other procedures may be done at the same time for convenience. The length of the procedure lasts between two and five hours. It will take more time if there are multiple procedures being completed. The surgery is usually performed at an outpatient surgery facility. This means that you can generally go home within the same day if Dr. Cole gives medical clearance to do so.

What Is the Downtime for a Facial Surgery?

After surgery, you may feel some mild to moderate pain, swelling, bruising, and numbness. These symptoms are typical and will subside within a few days or weeks. The first few days after surgery, you’ll want to focus primarily on resting and recuperating. You’ll also want to keep your face from directly contacting anything. This is to help with the healing process. Patients who follow Dr. Cole’s aftercare guidelines return to work and get back to most of their normal daily activities within two weeks of when the sutures are removed. It’s important to get help after surgery with your daily tasks, as you’ll need to focus on recuperation. While you can go back to your daily activities within two weeks, it takes months to heal fully. You will have several follow-up appointments, so Dr. Cole can monitor your progress and healing.

How Long Will Facelift Last?

The results will be evident immediately following surgery as the skin appears tighter and smoother. However, there will be visible side effects due to swelling and bruising. The final results will take about four to six months once the swelling has gone down and the incisions have healed over. The scars are hidden to avoid visibility and will take 12 to 18 months to fade fully.
While the surgery does not stop the aging process, the results can take years off of one’s face. The amount of time the procedure will last varies on the person. On average, the procedure usually lasts around ten years. Taking good care of your skin, using sunscreen, avoiding the sun, not smoking, and reducing stress levels can help. Every patient’s facelift results will be different in terms of how long it lasts. However, we will work with you to create a maintenance regimen that will maximize and prolong the benefits of the procedure. A facelift is one of the most effective tools in cosmetic medicine for fighting the effects of aging. Patients often report that their confidence has increased, and they are much happier with their physical appearance after the procedure.

Facelift Seattle

Dr. Cole is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive facial surgeon. He is an expert in today’s most advanced and state-of-the-art techniques in enhancement and rejuvenation. Dr. Cole began the Cole Aesthetic Center to help his patients embrace their aesthetic possibilities and become more confident in their everyday lives. Contact Dr. Cole at Cole Aesthetic Center for a consultation today!


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