The physical signs of aging are natural and happen to all of us. All patients are different, but once a certain age is reached, the skin around our face and neck loses elasticity, and sagging begins to occur. With the help of modern-day plastic surgery, we can now turn back the hands of time, and lift and correct the aging skin, giving a youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
Many patients have chosen to get a facelift from Richmond, VA plastic surgeon Dr. Darrin Hubert, and their high-quality results speak for themselves. Dr. Hubert strives for natural-looking results in his Richmond facelift patients while placing patient safety and comfort as top priorities.
What Is A Facelift?
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, involves tightening the underlying tissues of the face and removing excess skin in order to create a more youthful appearance. As we age, the soft tissues of the face and neck begin to sag, the skin loses its elasticity, and areas normally plump with the right amount of fat become hollow. Dr. Hubert addresses all of these factors with his facelift procedure.
Facial sagging is due to the structural soft tissues beneath the skin, called the SMAS (or superficial musculoaponeurotic system), which are in turn connected to the bony skeleton of the face. Not every surgeon addresses the SMAS during a facelift, but doing so is vital for achieving excellent results.
Who are the best candidates for a Facelift?
A facelift can be an excellent option for both men and women. There isn’t a specific age you have to be to get a facelift, however, most of our patients are in their 50’s or 60’s. It’s important to be in good health. We recommend that our facelift patients do not smoke. If you have the following facial concerns, you are a great candidate for our Richmond facelift:
- If you experience sagging in your cheeks
- If you have loose skin around your jawline
- Many facelift candidates have noticeable folds around the neck
- If you are noticing wrinkles around the nose or mouth areas
What are the Benefits of a Facelift?
A facelift can be a life-changing procedure. The benefits are immediate and the results can increase self-confidence, restoring a youthful appearance that has diminished with age. Below, we’ve highlighted more benefits:
- The procedure can tighten lax muscles
- A facelift can eliminate excess fat
- The procedure can reduce or even eliminate creases around the mouth, nose, and eyes
- The surgery can improve facial definition
- A facelift can remove excess skin around the jawline, which smooths the neck area.
What’s the First Step to Getting a Facelift?
Before a date can be set for your rhytidectomy surgery, you will need to visit Dr. Hubert for an expert consultation. During this, you will talk to the doctor about your plastic surgery needs and goals. The two of you will discuss your medical history, including your allergies, past procedures, and any medications you are currently taking.
Dr. Hubert will also perform an examination to better understand your facial structure and tissue composition. This will help him create a surgical plan for your facelift.
During your facelift consultation, it’s vital that you are upfront and honest about your expectations. An open dialogue with your surgeon will always lead to the best results.
Dr. Hubert takes great care to avoid the “over-pulled” look that you sometimes see in tabloid photos.
While a facelift takes an expert surgeon to provide the best results and can be a delicate surgery, we’ve provided a synopsis of Dr. Hubert’s process below:
- Extra skin is removed from around the cheek and upper neck area.
- The SMAS is resuspended and attached to immovable deeper structures to help prevent sagging in the future.
- Dr. Hubert will often utilize fat transfer, taking small amounts of your own fat from another part of your body (usually around your hip) and injecting living fat cells into deeper wrinkles and along your cheekbones, wherever it is needed to restore a more youthful appearance.
The Facelift Recovery Process
After a facelift, patients must follow Dr. Hubert’s post-surgical care instructions very closely. This will ensure that the recovery process is as short and comfortable as possible and involves no unexpected complications.
It will be necessary to take some time off from work following a facelift. Patients typically return to their job after one to two weeks. However, if the job requires heavy lifting or other strenuous physical activities, more time off will likely be required.
Pain-control medication may be prescribed to help with any pain or discomfort during the healing process, and cold compresses can be used to lessen bruising and swelling. As these issues fade, the patient’s full facelift results will be evident.
How Much Does A Facelift Cost In Richmond?
Because every facelift procedure is different, the cost varies. The specific details of the surgery affect its cost – anesthesia type, procedure length, and techniques involved all play a part. As an experienced Richmond facelift surgeon, Dr. Hubert will meet with you in his office to discuss all options and pricing. We also have financing options available which can help manage the costs for our patients.
Schedule Your Consultation
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Darrin Hubert strives to perform the best facelift Richmond, VA residents can look forward to. To learn more about rhytidectomy surgery, contact us today to set up your consultation.
Facelift Before & After Photos
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Your Facelift Questions Answered
What’s the best age to get a facelift?
There is not a required age to get a facelift. Most patients are in their 50’s and 60’s. When patients hit a certain age, the results can be limited due to the skin elasticity in the face.
How long does it take to look normal after a facelift?
After two weeks the significant swelling should have reduced and you’ll be able to start enjoying your beautiful facelift results.
Are their scars after getting a facelift?
As with all surgeries, there are scars. However, because Dr. Hubert is an expert in the anatomy of the face, the scars will be minimal and hidden around the hairline or ears.
How long do the results of a facelift last?
All patients are different. On average, a facelift procedure lasts approximately 10 years. If the patient lives a healthy lifestyle, the results can last much longer. As Dr. Hubert is fond of saying, a facelift helps to reset the clock, but it does not stop the clock.
Can other procedures be performed at the same time as a facelift?
Yes, other procedures can be combined with your facelift. Areas that also affect the appearance of your face, such as eyelid surgery, are often safely performed at the same time to achieve an optimal result.
Why choose Dr. Hubert?
Dr. Hubert is a compassionate surgeon with hundreds if not thousands of surgeries under his belt. He’s a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and has been a Richmond Top Doc for multiple years. Most importantly, Dr. Hubert has compassion for his patients and is an expert in the anatomy of the face.